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Old 01-11-2019, 10:53 AM
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Well the UM1 came and I shot it in two of my benchrest rifles, one with a benchmark 2-groove the other a broughton 4-groove. Results were poor at best, this stuff may need it's own tuning.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:49 PM
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Well the UM1 came and I shot it in two of my benchrest rifles, one with a benchmark 2-groove the other a broughton 4-groove. Results were poor at best, this stuff may need it's own tuning.
vin---That's too bad. Perhaps the ammo lot you received were some of the last cartridges produced? Another of the oft-repeated rumors why Federal discontinued production of UM1 was that the machines loading this ammo were wearing out and needed upgrading. This is another reason the definitive story on this ammo is needed, and would no doubt be very interesting reading. All I know from my own experience is this ammo was the most accurate long range (200 yds) ammo I ever used in my Win 52D. Anyway, are you giving up on the UM1 or are you going to pursue a "tune" for it on your BR rifles?
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:20 PM
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Well, my lot number of the Gold Medal UltraMatch "UM1" ammo is #1471.

I have 5 unopened 50 round boxes left from the brick I bought when preparing to test a Clark Custom, Walther barreled 77/22.

I tested the ammo along with some other high end Eley and Lapua and about every target/match ammo I could lay my hands on - and while very good ammo, I had others equal or exceed the results shot with the Federal product.

As always, we come back to the given rifles preferences.

In my Feddersen barreled 10/22, the CCI Green tag that had never shown anything to write home about holds my personal best 50yd. group even though the Gold Medal Ultra Match, Eley and Lapua high end ammos are as expected, accurate.

They all shoot nice LITTLE 50yd. groups, the Green Tag simply and unexpectedly doing better.

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Old 01-11-2019, 04:52 PM
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this stuff may need it's own tuning.
It very well may, as it was higher velocity ammo meant for 50 meter shooting (no consideration of transonics at 50M). I have some of lot 1755, but it has no speed listed on the brick.

There was a "UM1B" later on, which was lower velocity.

I have one brick of the 900B, labeled 1080fps (lot B2283). The 900 was supposedly UM1 that didn't quite meet the minimum specs.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:54 PM
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Not the give up type. The only # I see is on the bottom of the wrapped bricks red ink. Mine is a 3 digit #.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:55 PM
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That is the lot number. Let us know how it goes with re-tuning.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:57 PM
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Shot some more with much better results. Didn't change tune but added weight. Ended up with a Pappas Mid-barrel and 3 sliders on the already there plain Noodle. Along the way each addition moved the group lower finally ending close to where my Eley Match shoots. Respectable groups now but not competitive ARA benchrest good.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:57 AM
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Federal Gold Medal Match 900 lot L692

These are the best .22 cartridges I have ever owned. The most accurate and most consistent. I purchased a case many years ago and used them exclusively for 200yd schuetzen matches. I havenít shot those matches for ten years and refused to use these for ďplinkingĒ. That being said I believe it is time they found a new home.

I have three bricks but have no clue to value or how to find the right forum for interested parties. Can someone offer some advice?
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:11 PM
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My lot number is L 1471, which puts the production likely some time later then your lot of ammo.

It is however, as you have stated, very accurate.

Not sure it would group smaller in my rifle then the good lots of Eley 10X or Laupa's current best production, but without question it is great ammo.

I was getting ready to test a Clark Custom 77/22 RUGER when I purchased my "brick" of the Federal ammo. The dealer had as I recall 3 bricks and I should have bought them all.

Still hanging on to part of my little stash and no, it does not get used for "plinking."

The Walther barreled Clark Custom was passed on to a son after I tricked out a RUGER 10/22 with a Feddersen barrel, which has tested out to be the most accurate .22 rifle I've owned.

Just for fun, I need to get out and test a bit of that Federal Gold Metal Ultra Match and see how it does when compared to the 50yd 3/16" group fired with, believe it or not, CCI Green Tag, or the 1/8" - 50 yd. group fired with Lapua Midas "M"

It is sure to be fun no matter what the result when fired from the Feddersen barrel.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:04 PM
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This lot has served me well. Havenít really found anything that hasnít shot it well. Here is an example.

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