Reloading manuals


January 31, 2008, 07:57 PM
Hiaboo has a good question about reloading loads in another thread. Reloading manuals are incomplete, only showing a portion of the possible loads, perhaps a conspiracy on the author's part.

It takes multiple books to obtain load answers. :confused:

Very few of the loads I look at have anything for FMJ bullets at the various bullet weights. As a fairly new reloader, I would like to use the lesser expensive bullets to learn on and then proceed to better quality bullets later.

As for manuals, I have a Lyman's 48th edition and the reloading data at the Hodgdon website.

Is there another reloading manual that is reasonably priced and more comprehensive?

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January 31, 2008, 08:18 PM
I like Lee's Modern Reloading 2nd Edition

January 31, 2008, 08:34 PM
If you are reloading, you shouldn't be too worried about the price of a manual. They are pretty much under $30. Speer is good, Lee (rehash of existing data), Lyman, etc. You should have at least a couple.

February 1, 2008, 12:08 AM
that or if your just looking for reloading data check out steves page.

he has some of the best info around a lot of reloaders use his pages.

Also md smith. i use md smiths alot

if you wanted to make up your own book you can just print every page from both of these guys web sites. they are the best on the internet
February 1, 2008, 12:38 AM
I've got quite a few around here, speer, lee, a couple lyman, I think 1 from most common powder manufactures, cartridge conversions, but my usual one is Pet Loads by Ken Waters. I'f got my late fathers copy in 2 3 ring binders & the bound version with all the updates. For the stuff I load it's almost all there. The others come from Handloader dating back to the 70's I think.

February 1, 2008, 12:42 AM
I have 3 Speer Manuals, a Lyman #45, a few of those $6 single caliber manuals, online data and most importantly, my own records of everything I've loaded. Even with all that I sometimes can't find what I'm looking for!! (like W231 data for the WWII British 38/200 round)

February 1, 2008, 08:42 AM
Speer 10, 13, and 14 here Latest Hornaday, Lee, Lyman 48 and Lyman Pistols are mine

February 1, 2008, 02:20 PM

Reloading manuals are never going to show you all the possible loads; there are simply to many possible load combinations. In the case of FMJ loads, say you want a load for a .30 caliber 147gr FMJBT bullet and there is none listed. Look at the 150gr loads and start with the starting loads for that. Always look at a slightly heavier bullets load, and not a slightly lighter one.


February 1, 2008, 03:31 PM
If you have a brand of bullets that you shoot get there manual or may be list a couple of the bullets that you want to shoot and some of us can take a look see at our manuel and see what is in them that you have. Some bullet manufactures don't have data on there bullets but will refer you to the manuals that do.

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