Gents, Reloading theory question for you... Assuming your case/powder/primer/bullet/charge weight/neck tension all stay the same, would you expect to find more consistent ES/SD wtih the bullet loaded into the lands? I'm in the process of trying to test this myself, but don't have enough data points to draw a firm conclusion. I also question if it's possible to come to a statistically valid conclusion with a human driving the rifle (i.e. rifle hold can affect ES/SD). That said, there are some extremely smart folks on this forum; many of whom have done extensive testing, so figured I'd toss a line out to see who bites. It's my hypothesis that ES/SD numbers would be reduced (to what extent I don't know). Just my SWAG.