AR-15 Podcast 162 –  The 6.5 Grendel and why you need it

DeKalb, Illinois – Reed, J.D., and J.W. Ramp are back for episode 162 of the AR-15 Podcast! Before jumping into the main topic, the guys discuss some housekeeping and network news. If you’re going to the NRA show, the Firearms Radio Network is having a listener meet and greet at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe. See the show notes for more details if you're interested in meeting up. There may even be a free drink in it for you!

The main topic is a look at a less popular round for the AR platform, the 6.5mm Grendel. They start with what is the Grendel, where does it come from, and why was it designed. Next, they review some commercially available rifles chambered in this caliber. And finally, they move on to some tips and tricks for spec’ing and building your own 6.5 Grendel rifle. Some points of note, your capacity will drop from 30 to 26, and the Grendel requires nonstandard bolt and barrel for those of you interested in building your own.

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Check out the show notes for links on all products and information in the show. Listen to the entire episode at HERE for the tip of the week and as always listener feedback. The hosts at the AR-15 Podcast, want to hear what you, the listener, think so be sure to tune in and let us know what you’d like to hear, what we’re doing right, and how we can improve!

About the AR-15 Podcast:

The AR-15 Podcast is the show about your favorite black rifle. Whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. The episodes range from AR construction and reloading, to interviews and accessories. The AR-15 Podcast is found on the Firearms Radio Network and releases every Saturday at 4:00 am central time. Subscribe to the show via AR-15 Podcast on iTunes,or  Stitcher Radio.


Jake Challand


Firearms Radio Network



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Jeff D.
Jeff D.
4 years ago

I’d love to see a show or even a video comparing the Grendel round to the .556/223, 300 blackout, 308 to compare the power of these rounds by fair unbiased test results! Jeff D.