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Which reloading manual?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by monkeykevin, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. monkeykevin

    monkeykevin New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Hey, sorry for posting so much I have been reading a lot of posting and now I'm ALMOST ready to reload. I'm about to get a FREE single stage reloading press from my mom's friend.

    I haven't gotten the chance to ask him what single stage press it is, so I'm just waiting for the surprise :neener:

    Any-HoooOoOo Whats a good Reloading Text book for a newb like me? And then whats a good Recipe Book for making Pistol/Rifle desert?

    I hear ABC to reloading is good to read, and then I hear many people say get at least TWO Reloading recipe book because one might contradict another.

    So what would you guys suggest me to read?
  2. jfh

    jfh Senior Member

    Aug 28, 2003
    Maple Plain, MN
    Get the Lyman Pistol & Revolver, 3rd / latest edition, the ABCs, and one other--another good basic one is Richard Lee's "Reloading."

    Jim H.
  3. cdrt

    cdrt Active Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    The Lone Star State
    Lee's book is just a compilation of loading data from other manuals. The Lyman book has always been the first one I go to for data. Speer has an excellent book, as does Hornady. I have Nosler's first edition and if you're going to use their bullets, it's worth getting the latest edition.

    If I had to pick just two, it would the Lyman and Speer books.
  4. <SLV>

    <SLV> Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    La Crosse, WI
    Lyman's 48th has basic instructions (and lots of recipes), but ABCs is more thorough instruction. In June they are releasing the next edition of ABCs. I'm waiting to buy a copy then. I already read the current one... they had it in my library.
  5. actionflies

    actionflies New Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    Lee has good data and a lot of data for their product and a must if you are using their pro auto disk powder measure. I also like the 8th. ed. Hornady book. Both have plenty of jacketed and lead bullet data. I use my Lyman book the least but reloading books is just a matter of preference. Also go to hodgdon.com for their reloading data which I also use regularly. I think you can save your money on the ABC book of reloading because their are plenty of internet resources and do a search in this forum and you will find many beginner reloading questions. Goodluck!
  6. Winger Ed.

    Winger Ed. New Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    North Cent. Texas
    Good on ya for wanting to research this stuff first.
    A single stage press is the kind that holds one die at a time.

    You set the sizer die first, run all your cases through it one at a time,
    then switch to the next die, and do all you cases in it..... and so on.
    (Its faster than it sounds once you get a rythm/system)

    A Progressive press holds all the dies at once. You pull the handle and
    a case goes up into each one, then rotates around the circle on the downstroke, producing a loaded round for each pull of the handle.

    For a first manuel-
    I'd recomend either the Hornady book or Lyman's.

  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    ?I have several Speer's books ending with #12 and a Lyman's 45th edition. I also have data printed from the manufacturers load data site's and those $6 books you can buy that are caliber specific. Of course the most valuable data is my notes on what I've done in the past. Don't forget to take good notes, that's your best data.
  8. hawkeye1

    hawkeye1 New Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Personally, I like the Nosler manual. I really like the way they arrange the data, with load density and all. Also, I like the Hornady and Hodgdon. I will usually cross reference all of them when I start a new project. You can't have too much information.
    Another good way to go is the Load books from Midway. they cover one particualr cartridge and have the applicable pages from all of the other reloading manuals in one. Handy. Take a look at midwayusa.com

    good shooting and welcome to the reloading world.
  9. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Mentor

    Jan 29, 2005
    Ava, Missouri
    Lyman's newest edition...Lyman's 48th...
  10. YodaVader

    YodaVader Active Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Once you become partial to a certain make or brand name of bullet I would aquire one of their reloading manuals. Example, I shoot a lot of Hornady bullets and have used their reloading manuals from the start. This way you have data on hand that was developed using the exact bullet you are trying to load for.
  11. John4me05

    John4me05 Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Alleghany County VA
    Im still a rook at reloading and i love the Lyman manual... If there was something i wasnt sure i remembered right they have the step by step instruction in the book to make sure you are safe along with loads for numerous rounds....

    If it were up to me i would suggest (i just found out about this place) joining Loaddata.com... Every possible combination is there for you to view and even print out to keep....

    But yes 2 manuals is better than 1... Like Clint Smith says.. 1 is none and 2 is 1...

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