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.
Wolf Military Classic 6.5 Grendel 100 Grain FMJ – 500 Rounds$387.85
Manufacturer Wolf Condition New Bullet Weight 100 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Steel Quantity 500 Ammo Caliber 6.5 Grendel Manufacturer SKU MC6.5GrenFMJ Primer Type Berdan Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 645611451485 Cost Per Round 77.6¢ per round
This 6.5 Grendel cartridge from Wolf’s Military Classic line of ammunition features a Berdan primed steel casing. As is always the case, this type of cartridge isn’t appropriate for handloading, but the big trade-off for that is just how much money you’ll save by investing in this ammunition. What’s more, these non-corrosive rounds will be as content as can be to sit in wait on your shelf for a very long time, and their casings’ polymer coatings will facilitate feeding and ejection in semi-automatic firearms beautifully.
If you favor the 6.5 Grendel for its smaller size without sacrificing long-range accuracy, then you’re going to find a lot to favor in these Russian-made and cost-effective rounds. They’re great for training, and the sheer amount of energy they deliver doesn’t preclude them from being handy for self-defense if you’re ever in a real pinch.
Good and cheap
Before I even went to sight in rifle I weighed all 520 rnds. I found most were 15 grams each while others were 14.1-15.4. I then boxed up and marked each box. 15.4 shoots a 1/4 mill higher while the lighter ones shoot 1/4 lower at 100yds. But when boxed by weight the bullets touch on a 20" grendel.
Review by Grendel (Posted on 5/7/2020)
Wolf Military Classic 6.5 Grendel 100 Grain FMJBT – 20 Rounds$18.00
Manufacturer Wolf Condition New Bullet Weight 100 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail (FMJ-BT) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Steel Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 6.5 Grendel Primer Type Berdan Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 645611451478 Cost Per Round 90.0¢ per round
As it was made in Russia’s Barnaul Cartridge Plant, it’s only fitting that this 6.5 Grendel round from Wolf’s Military Classic line of ammunition should feature a steel casing. That alone significantly lowers its price, although not to the detriment of the round’s quality -- its Boxer primer is non-corrosive, and the casing sports Wolf’s exclusive Combat Coating in order to let it feed and eject as smooth as can be. If you don’t handload, there’s little to be desired about this cartridge.
This round’s 100 grain projectile boasts superior accuracy thanks to its boat tail design. Its tapered base also greatly immunizes this bullet against wind drift, flattens its trajectory, and permits it to preserve its velocity in flight so that it can deliver greater energy upon impact downrange. This bullet’s hard bimetal jacket will keep your rifle’s bore from quickly polluting with lead residue in order to preserve its accuracy, and promotes reliable feeding as well.