14.5” 6.5 Grendel expectations

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im looking into building a 14.5” 6.5 Grendel for coyote hunting/brush gun, has anyone ran that setup and if so what can I reasonably expect out of it as far as m.v., and energy at distance. I know I’m giving some up because of the shorter barrel length but I’m willing to give some to get a lighter more maneuverable setup. Looking forward to your input
 

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I have a 16", and though everything is personal preference, I would not want to go shorter than that in a 6.5G. Pretty slow as is, and 16" is still very maneverable.

Really just depends on the distances you intend to hunt at. A buddy of mine runs a 14.5 on hogs, and he's happy out to 200 yards. A hunting buddy of his runs a 12.5", and it doesn't seem to do as well at that distance.
 
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Ive killed hogs, bear and deer out of my 14.5". Killed deer out to 600yrds and a lot of hogs at 300yrds. You wont have any problem with the 123 amax at 2450fps, it should stay supersonic in the worst conditions to 800yrds .
I enjoy the 14.5" with a pinned muzzle break so my rifle makes the legal 16" limit. The size is just barely short enough to squezze in most packs and bags if I separate the upper and lower. If packabilty isn't a issue 16" and 18" are great
 
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Thank you again for all the replies! I was definitely going to go with a 6.5grendel until I talked to Paul at Craddock Precision, needless to say I am easily persuaded lol. I am going to have him spin me up a 16” Criterion .224 Valkyrie, medium contour, rifle length gas, 1-7 twist.
 
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My 12.5" Grendel gets 2300 with factory Hornady SST's. It blows the 300 BLK out of the water for both mid range shooting and overall killing ability. My longest shot was a pig at 320 yards. Shot from a kneeling position, hit a little low, it ran at me and I hit it again at 260 yards with a solid lung shot. I couldn't have pulled off that shot with even supersonic rounds out of my 300 BLK and a 5.56 would have just poked a little hole at that range. It's a great shooting gun. I think a 14.5" would be a great choice you wouldn't regret. FWIW the original barrel length was 16" and original velocity was 2415 FPS. So for losing almost 4" I gave up 115 fps. Not bad.
 
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Thank you again for all the replies! I was definitely going to go with a 6.5grendel until I talked to Paul at Craddock Precision, needless to say I am easily persuaded lol. I am going to have him spin me up a 16” Criterion .224 Valkyrie, medium contour, rifle length gas, 1-7 twist.
Care to enlighten us as to what swayed your resolve? Feel free to send it via PM if you prefer to not muddy up the thread. Thx in advance.
 
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