Originally Posted by darrindlh
Would fed 215 match primers work. Or would that be a bad idea. What woyuld the difference be between fed 215 and fedd210?
I use either Hornady or Lapua brass (depending on my finances when the need arises for brass) and 215 primers in my 111 long range hunter and it loves it. for 140 Berger bullets I use 50.5 grains of RL17 at around 3.210" and it averages just under .6 inch groups at 100 and 3/4-1" at 200 yards. The other bullet I shoot, and most frequently for hunting, is the 130 VLD at 3.195" with 51.5 grains of RL17. I do not recommend the hunting load for just shooting as it is hard on brass. With that load I have gotten better case life out of the hornady brass. For target shooting I shoot 49.7 grains H4831sc with the 140 still using the 215 primers. I started using them because I had more of them, I kept using them because my results were good. the 130 grain load is maximum the 140 hunting load is .5 below. add .5 grains of listed powders to hornady brass if you use any of it at some point, with any of the listed loads to duplicate accuracy and velocity of the Lapua brass. The H4831sc load is a known safe load with absolutely no pressure signs in either of my 6.5-284 rifles, of course in your own rifle you should work up to the RL17 loads as they are at or near maximum, even though your rifle should be identical to mine. Your results may be different, but if it matters I got the best groups with the brake turned off. Do not shoot maximum loads of RL17 at temps above 94 degrees F. Below that you may lose 20-25 fps as the temp drops to 15 degrees F, the coldest temp I have tested them. ES for the 130 grain VLD load runs from 1 to 6 in my rifle depending on temperature, very good load, but it is quite warm, velocity is 3204 at 78 deg F. at 52.5 grains RL17 in Hornady brass velocity is plain belligerent but so are pressure signs. Major pressure spikes beyond maximum and 3335 -3360 FPS. Maybe that will save you some rounds on load development, if not I tried at least.