Found a VEPR I might get


Found some VEPRs in stock in various calibers and got to thinking about my burning desire for one.

My choice is a .243 Win ($849) or a 6.5 Grendel ($919) out of a 20.5" barrel or the 6.5 out of a 16.5" barrel. I know these VEPRs are the 7.62x54r version that I want but at almost half that price of those I can still get one in a decent enough of a powerful round to put a smile on my face. I think the 6.5 Grendel shoots flatter out to longer distances than the .243 yea? I’m a rifle noob on anything not related to the 7.62 family (or a .308) so I could use some of you all’s advice who are rifle peeps to help a brother out.



.243 Win is a great little round. Recoil is approximately the same as .30-30, but .243 Win typically costs a little more than .30-30. .243 Win is a bit more accurate, though.

Here is a link to Hornady’s rifle ammo:

For ease of finding, the .243 Win is the best of those you mentioned (at least here in Florida). But, 6.5 Creedmoor is a better round (more accurate, etc). I don’t know much about the 6.5 Grendel.

Best of luck in your decision.


Between the two caliber choices, I would say the 243 Winchester is the one I would go with. Finding ammo it easier. The 6.5 Grendal is a good round but the 243 Win is well suited for hunting, which the VEPR would be perfect for IMO.


If you don’t have or haven’t had a 10mm yet, continue on and buy one.


@Mister_Torgue I would kindly nudge you in the direction of the 6.5 Grendel. Super sonic past 1000 yards, and accuracy is good. Ammo is cheap as well.


Ok folks. We close on the refinance in 1 week and 6 days. So I’m going to really focus my efforts on this VEPR and stop looking at other stuff.

So a few more qualifying details for you all.

  • I don’t hunt.
  • It will be mostly a range toy and property defense rifle when we move to the country.
  • Ammo cost is a factor but not a lot.
  • The rifle cost though is important.

With respect gor barrrel length, I like the option of a 16.5" barrel but don’t know what this would do with accuracy/range on the 6.5 Grendel vs a 20.5".

For the rifle cost the .243 is the lowest cost option. And with that option I can buy another Star BM with it. If I get one of the 6.5’s I won’t have that luxury.

Let’s continue the discussion. Oh and by the way, damn VEPRs are sexy as hell.



6.5 grendel with a 16" barrel is still super sonic at 1000 yards!!!


You don’t need both your kidneys, off 1(or 1 of Mrs Torgue’s) & you can get the vepr & the1911! See, I’m a problem solver…


That energy @ 1,000yds is no joke either.

One kidney has already produced 2 very large kidney stones so it’s worthless. No need to ditch it though, I may need it later if the other catches up. And I’d never do anything to Mrs. Torgue.

And I want at least 1 more Star BM before I build a 1911.


It was a joke…last time I give you solid advice🤣


I saw the humor. Hence my reply. :wink:


I would sell one of my fiances kidneys but I kind of like having her around. Could start harvesting hookers organs though ,then sell them on the dark web but thats a topic for another thread.


Well this escalated quickly!:grimacing:


You act like threads get deraild all the time here! Oh, they do, nevermind


Just giving Lonewolf ideas.


Lonewolf would like a new Barret .50 cal


Start harvesting organs then.


Yes it is .


It is like switchpod posted but I’m not really interested in that caliber for a VEPR. I do recommend someone who is to get one immediately if in stock! :slight_smile:

I found a 6.5 Grendel VEPR with a 16.5" barrel for just under $870 so I think I may lean that direction. It really is down to a .243 and 6.5 Grendel. I’m really intrigued about the 6.5 Grendel being supersonic out to 1,000yds. They aren’t a 7.62x54r but enough of a ludicrous oddball cartridge that I like it.