I'll do my best to articulate the struggle I've been dealing with and trying to wrap my head around:
In the Hornandy loading manual (& I'm sure others) there is a printed MAX COL which say for a .300 WM is 3.340 - should be straight forward except when one comes across many others saying that a good place to start for accuracy's sake is .020 off the lands.
IF I put together a cartridge like this using the OAL Gauge my COL is .114" LONGER than the MAXIMUM stated in the manual. I'm given to the fact that factories have safety factors that MUST come into play so no biggie there...please clarify for me where the "public safety/manufacturing" elements end and where the real world veteran reloader REALLY begins.
BTW, I'm reloading for a Savage mountain rifle, have checked to see that the initially loaded cartridges DO fit into the magizine.
Disclaimer: I know that there are conservative and radical loaders out there so please clarify your basic position. As for me, I'm a risk taker and stay in bounds, but generally push limits...some call it a personality flaw...I call it fun
Thanks a ton,