Gen Lee: Leaving your fly unzipped in public is more a California thing than a Tennessee thing, I'm told.
I always try to buy bullets without the cannelure. One time I bought some blems/factory 2nds. After I loaded up a bunch I realized that the defect was that the cannelure was not in the same place on every bullet. When loaded they looked really awkward, like I didn't know what the heck I was doing. They grouped great and performed flawlessly on game. To me the cannelure is just a suggestion. Not all rifles perform their best using some common seating depth, which is what seating to the cannelure gives you a common seating depth.I loaded up 180 grain SSTs over some Ramshot Hunter 59.3-60.2 grains to do load testing for a new Tikka 30 06. Instead of loading to SAAMI max length spec I loaded to where the cannelure is at the case mouth, about 3.240 COAL. Loads definitely compress at 60.2 grains but not too bad.
Anyone load these to the cannelure? That is how they are loaded in the factory ammo and it looks clean.