Damnit. I have friends on both sides of this debate, but for example, I mount several replica racks a year with whatever big nice cape I can buy. Guess what.....no measurements. African stuff.....again no measurements. Racks......there is a perspective that one can find by viewing the skull cap and pedical angles. Some racks follow the nose bridge, some don't. I hate to add fuel here, but a neck swell measurement after tanning is all I take or need NOW. However that word NOW comes from 20 years of experience and measuring everything to include the bot worms in a deers nose. When viewing others work, I often times see ear butt location problems much more than rack location problems which raises the question How far is it from the carnuncle to the ear canal? 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 will hit just about every deer out there. But since I KNOW this I don't still measure every one of them. How far is it from one side of the skull to the other?? There are tons of measurements we can and should take to LEARN from, but once learned, why keep measuring?? I know taxidermist who can eyeball a skin, alter the form and the skin fit like a glove without ever taking a single measurement. Some call it a gift. I suppose it is, but experience makes the job at hand elementry my dear Watson. Knowing the animal is the key, not the number of hash marks on a measuring device. Shapes and contours changes everything related to straight line measurements.