In a roundabout manner I solved my issues today. I removed the barrel and pushed the extractor in. I then plunk tested the rounds as I seated them deeper to find the sweet spot. At 1.535 the rounds dropped to the rim of the cartridge exactly like my XTP loads at 1.600.
As far as the gun itself, I removed the extractor to inspect it once more. Finding it was not bent, I did notice that the forward face of it had a dimple where the frame pushes it rearward when the gun is opened. MGM guessed it was too long, so I gently filed the dimple out and polished the face carefully maintaining its angle. Once reassembled, the gun worked flawlessly.
Lastly, I made a trip to the camp to try the gun and new load. Both turned out well ... gun was spot on and my new 215 SWC's print to same POI as my 200 XTP's.
All in all, a good day.
-Smith & Wesson Model 69
-Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter
-Encore Pro Hunter
"Hold your horses, the elephants are coming, and out stamped Alabama"