6.5 grendel barrel

Dzeek

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Looking to spend $400-$500 on a 20-22" 6.5 grendel barrel. Looking for the best barrel for the money. Right now im looking at jp supermatch, t box has been reccomend but i cant find much written about them. Opinions? Thanks.
 

bobke

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Have JP, Lilja, Bartlein, two Saterns and an Alexander Arms barrel to draw my experience from. Bartlein at the top, JP/Lilja just a tick behind, as are the cut rifled Saterns. Each with slightly different throat dimensions, Bartlein, JP and Lilja allowing longer OAL’s, Saterns require short OAL, so some compression of some powders that make BTO dimensions a little tricky to hold, but they do shoot very well. Just did a throat ream on AA barrel and have not shot yet, but it’s always been temperamental. Only Krieger I have is a 6.5-47, but it’s a laser. You would not be disappointed with JP or Lilja, and they both have a variety of profiles to chose from. The Bartlein is the most accurate semi in my inventory, of all calibers.
 
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I have a Satern on mine and it is the most consistently accurate AR platform I own. I don’t know if it is the barrel or just that the 6.5 Grendel is a inherently accurate round but the thing just shoots. I don’t think I have put anything through that rifle that isn’t sub MOA and my pet load is consistently sub 1/2MOA. I believe my barrel was around $225 which seems like a steal in hindsight after shooting it for the last year.
 
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I went with a satern button barrel a little below your price range but the thing seems to be temperamental. Sometimes its a laser with flyer every once in a while and other times its just under a minute. extremely frustrating at times haha. If I were to do it over I would go with a JP or Lilja. YMMV
 
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I went with a satern button barrel a little below your price range but the thing seems to be temperamental. Sometimes its a laser with flyer every once in a while and other times its just under a minute. extremely frustrating at times haha. If I were to do it over I would go with a JP or Lilja. YMMV
What ammo are you using? Mine is decent with the factory ammo I have tried but absolutely loves 8208XBR and 123 ELDM bullets. From 25gr all the way up to about 28 were all sub MOA. Very odd but I’m not complaining.
 

bobke

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You will have no regrets-great mfg, bolt included, short lead time, and a great compromise for milking most all of what you can from a Grendel, and still easy enough to pack around. Good choice. Check out 65Grendel.com. Great bunch, lot of wisdom and couple of loading books you’ll want if a hand loader. Welcome to the Horde!
 

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Late to the game. JP is a good choice. Bartlien and Lilja would be the Top 2 I would think based on my reading. Member over there at 65Grendel as well. Tons of good info & Great people
 

Strykervet

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I have a Satern. It's phenomenal, capable of consistent .33 MOA with the handloads it likes. Getting one was like pulling teeth though. Unless they have one for sale that suits you, go elsewhere. Unless you don't mind zero CS and waiting 3 years for an update (I'm not kidding).

They're good enough though even running the business half ass keeps 'em in demand for years on out.

They claim they do custom work. They do not. I've submitted drawings for one and four years later I finally told 'em to just forget it.

But that one barrel is the best I have...
 

Darqusoull13

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Glad you're happy with the barrel! Squad with us next time. The bolt gunners don't mind us gas gun fellas as long as we don't ask them to catch our brass. Although last match they were happy for the mini hand warmers...:rolleyes:

I started PRS earlier this year and am already learning so much from the good guys.
 

Dzeek

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Ordered the barrel today, its going on a gibz left side charge with thier "competion" longer latch. This will be a unique setup as i wont be running a gas system on it. From what i read l9cal prs matches dont allow AR type rifles. I live in ny, so they dont want to deal with the safeact at matches. So this will be a "straight pull" rifle setup. I have it all planned out in my head, we will see how it turns out. Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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I just ordered a 20” 6.5 Grendel barrel on a 5R Bartlein blank to upgrade my 18” Brownells / Liberty barrel.
I”ll have about $600 in this one with a head spaced bolt by the time it gets here in 4 to 6 weeks.
The cut rifled blank was over half the cost of the finished barrel, so using a criterion or rock creek blank could save someone else some cash.
 

Lonehill

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I have a Satern. It's phenomenal, capable of consistent .33 MOA with the handloads it likes. Getting one was like pulling teeth though. Unless they have one for sale that suits you, go elsewhere. Unless you don't mind zero CS and waiting 3 years for an update (I'm not kidding).

They're good enough though even running the business half ass keeps 'em in demand for years on out.

They claim they do custom work. They do not. I've submitted drawings for one and four years later I finally told 'em to just forget it.

But that one barrel is the best I have...
Likewise. I can personally attest to this. Cancelled my barrel order after like 16 months. Every excuse imaginable. "We're not doing that length right now, we're doing of run of xx" barrels right now". Got that one bout 6 times. Somebody please take my money.. Screw it, ordered a Shilen. It's ok, just not what I wanted
 
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Capt. Nemo- where did you get the Bartlein from? It seems like they are hard to find for the AR
They are, especially in 6.5 Grendel. I tried to get Frank White at Compass Lake to do a barrel for me, but they didn't want to take on the project.
Paul Craddock at Craddock Precision is turning one for me out of a Bartlien blank.
He came recommended by Mark @ Bartlien barrels for custom work like this.
 

hitman

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I have three barrels from Paul- you will love them! My newest is a .224 valk. he does great work! I have a Satern for my grendel but I have not had the time to finish the build yet. Mine is a 16" Satern, but I thought about doing a longer one with a bartlein also. But that will have to wait for now.
 

Dzeek

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I have my Gibbz side charge with extended "competition" handle. 22" black JP barrel got here the other day. Hopefully putting them together tomorrow. Just need to pick up a low pro gas block and put it on backwards. May put some rounds through it by the end of the week.
 

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Dzeek

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Anyone with the gibbz side charge upper? Figured out that rails with anti rotation tabs will not fit...searching for a good option around 17".
 

Dzeek

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I ended up ordering a 15" seekins handguard. Put a YHM clamp on gas block on backwards to cover the gas port. I guess soon ill have to move this thread to bolt guns...
 

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I have a satern cut rifle barrel at 24 inches. It shoots very very well. 123gr vmax at mag length. Id buy another, but id also just get a custom barrel like a bartlein spun up as well.
 

Dzeek

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All put together.
Gibbz left side charge with extended handle.
JP 22" supermatch barrel
Scope is a leupold vxr 4-12, that will be changed out when i save up enough $$
Have a magpul prs stock on the way.
Trigger now is a cheap rock river 2 stage, either going larue mbt or may save up more money, thinking timney calvin elite.

But it is a straight pull, no gas system rifle.
Hopefully trying it out tomorrow.
 

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