Single Caliber Data /Formula sheets ??


September 30, 2010, 10:39 PM
Does anyone make a downloadable single caliber load formula / data sheet? (links to websites would be appreciated)

I want to print them to the new Tyvek printer paper (wont tear or stain) for a few calibers. Every place I look they want me to buy a load book for hundreds of calibers and data I will never use, just seems a waste.

I need a good and easy load formula (mixed brass) (bullet, primer, powder) for both a light/mild plinker and a mid to upper non +p SD loads for a .38 special being shot from a S&W 1932 M&P 4" Revolver in excellent shootable condition.

This would be using a standard lee loader and a hand primer. The simplier the better i.e dipper rather than scale or trickle measure. I am looking for economy rather than tack driving.

Mild Plinker
Bullet make & grain:
Powder type & grain:
Primer make & size:
Approx FPS:
Approx pressure:

SD Non +P
Bullet make & grain:
Powder type & grain:
Primer make & size:
Approx FPS:
Approx Pressure:

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September 30, 2010, 11:33 PM
Google your favorite powder and go to the manufacturer's website.

You're not going to get Lee dipper info from anyone from Lee though.

Fortunately economy and tack driving for .38 Special come in the same bottle... Bullseye, TiteGroup, or No.2.

October 1, 2010, 07:21 AM
I would also suggest a good reloading manual.

October 1, 2010, 12:14 PM
data I will never use, just seems a waste.If you reload anything, owning at least one good manual is never a waste.

You can lean an awful lot from just reading it two or three times!

I suggest the Lyman #49, as it covers both jacketed and cast bullets in every caliber better then any other manual. And it is chock full of good reloading info.
It costs less then one box of factory ammo.


October 1, 2010, 12:46 PM
Thanks guys, I found what I needed at

The Lee loader came with a conversion for volumn rather than weight. The accuracy of the volumn as well as the remanufactured rounds are good enough for what I needed it for

I just do not need all the other calibers that are in a reloading manual. I needed it down loadable so I could print it to the Tyvek printer paper. I found what I needed for .38 special and 30-30. I cast my own bullets and found 10,000 small pistol primers at a flea market (sealed and only 3 years old) on the cheap. I just needed powder info and basic load info.

October 1, 2010, 01:15 PM
With very little room for error in most handgun cartridges, I would still weigh every 10th or so to verify what your dropping.

October 1, 2010, 07:31 PM
Thanks guys, I found what I needed at

Be warned: Much of what is at those web sites is old outdated data from old outdated manuals. Much of it is from "contributors" and has not been pressure tested.

I would never use any of the data on those sites without verifying by a phone call or e-mail to the powder manufacturer.

Since you are using dippers and not a scale, beware that the density can vary by about 15%.

October 1, 2010, 11:22 PM
If you just need .38 Special data, then one of the "Loadbook USA" manuals should work well.

Here's one for $6.99 (+S&H):

Unless that's not cheap enough for you. I know, why pay for something when you can steal somebody else's work off the internet. And I use the work "steal" advisedly; do you think all that pressure-tested data in the reloading manuals is produced for free? Just because somebody puts it on the internet doesn't mean is hasn't been stolen.

And why bother with reading any reloading manual about proper reloading procedures and safety... boring! Of course, when you destroy a gun or lose a hand or an eye, it'll be somebody else's fault. Maybe you an sue them!

Sorry... but this kind of stuff makes me really cranky.

October 2, 2010, 09:47 AM
RidgewayCO: It's ok to be cranky, I get that way often on the weirdest of things. Key point to all of this is being downloadable so it can be printed to a Tyvek printer paper so it will not be destroyed while camping, fishing or a summer/winter at the cabin. Photo copy or scanning from the book does not work as there is distortion. The larger manuals have too much more info than I need for this purpose. I know how to reload, have done it for years. My reloads in general are a simple 158 grain LRN/LSWC that I cast myself from #2 aloy, sized and lubed with 50/50 alox/beeswax, 4.2 Universal, Winchester sm pistol primer and mixed brass at an approximate 15,000 CUP. All done on a Lee turret classic with carbide dies. That is a proven do all load that works well for me.

What I was looking for was a proven plinker light load and a mid to upper SD load formula to DL and to be used in the field or at the range via a Lee Classic Loader w/o dragging a whole reload bench with me.

I have paid my dues and money in reloading and there is NOTHING wrong with looking for proven loads w/o buying another bench full of reference material, spending 2 days at the range working up a load or buying 4 diff types of powder just to do something that has already been done.

Assumptions will kill ya. I did not realize I needed to lay out a resum'e for reloading when I asked the questions.

I have used the dippers in the past with great success in other applications and am confident in their use.

October 2, 2010, 10:09 AM

October 3, 2010, 08:05 AM
Look here, published by a major powder company, as a free service, can email the results of your search to yourself, copy and paste into Excel, tweak the formatting and print, done deal.

October 3, 2010, 08:34 AM
Mncarpenter: Thanks, that is a nice service from Hodgdon.

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