Federal Gold Medal Match 190gr

Manufacturer: Federal Cartridge Company

Date Fired: 8 July 2019
Time Test Began: 0714
Range: Deer Creek Shooting Complex
Wind: 0-2MPH
Temperature: 49° F
Elevation: 3200′ ASL
Lot Number: Q4084G

Factory Velocity: 2900 fps
Product Number: GM300WM
MSRP: $56.95 USD
Bullet Used: Sierra Matchking 190gr HPBT
Ballistic Coefficient: .533 (G1), .275 (G7)

Comments: The Federal Gold Medal Match 300 Win Mag load has long been the industry standard for 300 Win Mag match ammo. The military designation for this load is the A191 and has been used for a long time by militaries around the world. The extreme spread was high in both rifles which lead to a high standard deviation as well. Accuracy was not the best, but was up there, which is  a bit odd given the SD and ES. Overall, it is still a good benchmark and with the velocities in the Alpha, it makes for a very good long range load. It still averaged sub MOA in the Ruger and sub .75 MOA in the Alpha.

Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target – Test Results
Average Velocity Standard Deviation Extreme Spread Accuracy w/flyers Accuracy no flyers Best Group
2866 fps 40.53 115 1.070″ 1.070″ .675″
  • The Standard Deviation was really high as was the extreme spread.
  • Velocities lower than the published 2900 fps.
  • Price is a factor with this load, its not cheap.
  • The groups were not consistent in this rifles.
Tactical Operations Alpha-66 – Test Results
Average Velocity Standard Deviation Extreme Spread Accuracy w/flyers Accuracy no flyers Best Group
3005 fps 24.54 70 .726″ 726″ .607″
  • This ammo shot  consistently in the Alpha with a good best group as well.
  • Velocity was a full 100+ fps faster than published numbers
  • The ES was better than in the Ruger, but still not good, same for SD
  • Very capable long range load in this rifle, especially with the extra velocity

NOTE: “Accuracy with flyers” includes the raw averages including groups where the shooter called a bad shot before rechecking the placement of that shot. The “average without flyers” is the average group size with those “flyer” groups not added in.