Its Official, the .30 Remington AR is not extinct.

Over the last several months I have fielded several questions about the .30 Remington AR R 15 rifle and .30 Remington AR ammunition being discontinued. In an effort to get to the bottom of these rumors, I contacted my sources at Remington and this is the “official” response: “The R-15 Hunter is available chambered in our exclusive 30 Remington AR cartridge.  We offer 4 great ammunition choices for the rifle as well.  (125-grain AccuTip, 125 and 150-grain Core-Lokt, and 123-grain UMC loads.)”

Jessica Kallam, Manager – Press Relations, Freedom Group Family of Companies

Let me also say that if you spend any time on the Remington web site you will find that the .30 Remington AR cartridge is the only cartridge that has a PAGE dedicated to it.

Those that follow this blog know I really like this cartridge for a number of reasons but primarily because it is the first and cartridge to truly help the AR 15 transition to a true big game rifle. As far as AR 15 cartridges go, the .30 Remington AR is in a class by  itself.

I liked it so much I had a New Ultra Light Arms bolt action built for it which weighs less than 4.5 pounds. And, finally, if a manufacturer ever realizes that a bolt action rifle properly sized for AR 15 cartridges – I’m not talking a short action with a blocked magazine – does indeed have consumer appeal, the .30 Remington  AR and a variation necked down to 6mm and one necked up to .35 would make a fine stable of cartridges for those that like to hunt deer and similar sized game with a really light rifle. And, if you add in all the other old, new and new to come cartridges of a similar size, a bolt action rifle like this would indeed have mass appeal.

Just thing how cool and practical a compact bolt gun chambered for cartridges like the 6.5 Grendel, 7.62 X 40 WT, 25-45 Sharps, .358 Gremlin and the .300 Blackout would be.

At any rate, the mystery is over; the .30 Remington AR is alive and well. So quit Googling around and go buy one.


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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6 Responses to Its Official, the .30 Remington AR is not extinct.

  1. Bob M. says:

    Excellent…. Now all we need is the availability of new brass.. I see that Grafs has it listed on their site for sale but it is out of stock.. Another unfortunate observation I have made is the price – $54.99 for 50 pieces?? That is $1.10 for each piece of brass!! (At that price, I wonder if LAPUA is making it for Remington) We would be better off buying loaded 123 gr. FMJ ammo for $16.39 a box which works out to $0.82 each LOADED ROUND. Hopefully once the brass hits the shelves the price will become alittle more reasonable. I would be in for a couple thousand if it did..

  2. Trent says:

    BRASS BRASS BRASS!! I want brass!!

    I am excited to hear that the R-15 is still configured for this fantastic cartridge. I talk about mine to a lot of people when I am at the range. I am a strong advocate of this chubby little powerhouse. My wife put 20 rounds through mine today and had a big smile on her face when she was done.

  3. Brian Smith says:

    Good luck trying to find even the 123 FMJ for it now. Has Remington stopped producing it or cut back tremendously?

  4. Jim says:

    If its alive and well, how come ammo is extinct. I bought the rifle and have no ammo to shoot it!

  5. Kilkenny says:

    I talked to a Remington representative today and he assured me that the caliber is alive and well despite the lack of availability. Apparently the current demand for all things ammo and guns has swamped everyone’s production lines. Remingtons ammo facility is running 24/7 on overtime and still behind on orders. That means that component materials (brass) are non existent because everything they can produce is going out the door as completed ammo. I’m still cautiously optimistic.

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