The 6.5 Grendel fits a niche in the market that is apparently bigger than it was previously imagined, given the spectacular reception that the Grendel round has received. The flat shooting 6.5mm projectile offers similar performance to the .308; and given the right load and conditions, it can actually best the .308/7.62x51mm in certain aspects, including potential for penetration, and retained energy at long ranges (past 900 meters). This is an impressive statement and entirely true. But this is not a replacement for the 7.62x51mm; in theory it is a bridge between he 5.56x45 and the 7.62x51, with the accuracy and retained energy of a much more ballistically efficient round at 800+ meters.
It’s a great round for deer, but it’s not clear yet if it is particularly potent on bigger animals, though the jury sit still out on that, as the track record thus far is short, and data is still being collected by hunters everywhere.
It seems to have some very interesting potential in the military and law enforcement segments but as yet it is still too young on the mainstream marketplace to be legitimately considered by most.
All that said, hunters, target shooter and tactical/competitive shooters are all in love with it for similar reasons. This load offers 2615 feet per second velocity with a 120 grain projectile weight.
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