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Old 09-16-2021, 09:54 AM   #1
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Any TBHers us their 6.5 grendel for deer hunting?? I was wondering what ammo people are using to hunt deer and hogs as well I guess. Thanks for the input.
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Old 09-16-2021, 09:58 AM   #2
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Fusion is what my daughter shoots. It’s absolutely devastating!!! NOT meat friendly, but there’s a lot of insurance in them
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:08 AM   #3
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I use the Hornady 123grain SST for pigs. Treats em pretty rough. Would not hesitate to use that round on a deer.
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:21 AM   #4
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I use the Hornady 123grain SST for pigs. Treats em pretty rough. Would not hesitate to use that round on a deer.

Same here. At 238 yards I tagged a hog below his ear and it popped one of his eyes out of socket. Iím carrying it for deer this fall and wonít hesitate to reach out to 350 yards with it.


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Old 09-16-2021, 10:22 AM   #5
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I will be using the 123gr SST for deer this season. It has knocked down a bunch of hogs for me, so I'm pretty sure it will work.
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:27 AM   #6
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Grendel for deer?
Of course. Hornady Black 123 gn sst or eld.
I doubt if I’ll ever use any other caliber for deer.
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:29 AM   #7
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Built a 6.5G for my son to shoot his first deer this season. I plan for him to use the 123 SST that others above mentioned. I built it for my son but I like it so much that I will be carrying it to the stand on occasion also. Its a tac driver.
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:38 AM   #8
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123gr SSTs are deadly. Had the Fusions as well but haven't had a reason to try them yet.
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:39 AM   #9
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I use the 123 grn SST for pigs, head shots work great!
I still have a pretty good stash of 123 grn Amax and prefer them over the SST on deer, they typically expand and pass thru.
SST's tend to do as designed I assume and fragment inside the deer, without a pass through, me being ole fashioned and hard to break old habits like to have a blood trail. Typically for me heart and lung shot they run and I like a little blood to follow.
Just my .02
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:41 AM   #10
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Been using the Hornady Black 123 eld-m. Have shot several hogs, javi's and 1 deer (In Neck) and all have been DRT. Hogs were shot in shoulder as well as javi's. No Exit but they did not go anywhere.
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I shoot 123 gr SST also never had anything get up !
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Old 09-16-2021, 10:49 AM   #12
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We tested 14….14….1-4 grendel s built in every price range imaginable with SST. 1 a diamondback shot it very well 1”. Nothing else shot it better that 9” at 100. We weighed powder from a box and the tolerance looked like my 5yo did it with a measuring cup

They were the most highly recommended, but we couldn’t rely on them


Black ammo- shoot great from all guns. I shot several pigs and recovered all even some I had to shoot twice. In 100% of ANIMALS, I had what I considered bullet failure. They vaporized on impact. Smaller pigs would have 3+ exits. A medium pig was shot in shoulder and broke his knee where 1/3 bullet exited. There was gum wrapper looking metal smeared everywhere. Shoot great, but I don’t trust them to hunt with

Just my experience
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:00 AM   #13
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Same here. At 238 yards I tagged a hog below his ear and it popped one of his eyes out of socket. Iím carrying it for deer this fall and wonít hesitate to reach out to 350 yards with it.


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With an AR??
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:05 AM   #14
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Awesome thanks for the input!!
Does anyone shot the 6.5 grendel in a Ruger American Ranch model?
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:06 AM   #15
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We tested 14Ö.14Ö.1-4 grendel s built in every price range imaginable with SST. 1 a diamondback shot it very well 1Ē. Nothing else shot it better that 9Ē at 100. We weighed powder from a box and the tolerance looked like my 5yo did it with a measuring cup

They were the most highly recommended, but we couldnít rely on them


Black ammo- shoot great from all guns. I shot several pigs and recovered all even some I had to shoot twice. In 100% of ANIMALS, I had what I considered bullet failure. They vaporized on impact. Smaller pigs would have 3+ exits. A medium pig was shot in shoulder and broke his knee where 1/3 bullet exited. There was gum wrapper looking metal smeared everywhere. Shoot great, but I donít trust them to hunt with

Just my experience
Thats odd. Mine shoots them sub MOA. And it is NOT a fancy/high dollar built rig.
Maybe I just got lucky
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:38 AM   #16
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I have been successful with 123 gr SST's. They do a lot of damage and the animal never goes far HOWEVER more often than not there is no exit wound so there is very little if any blood trail.
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:40 AM   #17
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The Fusion are what we use. I'm with Low Fence on the SST bullets. I have had 3 Grendel's and I could not get them to group in any off them.
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Old 09-16-2021, 12:31 PM   #18
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I shoot 123 SSTs out of my 12.5Ē SBR. It shoots them sub-moa and performs great on animals. Iíve killed a few hundred hogs, several coyotes, and two or three does with it.

I tried the black 123 eld-m and Federal fusions at one point. The eld-m Blacks were accurate, but didnít seem to perform quite as well on hogs. Federal fusions performed well, but werenít quite as accurate out of my rifle.

