The QLA feature was instoduce to make it easier to load Saboted projectiles as well as conicals.
Yep, I realized this some time after making my post last night. I can definitely see how QLA would help with loading conicals. In fact, I struggled a bit with the Lyman when loading the few of conicals I've shot in it. It was hard to keep them straight while starting them.
I haven't tried a conical in the NE yet, but I'll bet its much easier. Unfortunately I mainly shoot RB. One member PM'ed me to suggest using a .010 patch for ease of loading, especially when I'm on the short-distance plinking where a small accuracy/velocity loss wouldn't matter. That sounds like a good idea to try.