One of the more interesting developments in the ammunition world from the past few years has been the growing interest in Russia for the 6.5 Grendel cartridge. Kalashnikov Concern’s new AK-12 rifle is rumored to have a 6.5mm variant, and the CIP standardized a Russian round in 2013 that appears to be a variant of the 6.5 Grendel designed to function in 7.62mm AK magazines. Most significantly for the US market, however, has been the production of inexpensive steel-cased 6.5 Grendel ammunition, marketed under the Wolf Performance Ammunition brand. This ammunition offers the 6.5 Grendel shooter a relatively inexpensive (approx. $0.35-$0.40 per round), plentiful source of ammunition to feed their rifles. The introduction of this ammunition has caused a modest resurgence in popularity for the Alexander Arms cartridge, so it’s worth a closer look at what this ammunition can and can’t do, as the video by DocTacDad does in the video below:
Most people will be interested in the accuracy the ammunition is capable of; in Doc’s review, it shoots groups a bit less than 3 MOA, which is standard for this kind of ammunition. Doc also takes the rounds apart, so viewers can see the fine ball powder the round is loaded with, as well as the cupronickel-clad steel jacketed lead-cored bullet, and its recessed base (an unusual feature for Western projectiles, but very common with Russian bullets).
DocTacDad has also covered his experiences with the 6.5 Grendel chambering in general in previous videos, embedded below: