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Reloading book for biginner

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by unlimited4x4, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. unlimited4x4

    unlimited4x4 Member

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    Ive been reading through all the stickies regarding advice to novice reloaders. I want to order the book reccomended called the ABC' s of reloading. When I go to Amazon there are at t least 4 books with this title with all different authors. Any idea who the author of the recommended book is?
    Thanks!
     
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    ABC's of Reloading doesn't actually have AN author. It is compiled of articles by many authors by an editor (or group of editors) and has been re-issued (or re-written) many times over the decades.

    So, any of the ones you found have as good a chance at being perfect for you as any other.

    I am told the older ones (from the '70s or '80s) are better than the newer ones (from the 2000s), but cannot attest to that from first-hand knowledge.

    I would pop down to my local library and see if I could read one (for free) there.

    I am also told you can get at least one in electronic form for a dollar (but it doesn't have the illustrations the paper printed ones do). I cannot attest to the truth of that, either. Just what I read on a forum.

    But what I can attest to is that the more articles you read by different authors, the more likely it is that you will read an author whose writing style appeals to you. So, read as many manuals as you can; the early chapters of almost all reloading manuals are devoted to the "how-to" of loading and what one author covers lightly, another will do in depth.

    Good luck and welcome to reloading. Thanks for asking our advice.

    Lost Sheep
     
  4. unlimited4x4

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    Thanks for the help and the welcome. I decided today I was going to reload. it just seems like the next logical step. I plan on starting loading 45 acp, but also want to load 5.56., so i am reading through the forum and the recommended text. My biggest concern is safety while working with the powder, but I am sure it will be covered in the text. Im excited just thinking about it!
     
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    I'm sure it will. Smokeless powder isn't black powder. It is very hard to set off, and basically just burns slowly if ignited in a pile.

    Primers are the thing to be a little more careful with.

    Also, there are many dangerous things which can be done with powder other than handling it, which isn't dangerous. The quantity of powder (the charge) is extremely important.

    Too little (for the weight and style of bullet you are using) and you can get a squib, which means the bullet doesn't come out of the barrel. A subsequent round may chamber and, when fired, it will destroy the gun. Probably injure the shooter as well.

    Too much (again, for the weight and style of bullet you are using) and you can get an overload, which means the pressure developed is more than the barrel/action is designed for. This can also destroy the gun and injure the shooter.

    Follow the load specifications and get your process down so it is repeatable. Think "quality control". Uniform and to spec = safe loads.
     
  6. TooManyToys

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    Watch at gun shows for copies of the ABC's of reloading.
    Same goes for reloading books. They don't have to be the latest addition to be worth having.
     
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    this month Handloader Magazine has a list of must haves , I have way more than they list yet I don't have all the ones they list, , watch E-bay and the gun-shows. lot of good old books out there, you may want to check out loaddata.com too, there is some good stuff on there you can read without being a member , but if you join you can print off tons of info and loads ,
     
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