@ 03:26 am (GMT)
Trace JacobyA recent post by another poster talking about Matrix bullets has caught my attention, and I am considering getting some to try in my .264 Win Mag to examine and test. I am thinking about the 160gn hunting bullet, as Nathan mentioned in his first cartridge book that it would have great merit for the .264.
My question is, could load data for the Hornady 160gn RN be used to develop a load for the matrix bullet? Nathan mentioned such a thing could be done in the reloading book, but I am not sure if the start load should be reduced due to the difference in bullet design/shape. Hodgdon lists the start load for the Hornady 160 gn bullet as 61.5gn of H1000.
Could this be used interchangeably for the Matrix? Again, Nathan mentioned how a difference in bullet design can have an effect on pressures. Is there a more suitable powder for this cartridge/bullet combo? I would appreciate anyone's knowledge on the subject.
In addition, if anyone has gotten their hands on these and had a chance to examine them, I would be very interested to hear what you have found.
@ 06:34 am (GMT)
Re: Matrix bullets questionsI have the 270 168 grain bullets and they are very long. Matrix doesn't seem to have reloading information for their bullets, and the fellow suggested that I look at the Nosler manual for the 270.
They should hire Nathan to develop loads for them that can be published because having projectiles with no load data is an issue. We're not all adept at doing this sort of thing.
@ 09:21 am (GMT)
Re: Matrix bullets questionsHi Trace, yes, you can start with that. Furthermore, H1000 (2217) is very safe to work with in this instance.
Again I would advise caution with regards to hunting. Make sure the projectiles pass initial home tests as outlined in the book. Make your comparisons based on other known projectiles. Also check the meplat and decide whether it needs to be trimmed back and again test accordingly.
@ 10:15 am (GMT)
Re: Matrix bullets questionsThanks Nathan, I plan on putting them to the test before using them on game. I'm really just trying to get my feet wet in studying bullet construction and comparing different designs, and I hope it will turn out as I really like my .264 and could use a heavier projectile at times. Not that I am trying to push it beyond its limits, it would just be nice.
Lane, I share your frustrations. The website for Matrix doesn't offer much info for their bullets. Hence my curiosity to examine them. But a little general info would be nice. Please let us know how they turn out for you.