Thanks again, Brent.
Your answers have really helped to bring me up to speed. Now all I need to do is get some practice in... I just didn't want to go off half cocked, so to speak, and kick my own a$$ at the range.
I'm going to try to buy some soft, cheap loads to start with and change my stock recoil pad with a better one - I'm sure I can handle that job.
And as for being the valedictorian of the school of hard knocks, I've found that many graduates of that institution have more smarts than what's in most libraries...