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The Long Range AR - 6.5 Grendel
Articles by Henning Wallgren and Tom Pfeiffer

An Introduction to the Grendel

The 6.5 Grendel caliber, introduced in 2003 by Bill Alexander of Alexander Arms, has been getting increasing interest among long range shooters over the past years. But not only so, European IPSC Rifle shooters are looking at this caliber as a potential competitive advantage. The Grendel is powerful enough to score major in practical rifle.

Is it over for the old .223?
No doubt the Grendel can out-shoot the 223,
but recoil is still a factor.

The 6.5 Grendel case next to a .223 Remington.
You can jump from 55 - 77 grain bullets
to 95 - 144 grains with the Grendel.

Velocities from 2,300 - 2,900 depending on bullet.

Magazines from Alexander Arms holds 26 rounds.
You can technically seat the bullet out to 2.280" as shown,
but to ensure proper feeding the OAL will be from
2.220" - 2.270" depending on the bullet.

Magazines are of high quality with self-leveling
followers.  Why doesn't the .223 magazines
come this way...
Somebody at Alexander Arms cares about quality.
Isn't that so, Bill ;-)

Lots of ammo, notepad with drop chart,
range finder, calculator and pen are
necessary tools.

Wish I had a 1,000+ yard range near by...
My drop chart proved to work and I was able to
hit small rocks out to 750 yards.

Lots of bullets to choose from.
For most practical purposes it'll probably be:
Sierra 120 or 123 Match King
Lapua 108 or 123 Scenar,
Hornady 129SST or 140 A-Max

So far I've had good results with the Grendel.
5 shot group consistently under 0.5" at 100 yards with
Sierra 123 Match King and Vihtavuori N540.