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New guy questions. 6.5 grendel.

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by frank4570, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. frank4570

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    I have an Armalite ar15 I want to dress up up for whitetail. I sold the 458 socom I had, and I want to go with the 6.5 grendel in (probably) a 20 inch barrel. What is the cheapest path to an ACCURATE 6.5 grendel? I'm willing to do some work putting parts together and doing research. I have a friend who is a gunsmith, he helps me when I need it.
    Thanks.
     
  2. From what I've read and seen cheap and 6.5 grendel cancel each other out. It seems to be a more proprietary cartridge then 6.8spc with fewer loadings. Good luck with it.
     


  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I looked into it, everything with "6.5 Grendel" is trademark licensed. Thus a PITA!
    I found that 6.8 SPC was a far better choice for my needs.

    Tons of info to be found here, http://www.65grendel.com/forum/
     
  4. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    The only thing that's REALLY expensive about the G is brass. Just buy a good barrel, I went with Satern, and a matched bolt and build it like any other accurate AR. You can rebarrel your Armalite or build a whole new upper. Also CSS has ready made uppers that are very reasonable.
     
  5. GearGuru

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    look at http://www.saodind.com He has 6.5 and 6.8 bbls with matched bolts. I have a 6.8 18" from them that shoots the daylights out of the center. Personally, I found the 6.8 to be cheaper on ammo and for hunting purposes, it certainly did well on my son's first whitetail. It'll reach any reasonable distance you might want to take a crack at a four legged critter with.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  7. frank4570

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    The 6.8 is looking more attractive. I am just kind of enamored with the 6.5 bullet ever since my 1000 yard days.
     
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  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I believe the 6.5 Grendel may be a better cartridge than the 6.8 for distance.
    My intent for the 6.8 I built was a 300 yard rifle, deer, hogs, & a heavier SHTF cartridge than 5.56.
    I have a 308 for the LONG shots, however, I've never shot beyond 450m......yet.
     
  9. frank4570

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    Ok, I have a couple of options. Now, if I want to end up with a 6.5 or 6.8, or whatever, specifically, what are the parts I have to buy?
     
  10. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Ok, for 6.5 or 6.8, the only parts that are "different" from a .223/5.56 rifle are:
    -Barrel
    -Bolt
    -Magazines
    Everything else is standard AR15 parts & pieces.
     
  11. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Satern makes great barrels, and they probably still have some in stock. But they are out of the 6.5G business now. They had an issue with Bill Alexander, from what I hear, and have chosen not to produce Grendel product any longer.

    To convert an AR-15 to 6.5G you'll need a barrel, bolt, and mags. Everything else is the same.

    Unless you want to reload for optimum long-range work, a 6.8 is a better choice (for general purpose work.)

    And I have three Grendels.

    Personally, I kind of like the new .300 BLK. 124 gr. bullets supersonic out past 600 yds., with energy at that distance comparable to 9mm at the muzzle. And 220 gr. yumyums for close-in subsonic work.
     
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  12. G21H30

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    I had a Alexander Arms Overwatch complete rifle that the owner before me cut to 19.5" and did a lot of custom work to. Although I liked it a lot my M-468 Barrett stayed right with it out to 400 yds.As others have said it is a proprietary cartridge and that was the reason I sold it. I'm also a big fan of the 6.5 cartridges and my three 6.5x55 Swedish Mausers are the most accurate bolt guns I own.I've killed deer out to 200 yds. with both rounds and could not see any difference between 6.5 and 6.8. You'll find that the rifles,parts ammo,reloading components, etc easier to find and somewhat cheaper in 6.8.