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Reloading Manuals... and data

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Afy, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Afy

    Afy Well-Known Member

    What are the manuals you're using, and what sources of information on the net?

    I am using the Lyman, ABC's, Vithavouri and Vectan...
    Confused completely about online sources...

    Am thinking of getting the Hornady and Sierra ones as well. I primarily use and will be using bullets from Lapua and Sierra, so not too keen on Hornady.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I highly recommend you use the companies manual for the companies bullets you intend to use.

    Subtle differences in bullet shape, jacket hardness, core composition, and many other variables make that closer to being right then anything you can get elsewhere.

  3. Jacka L Ope

    Jacka L Ope Well-Known Member

    That's what I do - currently use Sierra, Speer, Hornady and Lyman (cast). Further, they're chock-full of information that online sources do not/are unable to provide.
  4. fineredmist

    fineredmist Well-Known Member

    The data published is based on their testing with their equipment so it will not be exactly the same as your data. Lyman will tell you if the test was done in universal receiver or firearm and give the barrel length but not the condition of the barrel which can make a big difference in the results. I have primarily used the powder manufacture's data but that is my choice. Remember the best loads are usually at about 75-80% of the max recommended.
    Also remember the lawyer's words " these loads were safe in our equipment but we cannot guarantee they are safe in yours".
  5. 04JRB

    04JRB Well-Known Member

    I have the Lee 2nd, Hornady, Sierra, Nosler, and Hodgdon. I generally use Hornady and Nosler as they are the bullets I tend to use most. I check some websites to see if anything has changed but usually stick to the books.
  6. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    If you have a couple complete manuals then you can buy the compiled data books for one caliber that will have information from all the books and powder manufacturers. I have a couple Speer manuals (10 and 13), an old Hornady, and a Sierra along with load books for 5 pistol and 5 rifle calibers.

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