The OAL being 2.944 tells me that 30% of case capacity is taken up by bullet. Obviously safety is first and I think with the starting loads being very safe, going up slowly is best. 3125 is what a hunting buddy was getting with very good accuracy. No troubles and still not compressed. .010-.015 off the lands. I try to shoot for 3000 fps with many cartridges that offer good ballistic numbers. Seems to be more than enough for whatever purpose it's used. Accuracy is king.