What we writers have seen as an extended trend towards the “new” 6.5 calibers has indeed been a long-time coming just based on the sheer logic of the near ideal mix of weight, velocity, ballistic coefficient, barrel longevity, etc. While every caliber has its place, the 6.5 diameter round has had immense potential as an all-around cartridge – the holy grail of shooters.
Released about the same time as 6.8 SPC, a Remington-powered effort to increase the caliber used by the US Military, the 6.5 Grendel has been relatively quiet until the last few years. Where 6.8 SPC burned hot and short, Grendel has continued to find a receptive and growing audience. Sharing the same bullets, bores, and much of the same tooling as the rapidly expanding 6.5 Creedmoor has certainly helped the cartridge grow – but it did not help hand loaders who still needed reloading dies for Grendel specifically.
Meeting that need today is Redding Reloading Equipment, which has released their 6.5 Grendel reloading dies. The announcement included that Redding will have both Bushing-style and Competition dies, “including the legendary Redding Competition Seating Die.”
Pricing was not formally included in the announcement, but once can reasonably assume it will be in line with other Redding Bushing and Competition dies. The new dies are available today through Redding and their reseller network.