Primer question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Coues Sniper, May 12, 2008.

  1. Coues Sniper

    Coues Sniper Well-Known Member

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    I'm just starting to reload, and am getting components together. I think I've got a pretty good idea of some stuff to start with for my 300 RUM, but I have a question about primers. Seems the Federal 215's are pretty popular for the caliber, but is there a difference between the regular 215's and the Gold 215's? I assume the tolerances are higher on the Gold's? If that's the case, I'd rather go with the Golds but i can't seem to find any (i did find some of the regular 215's). Should i just go with the regulars? I'm trying to build as accurate a long range hunting load as i can. Can anyone point me to some of the Gold 215's? (PM's would be fine) I'd be willing to buy some off of someone, if they'd part with any that is :D. Thanks guys.

    Kevin
     
  2. long450

    long450 Well-Known Member

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    My opinion based upon years of shooting highpower rifle, not benchrest, is that the match primers are a little more consistent. Some consistently better and some consistently worse than non-gold primers. It depends upon the rifle and the caliber andpowder. The 300 Rum is not a typical benchrest caliber (I am sure you already knew that) so determining small differences primers make between match and non-match primers may be difficult.

    In the end you have to look at your particular rifle and your particular load to see which primers makes any significant difference. You'll need a good chronograph to help in the determination. Ranges such as 200 yards or less may also mask any vertical stringing from primer variance. I would suggest any testing be done at 300+ yards if just looking at groups. My 300 Rum custom 10 twist, prefers CCI magnum over Gold primers. So use what you can find to start with.

    I have not seen anyone interested in selling small quantities of primers in a few years. I guess because of the extra fee for shipping. Good luck!!
     

  3. long450

    long450 Well-Known Member

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    My opinion based upon years of shooting highpower rifle, not benchrest, is that the match primers are a little more consistent. Some consistently better and some consistently worse than non-gold primers. It depends upon the rifle and the caliber and powder. The 300 Rum is not a typical benchrest caliber (I am sure you already knew that) so determining small differences primers make between match and non-match primers may be difficult.

    In the end you have to look at your particular rifle and your particular load to see which primers makes any significant difference. You'll need a good chronograph to help in the determination. Look for small extreme spread in velocity. Ranges such as 200 yards or less may also mask any vertical stringing from primer variance. I would suggest any testing be done at 300+ yards if just looking at groups. My 300 Rum custom 10 twist, prefers CCI magnum over Gold primers. So use what you can find to start with.

    I have not seen anyone interested in selling small quantities of primers in a few years. I guess because of the extra fee for shipping. Good luck!!
     
  4. .280Rem

    .280Rem Well-Known Member

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    Buy a few different ones, magnum, and non magnum. You can't know what's gonna work best in YOUR gun with YOUR recipe.
     
  5. Forester

    Forester Well-Known Member

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    I can't find Federal Match primers anywhere around here so I tried out the CCI BR-2s and had a slight improvement in consistency over Rem 9 1/2s. My attitude is that if an improvement is measurable, then its worth the trouble to know that my ammo is the very best it can be.
     
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  6. Coues Sniper

    Coues Sniper Well-Known Member

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    Well, that is the plan, I have just heard good things about the 215GM's so i wanted to be sure to try those.