.30 Remington AR

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For the 1906 vintage rimless cartridge, see .30 Remington.
.30 RAR (.30 Remington AR)
Type Rifle, Centerfire
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 2008
Manufacturer Remington
Produced 2008-present
Parent case .450 Bushmaster
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Base diameter .500 in (12.7 mm)
Rim diameter .492 in (12.5 mm)
Rim thickness .054 in (1.4 mm)
Case length 1.53 in (39 mm)
Overall length 2.26 in (57 mm)
Case capacity 44 gr H2O (2.9 cm3)
Rifling twist 1:10
Primer type Large rifle
Maximum pressure 55,000 psi (380 MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
125 gr (8 g) Corelokt 2,800 ft/s (850 m/s) 2,176 ft·lbf (2,950 J)
125 gr (8 g) AccuTip BT 2,800 ft/s (850 m/s) 2,176 ft·lbf (2,950 J)
Test barrel length: 24
Source(s): http://accurateshooter.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/remington-introduces-new-30-remington-ar-cartridge/

The .30 Remington AR cartridge was created in 2008 by Remington Arms to fill a perceived gap in performance on game between the .223 Remington and larger cartridges such as the .308 Winchester and the 6.8 SPC.[1] Design of the cartridge is considered a joint effort between companies under the "Freedom Group" name through a private equity firm [1] and included such companies as Bushmaster, DPMS and Remington itself. It is a rebated rim cartridge designed to fit Remington's R-15 semiautomatic hunting rifle. It was designed to fit the dimensional constraints of the AR-15 magazine and is based on a modification of the .450 Bushmaster, which in turn was based on the .284 Winchester.

Cartridge Performance[edit]

Performance tests between the .30 RAR and the .308 Winchester show that while the .30 RAR does have a good muzzle velocity, the energy it is capable of delivering on target at around 400 yards decreases significantly.[2] Combined with the poorer ballistic coefficients of the lighter projectiles (.267 for the 125 grain Core-Lokt), this makes the .30 RAR a cartridge suited to ranges around 300 to 400 yards where a larger calibre projectile is required.

A side effect of the short, wide case has meant that the Remington R-15 Rifle which was designed alongside the cartridge uses a four round, single stack magazine.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Nischalke, Mike "The R-15 And The .30 RAR", Shooting Times, Online Article, accessed 13 January 2010
  2. ^ Accurate Shooter Bulletin, Online Article, accessed 13 January 2010

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