Originally Posted by JLA
They make rubber training bullets that are designed to be fired with a primer only. they are cheap and reusable. Using a paraffin wax plug is the very same thing and cheap. But you cant reuse the wax plug. it usually becomes very flat after hitting whatever you shoot with it.
These wax and rubber primer only ideas are exactly what I was looking for. A few rounds or a full cylinder fired with these will provide a good way of examining things like alignment with 'live' fire after having measured everything and allow for a new microscopic check of metal with having some minimal stress on it. All this without using a standard load that could have serious consequences if anything at all was missed in the restoration.
This is the perfect solution for the testing I want to do. Thanks guys who thought of it and posted it back for me. It is this 'final' testing phase I was looking for before using full loads and I probably posed the question wrong to begin with.