All, I know there are varied opinions about running at or above max book loads and I don't want to start a war over it. Just looking for some insight/thoughts. My Remington 700 3006 consistently shows slight primer craters even in factory loads so going off that just does not work. I was working up some loads back in January where temps were about 20 degrees F. I had NO bolt lift issues. I posted the case pics and most commented they saw a slight primer crater but not much else in way of pressure signs. Someone said he saw "maybe" a touch of ejection mark but couldn't be sure unless he saw it in person. I myself looked closely at the area he was talking about and still did not see what he did. Anyways, the worry was using these same loads in warmer temps since they were about .8 grains above book max. Again, not looking to start an argument. I rarely go above book max unless I suspect that the load has very low pressure in my rifle compared to book values with my chrono info combined. Also, this load is shooting very accurate at decent velocities. Fast forward a few months and I decided to work up to that same test load in 60 degree weather to check safety and accuracy. It held the same accuracy as it did in 20 degrees F. There was ZERO bolt stick. The primers look about as "slightly" cratered as they always did and I still don't see any ejector marks. That being said...our deer hunting season NEVER gets above 45F during rifle season, so I am thinking I can officially call this a safe load in this rifle during the winter hunting season. I am getting that ring around the case head after 2 firings, but again this is a factory rifle with a pretty terribly large chamber and I "think" the ring im seeing is from where the sizing die stops. I don't intend on shooting these cases more than 3 firings as this is NOT a rifle I shoot much at all except hunting season. Thoughts?