The 6.5 Grendel is absolutely capable of getting the job done on elk, but in my opinion, larger and more powerful cartridges are much better choices. You don’t need to go crazy and use something like a . 338 Lapua on elk (though it will absolutely work).
Will a 6.5 Grendel kill a moose?
The Grendel is a great caliber from grouse to deer but its not a bear or moose caliber. It can kill one sure but the moose you shoot might run a very long way and they tend to expire in the worst possible place.
Is 6.5 Grendel a barrel burner?
As far as I know, none of us have shot out a 6.5 Grendel Barrel. As for the life, it all depends on the use. If all you ever do is hunt short ranges and shoot paper at 200-300 yards. Well, you’ll probably never burn out a barrel.
Can a 6.5 Grendel kill a bear?
No, you can shoot a bear with a . 223 in Idaho if you want. We have shot two bears with a 6CM. Pick a good bullet.
Is 6.5 Grendel fur friendly?
In my opinion the 6.5 Grendel is not the most fur friendly cartridge. I say this because of the moderate velocity and fairly heavy varmint bullets. The amount of pelt damage is going to be dependent on shot placement. The 204 Ruger, 223, 22-250 and 243 are better varmint cartridges if your concerned about pelt damage.
How much does a 6.5 Grendel drop at 500 yards?
6.5 Grendel Ballistic Chart
|Ammo||Bullet Drop (Inches)|
|Barrel Length||500 yds.|
|Hornady Frontier – 123 Gr. FMJ||24||-56.79|
|Federal Gold Medal – 130 Gr. OTM||24||-59.48|
|Remington HPR – 120 Gr. HPBT||24||-54.06|