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6.5 Grendel?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by andym79, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. andym79

    andym79 Member

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    Hi has anyone got experience of hunting over 300 yards with the Grendel?

    If so is it much good at that range? I am thinking of getting one as its a neat efficient and supposedly accurate cartridge, but I am concerned its too much gun for foxes, rabbits etc, but maybe not enough for say goats at range.

    Will it be suitable or would a 6.5 Creedmoor or 6.5x55 be the right choice?
     
  2. Double Naught Spy

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    I don't have a lot of experience beyond 300 yards, but plenty of people hunt with Grendels beyond 300 yards for animals such as whitetail and mule deer, which are equal or larger than most goats.

    I am going to suggest that you contact Klem on the 65grendelforum.com. He is a fellow Aussie and might be able to help you with some geographic-relevant information. There are other longer range Grendel hunters there as well that may be able to provide you additional insight beyond what you will get here.
     
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  3. LoonWulf
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    I haven't taken anything at rang s over about 200yds, but unless your goats are REALLY big is be comfortable hitting them with a Grendel at 300+ yds.
    I've taken them with my 6x47 that far out and that's a 86-90gr bullet at 2800fps. The Grendel can drive 100s that fast from an 22-24" barrel.
     
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  4. Varminterror

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    If a 6.5 Grendel is “too much” for fox and rabbits, then the 6.5 Creedmoor or x55 Swede would be “much too much.”

    I’ve been using different Grendel’s for coyotes and prairie dogs out to 800yrds for about 15yrs. It might get messy with short range rabbits, as can any centerfire round. For me, It’s about ideal for ~500yrd and less whitetail hunting, and ~800yrd and less coyote hunting. Smaller game, just pick the right bullet to limit your expansion, and don’t hit anything hard on your way through.
     
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  5. buck460XVR

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    The 6.5 Grendel was developed to be an accurate 200-800 yard cartridge.......so odds are it will perform just fine at 300. As for rabbits....there's better cartridges/platforms out there for them iffin you are hunting them expressly to eat. Iffin it's hares(jackrabbits/snowshoes), It shouldn't matter. For fox, with the right bullet, you shouldn't damage too much fur. As has been said, it should be an excellent Goat caliber.
     
  6. Loyalist Dave

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    Not sure what platform you are proposing, nor the availability of ammo?

    My son built his Grendel. He could've built an AR-10 in 6.5 Creedmoore, but opted for the less expensive but quite impressive accuracy of the Grendel from an AR-15 platform. Not only was the build less expensive, allowing him to move the money saved into more money for optics, but here in The States all three calibers are easy to get, and Grendel in FMJ bullets for just going to the range and plinking is the cheapest of the lot. ;)

    One does have to use very well made bolts in the AR-15 bolt-carrier group, with the Grendel, and "heavy hitting" hammer and firing pin combinations for some ammunition, which are the only drawbacks in the AR-15 platform for the Grendel. IF you're getting it in a bolt-action platform, none of those quirks apply.

    LD
     
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  7. Double Naught Spy

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    Interesting observation. I have never experienced anything like that. Three of my lowers just came from .223 AR15s, one Colt, one Rock River, one LMT. I even used a New Frontier polymer lower for a while. Now, most of mine have match triggers. All have standard firing pins. No problem with ignition, ever.
     
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  8. LoonWulf
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    I suppose the wolf might have harder primers, but I ran a reduced power spring kit in my lower. Never had an issue with any handload or us ammo, tho I did have some random .223s take a couple weeks to set off. I'll have to ask my buddy who has the gun now (still in .223) if he's had any issues.
     
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    Hares is edible too, and iffin yards try tellin any o my youngins it ain't, they'll scrap with ya over it lol.
     
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  10. buck460XVR

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    I guess anything is edible iffin one is hungry enough. I definitely wouldn't scrap anyone over a jackrabbit/snowshoe unless my name was Donner........
    But, to each their own. I'm sure I eat things that others wouldn't even consider.
     
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  11. Varminterror

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    My experience might be limited to the sum total of my experience, but in shooting Grendel’s myself for over 15yrs, and building over 50 of them for myself and others, I have not experienced any issue with light hammer springs and standard weight firing pins. I most commonly use CCI 41’s for my test ammo to confirm function in any upper I build. No issue.
     
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  12. Loyalist Dave

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    Well it's quite possibly an anomaly. It's possible that like you the next 50 builds would have no need to resort to the slightly longer firing pin and/or stronger spring.

    LD
     
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