2.9 good for you.......a bit more length real world doesn't do anything unless one is honking on it hard.good for nosler! lol My OAL is also over 2.9
but for real reloading data is at best a suggestion, Ive seen reloading data be off 100fps in either direction
And yes data can be off 100 one way or another so can lots of powder. I've seen many a person running a load to the max, then go to a new lot of powder and not back off and start again only to be suprised.
My one point to looking at data from a manual is that it's a darn good guide. Toss out the highs, and the lows and one will find a good happy medium of what should be top end.
I like Hodgdon as they pressure test their loads, actually test them and not use some QL crapola....
Find me a load in a manual showing 140's in the 2900 to mid 2950 range...
As well please find me some pressure tested data for R26 in the CM