30 Rem AR in a Bolt Action

Shortly after I received my R15 in .30 Rem AR and began to see how efficient and easy to load this cartridge was, I started wanting one in a bolt gun, especially after I realized the round did live up to Remington’s ballistic claims. (Without the AR’s gas system, velocities should run around 100 fps faster.)

Problem was, no use putting a cartridge that duplicates the .300 Savage in an action that the .300 Savage will work in. The solution was a model 20 short from New Ultra Light Arms. This is the action that Melvin Forbes uses for the .223 Remington. Melvin said he could make it feed so I placed an order.

Yesterday, when I called my friend and fellow WV hillbilly Melvin Forbes to brag about my WV bear, (Melvin has taken a WV bear without the use of bait – which is illegal – or dogs.) he said the stock was being painted and the rifle would ship out soon.

My best WV whitetail was taken with a New Ultra Light Arms model 20 in .243 Win.

I’m excited. I expect the rifle will weigh right at 4.75 pounds – about 5.5 pounds with a Leupold 1.5 – 5 VX III – and shoot just like all of the rifles Melvin builds. A full feature on this rifle will appear in an upcoming issue of RIFLE Magazine.

Hopefully it arrives in time for the Gunwriter Assistant to use on a wild hog hunt I’m setting up for this birthday.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to 30 Rem AR in a Bolt Action

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    Marvin the magician does some really magical work…jim dodd

  2. Pingback: .30 Remington AR – The Saga Continues | EMPTY CASES

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