I thought I would work up some varmint loads, so I just started loading for my .243 bolt-action rifle. I do not have a .243 Hornady Modified Case for my OAL gauge yet, so I thought I would just go off the C.O.A.L's listed in my reloading manuals. I started loading Barnes 58 gr. Varminator's last night......using information for Hornady 58 gr. V-max's (per Barnes' technical rep. suggestion). If I load to the C.O.A.L. that is listed in the manual (2.60", I believe), the bullet will not be "one caliber deep" as I have been taught. (Bullet length=0.690 - 0.243 = 0.447" + 2.035"(case) = 2.482"........well, that's how I loaded them all, give or take a few thousandths. I wouldn't have thought too much about this, but I noticed Barnes lists a minimum C.O.A.L. of 2.5" for a .243 Win. All of mine are 2.479-2.482". Will this be ok? I ran into a similar problem with the Nosler BT in 55 gr. I was able to get them a little longer than the minimum, but no where close to the C.O.A.L. listed in the manual. I believe my Nosler loads were right around 2.582". I hope I don't have to pull a bunch of bullets when I get home tonight......lol!!