I have never bottomed my fork out.
That day that you rode it, I had just gotten it back from the rebuild, so I was playing around with the pressure. I brought it down in 5 psi increments, until it both felt plush and was firm enough that I wouldn't bottom out on features like the whoops on bridges. I am not sure if the ride characteristics would change a lot if there was suspension in the rear, like you have. Perhaps Garry would know that since he rides both a hardtail and a fully.
I also have the rebound set on the quicker side.