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6.5 Grendel in 12" Contender

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Hookeye, May 29, 2019.

  1. Hookeye

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    Thinking about having a barrel made.
    Anybody shot one?
    Idea is for yotes and deer.
     
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  2. Varminterror

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    I’ve been toying with the idea of picking up one of the Howa Mini actions from Brownells and making a 12” specialty bolt pistol. Same idea. I think the little Grendel would make a dandy specialty pistol.
     
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    I like the idea of the contender. If its got a long enough throat you MIGHT even be able to use 140s at reasonable velocity, and it should shine with the regular 120 class. My only concern is if you could get any extra performance out of the larger case as compared to a 6.5TCU, simply because of the increased thrust of the grendels larger dia.

    A howa Mini heavy barrel chopped short, and done up with a pistol stock would all kindsa awesome I think. Probably a lot more practical than a full size short action cartridge. Ive never had a grendel with a barrel shorter than 20"s, but from all Ive read it would do ok in the shorter tube.
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    the 6.5G case should do well with a short barrel,
     
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  5. Hookeye

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    And ammo is all over. Have found sources for brass and loaded TCU. But i kinda dig the look of the Grendel cartridge....physically.
     
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  6. Hookeye

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    Hope to shoot the .35 rem some more this weekend. Try to toughen my sissy arse up.
     
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  7. horsemen61

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    It’s on my list of things to do a encore I think it has to be a G2 frame does that sound right?
     
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  8. Hookeye

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    I just checked and you are right MGM says they will only do the 6.5G for G2. Dunno what other bbl makers are doing.
     
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  9. Hookeye

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    I dont care for the G2's looks. My dad however does. To each his own. Somebody used to make .300 Savage bbls for the old Contenders but stopped. Still see one from time to time
     
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  10. Keyfer 55

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    An Encore in a Grendel would be awesome!!
    The old 7mm tcu is very accurate , the Grendel should have about the same volume of powder should be a great round from a 12
    Inch barrel.
     
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  11. Hookeye

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    There was a good deal on an Encore at my LGS.
    I let it go.........the frame just doesn't feel good to me.
    If I go Grendel, it'll be in an AR15.
    Might do one for my daughter (be her deer rifle).

    I'll have to just keep my old Contender in .35 rem, in handgun form.
    Already have a .35 rem rifle (old 760).
     
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  12. gemihur

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    Contender in 6.5 Grendel (you'll want enough barrel to get the velocity you're going after) This one is 17" by Coyote Guns & Accessories
    Grendel and Herrett sm.jpg The forearm was in the finishing process.
     
  13. horsemen61

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    How does it shoot?
     
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  14. gemihur

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    sorry, been huntin' since urban archery started
    The Grendel Bbl Shoots MOA
    That 6.5mm barrel is my go-to and taken most of the game lately.
    Nothing has left after one shot yet. Two whitetail and one turkey to it's credit.
    Shootin' heavy 140 gr. with IMR 4198. Loaded from RP 7.62 brass formed in FL die
     
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  15. gemihur

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    If you get an Encore, Don't worry about the Grendel, get a 6.5x55 and you'll be able to outshoot ANY Grendel.
    If you want the AR in 6.5, here's one for ya: build in progress
    6.5 build w stainless forearm in progress.jpg custom stainless forearm (yes, too dang heavy)
     
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  16. troy fairweather

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    Home made handguard?
     
  17. gemihur

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    Well, not exactly, but I designed it and had ex-brother-in-law weld a piece of pipe to a jam nut and use it as such.
    Really tames down the muzzle flip, tho.
    Was imitating the Les Baer Ultimate Varminter.
    Shown here draped in vinyl (yeah, I do graphics)
    AR 6.5 G.jpg
     
  18. gemihur

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    My latest furniture
    Herrett with figured wood.jpg
     
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  19. xphunter

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    Bullberry will not do it even with a G-2.
    You can also do the 224 Valkyrie in the G-2. I have one of those on order from MGM currently.
    Trying to make up my mind between the Grendal and the Valkyrie...Went with the VALK, as I have plenty of 6.5's to hunt big game with.
     
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  20. gemihur

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    The Valkyrie is a dynamic step for the 22's using the 6.8 SPC case but the newest candidate for consideration has got to be the 350 Legend!
    I just really prefer a rim and shoulder for a break-actions and I'm definitely married to the contender.
     
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