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6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« on: June 18, 2017, 04:23:53 PM »
What are you guys' thoughts?  Thinking of keeping a lookout for my son for one of these. It would be for an AR, not a bolt gun.

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2017, 04:48:37 PM »
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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2017, 04:54:44 PM »
I have a 6.8 and love it. Its my favorite ar. I actually have a 6.8 pistol also. I have shot 3 deer with it longes one was about 205 yards. I also have shot many yotes with it longest shot on one of them was 417 yards. I dont know much about the 6.5 but have been thinking about looking into building one

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2017, 05:02:49 PM »
Either would work just fine at standard hunting distances. I have a preference for the Grendel due to the fact of the higher BC bullets and the .264 bullet diameter. The Grendel can reach out further and shoots flatter. Which could be a plus if you want to shoot paper or steel at distance, it's also a plus for varmint hunting.

Both have huge support for components. Large selections of factory ammunition for both and both are accurate chamberings. I don't suggest it to the masses but the Grendel is a very capable chambering on big game. We have taken mule deer with it @ 496 yards and 301 yards. Along with one bull elk @ 411 yards. This was all with 16" carbine barrels.

I've also shot both chamberinging necked down to 6mm. The 6x6.8 SPC and the 6mm Grendel both chamberings shot supper well. I did shoot two mule deer with the 6x6.8 SPC both were one shot stops, both were complete pass throughs. One with a 90gr Accubond and one with a 95gr SST. Furthest one was 287 yards.











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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2017, 06:59:10 PM »
Nice rifles BH  :drool:

I love the Grendel  :twocents: Very accurate easy to reload and can shoot all day with no fatigue.
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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 07:12:43 PM »
I have killed 2 Blacktail bucks with my 6.8SPC and both were DRT both were shot right at 140 & 165 yards both folded at the shot. I have a friend that loves his 6.5 as well and has taking 3 bucks now with it all were clean 1 shot kills as well...  It comes down to preference and shot placement...

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2017, 07:34:09 PM »
I have killed 2 Blacktail bucks with my 6.8SPC and both were DRT both were shot right at 140 & 165 yards both folded at the shot. I have a friend that loves his 6.5 as well and has taking 3 bucks now with it all were clean 1 shot kills as well...  It comes down to preference and shot placement...

Pretty much sums it up. It's all about preference  :tup:
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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 08:29:27 PM »
OK, I'll throw a couple of parameters in...

Easy to find reloading components, especially powder.
Ammo is not crazy expensive.
Barrel 20" or less

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 08:40:21 PM »
OK, I'll throw a couple of parameters in...

Easy to find reloading components, especially powder.
Ammo is not crazy expensive.
Barrel 20" or less

Both have quality factory ammo for $20.00 a box and some change. Hornady dies 40.00 .
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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 10:20:12 PM »
This is an interesting comparison. 

http://abesguncave.com/6-5-grendel-vs-6-8-spc-a-different-perspective/

In summary, it's a push ballistically until you get beyond deer hunting distances, especially for the west side.

I think a 12.5" 6.8 pistol shooting 85-110 grain bullets is a great choice for deer, and am building one now.  If you are OK with a 20" barrel and keep the build light, the Grendel has its advantages.


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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2017, 10:38:45 PM »
I love me some Grendel. Mine has taken several big game animals with great results.
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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2017, 10:39:58 PM »
I think the Grendel has the edge past 300.

I assembled a 6.8 using a 20" ARP barrel and it shoots the 110 grain accubonds very well. Or should I say my wife shoots it very well.

This is last years deer with a 6.5 Grendel under 200yds one shot. Shooting the village bicycle.

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 08:29:04 AM »
Was that a heart?   :yike:  Don't want that gun, I like eating heart.....    :chuckle:

So, .264LBC is the same as the 6.5 Grendel? Is it like 5.56X45 and .223 wylde?

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 08:57:18 AM »
Was that a heart?   :yike:  Don't want that gun, I like eating heart.....    :chuckle:

So, .264LBC is the same as the 6.5 Grendel? Is it like 5.56X45 and .223 wylde?

I like the heart too.

I didn't want it going far. :chuckle:

LBC and Grendel is essentially the same.

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Re: 6.8 spc II vs 6.5 grendel for deer
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 09:51:48 AM »
Just curious, why the 20" rule for the Grendel?
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