Which is your favorite reload manual????


October 15, 2011, 11:59 AM
I purchasing a new reloading manual, just wanted to get you folks ideas on the reloading manual that I would be most happy with?

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October 15, 2011, 12:40 PM
My preferred starting point is Lyman, and those from the powder mfg themselves.


Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 15, 2011, 12:50 PM
An old spiral-binded Lyman from about 1972.

However, for exact bullet details, I go with the company that made the bullet. I use the Barnes manual a lot as I load a lot of Triple Shock bullets. Having the B.C. is nice to plug into my ballistic software to get the EXACT trajectory based on Chronied loads on still days.

October 15, 2011, 12:57 PM
+1 for Lyman #49. Although I reference current load data from powder manufacturers, Lyman #49 has a lot of lead loads that current powder manufacturer load data lacks.

It is on sale for $16.89 at Natchez - http://www.natchezss.com/brand.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=LY&prodID=LY9816049&prodTitle=Lyman%2049th%20Edition%20Reloading%20Handbook

October 15, 2011, 03:53 PM
Lyman cast bullets or #49 beyond a doubt.

October 15, 2011, 04:18 PM
Any that i can lay my hands on for the components that I am using are my favorites.

October 15, 2011, 04:42 PM
I have an old Speer manual, #7 I think. Contain's a lot more information than my Lyman for some specialized bullet making techniques. It's my favorite.

Lost Sheep
October 15, 2011, 05:18 PM
What ones do you have already?

Lost Sheep

October 15, 2011, 05:26 PM
lymans #49/Hornady

October 15, 2011, 05:55 PM
I don't have one--I have all of them

October 15, 2011, 07:10 PM
I shoot mostly old cartridges and Ideal #'s 35, 37, 38, & 39 are my favorites.

October 15, 2011, 07:53 PM
i've got to admit I try and reference the bullet manufacturers data first if at all possible. Here at the house I have Speer #10, Sierra #3 and #5, Lyman #49, and I live close enough to a gun store to reference the open Hornady, and Barnes manuals if needed.

October 15, 2011, 07:55 PM

Lyman #49

Just my .02,

October 15, 2011, 08:02 PM
Modern Reloading by Mr. Lee. It's a simple entry level manual, but has surprising depth of load information and I find myself returning to it over and again.

October 15, 2011, 10:26 PM
I use the brand of reloading manual for the brand of bullets i'm useing!


October 15, 2011, 10:28 PM
Call me cheap....but I use data from the powder manufactures website....its free, and its always up to date.

October 16, 2011, 12:01 PM
It's not cheap, it's what works best for you. I never use Sierra bullets, so I'd never buy a Sierra manual... having lots of data is a good thing, but having data that doesn't apply to you isn't worth $15.


HK SD9 Tactical
October 16, 2011, 02:46 PM
I have the Lee Modern Reloading and the Hornady 8th. But I usually go to the powder and/or bullet manufacturers web sites for the most current information. I plan to pick up the Lymans 49 as it seems to be well sanctioned and highly spoken of book on most of the reloading sites that I visit.

For the odd stuff that I reload and can't find data on, I usually speak with the powder manufacturers ballistics technician for their input.

October 16, 2011, 02:54 PM
I find the current powder manufacturers' load data and Lyman #49 make an excellent combination.

I often use generic bulk commercial bullets instead of premium bullets specified in published load data and especially for lead loads, Lyman #49 provides valuable reference that are often lacking in current load data from powder manufacturers.

At least for pistol jacketed/plated/lead loads, I have yet to not be able to find loads to reference between the two resources.

LTR shooter
October 16, 2011, 06:04 PM
Nearly all my jacketed bullets come from Sierra or Hornady and those are the manuals I use. Also use online data from some of the powder companies.

October 16, 2011, 10:04 PM
Modern Reloading Second Edition with the Cast Bullet loads and Reduced loads. It also happens to be the latest one I've bought!

Kevin Rohrer
October 17, 2011, 06:59 AM
I have almost all of them, but my "goto" manual is Lyman #49.

October 17, 2011, 08:23 AM
ABC's of Reloading is my favorite manual.

I also get info from speer #14, Powder and bullet manufacturers, and I have caliber specific manuals which is just several manuals conveniently rolled into one.

October 17, 2011, 03:22 PM
If I was limited to one it would have to be PET LOADS by Ken Waters ,really great info in that book.

October 17, 2011, 08:42 PM
I have several because so many bullet/powder combinations vary depending on which manual you choose to look at. I consult three before I start reloading a new load. This is especially true when working up to a max load as I do not trust "typical" signs of high pressure. The option is to buy a chronograph and trust it's velocity readings over suggested max load info in a manual. You can get a Chrony brand for around the price of three manuals ($100).

October 17, 2011, 08:46 PM
Lyman #49 is the only paper manual I've personally purchased. Fortunately, the internet offers a lot of great published information - as well as individual commentaries. Just remember that one would always be wise to cross-reference non-published data before diving into it.

October 17, 2011, 09:15 PM
NO FAIR!!!:banghead: Why do you insist that I choose a favorite reloading book? All the others will get mad and start to give bad data and it will be all YOUR fault.:(:D I really do not have any that I would pick above all the others. I take all the info available and make an "educated guess' reduce by 10% and start to load. Always worked so far for me so until it does not I will continue as is. BTW when I was starting out and learning from my grandfather, I DID follow the EXACT recipe until I gained experience enough to know what was SAFE.

October 17, 2011, 10:09 PM
I only shoot pistol and reload jacketed and plated bullets.
I use the LEE manual and on-line powder and bullet reloading data plus annual softbounds.
I do stray from published data ( like Frogo207) using safe practices.

October 17, 2011, 11:23 PM
Nosler, Sierra then Hornady in that order. I have a couple more, but I really have always liked my Nosler 6 the best.

Hondo 60
October 17, 2011, 11:28 PM
That's easy! Lyman's!

2nd favorite would be the One Book, One Caliber Loadbook series.

October 18, 2011, 01:19 AM
I have the latest Lee, Lyman, and Speer plus all the latest going back to when I began reloading in the 70s. The one that goes on the bench whenever I begin setup, is the Loadbook USA. I just got the new .45 A.C.P. from the cover 1,561 Proven & Tested Loads 62 Various Bullet Designs 44 Different Powders. The publisher thanks 13 different powder and bullet manufactures, from Accurate Arms Co. to Winchester. For pure load data on just one caliber these are hard to beat.

October 18, 2011, 04:24 AM
Sierra. Maybe because it opens like a note book and stays open while lying on the bench. Also maybe because I use Sierra bullets 4 to 1 compared to other manufacturers and I always seem to have that particular manual open.

October 18, 2011, 07:51 PM
speer-speer-speer- and more speer.

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