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Old 01-05-2019, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default Building 6.5 Grendal on AR-15 platform. Any advice?

Hey everyone. I'll be building a 6.5 Grendal pretty soon on the AR-15 platform. I'm in the research phase still as I've only built one AR15 so far (a .223 Wylde). Is this something that is compatible with other calibers so that I would just need to build the upper and be done with it, or is this a whole new gun that would need to be made?

From what I remember on my last build, there's like dozens of different options for the barrel... twist rate, barrel length, gas system, barrel profile, steel or ???...and I know there is a few things I'm leaving out. So what would be best for a 6.5 Grendal? Ideally this would be for deer and to really reach out to a far distance, so I'm hoping that suggestions would be for those uses.

Vague, I know...any advice would truly be helpful. Thank you.
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:52 AM   #2
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Yes it is compatible with the ar-15 lowers. Just need new upper, bcg, and magazine. As far as barrels, I have 2. One 16 with 1:9 twist and one 24 with 1:8 twist. They both shoot great.
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:53 AM   #3
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I went with an 18 in Odin works barrel and bolt carrier.
I also used in aero precision enhanced upper which made things super easy. Shoots Hornady black under 1 moa all day long.
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:14 AM   #4
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I went with an 18 in Odin works barrel and bolt carrier.
I also used in aero precision enhanced upper which made things super easy. Shoots Hornady black under 1 moa all day long.
Every AR upper I build from now on will be on the Aero precision enhanced upper. Such a better system.


I think the AR15performance.com barrels are hard to beat for the price. I've put 2 grendels together now with their barrel and both shoot lights out.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:13 AM   #5
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Do not use a Bear Creek Arsenal barrel is about all I got. 6” groups at 50 yards were the norm for both of the barrels I tried.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice.

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Old 01-06-2019, 08:34 PM   #7
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I built my first with a Faxon group buy 16" barrel and Monster bolt from the 6.5 Grendel forum (http://www.65grendel.com/forum/). Lots of great info there. I would echo the advice above about being wary of BCA barrels, they don't have the finest reputation on the Grendel forum. The Grendel is mag specific, I use Elanders and have no problems with them.

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Old 01-06-2019, 08:49 PM   #8
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Buy the parts you want from reputable companies if you only want a quality gun
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:55 PM   #9
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The Radical Firearms in a 6.5 Grendel upper has worked great for me.

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Old 01-07-2019, 05:14 AM   #10
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Elanders mags

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Old 01-07-2019, 08:35 AM   #11
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Odin barrels are good to go for a 6.5G build. Faxon is also great. i would suggest a minimum 18 inch barrel.

second the elanders mags recommendation.

enjoy one of the finest rounds created.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:15 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. Time to get to building. Pics coming. Y'all are awesome and appreciate the input.

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Old 01-08-2019, 08:37 PM   #13
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Red X Arms has some good barrels on sale now. They’ve got some ridiculous length like 22 and I believe 24”. But since you stayed you’re shooting deer long range. The extra few inches will give you increased velocities.
I believe when Wilson was designitthe Grendel he planned it around 20”. So use that as the gauge.
Whom ever you buy with. I’d highly suggest using their BCG/bolt face and not mix matching.
Good luck and post pics.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:20 PM   #14
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Anyone else have reviews of RedX Arms barrels? They are definitely reasonably priced.

Edit: Did a Google search and a ton of not so great things came up as far as reviews... even the third link was to the BBB lol.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:41 PM   #15
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I went with the AeroPrecision Enhanced upper as well. Very easy to put together along with their hand guard and barrel nut. Used Odin Works 16" barrel and BCG, which came as a kit with the gas tube and adjustable gas block. If you look hard enough you can find the Odin Works barrels on sale. I think I got mine at either Job Bob's outfitters or DVOR.com. And to top it all off the thing is more accurate than I can shoot. Did the sighting in using a rifle sled and the groupings at 100 yards were tight.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:49 PM   #16
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I can add to the bear creek , dont do it. Father has one and cant get it to group for anything.
I've had a Radical full gun and it shot 1" at 100 with no load work at all.
Best build I have is Alexander BCG and upper with a 20" Shilen barrel. Shoots under 1/2" at 100. Vortex HS LR up top and it has stayed perfect for 7 years. Know my drops for what I need hunting and have dialed out to past 600 ringing 2" plates consistently
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:52 PM   #17
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Anyone have thoughts on Satern barrels? This one in particular?

Also...could someone explain what a "head spaced" bolt is? Assuming I'd have to put together BCG as this only comes with the bolt. What components make up a bcg?
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:09 PM   #18
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Easy peasy to change the bolt. No different than when you strip your 556 BCG down to clean. Just replace the 556 bolt with the Grendel.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:33 PM   #19
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Or thoughts on this...?

https://shop.saternbarrels.net/products/0dlkpl1pe4
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