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AR15 in 30-30 via the 30HRT (150g bullet load workup)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by R.W.Dale, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    AR15 in 30-30 via the 30HRT (150g bullet load workup) New pic in OP

    (load data is not pressure tested, use at own risk)

    I thought I'd make a quick post to share my chrony results from beginning load workup on 30HRT shooting 150 grain Remington RN bullets. For those not in the know 30HRT stands for Herrett Tactical Rimless or 30herrett formed on a 6.8 case instead of 30-30

    Cases; Formed Hornady 6.8spc
    Primers; CCI#41
    Propellant; H-335
    C.O.L. XXX or .020" off the rifling
    Firearm; White Oak Precision 20" 30HRT upper
    Temp; 95 degrees

    I lost a couple data points on the first two charges as my Jard trigger went out of adjustment and the rifle started doubling So I single fed rounds for the last two strings for safety sake.

    27.0g 2120 FPS no accuracy data

    28.0g 2230 FPS no accuracy data

    28.5g 2237 FPS 5shots @100 2.2"

    2269 FPS 5shots @100 2.07"

    Ejection was nice and soft, brass and primers appeared to not be worried in the slightest. I'll likely proceed towards 30.0g or 2300fps whichever comes first at which point this load will equal what every 20" 30-30 I've owned will do with 150g bullets. Then I'll play around with COL and see if I can't better the accuracy of this load.


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    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010
  2. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Well-Known Member

    I just have to ask...why in God's name, with all the .30 caliber rounds out there to match performance with, did you chose to match the .30-30?

    You must have a specific reason because I would have chosen at least 3 different .30 caliber performance markers to match before .30-30.
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Because the 6.8 is the same head diameter as the old .30 Remington, originally known as .30-30 Remington Rimless, maybe.
  4. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member


    name each and every one that will work in the AR15
  5. Daizee

    Daizee Well-Known Member

    This is both ridiculous and cool.
    My first centerfire is a .30-30, so it appeals...

    Can you fit spitzer bullets in the magazine?
    You'd get a solid 300yd gun with twice the bullet mass of the .223 and beat the .30-30's downrange energy to boot.

  6. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Yes but you have to be cautious about bullet selection. It's really easy to end up with under expansion because you're using a bullet designed to work in 300WM. My longer range load (to 300m) use 125g bullets @2600fps+ as such loads offer a bit better balance of velocity vs BC. The 150g load is more of a shorter range thumped load project hence the use of 30-30 bullets which can be relied on to expand well at lower impact velocities.
  7. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    That's awesome!! I seriously want one now!

    Is that built on a 6.8 lower?
  8. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    After some research it looks like there's no difference in 6.8 and the 5.56 lower? (Sorry... I'm more of a revolver kinda of a guy)

    Can you use a 6.8/30HRT upper on a standard AR-15 lower? I've got a complete 5.56 lower that I've been trying to figure out how to build.
  9. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Yes the HRT uses a STD lower in all aspects as with the upper too with the exclusion of the bbl, bolt and mags
  10. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    Thats pretty cool right there.
  11. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    Awesome, I always love reading up on your projects Krochus, this one is no exception.
  12. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Well-Known Member

    OK. Now it makes sense. That's why I asked. I wasn't trying to be a turd I was just curious as to why .30-30.
  13. brian923

    brian923 Well-Known Member

    I think the 30 HRT is a cool round. A true 30 cal in an AR that out performs the 7.62x39 in every aspect.
  14. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    What does it use for magazines?
  15. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    OOPS good catch!

    I just threw that number up from my notes not realizing that it's a number not reflecting COL but rather an overall distance from casehead to bullet ogive using my bullet comparator. I'll change that ASAP

    The magazines are C-products 6.8spc
  16. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking you could generate similar ballistics with .311" projectiles (designed for 7.62x54R cartridges), loaded into a 7.62x39 case. The numbers you're pushing suggest a slightly hotter round than .300 Whisper.
  17. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    UPDATE 6-11-10

    29.5g 2329 FPS 5shots @100 2.2"

    30.0g 2364 FPS 5shots @100 3.27"

    Looks like 29.5 grains will be the MAX due to a couple reasons, notably the accuracy drop off and bullet pushback after seating such a compressed load. Brass appearance with all loads was good with ejection at 4 to 5 o-clock appx 5 to 7 feet out.

    Purely from the benefit of a stronger case and bolt (7.62x39 AR's are hard on brass and bolts) the above numbers are about 150 to 200fps faster than what x39 can do in an AR15 with a 20' bbl. As to the whisper you'd be pushing some real thermonuclear pressures to get within even 100fps of what 7.62x39 will do much less the 2300fps + I'm getting. I'm sorry but the 300fireball just doesn't have what it takes under the hood to get there
  18. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member


    A quick list of the Pros and Cons compared to 7.62x39 in the AR platform

    A much wider, cheaper and more modern bullet selection sized for the bore. from the light but high BC 125g Nosler to heavier 30-30 bullets that can be relied on to actually expand at lower impact speeds.

    a case shape that's well suited to the AR's magazine geometry

    a case that's much stronger at the web without the taper that only serves to increase bolt thrust allowing you to run higher pressures. With the x39 case and bolt at SAAMI pressures you're already at the limit of what the platform and brass can handle

    a well defined shoulder

    a stronger bolt

    a far far higher quality brass supply, Hornady 6.8 cases are so much superior to even Lapua 7.62x39 cases it's pathetic. (this I why I got out of the x39 business in the end)

    Better magazines

    AFIK just about all 30Herrett reamers are pretty much match chambers with tight necks and short throats.


    No factory ammo

    case forming is an intricate process
  19. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I don't know what is more surprising. A Hornady case besting a Lapua case, or you abandoning the 7.62x39mm. I suppose you have to cut your losses somewhere down the line.

    FWIW, I am still waiting for my perfect intermediate, intermediate cartridge (something between .223cal. and 7.62cal with moderate case capacity). Something like a 6mmSPC or 6.5SPC would be perfect IMO.

  20. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    A little clarification is in order.

    7.62x39 cases

    Remington small primed cases handle pressure rather well (not as good as SPC brass) but you'll end up working with lots of cases with wildly differing weights and capacities. One batch I sorted varied in weight by over 10 grains from high to low with an almost even distribution at all points in between.

    Lapua large primed cases are much more uniform in weight and length. BUT like all larged primed x39 cases in the AR after three or at most four full pressure loadings they're done, toast, fried

    Somewhere I've posted a pic showing how much more expansion you get above the case head using Lapua x39 cases vs Rem the result was very telling indeed.

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