What is this One book/one caliber I keep reading about?


December 14, 2006, 12:29 PM
Anyone care to explain?

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December 14, 2006, 01:04 PM
It's called Load Book, and all it contains is a compilation of the loading data from the various printed sources, such as the powder and bullet companies. I've got a couple of them, but there is better information in other sources. I don't find them particularly useful myself, as a lot of the data is somewhat dated.

Hope this helps.


December 14, 2006, 02:06 PM
I agree with ReloaderFred there is much better info elsewhere. The one loadbook I have cured me from purchasing any more. The loads shown in mine were quite mild and slow. Skip them and go with at least two of the following full fledged reloading manuals:Speer,Hornady,Hodgdon,Lee,Lyman,or Sierra and if funds are available don't stop at two- the more the better.

Steve C
December 14, 2006, 02:36 PM
The One Book/One cartridge load manuals are like a Readers Digest for load data. They include all the data and the introduction pages from the major manuals like Speer, Lyman, Hornady, Sierra, Nossler. Its good to have one or two of the manuals by the bullet companies for the other information they include but most of the information in the manuals is repeated in the others, maybe in different format or style of writing but its there. So if you want to try different bullets or pick up a powder not listed in the $30 manual you have the One Book save having to buy a bunch of different expensive manuals and as they're one caliber they make cross referencing much easier than pawing through 4 or 5 manuals looking for the one cartridge you want to load.

You can buy the One Book at Midway and other places for around $7. Like any manual their data gets dated as new manual volumes are introduced.

December 14, 2006, 02:36 PM
Of course if you're looking for mild, slow loads like me, then they work just fine.l

Ben Shepherd
December 14, 2006, 02:36 PM
I actually like them. Running a 158 grain slug in 357? Look through all the data on that slug weight in the book. Then you'll know where to start with what powder to do what you are trying to accomplish.

Each mfg lists a little different charge weight, due to a different primer, case, or slug. But the wider your data base, the better your chances of hitting a working load right on the head the first time.

They are not for the novice loader, however. They contain no "how to" and "why" stuff. Just pure data in a compact caliber specific package.

December 14, 2006, 04:23 PM
I thought the Loadbooks were copies of pages from the actual big books. I mean, the Speer data in a Loadbook should be the same data as in the actual Speer manual, right?

I have a couple of loadbooks, but I haven't actually side-by-side compared them to a big manual.

Ben Shepherd
December 14, 2006, 04:27 PM
They are the same as the manuals.

But the question is- Are those pages out of the current manual? Or a previous, superceeded edition?

December 14, 2006, 05:56 PM
well, with all the talk up above about how loadbooks have "mild & slow" loads...

that must mean that the big books have mild & slow loads as well.

If from a previous edition, I don't really care. In fact, some companies print lighter & lighter loads as the years go by.

December 14, 2006, 07:24 PM
I have one that I bought at Cabelas for 9mm. It has a lot of information from five bullet manufactures and four powder manufactures. As Ben said they are not for the beginner. You will only find load data and not the how to's

December 15, 2006, 01:51 PM
I'm usually an upbeat kinda guy, but I can't think of a single nice thing to say about the one caliber loadbooks, well other than some comment about "fire starter".

I bought the 10mm version 12 years ago, before I knew better. The data was a subset of the data available for free in booklets from powder manufacturers. Entire pages were missing, blank, and inverted. I believe hiring the handicapped is nice, but not to assemble a publication. About half of the expensive little booklet was ADVERTISEMENTS.

I think it's the only one star review I gave at MidwayUSA.com.

I like the idea of having a single collection of load data for one caliber so it's easy to find what I want and compare loads, but the Loadbook I bought spread the info so thin to stretch it into a booklet that it was about like having the booklets from the powder manufacturers side by side, without any of the other caliber load data. The load data was spread over so many pages that it still wasn't easy to compare various loads. A much better deal is Modern Reloading Second Edition by Richard Lee. For $12, it has a great book on reloading in the front half, and a fairly complete set of load data for all reasonably popular calibers in the back. The load data for one caliber usually covers 1-5 pages, so it's easier to compare loads, as compared to flipping through the ads in the Loadbook.

Read my Loadbook review. You'll need to scroll all the way to the bottom, where the one star reviews are located.


December 15, 2006, 05:33 PM
I have two of these, in 30-30 and 30-06. They are nice supplements as they have loads listed for cast lead bullets at reduced velocities. The two major manuals I have do not cover these areas. I thinks its a nice addition to my reloading library. Good day.

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