Reloading data books


Steve H
January 7, 2007, 01:09 PM
All of my reloading books are in the 15 year old range and seem to not have much info on the newer powders. One of my older books that used to be my "go to" for info is the Lyman 47th edition from ~1992. I see now there is a 48th edition out. Can anyone tell me how they like this edition? Does it have info on "newer powders" for the .45 ACP?

Thanks Much

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lee n. field
January 7, 2007, 02:20 PM
Interesting question. I just got the 48th edition and have been using the 47th for years.

Looking at .45 ACP, the list of bullets is different. No sub-200 grain cast lead bullets are listed in the 48th.

Spot checking the data for the 225 grain LRN bullet, powders I'm seeing listed in the new that aren't in the old are Titegroup, WST, WSF, N340, Power Pistol and HS-6.

The 48th lists data for some cartridges that aren't listed in the 47th (9mm Makarov, 10mm Auto).

Answer your question?

January 7, 2007, 02:24 PM
The load information from the powder sellers is free on line and in pamphlet form.

Steve H
January 7, 2007, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to have to get the 48th.

January 7, 2007, 02:41 PM
I have a 47th Lyman and now have a 48th. A lot of powders have been introduced on the market between these editions and so have a lot of cartridges. The short magnum phase is covered. They did a good job in the intrepreting pressures and reading primers sections. The cleaning the rifle section is just one man's opinion, but he sells cleaning products, so maybe that section is a product placement.

I would recommend buying the thing. There was data with AA5744 that I would have liked to see before I started loading my 45/70.

As for loading data from the powder companies, I have used enough Accurate Arms data to know that it is unreliable. Too many pierced primers on starting loads.

January 7, 2007, 03:02 PM

These links should help.

Steve H
January 7, 2007, 03:37 PM
Walkalong thanks for the links. I had a couple of them but not all. We have the same carry gun, care to share any handlods that you find are reliable?

January 7, 2007, 06:47 PM
200 Gr.Gold Dots under 9.4 Grs. AA #5 at 1.215 O.A.L.

This is a good practice load if you want to come close to the factory load. I got an Avg. velocity of 919 from a 4" CDP and 876 from my 3" CDP at around 90 degrees.

Load 230 Gr. Golden Sabers at 1.235 O.A.L. and either 200 or 230 Gr. XTP's at 1.235 for good feeding.
Use the same 9.4 Grs. AA #5 for the 200 XTP which I did not chrono and 8.5 Grs. AA #5 for the 230 Gr. XTP which gave an Avg. velocity of 859 FPS from my 4" CDP at 85 degrees. I did not chrono it in the 3" CDP.

I shot some 230 Gr. Golden Sabers, but they gave erratic results and I did not have any more to continue testing. It is just a matter of finding the right combination for them.

Berry's 230 RN at 1.265 shoots better for me than Raniers 230 RN, but Raniers 200 Gr. SWC is hard to beat with 9.0 Grs. AA #5 under them at 1.260 for an Avg. velocity of 897 at around 95 degrees.

AA #2 has given very good results for near full velocities, good to very good accuracy and cleanliness.

Universal Clays also works very well.

For target velocities Tightgroup or Clays ( many competitive shooters use Clays I understand) will work fine, but preliminary tests with ZIP show real promise in the accuracy arena.

These loads are safe in my firearms with my load procedures. Reduce 10% to start.

Steve H
January 7, 2007, 08:26 PM
WOW THanks Much for all the info.


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