6.5 Grendel AR and magazine

Best 6.5 Grendel Magazines

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Summary

Here’s our list of the best 6.5 Grendel magazines:

Editor’s Choice

Cut to the chase? You cannot go wrong with the E-lander in my opinion. Endorsed by the original manufacturers of the Grendel 6.5, this durable, matte black, anti-corrosion 6.5 Grendel magazine ticks all the boxes.

Quick recap of the 6.5 Grendel

If you’re here, you probably know the 6.5 Grendel rifle cartridge well already.

However, let’s quickly re-cap.

The 6.5 Grendel is an excellent longer range cartridge for AR-15 gun owners. It outpaces both the 7.62 NATO and .223 Remington (then considered the AR standard) and recoils a lot less.

Many of our readers use the 6.5 Grendel for hunting up to around 300/400 yards with their AR-15. The reasoning behind this being the reduction in recoil, competitive muzzle velocity (up to 2,500 feet per second when using 130 grain bullets) and efficient sectional density (making humane kill shots more achievable).

There are plenty other good things to say about the 6.5 Grendel. If you want us to write a deep dive, let us know in the comments. For more information in the meantime, check out the video below.

Importance of Magazines

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time tinkering with your AR-15.

I spend hours researching various components with an absolute focus on build quality. Yet often I would neglect to do the same research when it came to the magazine. After a couple of incidents dealing with frustrating magazine malfunctions (worn springs and warped aluminium), I spoke to my local FFL and received an education in the importance of high quality magazines. Needless to say, I’m a convert.

I carry multiple magazines (from a variety of good manufacturers) for each of my guns and I recommend you do too. They’re relatively inexpensive but you’ll be thankful for stocking up later, particularly if we ever experience another major shortage like we did in 2013. Even these days, I’m a little wary.

The 6.5 Grendel is a bit of a niche cartridge. Those who know its capabilities are fans (like yours truly). However, the demand still sides with other cartridges, most obviously the 5.56 and the 7.62 NATO. Therefore, while they’re in stock, I’d say, do yourself a favor and make sure you have a few high quality mags for your 6.5 Grendel to hand. My rule of thumb is, maintain a minimum of 6 high quality magazines for every magazine-fed firearm you own.

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Lots and lots of rifle magazines!

Choosing the best 6.5 Grendel Magazine

Magazines aren’t rocket science but there are a few factors you must consider when buying a reliable, high quality magazine.

These are the follower, spring, floor plate, and body, which I’ll get to in a moment.

Use Actual 6.5 Grendel Magazines

The best piece of advice I can give you to from the get go is this: use actual 6.5 Grendel magazines.

The Grendel 6.5 cartridge is usefully designed to be used with an existing 5.56 lower receiver meaning you can convert your AR simply swapping your upper receiver for a 6.5 Grendel Upper.

That’s great but that does not mean you should load your 5.56 magazine with 6.5 Grendels. Technically, they should fit just fine but in my experience, particularly with polymer 5.56 mags, I’ve had consistent jams. I found the solution was to invest in 6.5 Grendel magazines and I haven’t looked back since.

Magazine components

  • Follower – component within the magazine which the ammunition rests on. The follower is pushed upwards by a spring, which enables the rounds to be loaded into the magazine. The spring tension is always pushing the follower upwards to feed the rounds consistently.
  • Spring – pushes the follower up to feed rounds into your AR-15. For obvious reasons, this is absolutely critical. You should choose a magazine with a heavy duty spring.
  • Floor Plate – bottom piece of the magazine which is connected to the spring, which forces the follower upwards at all time.
  • Body – the metal or polymer construction around the components that you handle. You need to choose a durable material that can survive the external elements. A dented magazine will not function well, if at all.

This diagram of a Glock magazine gives you the right idea. Credits to Hoplophilia.

Other important factors

  • Anti-Tilt – high quality magazines these days often include anti-tilt technology, which is a fancy way of saying that the design ensures the rounds will be fed into the firearm in order and will not jam.
  • Rust Resistant Coating – like any decent AR-15 component, you need to ensure your magazine is rust resistant. Nothing hurts a magazine (or gun) like internal rusting from rain or humidity. You don’t want to risk it.

