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6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:10:37 PM »
What's the deal with these two. I'm looking for a primarly hunting/long range upper for my AR. I'd love to use it to  hunt deer here.

I've been debating the 6.8 vs 6.5 for a dedicated hunting upper for my AR. The 6.5 seems to have better long range balistics and energy than the 6.8 as well as being very accurate. The 6.5 has less ammo availability now, but Wolf is supposed to be doing a round that is about $0.33 for practice and training. Both are expensive to shoot compared to 5.56. I wouldn't shoot it much except for hunting and maybe playing with it for long range. Charles Daily had a thread on M4 carbine about getting into the 6.5 or 6.8 market so we might have some less expensive alternatives coming out. I know a lot of guys like the 6.8 for SBR's and better power than the 5.56, however for my primary purpose (hunting with Self Defense secondary) I'm leaning towards the 6.5.

What's WTA's opinion?


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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 12:15:07 PM »
Wolf 6.5 Grendel ammo is already on shelves (has been for a while). I see it selling for about $14/20 rounds.
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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 10:25:18 AM »
At what ranges do you shoot deer.  If it is at/under 300 yards I'd go for the 6.8 mm for reasons of upper price/availability and long term ammo availability. 
I know a guy who just loves his 6.5 but he is one of those irritating people who can hit the bull at 400 yards with iron sights.  With a scope he is good for 800 yards. 

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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009, 12:16:24 PM »
The Grendel is better for longer range shooting.

I will have one myself next year.  "Thunder Kiss 65" :clap

I'll be reloading for myself next year as well so I'm not overly concerned about availabilty of factory ammo.
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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009, 12:54:34 PM »
FWIW even Wal-mart sells 6.8 so ammo might be easier to find when needed.
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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2009, 08:38:12 AM »
Wolf 6.5 Grendel ammo is already on shelves (has been for a while). I see it selling for about $14/20 rounds.

I was under the impression they were going to release a cheaper round for plinking as well. Maybe I miss read that somewhere.

Ammo availability and cost has me somewhat leaning away from the 6.5. However, if more gun manufacturers like Charles Daily get into making uppers for a reasonable price, ammo may become more available. I do like the longer range of the 6.5.  Does having an 18" or 20" barrel vs a 16" make much difference in balistics for the 6.5? For huntintg, I could easily go with a 20" barrel if it gives me some extra range and velocity.

If it were a primary defensive gun, the 6.8 would win for me.

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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009, 06:54:30 PM »
Hornady just introduced 6.5mm Grendel ammunition

I have two Grendels and love them.


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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2009, 07:10:13 PM »
Hornady just introduced 6.5mm Grendel ammunition

I have two Grendels and love them.
Linky?  I haven't gotten anything about that in their emails, or seen anything at all...awesome though.

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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2009, 08:36:32 PM »
Linky?  I haven't gotten anything about that in their emails, or seen anything at all...awesome though.


http://www.hornady.com/store/6.5-Grendel-ammo/
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Re: 6.5 Grendel AR vs 6.8?
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2009, 03:58:16 PM »
While I am a fan of the 6.5 Grendel, for most people, I think either one would work well.  Inside 3 or 400 yards, I don't think there is really much difference. Out past that the 6.5 Grendel has the advantage.  I also like how the Grendel is also more versatile in the bullet weights that you can use. 
The proprietary nature of the Grendel and that fact it has been slower to catch on is a big downer for it.  While I understand why they kept such close control of the product, I think they were overly zealous and would have been better off getting more out there sooner.  When people can't get a product that does tend to turn people off.  Of course the 6.8 had its issues for a while too with the different chamber specs and such.
From what I have seen, the 6.8 has the edge on popularity and selection, I don't think it is overwhelming.  It depends what your other factors are.
While If I had to get one right now it would be a 6.5, it will be a while before I start getting some of the more uncommon calibers. 
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