good manual needed


September 24, 2008, 12:37 PM
i see lots of reloading books but its always specific, one book each for shotgun, large rifle, medium rifle, hangun, foreeighn, im looking to get an all in one manual to learn about reloading, setup i'll need, how to do it...who makes the best manual:?

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September 24, 2008, 12:39 PM
I would suggest the Lyman 48th or 49th Edition Reloading Handbook. It has general, basic instruction and more advanced. It also includes loads for bullets from more than one manufacturer.

Hope this helps.


September 24, 2008, 01:00 PM
As you progress you will find there is no "one good book". I like Nosler as it is the only one I have found that gives load density (% of case filled by powder). All, especially Lee, are basically full of advertisements for their products. However valuable info is contained in each.
Sorry, no good answers, just opinions.

September 24, 2008, 01:03 PM
I bought the Lyman 48th and read the first several chapters with detailed info on powder, bullets, pressure, cases and case prep and detailed steps for both pistol and rifle loading. As well, it has specific chapters on bullet flight, casting and cleaning and a few other things I'm sure I've forgotten.

Then I read it all again.

With no mentor, it got me started in the right direction as far as equipment and it's use and sequence of use with safe practices.

The pistol, rifle and Contender data is fairly broad and makes for a good general reference across a variety of powder and bullet types, including cast.

Like ~Z says, there is no one best book that has everything you'll ever need or want to know. But I think the Lyman manual makes for a good starting point for learning equipment and process.

The Bushmaster
September 24, 2008, 01:03 PM
Another vote for Lyman 48th or 49th. Both very comprehensive and cover both rifle an handgun...

September 24, 2008, 02:07 PM
I second the motion that you should have at least two books, perhaps more. I personally like the Lyman and the Hornady books. I've also purchased a couple of the Loads for one Caliber books from Midway. These have copies of published data from several manufactures and are a good cross reference.

September 24, 2008, 02:12 PM
The Lee manual is also a reprint of all the powder company data.

It is very much lacking in critical info such as seating depth, components used, etc.

But it is useful in that it contains in one place, most data ever put out by the powder manufactures.

Still, it is far from as good as the Lyman #48 or perhaps the #49, which I haven't seen yet.


Steve C
September 24, 2008, 02:16 PM
I have a couple Speer manuals(10 and 13), an older Hornady and Sierra. I also have a "One Caliber One Book" for each of the calibers I reload along with a plethora of "free" manuals published by the powder companies over the years. All the reference data is handy to have.

As was said, there probably isn't a "BEST" for all reloading but there's several good ones out there. The Lyman book is very good as are any of the others by the bullet companies.

September 24, 2008, 05:37 PM
right now i only care about shotgun shells but in future ill need .45-70 .308 and .357. once i have a rifle for every hunting situation im set....

dagger dog
September 24, 2008, 06:02 PM
There are several Basic manuals available from the Major Powder companys free for the asking.

Hodgdons also puts out a Annual reloading manual you can pick up at the Barnes and Noble or Borders Books, it's in a magazine style cover and has a lot of shotshell info, cost is minimal at 5-6 bucks.

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