Re: 223 infomation and loads?????
You asked the following in your initial post:
IS most of the brass,primers,bullets,and powder the same?
Brass, primers, bullets, and powders are the same just like all women are the same! Each brand and style of each has its own personaltiy!
Brass from one manufacturer is different than brass from another manufacturer in many ways. Most importantly, the thickness of the brass can vary. With thicker brass comes less case volume, and higher pressures when the fuse is lit!
Primers vary quite a bit as well. I've known people who have changed the accuracy of a load just by switching primers. Some are hotter, some have softer metal, etc.
Powders are definately not all the same. There's one kind soul that frequents this forum who blew a gun to smithereens by accidentally pouring powder into the wrong container. He eventually used the wrong powder based on the container's label. (You know who you are!!! And you know I'm not picking on you, either!) He's lucky he still has use of his hands.
Some powders burn very quickly. Some powders burn slow by comparison. The loads listed in any loading manual will recommend the combination of primer, case, powder, and bullet that you should use when you start loading.
It's just about impossible to use the exact combination of componants that you will find in a loading manual. Therefore, due to the variations in componants that I briefly touched on above, you should never start at the "Max" load listed in the manual.
Go to MidwayUSA.com or Midsouthshooterssupply.com and look how many different loading manuals are available. They, like componants, are not all the same. Get one or more of these books, and read ALL of the introductory material before you purchase any equipment or componants. Most people seem to recommend the Lyman manual as a first read.
If you're like the majority of the people here, pretty soon you'll wonder if you load to shoot, or if you shoot so that you can load! It can be downright addicting...
BTW, the folks on this forum will answer ANY question you'll have (and you'll have a BUNCH of 'em.)