The R-15 VTR modular repeating rifle was born of the most advanced design aspects of AR-15-style rifles available today with a strong emphasis on optimizing form and functionality for the modern predator aficionado. The results are astounding with very serious implications for every coyote, fox or bobcat that crosses its path. For peak accuracy, the R-15's 0.680" OD barrel is precision-crafted from ChroMoly steel and is free-floated within the machined-aluminum forend tube and given a recessed hunting crown to ensure gasses escape evenly around the bullet for the ultimate in shot-to-shot consistency. Six longitudinal flutes forward of the gas block promote rapid barrel cooling and increase rigidity while reducing weight, further contributing to this rifle's ability to print tiny clusters at an incredible pace. The hunting single-stage trigger design is as cleanbreaking as they come. The semi-automatic gas action all but eliminates muzzle jump and recoil so your target remains in the crosshairs. And when it's time to add optics, the receiver-length Picatinny rail makes it a rock-solid cinch. Control comes naturally with the ergonomic pistol grip and lightweight overall design of the R-15. Its uppers and lowers are machined from aluminum forgings for featherweight durability, and the fore-end tube is drilled and tapped for accessory rails. The R-15 is decked in the ultra-effective Realtree AP camo.
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Action : Semi-Automatic
Caliber : 30 Remington AR
Barrel Length : 22.0"
Capacity : 4+1
Trigger : Single Stage
Safety : Lever
Stock Description : A2 Realtree AP
Metal Finish : Realtree All Purpose/Black
Muzzle : Crowned
Receiver Material : Aluminum
Sights : None (Optic Ready)
Barrel Description : Free-Floating Fluted
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Submitted By: John D. On 05/23/2014
I love this rifle and the cartridge. The only reason that it does not get five stars is because they do not offer a higher capacity magazine. The rifle functions very well and is very accurate. I use it mainly for hog hunting and some deer hunting (my son). It blows a 300 black out away. Thanks.
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Submitted By: Larry R. On 12/12/2013
I have hunted deer and varmints with one of the 30 Rem AR rifles for three years now and have never had a problem of any kind. I have used all of the various loads that Remington manufactures with no malfunctions and very fine performance. The "green and white" UMC 123 grn.FMJ ammo has been as accurate as any, and makes a fine varmint load to save the hide of fur bearers. But the 125 grn. AccuTip load has proven to be slightly more accurate in my rifle and is the best all around hunting load in this caliber up to deer size game (if not concerned about the size of the hole in smaller vermin). However, in addition to the 125 grn AccuTip, both the 125 grn. and the 150 grn. Core-Lokt loads are plenty accurate and of more than adequate power for whitetail deer size game out to 350-375 yards and I wouldn't hesitate to shoot black bear or caribou out to 250 yards or so. With a 160 grn Hornady FTX hand load at about 2600 fps muzzle velocity, I would be very comfortable hunting moose, elk and similar size game out to 300 yards (maybe slightly more), but if you're any hunter at all you can get closer than that in most cases anyway.
Accuracy with my rifle is 3/4" to 1" five-shot groups at 100 yards for the UMC and AccuTip loads; 1" to 1 and 1/2 " with the Core-Lokt loads. Haven't seen any of the new Hog-Hammer 125 grn load to try yet, but any of the previous loads mentioned will easily take a hog at any reasonable range. As alluded to earlier, after several hundred rounds through it, I have had no (zero) stoppages, mis-feeds, nor failure to fire, extract or eject. And after several years of field use, there is very little wear on the finish.
The fit and finish of my rifle and several other R-15s I have inspected were very good with few noticeable flaws and the upper and lower receivers were tight with no rattle or looseness. In my view, based on my experience so far, Remington put together a winner with the 30 Rem AR R-15 package It should get more attention and interest now that ammo is available, reloading brass is now beginning to show-up, and some of the newer powders (like Hornady's LeverEvolution ) can really make the cartridge shine. It is at a minimum a "300 Savage" class semi-auto and with certain loadings, it is biting at the heels of the 308 WIN in it lighter loadings. And it comes in a much lighter and handier rifle than you can get in a 308 semi-auto. As a medium to large game rifle, it will shoot circles around any 300 AAC/Blackout, 6.8 SPC and similar cartridges in my opinion. Now, why hasn't it become more popular? It just needs to be more available -- Remington are you awake?
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Submitted By: Mathew G. On 08/17/2012
Just got this and haven't even had a chance to shoot it yet so I'll only comment on my initial impressions.
This rifle is the same size as my other AR-15's and is lighter than several of them. This makes it approx 4 inches shorter than my DPMS LR308 (24" barrel and fully 4 1/2 pounds lighter (both scoped). This should work out well for hunting because as seen above this is a truly manageable rifle when compared to the "308 chassis" AR's.
The trigger is the same as a Rem VTR I own - shootable but not ideal. I am used to shooting 2-stage triggers so this will be replaced when I get the chance.The finish on the rifle was a selling point for me.
I have several other "black rifles" and this is my second camoflauged AR. The finish looks very funtional although you can find imperfections in the application of the finish.
There are 2 spots where the applications wrinkled before drying and a couple small spots where the surface wasn't completely smooth under the finish. Several small chips in the finish (mainly on corners/projections) as it came out of the box make me wonder about the durability of the finish.
Keeping this in perspective though... from more than arms lengths you can't see these spots at all and even at first with the rifle in hand they are not noticable.
Overall I am satisfied at this point and now just want to get out and shoot it. Oh yeah, everyone is saying that brass is coming soon but I found the ammo (here at Hinterland as well as others) to be reasonably priced and I'll get my initial brass as loaded ammo.
I would give 5 stars if it weren't for the mentioned concerns with the finish and any AR costing $1000.+ should come with a much better trigger.
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