tedster - 4:14 am on Aug 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've never heard of success in that situation, Whitey. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened, but I never heard of it.
Reconsideration requests tend to be successful more often when you've made real changes. The other successful situation is when there was a false positive penalty.
If you've got a pile of 301s pointing to the same page from diverse former URLs, I'd just let them all go 404. Do you have a true 404 response set up for bogus URLs, or does every not found url 301? That's the worst situation to be in. A savvy competitor can knock your rankings for a loop.