Last week I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Wyoming to hunt pronghorn with my 6.5 Grendel. My neighbor and his brother-in-law also hunted with me, and they had 6.5 Grendel rifles as well. We all had doe tags to fill. A friend without tags also went along and took the photos (and helped with the dragging!)
Mine: 20” LW CSS barrel, 100 gr TTSX , H335 handload.
Neighbor: 18” AA Grendel barrel, 120 NBT, TAC handload
Neighbor’s brother-in-law: 20” LW CSS barrel, 123 Hornady A-Max factory loads.
The first morning it was cold and very windy with winds gusting from 20 to 60 mph. I had hiked about a mile from the nearest road to get away from the road riders, and hunkered down in a large rock formation before daylight.
About an hour after daylight I spotted a group of 10 does and a buck about 400 yds away. They were not going to move my way any time soon, so I left my hidey hole and put a stalk on them. I was able to crawl and get a large group of rocks between us. I then quickly closed the distance, and peeked around the last available cover. I saw one doe quartering away and feeding calmly, and figured she had volunteered to go home with me. The shot was not spectacular…80 yds through the boiler room. Not the biggest nanny, but I was happy to get her.
The next day I was able to conduct a stalk with my neighbor. We hiked far from the roads, and spotted a group of 20 or so in a bowl a couple of ridges over. We crawled to the top of the ridge above them, and he put a great shot on a large doe at 185 yds. This was his second big game animal, and his first with the Grendel. It was smiles all around!
Both of our rifles with Camp far in the distance
His brother-in-law was able to drop a nice doe from about 300 yds with his Grendel as well. Overall it was a fun couple of days and a successful Grendel “field test.”
Good luck to all of you in your hunting this fall.