.30 TC

.30 Thompson Center
.30 TC (center) compared to .308 Winchester (left) and 6.5mm Creedmoor (right)
.30 TC (center) compared to .308 Winchester (left) and 6.5mm Creedmoor (right)
Place of originUnited States
Production history
Case typeRimless
Bullet diameter7.82 mm (0.308 in)
Neck diameter8.56 mm (0.337 in)
Shoulder diameter11.78 mm (0.464 in)
Base diameter11.95 mm (0.470 in)
Rim diameter12.01 mm (0.473 in)
Rim thickness1.37 mm (0.054 in)
Case length48.77 mm (1.920 in)
Overall length67.56 mm (2.660 in)
Case capacity3.50 cm3 (54.0 gr H2O)
Rifling twist305 mm (1 in 12")
Maximum pressure (C.I.P.)425.00 MPa (61,641 psi)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
150 gr (10 g) SST 3,000 ft/s (910 m/s) 2,997 ft⋅lbf (4,063 J)
165 gr (11 g) SST 2,850 ft/s (870 m/s) 2,975 ft⋅lbf (4,034 J)
Source(s): [1][2]

The .30 Thompson Center (7.62×48 mm), designated 30 THOMPSON CENTER by SAAMI, 30 TC by the C.I.P., is a centerfire rifle cartridge developed for Thompson Center Arms by Hornady intended to deliver .30-06 Springfield performance in a .308 Winchester length round.[3]

It was initially offered in the Icon series of bolt-action rifles in 2007, which were released at the same time.

While it did accomplish its goal, consumer acceptance was low, and the round has remained on the sidelines.[4] The 6.5mm Creedmoor cartridge was created by necking down the .30 TC, and has achieved widespread popularity.[5][6]

It is the first Thompson Center headstamped cartridge.[5]


As it has been understood that propellant burns more efficiently in shorter, wider-diameter casings,[7] modern ammunition has changed over time to become shorter and wider than previous cartridges.

The .30 TC (0.308 in (7.8 mm) x 1.920 in (48.8 mm) is a non-magnum that is somewhat shorter and wider than the .308 and .30-06.[5] The .30 TC has speed and energy equal to the .30-06. [7]

All three cartridges weigh approximately the same, but the .30 TC produces less recoil. The case length of the .30 TC is 1.92 inches. Although it is somewhat shorter than the .308, the .30 TC fires a 150-grain SST bullet nearly 200 fps faster. The .30 TC also propels the 150-grain SST faster than the 2.494" .30-06.

When loaded with the 165-grain SST bullets, the .30 TC has a 50 fps advantage over the .30-06, which has a velocity of 2,850 fps.


  1. ^ "C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 30 TC" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  2. ^ "SAAMI CARTRIDGE AND CHAMBER DRAWING 30 THOMPSON CENTER (page 94)" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-04-03.}
  3. ^ "30 TC Load Data". Nosler. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "The problem with the .30TC". thehi Gr ghroad.org. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "The .30 TC". www.americanhunter.org.
  6. ^ "First Look: The New .30 TC". Guns and Shooting. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "BGFTRST: .30 TC Review : Cabela's". www.cabelas.com.