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Becoming a Jack of All Trades – Gear Tasting Radio 56

By The ITS Crew

Learning new skill-sets is something we heavily advocate on ITS and this week’s Gear Tasting Radio recommends a “Jack of All Trades” philosophy when it comes to this type of learning.

In addition, we discuss staying current on your skills and bringing the learning process full circle by helping impart your knowledge onto others.

Episode 56 – Becoming a Jack of All Trades

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  • WitchDoc

    Grendel is based on the 7.62 x 39 round. I love my Grendel and reloading is the most cost-effective way to become accurate. They do need “special” mags, yes. I am very comfortable at 650Y with this rifle. It’s starts to get a little wonky at 1000, but it is possible.

    • Rob Henderson

      Solid at 650 definitely sounds like what I’m looking for. I see different mag capacities listed here and there, do you have any recommendations on mags that are reliable and will fit into a standard 5.56 sized chest rig?

    • WitchDoc

      I have had great luck with 15 round ASC mags. Haven’t heard good things about any other. With a half inch cardboard “filler” at the bottom of the mag pouch, they fit in the 5.56 mag pouch fine. They are a little shorter than the magpul mags that I use in a chest rig. They will fit, they just sit lower than I prefer. You wouldn’t, I mean, I wouldn’t be fighting with the Grendel rig, so needing that extra real estate to get a grip on a mag for quick mag changes isn’t all that necessary. Just don’t get them wet. The spring will rust and break.

    • WitchDoc

      Hindsight: If I were to do it all over again, would I go Grendel? Probably. 6.5 Creedmoor is becoming more popular than those that hoped the Grendel would. I was wanting another caliber in an AR style, and was a choice between .277 Wolverine, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7.62×40 WT, and 6.8 SPC. I went down this rabbit hole about Bill Alexander and just like the story of how the Grendel came to be. I will never hunt beyond 400 yards, so the ballistics for the purpose of the rifle was second on criteria to build/choice in caliber. The choice came down to shooting a buddy’s 6.5 Creedmoor suppressed and the Grendel. The Grendel was less gassy (same suppressor, very similar builds) and that was actually how I chose the Grendel. More info than you care about, but if you aren’t going to reload, Creedmoor might be a better choice. I can make 1000 6.5 Grendels for about $0.22. The same 1000 in Creedmoor is still very close to off the shelf pricing. I guess that’s my $0.22 worth. 🙂

    • Rob Henderson

      Thanks for all the info! I guess my goal with this would be the ability to hit targets at 400-600 yards, but also be able to utilize the gun more up close in an emergency. I’ve actually been considering a red dot on an offset mount, zeroed to around 50 yards.

      Creedmoor seems like a great option, but I know the gun overall will be heavier and the recoil seems like it’s a step up.

  • WitchDoc

    And yes, I absolutely prefer to watch the radio show. You betcha!

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