Re: real world 6.5 grendle range ( mule deer hunting)
I have a fair amount of experience with the Grendel and the LBC, I've built at least 15 of them in the last 3 years and I like the round. I recommend it to any of my buddies/customers that want to shoot deer with their AR15 platform rifles. Most use 100 and 120gr Nosler balistic tips out of 20-22" .750" dia gas block rifles and find accuracy and performance on deer excellent. It is a very capable cartridge and I know of two deer that were killed @ 300 plus yards with them, and another 5 or so at 100 or less. The 300 yarders were by the same gentleman and the deer (adult does) ran 30-40 yards and piled up with a shot through the chest. I wouldn't consider it a long range cartridge by any means, but I like the idea of the greater mass of the 6.5's. As a side note, if you can get ahold of any shot out 6.5-284 barrels from F-Class shooters, they make EXCELLENT Grendel barrels in the AR's. Cut 6-8" off the chamber end, contour, thread and chamber for the grendel bbl and you can't really tell even with a borescope that that barrel was shot more than a few rounds...and every one I've used has shot 1/2 MOA or less.
Not to mention dies are available as an off the shelf item along with brass and loaded ammo.
I don't mean to take anything away from the 6mm AR's as I plan on playing with those also and I know they shoot, but I really do like those 6.5 bores.
Last edited by msalm; 05-14-2011 at 09:07 PM.