280 AI loads and Federal 215 Primers?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by slas, Mar 16, 2018.


Help Support Long Range Hunting by donating:


  1. slas

    slas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    249
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2017
    Just got back from a long drive for some reloading supplies for my new/used Cooper 280 AI. Picked up some 168 Berger VLD hunting and some 160 Accubonds. I could have sworn that my research showed many loads using the Federal 215 primers, so I got a box. But it looks like it was the Federal 210's and I just had a senior moment when telling him what I needed.

    So, my next question is, for those that load for the 280 AI, are any of your successful loads using the 215 primers? Or am I just stuck with them. I have large rifle primers I'll work loads up for also, but figured there might be some of you using a slower powder and the 215's successfully.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
  2. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    995
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2006
    215's are my preferred primer and I am not running a slow powder
     
  3. slas

    slas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    249
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2017
    Do you mind sharing a little load info you've found that works for you?
     
  4. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,099
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2016
    Yes...I would like to see those loads also...
    Thx..Woods....
     
  5. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    995
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2006
    Work up to it like I did but I have been running 56 gr RL17 at .060" off the lands with a 160 gr Nosler Accubond. That is close to max and gets me 3015 fps with a Hart 26" tight necked barrel, extreme spread average about 15 fps and standard deviation about 5

    Really stopped load development a few years ago and just go hunting with it

    But I do use Fed215M's on almost everything, 6.5 rem mag, 280AI, 30-06, 338RUM & 375 Ruger. RL17 all but the 338RUM and even a 22-250 (210M's on that), phenomenal powder that doesn't need compression to get a lot of push. There may be newer ones on the market now but I'm as happy as a gopher in soft dirt with RL17 and Fed215M's
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
    SMK1000plus and slas like this.
  6. Axl

    Axl Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    247
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2015
    Fed 215's have a pretty big following and have been hard to find, so you are probably not "stuck with them".
    But they work very well in my 280AI as do the cci 250's
     
  7. jgal72

    jgal72 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    319
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2014
    Reloader 26, fed 215, 160 accubond shot very well in my son's 280ai.
     
  8. slas

    slas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    249
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2017
    I figured since where I bought them is a pretty big supplier and they only had one box left. Another reason why I thought I was buying the "right" ones....
     
  9. wsq

    wsq Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    223
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2016
    Slas I was using the 250cci primers out of the gun I sold you. Started out with the the lighter one think they were 200cci groups closed up a little when I changed to the 250's I don't think there would be much difference in the fed 215's I just purchased some to try in my 300 win. Reloader 23 seemed to be a good powder 58gr. I had it shooting the 168 vld's a little less than Moa but the classic hunters and nosler accubonds were special good luck with your load development looks like your having fun.
     
    slas likes this.
  10. adk hunter

    adk hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    155
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2018
    I am going to try exactly what wsq did. Going to try the 250 cci from the 200's. Have a few recipes at .600ish will try a bigger match under. Also have some R26 to try for the two bullets of promise.
     
  11. STEEL SLINGER

    STEEL SLINGER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    286
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    215's are my "go to" primer for my AI. I find it works better for the slow burning powders. Currently I'm using 59.5 gr. RL23 in Norma brass with a 168 gr. Berger Classic Hunter. Out of a 26" tube it is running just over 3000 fps. The 280 AI is a sweetheart cartridge, you'll be happy you made your purchase. Good luck.
     
    SMK1000plus likes this.
  12. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,909
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2001
    I'm shooting a 7 WSM which is close in case capacity. I use Fed 215s exclusively with good results.
    It has been frequently stated that charge weights of less than 70gr don't need magnum primers unless you're using a difficult to ignite powder. And ..... some shooters seem to experience better results with non-mag primers in the mid size cases. However, when I tried the Fed 210s in several of my 7 WSM loads there was no improvement in group size so I went back to the 215s.
     
  13. N2TRKYS

    N2TRKYS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    292
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    I'm using RL26 and 160 grain Accubonds with Remington 9.5M primers in my 7 SAUM.
     
  14. SnakeRiverEric

    SnakeRiverEric Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    65
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2013
    In my Kimber Mt Ascent 280AI I use the Fed 215s and 58.5gr rl23 with 160ABs 2950fps.
     
    SMK1000plus likes this.