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.