I think I'm going to try your method; I can see where it might be more consistent. Besides, where reloading is concerned, it's never a bad idea to simply follow the instructions!!
I'll go check out Paco's column right now.
Thanks for answering all these questions; I hope you can tolerate one more. I have definitely decided on the gas check bullet -- is a very hard bullet still desirable in this case or would I be just as well off to skip the hardening steps and stick on the gas check?
Again, many thanks!!!