Metallic Cartridge Reloading

February 11, 2012, 05:05 PM
Searching for this book, the most 2 recent versions, 1996 and 2001, are selling used for $70+

According to this thread ( it's a highly recommended book to read. I'm not a big fan of spending that much money on paperback books, so is there anything else out there that is similar to this in content, or better yet will The ABC's of Reloading be enough, as I already have it?

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February 11, 2012, 05:09 PM
Yes, the ABC's will be enough.
A book last published in 2001 is 11 years old and getting dated as reloading equipment and new powder data goes.

For that matter, a $19.95 Lyman #49 Reloading Manual would be enough.


February 11, 2012, 07:31 PM
I've also found lots of good theory on reloading in the Speer & hornady Manuals also.

Kevin Rohrer
February 11, 2012, 08:47 PM
What are you looking for in the way of info? I'm a big reader and have a sizable library of reloading manuals.

February 12, 2012, 06:50 AM
I have a list of books/manuals that I would purchase IF the deal presents itself to me. I have found a lot of things I like at estate sales and buyouts or such. Most of them are "fluff" to my core of reloading go to books. The ABC's and a reasonably current bullet manufacturers manual from Speer and Hornady as well as a newer Lyman manual and a Lee Modern Reloading II would be a great set IMHO. If you want to shoot cast bullets the Lyman cast bullet handbook will be a large help. Pick a couple to begin with and add as you are able. Some of these are available at the library or another reloader in your area might let you look at theirs so you can see if it is worth adding to your stash. The edition before the current one will be a good purchase as the only major difference is the new calibers/propellants added for the most part and they are available at a lower cost usually. I did this to start with my first book as there was a considerable savings and my loadings were still the same when I got the updated book at a later date.

Kevin Rohrer
February 12, 2012, 09:07 AM
Everyone has their own opinion. The link you posted had the original writer list his choices back in 2006:

The ABC's of Reloading (I strongly advise starting with this one.)
Metallic Cartridge Reloading (I strongly advise buying this one second.)
Speer Manual
Modern Reloading by Richard Lee
Lyman Metallic Reloading Handbook
Hornady 5th Edition Reloading Handbook (2 volume set)

My choices for a beginner would be:

1. Lyman #49 (its beginning chapters tell you what equipment to buy and how to use it. The reloading chapters are excellent).
2. Any manuals sold by the companies whose bullets you use.
3. Any manuals sold by the companies whose powders you use.
4. The ABCs of Reloading (any issue prior to the 9th, which is the current one and is dreck).

I don't believe I have a Metallic Cartridge Reloading book, but will be picking one up off Ebay.

The Modern Reloading (2nd ed) by Richard Lee is good if you use their equipment.

BTW, loading techniques have not changed over the years. The 1st ed of the ABCs of Reloading is just as useful as the 8th edition and far better than the 9th, although the 8th is pretty good. Editions 1-4 are especially excellent as they were written by Dean Grennell, who is one of the gods of reloading, second only to Phil Sharpe.

Once you've scratched the surface and you want to find real gold, invest in the 18-volumes of The Handloader's Digest.

February 12, 2012, 09:44 AM
Kevin, I would give you $20 for those Handloaders Digest books (shipped)!:D
I have the 4th, 5th, and 10th editions and have spent many hours perusing them. The last time about a month ago.
When I first got into reloading in the late 60's I bought a few hardbacks I still treasure. Principles and Practices of Loading Ammunition by Earl Naramore, Gunsmith Kinks by Bob Brownell, Handbook for Shooters and Reloaders (two volumes) by Parker O. Ackley, and Hornady Handbook (two volumes) come to mind right now. I hope I didn't fracture those titles too much as we are in the process of moving and I don't have them in front of me.
I usually bought any of the Gun Digest and Shooters Bible publications that I was interested in. Even a couple of Herters.
I also have the Metalic Cartridge Reloading book referred to by the OP and one of the ABC's.
I have packed, stored, unpacked, shelved, etc. I don't know how many times over the past 40+ years, but I treasure all of them.
February 12, 2012, 03:17 PM
Not looking for anything in particular, just trying to learn what I can before I spend initial "investment" into reloading

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