Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mark_Mark, Mar 22, 2021.
any Suggestions for the best manual on the planet?
For quick and easy I like hodgdons yearly magazine.
Reloading manuals are like Pokemon: you've gotta have them all.
agree! it’s the only book I read
that and the Blue Book of Guns
'recent' manuals, but I did find an entry in Lyman #45. I was cautious.
More information is usually better. I'd ignore information regarding doing division using Roman numerals, but you get the idea.
I also this yr subscribed to loaddata.com. I find it pretty helpful
I sure miss the old reloadersnest site. Ton of real good stuff there
I'd suggest adding Cartridges of the World and the Bible to that list.
I had a bible once... kindda lost it. Need to find it, good resource there
Quid dicis, Archie?
For those of us who do load cartridges that are antique, obsolete, or long forgotten by the "Big Boys" having older manuals as a starting point is a must.
What you said, GeoDude. Another case of 'more information' being non important is the details of the theory of phlogiston.
Phlogiston theory led to the discovery of oxygen.
AND, we still don't know exactly what Greek Fire was or how it worked...
Kind of like Unique: how is it a shotgun and pistol powder that also works in rifles? It's magic, I tell you!
Phlogiston was a dead end that sparked curiosity to find a workable answer. And reasearch had already began on what turned out to be Oxygen.
More information and the application of information we know now (that requires proper assembly) could solve that. I find that a good line of inquiry just to see how it was done if nothing else.
Simple reasoning. The major difference between powders is the burning rate. Shotguns and handguns use powders of similar burning rates. Slow rifle powders such as any of the 4350s, any of the 4831 the powder for .50 BMG and cannons burn too slow to work properly, with suitable results in the lower pressure, higher expansion ratio arms. But if I know it and someone else doesn't it's because I have more knowledge of that particular subject than they do. Not because it came in a vision or something.
Generic, Lyman 49th or 50th.
Jacketed bullets, manual by the bullet manufacturer of the bullets being loaded. I have Hornady and Nosler, both excellent.
Cast, Lyman Cast bullet Handbook, I prefer the 3rd Edition, but the 4th is very good.
Old reference, Speer 11th.
General Hodgdon powders data, Hodgdon annual magazine/manual.
I have maybe 7 more assorted and age, but usually use for reference.
Generic, Lee is the last manual I look at for load data.
I like the Lyman because they go into so much detail! and many bullet & powder published. They are like the University of Reloading
I want a Lee because I can see language like, “Just Sprinkle a dash of powder till it gets right” Anybody think of Lee like the thick glasses redneck that makes his own Shine?
Speer.... ?!?!?!?! never tried
Nosler, we only publish Nosler bullets and powder who pays us to publish... they are definitely the Lexus Dealer of reloading
Clean used books can be found on amazon, and ebay.
I like Sierra, Lyman, Lyman cast, and Speer.
I don't care for the LEE because they don't test anything, they simply copy paste from other sources
I’ll get a Lee for the entertainment
Lyman is what I’ll get as my real deal info
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