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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Ghost on Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:41 pm

Guess it is picking up. I know the stuff at sportsman’s warehouse goes quick so if you do the notify me order as soon as you see it. It’s half MOA capable for under $0.70/round.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:24 pm

Are you shooting match or hunting round?
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Ghost on Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:49 pm

Bearcatrp wrote:Are you shooting match or hunting round?

Hornady Match (both the older Amax's and the Blacks) and Hornady SST's both in 123gr have nearly the exact same POI out of my guns. Both shoot sub half MOA.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:58 pm

What’s your setup? Pics?
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Ghost on Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:14 pm

Bearcatrp wrote:What’s your setup? Pics?

Bottom one, sometimes it wears the scope from the top one.

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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:31 am

Looks good. Off to the range today. You know when folks say a barrel from a regular production rifle starts breaking in around 100 rounds and groupings get better, is that the case with a match barrel?
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby unfitmother on Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:07 am

If you're not reloading, I would not worry about it. If you are reloading, and have a chronograph, keep an eye on the numbers. But I still wouldn't worry about it, not with a 12.5" barrel.

Anecdotally: certain barrels have a history of a velocity jump around 100 rounds. A quick search doesn't show that Faxon is one of those.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Ghost on Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:08 am

Bearcatrp wrote:Looks good. Off to the range today. You know when folks say a barrel from a regular production rifle starts breaking in around 100 rounds and groupings get better, is that the case with a match barrel?

No idea, I suppose it depends on what “match” really means to the manufacturer. My LaRue came with a test target that was .497 and it’s shot as good or better since round 1.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:29 pm

Well the range trip didn’t turn out so good considering I have a match barrel. I shot last week at 50 yards to break in the barrel and was on target. Tried at 100 yards and couldn’t get on target so moved to 50 yards. My results:
Federal fusion 120 grain SP Avg 2314 fps ES 33.05 (Commercial to zero and use for comparison)
123 SST 27.3 8208XBR Avg 2230 fps ES 53.55 (5 shots for all reloads)
123 SST 27.9 8208XBR Avg 2254 fps ES 14.94
123 SST 27.9 8208XBR Avg 2267 fps ES 7.16
123 SST 28.02 8208XBR Avg 2292 fps ES 26.67
123 SST 28.5 8208XBR Avg 2323 fps ES 12.66
Hornady brass, CCI 400 primers. NO pressure signs. But the grouping at 50 yards just plain sucked. Had a couple shots touching each other but expected allot better for 50 yards. Going to order another brand of bullets to see how they do. So far am not pleased. Every rifle I have ever broke in and zero’d was done under 100 rounds and got better from there. Am reading other complaints with faxon barrels but longer barrels.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:50 am

Well, the ELD-M did worst. Been in contact with sulzar firearms with all my data and pics of targets. They offered to have it sent back on their dime to take a look at it while I am laid up. Hope they figure it out. Never had such a poor shooting barrel like this one.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Ghost on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:24 am

Bearcatrp wrote:Well, the ELD-M did worst. Been in contact with sulzar firearms with all my data and pics of targets. They offered to have it sent back on their dime to take a look at it while I am laid up. Hope they figure it out. Never had such a poor shooting barrel like this one.

Definitely not typical. Hope they set you up with a good one.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Holland&Holland on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:39 am

Bearcatrp wrote:Lifting it the way it is now is comfortable. Only have to ad a vfg plus a larger mag fully loaded. Should be gtg. As said above, you can never have to much glass. Anyone know who makes a 1-8 with hash marks both horizontal and vertical? Looked at vortex, Burris, and primary arms with no luck. If the Burris XTR II was a 1-8 instead of a 1-6, would consider it. Having a 34mm tube on my XTR II 4-20 kind of spoiled me. Hard to use a 30mm tube.

Yes you can have too much glass.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby arizona98tj on Tue May 22, 2018 7:30 pm

For what it is worth, 8208XBR has been some of the worst performing powder in my Grendel, albeit my barrel is nearly twice the length of your 12.5" so that is certainly apples and oranges.
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Re: Grendel owners, chime in

Postby Bearcatrp on Wed May 23, 2018 3:47 pm

Sent the upper back to get checked out while I had my back surgery. They tore it apart, inspected, put it back together and shot it. Said they didn’t find anything wrong and sent me pics of good groupings. Just got it back. I ordered some commercial ammo with 120 grain nosler. Not sure when the surgeon will clear me to go shooting again. Hoping by July. Until then, just healing up.
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