6.5 Grendel Ammo
A common alternative chambering for AR-15 rifles, 6.5mm Grendel sits between the 5.56 and 7.62 NATO calibers in power. It was introduced by Alexander Arms in 2004 and is descended from the .220 Russian, in turn a derivative of the Soviet 7.62x39mm used in the AK-47.
Unlike its Russian cousins, however, 6.5mm Grendel ammunition and the caliber as a whole was designed from the ground up to compete with the 7.62 NATO at longer ranges; it fires a medium weight 120-130 grain bullet at a relatively high muzzle velocity in the 2,700 feet per second range. The cartridge's distinctive shape combines a high capacity case with a streamlined bullet significantly lower in caliber than the 7.62 NATO. Overall, the bullet retains energy extremely well even at 800 or 1,000 meters.
While it was originally designed for military and law-enforcement use, the 6.5mm Grendel also adapts well to hunting deer and other game. Its performance is comparable to the .243 or .30-30 Winchester. 6.5mm Grendel ammunition is produced for hunting, defense, and target shooting by several manufacturers including Hornady, Wolf, Prvi Partizan, and Federal - all of which we regularly carry in-stock here at Widener's and offer for sale at competitive prices.
Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Grendel 124 Grain FMJ – 600 Rounds$785.85
Manufacturer Sellier & Bellot Condition New Bullet Weight 124 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 600 Ammo Caliber 6.5 Grendel Manufacturer SKU SB65GA Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 754908517954 Cost Per Round $1.31 per round
Oh, look at the time. It’s 6.5 Grendel o’clock. Don’t be late for the party – order a case of Sellier & Bellot trusty range loads and punch paper until your heart’s content!
This round’s 124 grain full metal jacket is nothing inherently fancy: a solid lead core beneath a CuZn 10 (copper-zinc alloy) jacket, with a ballistically efficient solid nose profile. The bullet’s tough jacket averts deformation that could cause a feeding jam or reduce accuracy, and its absence of ferrous metals means it can’t attract a magnet.
Sellier & Bellot used a 23.5” test barrel to record this cartridge’s 2,576 fps muzzle velocity. At that rate it achieves a 0.400 G1 BC (0.202 G7), which means it pierces the air efficiently enough to avoid transonic destabilization until it has passed 850 yards. The bullet’s trajectory should only need to rise by about 8.5” if you’re aiming at 300 yards.
This ammunition is made in the Czech Republic with new and reloadable brass cases, non-corrosive Boxer primers and low-fouling propellant. Thirty boxes to a case!
Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Grendel 124 Grain FMJ – 20 Rounds$31.85
Manufacturer Sellier & Bellot Condition New Bullet Weight 124 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 6.5 Grendel Manufacturer SKU SB65GA Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 754908512959 Cost Per Round $1.59 per round
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This cartridge’s bullet is a straightforward full metal jacket. It can’t expand while penetrating soft tissue, so you really wouldn’t want to test it out on a medium-size critter. The FMJ’s lead core and copper-alloy jacket make it completely nonmagnetic, as well as tough enough to withstand pressure without losing its streamlined profile.
This round’s 124 grain FMJ has a muzzle velocity of 2,576 fps when fired from a rifle with a 23.5” barrel. Its 0.400 G1 BC (0.202 G7 BC) reflects its ability to remain supersonic until it reaches approximately 880 yards.
Sellier & Bellot was founded in 1825, making them the oldest continually operational ammunition manufacturer on Earth. They give their consistent range cartridges the noncorrosive Boxer primers and virgin brass cases they need to function reliably and serve handloaders well.