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#3184383 - 01/10/19 06:30 PM Finished my 6.5 Grendel
LittleAndy Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 97
Loc: Northwest North Dakota
Finished the lower for my 6.5Grendel upper this morning. Can't wait to get out and shoot it now. Waiting on a magazine to show up now.... Gonna do the break in with some Hornady 123 SST factory loads, and then start working up a load with some 95 V-Max. If I can't get those to shoot as well as I'd like then I'll be trying some 120 eld-m.

The upper is a 24" BCA (yes I know they don't have the greatest reputation, but there have been some people getting phenomenal results with their 24" 6.5 grendels). Lower is an Anderson Manufacturing that I picked up stripped at a gun show last weekend. bought a run of the mill lower parts kit, a 3.5# JPE trigger spring kit and a Pachmayer grip along with a Magpul MOE Rifle stock. Also Polished up the seer on the trigger before I put it all together to smooth out the pull. Till has a bunch of creep, but at 3.5# pull, I can deal with the creep for a while.
As I said up top, I know BCA hasn't had the greatest past, but lately it appears they have been turning out some decent uppers and barrels. If I can't get it to shoot well at all, I can send the barrel in for a replacement so I'm confident I'll be able to get it to shoot.

Any of you guys tried loading the 95 V-Max in a 6.5 grendel ar? any luck?
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#3184385 - 01/10/19 06:39 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
Bowhntr6pt Online
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Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 602
Loc: Central Florida
Hope the barrel performs adequately... look forward to a range report.

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#3184411 - 01/10/19 09:16 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
nr123 Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 617
Loc: Georgia
The 95 vmax wasn't that great in my AA upper. Shoots much better with 90 gr TNT, or 100 gr Nosler BT. It may shoot great in yours. Keep us posted.

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#3184444 - 01/10/19 11:46 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
g Bo Offline
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Registered: 04/20/14
Posts: 547
Loc: Utah
You can use your normal ar (223) mag just fine

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#3184498 - 01/11/19 08:26 AM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 3205
Loc: Phoenix, Az
Congrats. The Grendel is a fantastic cartridge. It's a lot of fun to shoot and a great performer.

Hopefully yours runs fine. They can take some breaking in to get them to cycle perfectly.

Each barrel shoots differently, yours may like the 95gr Vmax just fine. That was not my experience. They are minute of coyote accurate, but not that tight of a grouping bullet. I run either the 123gr Amax for accuracy or the 123gr SST for nailing coyotes.

But it is a very forgiving chassis, so play around and have fun with it.
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#3184528 - 01/11/19 10:13 AM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
TxPigKiller Offline
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Registered: 09/15/13
Posts: 821
Loc: Throckmorton County, TX
Looking forward to your range report, as I'm starting a Grendel build myself. Really hoping 123 gr sst is a good round. I plan on purloining a few TX porkers with it.
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#3184599 - 01/11/19 02:05 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: TxPigKiller]
VASCAR2 Offline
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Registered: 06/11/18
Posts: 21
Loc: Illinois
The 5.56/223 Pmags will normally hold four or five 6.5 Grendel cartridge and feed them in an AR-15. Might let you test the rifle till your 6.5 Grendel mags arrive. Be forewarned the 6.5 Grendel is very addictive.

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#3184617 - 01/11/19 02:56 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
BoomSplat Offline
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Registered: 04/20/05
Posts: 773
Loc: Mtn. Home, Id.
Must be the grinder time of the year, Just finished my upper today. Getting ready to put some 120gr ELD Match cartrides together. hopefully they shoot as well in the Grindel as they do in my Creedmor!!!!

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#3184622 - 01/11/19 03:10 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
Brownie Offline
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Registered: 10/03/09
Posts: 2197
Loc: Walla Walla, Washington, U,S,A
Waiting on my ballistic advantage barrel and I will finish my grendel upper. Loaded 107SMK over tac. Started at 29gr. And worked up to 30.2 in .3 grain increments.
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#3184658 - 01/11/19 07:33 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
LittleAndy Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 97
Loc: Northwest North Dakota
Brownie I'm interested to hear how those 107 shoot. That's the bullet I really want to shoot when I'm all said and done
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#3184662 - 01/11/19 07:54 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
crowkiller51 Online
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Registered: 12/02/09
Posts: 1194
Loc: GA USA
The Factory Ammo Hornaday 123ELD Match shoots awesome in my 12 inch Barrel, Suppressed , 6.5 Grendel.
Killed many Feral Hogs and several Coyotes.


Edited by crowkiller51 (01/11/19 07:54 PM)

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#3184701 - 01/11/19 10:39 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: crowkiller51]
Bowfisher Offline
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 328
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: crowkiller51
The Factory Ammo Hornaday 123ELD Match shoots awesome in my 12 inch Barrel, Suppressed , 6.5 Grendel.
Killed many Feral Hogs and several Coyotes.


What's the fur damage like with these?

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#3184793 - 01/12/19 11:42 AM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
Stu Farish Offline
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 23068
Loc: Have gun, will travel
you might also try the 85gr Sierra varminter
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#3184804 - 01/12/19 12:25 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: LittleAndy]
erikc838 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 975
Loc: Las Cruces, NM
I had great success with the 85gr Sierra Varminter and the 95gr Vmax out of a 20" barrel.
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#3184840 - 01/12/19 02:01 PM Re: Finished my 6.5 Grendel [Re: crowkiller51]
Huckleberry75 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/15
Posts: 610
Loc: Yukon, OK-ish
Originally Posted By: crowkiller51
The Factory Ammo Hornaday 123ELD Match shoots awesome in my 12 inch Barrel, Suppressed , 6.5 Grendel.
Killed many Feral Hogs and several Coyotes.


CK, what velocity are you getting from the factory 123 ELDM Black ammo? My 18" rifle loves it and I am addicted enough that I think I NEED a 12" upper to go on my SBR lower.

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