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Which is your favorite reload manual????

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wdallis, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. wdallis

    wdallis Well-Known Member

    I purchasing a new reloading manual, just wanted to get you folks ideas on the reloading manual that I would be most happy with?
  2. thorn-

    thorn- Well-Known Member

    My preferred starting point is Lyman, and those from the powder mfg themselves.


    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

  5. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Lyman cast bullets or #49 beyond a doubt.
  6. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Any that i can lay my hands on for the components that I am using are my favorites.
  7. Geckgo

    Geckgo Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Well-Known Member


    What ones do you have already?

    Lost Sheep
  9. jack44

    jack44 Well-Known Member

    lymans #49/Hornady
  10. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I don't have one--I have all of them

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I shoot mostly old cartridges and Ideal #'s 35, 37, 38, & 39 are my favorites.
  12. Bio-Chem

    Bio-Chem Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

  14. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    I use the brand of reloading manual for the brand of bullets i'm useing!

  16. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    Call me cheap....but I use data from the powder manufactures website....its free, and its always up to date.
  17. thorn-

    thorn- Well-Known Member

    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.

  18. HK SD9 Tactical

    HK SD9 Tactical Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter Well-Known Member

    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.

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