Well put WaltThe ability to produce 30# of drag is not the main issue here. The real issue is,,,, does the product meet the claims of the manufacture or not. If Accurate had indicated 23 lbs of max drag this thread would never have survived. Have seen exactly 2 posts where anglers actually took objective max drag measurements with a scale. Both maxed out in the 23-25lb range. All the rest have been subjective opinion. This does not prove that the 30 lb specification can not be obtained with a reasonable break in. As the drag material needs compression and wear in to ensure full contact with the metal friction surfaces. The Accurate response has ensured the drag spec has been verified during initial testing. Regarding the 30 lb specification, believe me 30lb is a ton of drag which for all intended purposes you will never need or want with the targets intended for that reel. Would not recommend letting this issue sway a purchase decision. That reel is a tank and one heck of a bang for the buck.