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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by birdshooter, Nov 25, 2010.

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  1. birdshooter

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    I like to read gun magazines just like the next guy and have my favorites. Now I would like to find a good magazine focused on handloading/reloading.

    What do you all recommend?
     
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    Handloader has been in continuous print since the middle 60's. Published by Wolfe Publishing Company in Prescott Arizona. They have a very good website. I have every copy of "Handloader" ever printed and many of their special issues.
    Look them up and subscribe, many back issues are available and they are now on CD or DVD or what ever those round flat things are called, Targets?
     
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    If you are into "hard core" handloading/reloading, I found the online "The Rifleman's Journal" to be an excellent read - these guys live for obtaining reloading accuracy. Great reloading info and I really like their detailed, methodical testing process. Even if you are a casual reloader reloading plinking range rounds, there's information you can benefit from.

    After reading several of their articles, it forever changed the way I approach my reloading practice.
     
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    Rifle and Handloader are excellent.
     
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    Handloader - even the articles about obscure calibers are informative.
    I've gotten LOTS of info from that mag
     
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    Unfortunately, Handloader isn't as "excellent" as it used to be as the publisher has dumbed it down and made it more of a mainstream mag for mass market appeal.

    In the most recent issue, half of the articles dealt with firearms rather than reloading. I also question whether readers are getting their money's worth from the writers, who continually pump out articles that appeal to gun manufacturers rather than reloaders. Further, I am tired of seeing them make excuses as to why they didn't have time to do a thorough job of examining whatever reloading component they were supposed to be testing.

    A better magazine for hardcore reloaders is the Varmint Hunters' Assn. journal that comes out 4-times a year. It has excellent articles that used to be published in Handloader.
     
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    I have to agree with Kevin. It used to be I couldn't wait to get my hands on the issues of Handloader. But they have changed and not for the better. I dropped my subscription a few years ago and rarely do I ever buy one from the rack.
     
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    Entertaining, too. Checkout Equipment: Barrel Break-In in this month's articles.
     
  11. Offfhand

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    One of the most informative is Hodgdon's Reloading Annual. It has up to date on the latest powders, calibers, etc. Usually comes out about first of year. I've found it on news-stands and believe it can also be ordered direct from Hodgdon Powder. The 2010 issue has an article by Jim Carmichael about the new IMR-8208-XBR powder and is one of the best written and most informative reloading articles I've ever read.
     
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    Handloader's Digest (18-issues published between 1962-2003) was excellent, but as it has been 8-years since an issue appeared, I am guessing we won't see another one.

    Even though much of the information in them is dated, there is enough that doesn't change that makes owning them worthwhile. For reloading equipment collectors, they are required reading.

    Here is my collection of all 18-issues nestled between some old, but eminently usable presses.

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    Nice set up Kevin. Out of all those presses which is your favorite?
     
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    Favorite Press

    Kind of hard to say. Everything you see is solid steel, quiet, smooth, and strong. There is a Dillon 550B out-of-the-picture to the left; it's the only aluminum on the bench.

    The Senior Turret is the most versatile, as I could swage and load .50BMG with it as well as load any other caliber I chose, including shotgun. It's only fault is that the darn thing is so tall, the down-stroke is loooong.

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    The C-H '444' on the left is the ideal press for doing something quickly due to its four stations, primer arm, and powder measure.

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    The Hollywood Senior (2nd pattern) was the first old press I acquired, and it was the press that got me interested in replacing my newer, aluminum presses with older steel ones.

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    I am particularly proud of this pair of Dunbars. They came to me in poor condition. They were originally all bare metal except for the base that was painted industrial machine gray. Over time the bare metal rusted and neither press was cared for; both came rusted and full of gouges and scratches. With the advice of Freebore from another board and the help of a couple friends, they were restored to better-than-new condition.

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    I just got the Universal A/B installed, but haven't done anything with it except seat a few bullets. This was my first up-stroke press and I like it so much, I will be adding a second one to the bench.

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    I am dedicating die sets to particular rifles and once installed in a press and set for that rifle, won't be moved. This is an early picture as I have since numbered all the die stations on most of the presses and once the dies are installed, I will have them listed on a piece of paper as to what rifle they go to and other pertinent information.

    I guess my favorite press will always be the one I am currently using. ;)
     
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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing the close up pics. Those presses are relatively rare in the reloading world. When they come available on auction sites like evilBay they go for premium prices.
     
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    Excuse me, did we somehow get off the topic here?
     
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    Thread-jacking occurs regularly on this forum. :D
     
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    You are right; we went off on a tangent because there aren't many answers to his question.

    Back on-topic:
    Buying books on handloading like Handloaders' Digest and the ABCs of Reloading might be a better choice than Handloader magazine for keeping up w/ new equipment and techniques.
     
  19. Jesse Heywood

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    One not mentioned is Dillon's Blue Press. Not much for reloading content except for Dillon loaders. But it does have lot's of pictures to enjoy. My wife isn't reading this, I hope!
     
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    I'm another big fan of Handloader magazine. I read 9 magazines every month but drop everything else when Handloader arrives.
     
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    I picked up a bunch of old issues of Handloader at the range some time back. I've been reading the late 60's - 70's issues. I especially like the articles/reviews on equipment. A lot of what was envogue then is not even manufactured any more.
     
  22. Kevin Rohrer

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    True, Flashhole. It's nice to find out about old but still servicable equipment that's available should someone want to go looking for it.

    One of the not so nice things about reading those old issues is seeing how far Handloader has fallen in the quality of its content. The publisher of Handloader needs to go back and read some his old issues.
     
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