Starline has been busy adding more brass to their lineup and at a feverish pace recently. They announced plans to release another option for small primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass that got myself and many other shooters reasonably excited.
But why would we get excited over smaller primer holes? Who wouldn’t get excited over smaller holes?
I am glad you asked. I’ll try to keep it from getting super technical and leave that for our resident ballistics nerd Nathaniel.
When shooting long distance consistency is your friend. Now that may mean a consistently .5 MOA rifle, a consistent wind call, or ultra consistent ammunition. Sure, there are some other factors that play into a successful shot, but those are some of the major factors. So you might be asking, what the hell does primer size have to do with how consistent your ammo is? The thought is that the primer is less likely to move under pressure and allows the pressure to build in the case more consistently than with large primer ammunition as well as the small primer case is ever so slightly stronger allowing a reloader to push the velocity just a touch more.
Small primer brass means that hand loaders that are currently using large primer brass are able to switch to brass with a smaller flash hole resulting in more consistent loads without forking over the cash for Lapua brand small primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass. After all, the perceived consistency gained by the small flash hole is the reason that 6.5×47 Lapua is so popular among competitors in the Precision Rifle Series.
Also awesome is the large primer version of the same brass, although slightly less exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I like that there is another source for the large primer stuff on the market, I am just not quite as excited about the readily available large primer stuff as I am about the small primer brass.
It appears that Starline has the brass ready to ship already with the Starline website showing the 6.5 Creedmoor in stock with an MSRP starting at $125 for 250 pieces and going up to $430 for 1,000 pieces of the large primer brass and $150 for 250 pieces on up to $510 for 1,000 pieces of the small primer brass. You can find the large primer version HERE and the small primer 6.5 Creedmoor HERE.