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    16" Barrel?

    For me personally.., I find AR's with barrels longer than 16" to be very front heavy and akward.
    How does the 6.5 Grendel perform with 16" barrel?

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    Chieftain
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    Really depends on what your intended purpose. My first 6.5 Grendel was a 16” set up just like my duty rifle which was a 16 carbine gas length 5.56/223. I currently have four AR-15’s in 6.5 Grendel, 2 sixteen inch, 1 eighteen inch and 1 twenty inch 6.5 Grendel.

    The 16” 6.5 Grendel can be used for hunting up to 400 yards depending on bullet/load used. The 16” 6.5 Grendel can be used for rifle matches, CQB and target shooting. I’ve shot my non free floated 16” barrel 6.5 Grendel out to 800 yards. I ran out of elevation and had to use my mildot scope to get on target. My 16” 6.5 Grendel had produced less than 1 MOA groups at 600 yards with factory A-Max. I normally shoot at 450’ ASL and will eventually get a 20 MOA mount for this 16” 6.5 Grendel.

    I took some pictures of my 16”, 18” and 20” AR-15 6.5 Grendel AR-15 to show the differences. I also attached a link to chronograph results for 16”; 18”, 20” and 24” AR-15’s in 6.5 Grendel.


    http://www.65grendel.com/forum/showt...rel-comparison


    Here is a link to a little test I conducted comparing the 6.5 Grendel to the 5.56/223 for self defense.


    http://www.65grendel.com/forum/showt...rendel-vs-5.56
    Last edited by VASCAR2; 01-14-2018 at 01:51 AM.

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    Bloodstained
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    Well, there is nothing wrong with a 16 inch barrel. It is a pretty handy size. But on my build, I went with a long 24 inch barrel in order to eek out a little more muzzle velocity with mine. I wanted to use it more for target shooting than hunting per se.

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    Warrior jim_bob's Avatar
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    I built a 16" Grendel last year and was able to take a good size doe with it at around 190 paces during hunting season. It is a very pleasant rifle to shoot.

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