Okay, so let’s get into the magazines themselves, as you’ll see I’ve done my best to express my opinion on each based on the factors above. If I’ve missed anything out or you disagree (or agree) please let me know in the comments below.

Our top 6.5 Grendel Magazines

E-lander AR-15 6.5 Grendel Magazine

I have a soft spot for E-lander. This is partly because Alexander Arms (the original inventor of the 6.5 Grendel) gets E-lander to make their mags for them. Moreover, this Israeli manufacturer can be relied on for really testing their equipment in the elements – they count a lot of military as customers.

As for the magazine itself, it has a self-lubricating anti-tilt follower (excellent) and its body and floor plate are made of stainless steel. It has also been coated in order to withstand more than 96 hours of salt spray without rusting or corroding.

Available in 4, 10, 17 and 24 round magazines, it suits each kind of shooter.

Pros
  • Israeli engineering, tested to military standards.
  • Durable stainless steel body.
  • Anti-tilt (protects against jamming).
  • Glare resistant matte black finishing.
  • Protection against rust and corrosion.
Cons
  • More expensive than other 6.5 Grendel magazines.

Duramag AR-15 6.5 Grendel Magazine

Duramag is a great company and I have never had a problem with their products. This magazine is dependable. Like the E-lander, is is constructed from stainless steel and features coating to deter rust and corrosion.

Where this magazine may pip the E-lander is in Duramag’s proprietary build techniques. It is robotically welded and has advanced anti-tilt protection. The spring is gnarly too, which ensures longevity.

A little feature I personally like is that the follower is dyed blue. This may seem primitive to some but it’s handy to be able to see quickly if the magazine is all out of ammo.

Available in 5, 10. 15 and 20 rounds.

Pros
  • Plenty of good propriety engineering from a specialized mag manufacturer.
  • Durable stainless steel body.
  • Resistant against rust and corrosion.
  • Anti-tilt system enables smooth feeding. It’s impressive.
Cons
  • There has been a couple reports of ‘swelling’ causing difficulty with the last round. While that hasn’t happened to me, it’s worth pointing out.

ASC AR-15 6.5 Grendel Magazine

I bought the ASC magazine a while back after seeing some great feedback online. I can see why it’s one of the most popular 6.5 Grendel Magazines. You get good bang for your buck.

Durable stainless steel body? Check. Heat-treated against corrosion and rusting? Check. Like the E-lander, it also features a self-lubricating, anti-tilt follower.

Honestly, if you’re price sensitive, you can’t get much better value than this. I’ve got 3 of them.

Comes in 5, 10, 15 and 25 rounds.

Pros
  • Excellent value.
  • Durable stainless steel body.
  • Heat-treated against rust and corrosion.
  • Up to 25 round capacity.
  • Did I mention it’s cheap?
Cons
  • Reports of quality control issues, nothing major. Normal pain points for a big manufacturer. Many happy customers.

D&H AH-15 6.5 Grendel Magazine

This magazine is well worth trying out. It features a stainless steel spring (strong and corrosion resistant) and its body is made of carbon steel (an alloy that is stronger than normal stainless steel). You will find it hard to dent this, believe me.

Also features excellent anti-tilt protection. If you’re really getting down in the dirt or if you plan to shoot in extreme conditions, this magazine may be for you.

Comes in 10 rounds.

Pros
  • Carbon steel body makes it the toughest mag on the menu.
  • Anti-tilt propriety technology (reliable).
  • Anti corrosion and rust.
Cons
  • Only 10 round capacity.
  • More expensive than other options.
  • A few people have reported the mag is too tight when fully loaded. Check out reviews.

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Final Thoughts

The 6.5 Grendel is a solid round for the AR-15 if you want to get excellent long range performance for your rifle but remember that you need quality magazines in order to ensure proper function as well. The magazines that covered in this article are each among the very best that the market has to offer you.

If I’ve missed any you think our readers should know about, let me know!

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