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Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:57 PM
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Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

I have been reloading for my .257 Weatherby Magnum and 7mm STW using Federal 215 primers. The groupings on both calibers have been under 1/2 MOA at 100 yards.

I've been thinking about switching to the Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers because the price difference is less than $4 per 1,000 at Midsouth Shooters Supply. Is there any advantage to switching to the match grade primers, i.e. better groupings, lower SD for velocity?

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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

Not really, what are your SD & ES? How are your groups at 300yds?

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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

I go through about 1000 gm215m primers per year.

The price differential is so small in the grand scheme of my shootng budget that I only use match primers.

They work fine.

Are they really any better? Don't know. But, I doubt they're worse.

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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

We use the 215 match if available, the standard 215 if not. Actual difference may be psychological, but the cost is minimal compared to everything else. It would not surprise me to find lot # to lot # a bigger difference.
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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

I've read that the 215 and 215M are identical with the exception being that the match designated primers have been manufactured under the oversight of the most experienced technicians within the facility.

Can anyone confirm this?

I have noticed that many custom rifle smiths use the plain 215's to shoot some incredibly small groups.
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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

The difference may be neglageable to most but I'll tell you that my 300 RUM sendero can tell the difference.
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Re: Federal Gold Medal 215 match primers vs Federal 215 primers

A long time ago Kirby Allen stated that the 215s were hotter than the 215Ms.

I tried it and found the statement to be true, in my case, and I suppose all cases. Unless Fed has changed things.

Shooting only extreme magnums and a 338 RUM "extremely loaded (99, 101.5 and 142.5 grains of US 869 and 50 BMG) I have been sticking with the 215s and getting great results. Though 869 isn't the most consistent powder in the world.
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