The "One Book"?


April 29, 2008, 11:26 PM
If you were to recommend the proverbial "one book" on reloading, which would it be?

OK, OK, the top three then? :p

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April 29, 2008, 11:34 PM
always have more then one.and get the newest ones too.I have a old hornady.I just bought the newest Hornady,so many new items ,and I always compare.Go to powder web pages,, see whats new thier,

April 29, 2008, 11:41 PM
Try this site
I have a few of them, they're great,But You have to buy a book for each cartridge,you plan on loading,well worth the money,

April 29, 2008, 11:42 PM
My number one pick is Sierra

...but all the ones I have are pretty good:


Also as mentioned above, go to the powder manufacturer's web sites

Ol` Joe
April 29, 2008, 11:59 PM
1) Lyman for the "How to"
2) A-Squares "Any Shot You Want" for it extensive information on interior balistics
3) Either Speer or Nosler for data

April 30, 2008, 12:12 AM
Hornady. But you can never have enough books.

ursus americanas
April 30, 2008, 01:11 AM
One thought, if you plan on using Hornady bullets, buy the Hornady loadbook. Likewise with Sierra and so on. Different shaped bullets will require different COL's, it's not that you can't figure that out on your own, and this is more important with rifles than with pistols, but to make matters easier for you pick the manufacturer you use most.

April 30, 2008, 01:19 AM
ABC's of Reloading.

The Tourist
April 30, 2008, 01:19 AM
The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook. If it ain't in there, you don't need it.

April 30, 2008, 02:24 AM
Lyman...they don't make powder, primers, cases or they have nothing to gain by giving an advantage to any of the components.

April 30, 2008, 02:42 AM
I religiously consult Lyman, Lee's 2nd, and the ABC's of reloading, plus the website of whichever powder I'm using at the time. The internet is an amazing tool.

April 30, 2008, 03:55 AM
CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

Speer #8, 2nd edition.


May 2, 2008, 12:13 AM
Lyman 48th edition would be my pick.

The Bushmaster
May 2, 2008, 01:41 PM
Lyman 48th

May 2, 2008, 02:11 PM
My order of prefs of my books:

1) Lyman 48th

2) Sierra

3) Hornady

4) Speers and Lee 2nd Edition. (Tied)

May 2, 2008, 02:21 PM
1) Lyman 48 for a good overall
2) Hodgdon, as 95% of the powder I use is from one of their lines
3) Sierra/Hornady - I don't think I use anyone else's bullets

lee n. field
May 2, 2008, 05:44 PM
Lyman's manual, or Speer's.

May 2, 2008, 05:50 PM
Lyman...they don't make powder, primers, cases or they have nothing to gain by giving an advantage to any of the components.

Say what! Lyman does have bullet molds and loads for their bullets in their manuals.

I still use my 41st Edition Lyman reloading manual. I like their pet load sections for each caliber.

May 2, 2008, 05:57 PM
Lyman's 40-somethingth (I'm using #48)
The powder manufacturers' web sites for additional load data/sanity check
I can't think of a number 3 :)

May 2, 2008, 05:58 PM
I was waiting for that... I knew someone would eventually bite.

May 2, 2008, 06:40 PM
+1 on the Lyman 48th. Though I like to cross check new loads with at least two other sources to get an idea of what each recommends.

May 2, 2008, 07:06 PM
+2 lyman. I also use the interweb for everything else questionable

May 2, 2008, 07:12 PM
When I started thinking about reloading I bought Lyman's 48th edition to study. Then I ended up buying a Lymna kit and it had another copy of the 48th in the box. One is in the shop and the other is on the bedside table. I will get some others. So far I have loaded exacatly 5 rounds of 45 ACP and they all fired.

dagger dog
May 2, 2008, 08:08 PM
I'm going ta catch it but the Lee Modern reloading, too much data, might not be original, or specific, but it covers a whole bunch including reduced loads and cast bullet data.
Hodgdons, yea I know it's a powder manual but they also give data for the other powder lines, even though it's to show their powder line, gives lower pressures.

Guess I'll put one in from a bullet manufactuer and my choice is Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading Volumes I&II. Again there is just too much usable information not only load data but ballistic tables out the ole wazoo .

May 2, 2008, 10:27 PM
If I know someone wants to get into loading, I let them get ahold of the Lee manual. I find the way he writes to be simple to understand, and he gives a lot of info in not a lot of ink.

I also like Hornady and lyman.

May 4, 2008, 04:57 PM
Hornady has a great instruction section, but their data is a bit lacking. Lee has lots of data, but the instructions are distinctly biased towards Lee products (duh!).

May 4, 2008, 06:53 PM

You're right about that but it also applies to my Speer 13 manual too. All they talk about is RCBS.

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