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    6.5 Grendel in a bolt action?

    I am thinking about getting a 6.5 Grendel. I do not want an AR platform. Does anyone make a production bolt action rifle in this chambering with at least a 24" perferrably a 26" barrel at a reasonable price? I have looked but only found custom guns that were out of my price range.

    Thanks in advance.

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    No production rifles, but we do some bolt guns in AR intended calibers. We can do it pretty reasonably too. If it is something you are interested in, email me at aaron@deltacompanyarms.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoon 45 View Post
    Does anyone make a production bolt action rifle in this chambering with at least a 24" perferrably a 26" barrel at a reasonable price?
    Two years ago at SHOT, Bill Alexander had Savage/Shaw bolt rifles on display chambered in 6.5 Grendel.

    They seemed to be getting a fair amount of attention, but haven't seen them commercially offered. A phone call to the source might be worth your time.

    Otherwise.....

    The "bolt rifle" reamer that's out there (tighter neck dimensions) seems to be public domain - Midway even carried it for awhile.

    If one was interested in a Savage, it would be an affordable way to get into a bolt gun in Grendel.

    It wouldn't be a terribly expensive proposition. I'd sell the barrel for not over $340, including headspace gauge rental and bolt face modification.

    For the Savage - start with a 223 late model centerfeed action for a donor rifle, it'll feed the best with the least work.

    For a few dollars more....

    CZ 527 has been done several times, Ruger 77's originally in PPC or 7.62x39 as well with little drama from either in feed or function. It seems like I've seen a Sako rebarreled as well, but can't recall where.

    The 700's can work, the 6.8 SPC magazine box (if you can still source them) works fairly decent. Actually, if you can find a complete rifle in 6.8 SPC for conversion, it makes it pretty easy overall.


    Can always do Encore barrels, I'm of the opinion that the 6.5 Grendel/358 Gremlin is too much for a Contender (maybe not a G2).
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    Dragoon 45, what are you going to shoot out of this gun and what are you going to use it for? The reason I ask is Savage has their model 12 single shot in 6mm BR with both regular twist and a faster twist for shooting 107 grain bullets right off the shelf. The 6.5 Grendel is a nice cartridge but what are you planning to use it for jacketed or cast bullets?

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    Stevens bolt guns make a good starting point too if you are on a budget. They are an exact copy of the savage 10 but about 100 bucks cheaper. You should be able to get the complete rifle done for around $500 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Highwall View Post
    Dragoon 45, what are you going to shoot out of this gun and what are you going to use it for? The reason I ask is Savage has their model 12 single shot in 6mm BR with both regular twist and a faster twist for shooting 107 grain bullets right off the shelf. The 6.5 Grendel is a nice cartridge but what are you planning to use it for jacketed or cast bullets?
    Thanks to everyone for the replies.

    I was looking over the ballistics on the cartridge and thought it might make a pretty good target rifle. Retained velocity and wind drift are very good to excellent at long ranges depending on bullet choice.

    I am right handed and am looking at probable surgery on either my right shoulder or neck. Probably won't be able to shoot heavy recoiling rifles anymore if that happens. Every thing I have read says the Grendel is easy on the shoulder in addition to some pretty impressive ballistics.

    I am also thinking about the 7mm-08. But long range bullet choices seem to favor the 6.5mm cartridges.

    Carried an M-16/M-4 for years in the military, and am not fond of the design. A good bolt gun will probably do everything I need it to do.

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    I have a Encore pistol with a 15" barrel in 6mm Br and it is real easy to shoot. I hope to shoot cast with it next year.

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    There is also 260 rem. which gives you 6.5 bullet selection, and a little more power, if you so choose to use it. It also loads down easily. Another benifit is that you can make brass from .308. But, if you just want a grendel, you might as well get what you want.

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