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Got my reloading kit. Now I just need to build the bench and get things set up. Until then I have been reading and have some questions.

1. How much difference does the brass you use make? I've heard that different primers, powders, etc. will make a big difference, but does that also apply to brass?

2. Do you need a manual for each bullet you use, e.g., can you use a speers manual if you load Hornady bullets? I suspect you do, but I am not sure.

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Brass varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and it is wise to be consistant. Avoid having a box of reloads with say five winchester cases, nine federal, couple of remingtons and so on. Try to be as consistant as possile.
Manuels are "a GUIDE", a starting point, Many thing affect reloading. pressures for example will vary from firearm to firearm, barrel lengths,actions and so on will cause variations
So you can use data from one for the other manuel, BUT, always start a new load(first load) on the low side and build up if necessary.
Personaly I weigh every case I use(Federal). The odd time you will get a case different than the rest so I discard it. This is up to the reloader, some do, but most don't
Good Reloading becomes Better reloading with the more consistantcy

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A lot of people make a big to-do about this case or that. I don't believe that there's any case that's all that much better than another unless your a competative target shooter. But I don't mix brands either. I've used Remington, Winchester, Norma, Federal, Herter, DWM, Frontier, a lot of different military, Nat. Match and God only knows what else. There was a time when I'd weigh cases and bullet's. I feel that that is a waste of time anymore because what standard do you hold to? +/- how many grains? If you go for say +/- 2grs on a case and you have a spred wider than that, which ones do you dump?

The big difference you'll find in cases is that some are heavier than other's which indicates more or less capacity BUT within spects for the cartridge. Winchester is traditionally lighter constructed than Remington or say Norma. But the starting load for all will be about the same. The upper end will change somewhat.

As for other component's, standard primers are standard primers and I have never found that using whatever primer I wanted made a big difference, just don't substitute magnum for standard. For bullet's, just don't substitute a heavier bullet for a lighter one using the same data. Only use data for the weight bullet your using. Then the data from anyone will work BUT, alway's start with the min load and work up to safe pressure.

You'll find that seating the bullet's into the lands will jump pressure. But if you work up from min load to max with the bullet into the lands, you'll be alright. There is a problem with it tho and that is that sooner or later you'll stick a bullet in the lands and pull the bullet opening your action. When you do that, your finished shooting until you get the bullet out of the barrel and the powder out of the action. It's an easy thing to get the bullet off the lands, ask if you don't know how. Don't trouble yourself with measurements off the lands right now either. I have been reloading for over 40 yrs and have never measured the distence from the lands to the bullet. You only really need so much science to reload rifle cartridges. Everything else, unless your a competative shooters, is much to do about nothing. To the hunter, 1/10th inch smaller group means nothing! Ever to the varmit hunter, 1/10th is meaningless.

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Thanks guys for the advice.

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Capacity may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. You can check case capacity from different manufacturers by plugging the primer hole with your finger and filling the cases with water and weigh the water.
As was mentioned. Stay consistant with your components. I use Winchester exclusively and buy them by the bag of 100 same lot.

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For me,no more mixtures of old brass for reloading. I reload for hunting,performance and accuracy,and reliability. If I was reloading just to make cheaper ammo than Wal-Mart it may not matter so much. I prefer to use the same brand of used brass,or best for me,buy a bag(100) of new nickel plated brass.
I had feeding problems in my Browning Bar with mixed brass,it turned out that rifle did not like Norma brass.Even with full legth resizing they do not function well in that firearm for me.
Jamming an autoloader with a fat buck merrily prancing past me I found very frustrating!

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