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October 14, 2008

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.30 Rem. AR: Some Technical Info

A few people have asked for some technical specs on the new .30 RAR cartridge and, in no particular order, here are some of those answers.

Parent Case: The .450 Bushmaster. But the case head diameter was bumped up to .492” to prevent accidental chambering of other cartridges.

How about the bolt head? The bolt head is a modified .308 Win. bolt head that has been significantly beefed up to help handle the higher operating pressures generated by the .30 RAR. The .30 RAR is about a 55,000 psi cartridge vs. 38,000 psi for the 450 Bushmaster.

Last night while talking with DPMS President Randy Luth and Remington’s John Fink, who is the brand manager for the rifle division, they both said that the goal was to look at the AR lower and see how much cartridge they could fit in there.

Uppers: Remington said in no uncertain terms that it will (eventually) make uppers available for sale.

Rate of Twist: This is still being finalized, but right now they are playing with a 1-in-10” rate of twist and are getting pretty good results.

Cost: The suggested price for the R15 in .30 RAR is $1,199.

How’s it shoot? Well, it turned out that there wasn’t a functioning rifle available to shoot yesterday, so that question is one I can’t answer. But as soon as I get my hands on one, I’ll post a report.

Any other questions, let me know and I'll get back to you.

Update: Shelby at GunPundit has his own take on the new round and the Firearm Blog and SayUncle are both gathering info.

—John Snow