You can tell hunting season is approaching. Over the last week this blog has seen a 300% increase in searches and visits to posts about the .30 Remington AR. Every year about this time hunters start getting that urge to try a new rifle and its obvious this cartridge stirs interest.
I cannot predict the future of the .30 Remington AR but I will say this; it is still in my opinion the best big game cartridge available for an AR 15. Many that reload worry about the unavailability of brass and I understand that. With the .30 Rem. AR’s future hanging in the balance, brass and ammo is a legitimate concern.
But let’s look at this from a practical standpoint. 20 rounds of ammo should get most of us through a hunting season. That is unless you just plain cannot shoot. That means that 20 boxes of ammo should last at least 15 years. If you reload, 400 cases are a lot. At least for most hunters.
It would not be a bad move to buy a .30 Remington AR and 20 boxes of ammo. In my experience, the UMC load is very accurate and the AccuTip load offers the best external and terminal ballistics. For reloaders wanting to build hunting rounds, the 150 grain Ballistic Tip or AccuBond will do everything this cartridge is capable of. The 110 grain Tipped Triple shock is a great choice too.
Remington may be letting the cartridge flounder and as of yet no other ammo manufacturer has stepped up. Until someone other than Remington and DPMS offers the cartridge in an AR or better yet a super compact bolt gun, I doubt they will.
Still, if you want to hunt big game with an AR and refuse to carry the added weight of an AR 10, there is no better option than a R15 in .30 Remington AR. Last year after taking my first WV bear with that combination I was hooked and remain so. I think I’ll shut up about it for awhile.