Originally Posted by foggybottombob
It can't hurt to try things. Typically a bullet with a tangent ogive is not very sensitive to seating depth and a bullet with a secant ogive likely will be sensitive to seating depth. There are exceptions. I don't know what bullet you are shooting.
A couple of other things to remember about seating touching the lands is that pressure goes up exponentially under this condition. You will need to back off your powder charge two tenths of a grain or so if you try loads with the bullet touching or jammed into lands. Then you can work back up to where you were if there are no pressure signs. I don't know your level of reloading experience but remember to trim cases so that you don't get raised pressure from a too long case neck being crimped onto the bullet because it was forced too far into a chamber.
Thanks for that. I'm shooting the 168 Beger VLD Hunting bullets, so they do have a secant ogive. I am fairly new to reloading, and yes I do plan on always trimming the cases to the correct length.
Thanks again. I started at .020" off the lands and went up to .080". I need to just start over and do exactly like that article said. It did seem like the futher away from .020" I got the bigger my groups were getting, but who knows. I need to find out for sure so I'm not taking wild guess's. I've got a Bass Tourney this weekend so I doubt that I'll make it to the range, but I will post my results once I make it out. Maybe I'll take off early on monday.