Recently, Prvi Partizan (aka PPU) announced a complete recall of 6.5 Grendel ammunition and brass that it made. Typically, when a company recalls ammunition, it is limited to a specific lot number or load. In this case, the recall is for “ALL 6.5 Grendel ammunition” (emphasis theirs) and brass.
The announcement includes the two loads the company currently makes: a 110 gr FMJBT and a 120 gr HPBT.
According to the company, the recall is “Because of different chamber sizes in certain rifles” that could cause “excessive chamber pressure.” I find it curious that instead of issuing a warning that the ammunition should not be fired in a 6.5 Grendel rifle from Brand X, the company instead undertakes what will likely be an expensive recall.
Also curious is that the company states “If you have any 6.5 Grendel ammunition or brass manufactured by PPU…” you should contact the company to “…arrange for its return and replacement.” (again – emphasis theirs) This could suggest a metallurgical problem with the brass.
While I have seen some people say that they “heard” PPU was getting out of making 6.5 Grendel ammunition, the company still lists the loads on its website. Also, with the recent TFB article reporting on the Serbian Special Brigade move to the 6.5 Grendel with PPU being the ammo supplier, it seems unlikely that the company would cease 6.5 production. Time will tell.