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Old 09-16-2021, 12:34 PM   #19
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Weíve had great luck with the SSTs. Never tried the others, though I do have some.


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Old 09-16-2021, 12:49 PM   #20
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I use the Hornady 123grain SST for pigs. Treats em pretty rough. Would not hesitate to use that round on a deer.
More than 50 hogs and a few deer with these for me.

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Old 09-16-2021, 01:01 PM   #21
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We load the 100gr Barnes TTSX in my sons and it gets it done
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Old 09-16-2021, 01:09 PM   #22
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So, just like any rifle you gotta do some spearminting and fond out what YOUR rifle likes, and what performs best for YOU! Correct?
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Old 09-16-2021, 01:28 PM   #23
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So, just like any rifle you gotta do some spearminting and fond out what YOUR rifle likes, and what performs best for YOU! Correct?
Yup exactly but asking for tips on what others have had luck with can give you a good starting point and save some money.
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Old 09-16-2021, 01:30 PM   #24
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Yes sir, Grendel Hunter upper with a 20Ē barrel. Topped it with a Vortex Viper PST Gen II 3x15. Sub MOA groups all day. I ring steel all the way to 650 yards, but the foot pounds of energy are really low out there, <700 ft lbs. Somewhere between 400-425 yards it drops below 1,000 ft lbs, so I make my max kill shot with the 6.5 Grendel 350 yards. If I anticipate something beyond 350 yards, Iíll take my .300 Win Mag.

Same as others have said on here, I built it for my wife and daughter but it shoots so sweet that I use it more than they ever will!


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Old 09-16-2021, 02:01 PM   #25
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I primarily shoot the black 123gr eld-m and have had wonderful results with should shots on deer. I have also shot an axis doe with a fusion and it did great as well but the blacks shoot better.

The SST's shot terrible and i mean terrible, like 8-12" group terrible.
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Yup exactly but asking for tips on what others have had luck with can give you a good starting point and save some money.
Yeah I agree but You(I) still have a lot of fun and satisfaction testin out a lotta stuff.
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:06 PM   #27
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120 gr Nosler ballistic tip in my bolt action CZ. Awesome results.
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:16 PM   #28
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Like the others. Ive shot a few deer the last couple years with 123SST from an AR. I may try another bullet next year as there has yet to be an exit and 2 deer ran off about 50yds in deep brush. I like to see some blood to follow. Shot a fair number of hogs too, but i dont care so much if i cant find them
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:17 PM   #29
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Interested in this as well. I plan to use mine for the first time this year.
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:24 PM   #30
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120 gr Nosler ballistic tip in my bolt action CZ. Awesome results.
I have some of these but haven't loaded them because the factory black's shoot super good and have done exactly what i needed them too.
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Old 09-16-2021, 02:48 PM   #31
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Hornady black elds work just fine as slow as a Grendel is shooting
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Hornady black with 123 grain ELDM works great.
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Old 09-16-2021, 03:09 PM   #33
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Yeah I agree but You(I) still have a lot of fun and satisfaction testin out a lotta stuff.
That too
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Anyone running a Ruger American Ranch rifle in the grendel?
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Fusions have done the best for me out a short barrel. Rifle length, SST and ELD would be fine. I have had similar experience as Low Fence with accuracy issues using SST.

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Iíve been using 120gr eldm handloads and they flat out kill! Iíve shot some really large hogs and most have been bang flops even in the shoulder.

Coyotes get softball size exits and deer just drop.

Now if I can get my hands on some Speer gold dots Iíd probably use those.
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Just getting back to this one. Thanks for the input everyone.
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Old 10-04-2021, 08:50 PM   #38
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Hereís the results of one for you if you are a reloader.



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Old 10-05-2021, 01:47 AM   #40
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Anyone running a Ruger American Ranch rifle in the grendel?
Yep in 300blk as well. Grendel suppresses ok but the 300 is giggle quiet
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I use the Hornady 123grain SST for pigs. Treats em pretty rough. Would not hesitate to use that round on a deer.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:44 PM   #42
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I guess for the sake of updating everyone on what I have seen so far. Got a Ruger American Ranch model and so far at 100yds I have tried Hornady custom 123gr SST and at best it will make an 1.25" 3 shot group and Federal American Eagle 120gr OTM and it has done .75" 3 shot group. I have some 123gr Hornady Black ELDM on the way to try out.
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Old 10-19-2021, 05:20 PM   #43
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The rife really struggled with the 123gr SST Hornady Custom. Best group at 1.25". The Federal American Eagle 120gr OTM did good best group .75" but it was never consistently grouping. The Hornady Black ELDM 123gr was by far the best consistent at 5/8" or .625moa at 100yds.
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Old 10-19-2021, 06:58 PM   #44
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My LaRue Grendel shoots the 120gr Federal American Eagles in a consistent 0.5 MOA group at 100yds. Have even shot the thing out to 835yds on this gong we have at our place. The thing loves that 120gr for some reason!
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