Loading manual prefrences.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AJC1, May 24, 2021.

  1. Horskinator

    Horskinator Member

    Aug 26, 2020
    New Hampshire
    Speaking of manuals I just grabbed Hornady 11th and Nosler 9 today. Never enough resources when it comes to making mini explosives.
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  2. Howa 9700

    Howa 9700 Member

    Feb 10, 2021
    When I decided to resume reloading again after a 50 year break, I thought it a good idea to upgrade my manual, so went from our old Lyman 45 to the 50th. Aside from modern components and calibers, not as much difference as I was expecting. To be honest, in more than a couple places, I found their 50th lacking. I have found out more about some very basic stuff by hanging out on THR and watching youtubes than I did from the 50th, and for what it purports to be, that should not be the case.

    What I'm coming to realize is that in the modern era, owing to the wide variety of components, is the sheer numbers of possible combinations....even for one caliber. Between the brass, primers, bullets and powders, I can imagine hundreds and hundreds of different loads a guy could come with. No one manual is going to ever be able to list all those combinations, so you are forced to look for clues here and there. Good that each of the component makers offers info, so you can start with what you have or can find (say a bullet or powder) and then go find the other to match. Brass and primers may matter to a degree, but in times of shortage, not enough to get one's panties in a bunch.

    So I appreciate outfits like Nosler or Speer making caliber and specific bullet load data available online and for free. A bit frustrating that some others are not.

    A few others that I found online and appreciate. Western Powders has some good info....not only on their powders, but reloading tips in general. Load data and product descriptions on Shooters World products is pretty well done. Would not hesitate to put their stuff in my cart if I could find it. Others, like Hodgdon and VV have the load data, but it's "just the facts mam".

    One of simplest and the scariest load data I have is on the side of a 1 pound bottle of H4831. They only list the max load data....only in the fine print do they warn to start out 10% less.

    Also finding it curious that some data sources make it sound like you should not deviate even a little bit and others not so much. Found one set of load data from Hornady that had two different bullets of different weights on the same load data chart. Same powder charges.

    Also find the various formats some use to list their load data to be a bit curious. What matters to some, not so much to others.
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