I fear I am quickly becoming the annoying rookie who asks too many questions. I appreciate all of the replies I have recieved so far. I took some previous advice and bought a hornaday oal gauge and bullet comparator. I loaded a bullet that would just fit into my magazine and compared its length to the max oal I got from the gauge. I found that the the longest bullet I can fit in the magazine is about .050 from the lands. In the manual that came with the oal gauge it recommended .04 to .02 jump for better accuracy. I am thinking about loading some bullets that are too long for the magazine just to shoot at the range to see if they are acutally more accurate. I don't have a super fancy custom gun, but I did do a fair amount of research before buying my tikka. It seemed that most people claimed great accuracy with the gun out of box. I assume that the majority of them were shooting ammo that would fit in the magazine. My question is do most people find a significant increase in accuracy when they seat the bullet closer to the lands? I was also wondering if there are any tikka owners out there and what they have found to be successful. It just seems hard for me to understand why if .04 to .02 or less was the agreed upon rule, a gun maker would limit shooters by making the magazine too small.