Well, I've been moving closer and closer to a final decision. After some thought, I am going to go custom with this Encore pistol. Contenders (no pun intended) are Bullberry, Virgin Valley and SSK. So far I am pretty much set on a big 280 class cartridge. Looking over some of my load refrences I found the 280 JDJ, which puts out some incredible ballistics. However, I have a few questions. How user friendly will the 60 degree shoulder be for reloading compared to the 40 on the Ackley improved? Secondly, how much of a performance gain is there over the Ackley? Finally, and this has more to do with the gun makers themselves, is SSK worth the jump in price? It just seems to me that the SSK products are priced consistently higher than the other manufacturers (for instance, all but SSK include a trigger tune with the frames they sell free--SSK charges 95 bucks). One of the pluses for the SSK though would be the 280 JDJ or other proprietary rounds. Any thoughts/imput on my questions is appreciated.