.30 RAR (.30 Remington AR)
Handloads for my Remington R-15 VTR.
Current Load Development: I want to try the Hornady 150 gr. InterLock SST #30303 in this caliber. If it doesn't do any better, then I will shelve the gun and wait for Tim to take it off my hands.
I guess this cartridge has only one purpose for me: hunting deer. I am leaning toward the 130 grain Barnes TSX or T-TSX, but I could decide to go up to a 150 grain bullet.
According to my Hornady manual, LEVERevolution does very well in this cartridge and produces the best velocities for both 130 and 160 grain bullets.
This cartridge is designed for deer hunting, and that is the purpose for which I intend to use it.
Hornady 130 gr. SP: I bought some of these for breaking in the barrel, and I will probably use the rest for sighting in the scope. They work fine and seem to group reasonably. They aren't a premium hunting bullet, but they would work if I had nothing else.
Barnes 130 gr. T-TSX: I don't think my gun likes this bullet. I just tried it with four different powders, and all but one group were between 2" and 3" at 100 yards. I need to think about other bullets.
Nosler 150 gr. AccuBond: I tried this bullet with three different powders (IMR 8208 XBR, H4895, and AA2230), and the results were not encouraging. One group was 1.846" and the rest were basically between 2½" and 3½" at 100 yards.
Nosler 125 gr. Ballstic Tip: I tried this bullet with four different powders (Benchmark, IMR 8208 XBR, H322, and AA2230). The accuracy wasn't stellar, but there were a couple of groups that were under 2 MOA. If I can't find anything better, then I can probably work up a satisfactory group.
H322: I have used this powder with two different types of 130 grain bullets, and for whatever reason, this powder causes a fair amount of case head swipe, whereas the other powders did not. That being said, a lot of people are using it, especially with the 125 gr. NBT.
LEVERevolution: This powder appears to be more sooty than the others powders I've tried in this caliber. Furthermore, at max pressure, I have had feed failures that consisted of the case shoulder being crushed onto the lugs of the barrel extension.