American Eagle Target Loads: 300 BLK, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor

American Eagle

Announced earlier this year, Federal is now shipping all three new target loads in its American Eagle line of ammunition. The new loads cover these calibers: 300 BLK, 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 Grendel.

300 BLK

The Blackout cartridge continues to grow in popularity for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is its ability to run in a standard 5.56 NATO AR with a quick barrel or upper swap. The one thing that has hurt the cartridge is the relative lack of inexpensive ammunition for the high volume shooting that many AR owners enjoy.

The American Eagle line is positioned as a less expensive alternative to the Federal Premium brands. For this load, Federal selected a 150 grain FMJ-BT bullet that is loaded to 1,900 fps. A 20 round box has a suggested retail price of $17.95, and online pricing is likely to be less if you shop around.

6.5 Creedmoor

For a cartridge popular with the accuracy crowd, Federal went with a 140 grain open tip match bullet in this Creedmoor load. This one is loaded to 2,700 fps. Also sold in 20 round boxes, these have a MSRP of $33.95.

6.5 Grendel

The Grendel is quite popular with AR shooters looking for a 6.5mm round in an AR-15 platform. This load has a 120 grain OTM bullet that is loaded to 2,610 fps.

With the recall of the Prvi Partizan 6.5 Grendel ammo, the American Eagle load will likely be in even greater demand from US shooters. A 20 round box has a suggested retail of $31.95.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Wolfgar

    I can get Hornady SST, or A-Max for $18 to $20 for a box of 20 rounds in the 6.5 Grendel. They better get more price competitive if they want my business.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Wolf sells bulk 6.5 Grendel for ~40 cents (or so) a round. That one might not be the money maker they anticipated.

      • Steel case v Brass Case. Look at Wolf Gold in 6.5 Grendel for a better comparison.

        • Evaris

          Eh, even Wolf Gold sells for just $0.75/round or so. This is double that price.

    • BattleshipGrey

      American Eagle used to be a great value for practice ammo when I first got into shooting. They’ve gotten a little too proud of that product line of late.

  • JustAHologram

    Not exactly bargain pricing

  • Just say’n

    It’s official then, 6.5 Grendel is no longer a boutique round. Might even be able to get it at Walmart now.

  • Arandor Thinnorion

    The American Eagle 6.5 Grendel is not what I would call typical “target” ammo. You can get Wolf 6.5 Grendel for $0.28/round. You can get Hornady for $0.85/round. This American Eagle is “Open Tip Match” and goes for $1.08/round. If you want 6.5 Grendel for training and target shooting, Wolf is the affordable option.

    • glenn cheney

      That’s a fact. I have the WPA, said to be cleaner burning powder. 500/139.00, for plinking paper, Hornady SST’s for running DRT’s.
      Gonna be more Grendel news to come.
      What I need is Nostler Partitioned or bonded, have seen bonded in Creedmore, but not Grendel, at breathtaking prices. I’d be inclined to take the shell casing to the taxidermist and have IT mounted.
      I promised myself I would not get into working up handloads.
      Hornady right now owns the hunter’s hearts.

  • gunsandrockets

    More loads available for three fabulous cartridges? Sounds good to me.

  • Barry

    I’ve never opened up a box of American eagle and saw rounds that shiny before. Come to think of it, federal ammo looks the dirtiest of all the factory ammo not including premium defense pistol rounds. It’s like they threw them in the dumpster before picking them out and boxing them.

  • JayHu

    .74c a round is still too much for (300 blk) range ammo IMO. If they can get that down to about .40c, they’d own the market