Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SgtRage, Oct 20, 2008.
Case trim lenght is generally considered to be .010" less than SAAMI max.
I use more then one to make my loads up.
you can try ebay or a second book store.even librarays have used book sales.I picked up a few lymans for 50 cents,
I bought the new Hornady,lots changed from the 2nd book they put out years ago,
And if you ever intend to shoot any cast, then get Lyman's cast bullet manual as well. In fact if you don't mind spending a little extra, get it anyway. It has some interesting reading in it.
I consider the Lyman Manuals amongst the best. There are also free pamphlets offered by the powder manufacturers that are available at some dealers, but usually offered on their websites for free.
When new manuals come out, I buy them, but my fallback for most loading are the various Lyman Manuals, since they offer several, including their 49th Edition Reloading Handbook, the Pistol and Revolver Manual, 3rd Edition, the Cast Bullet Manual and the Shotshell Manual.
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That being said, cautious is not bad (just time consuming when developing), and the manual is easy to find info in, as well as nicely laid out.
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I agree about the Lee being a compilation of data from other souces but that is part of why I like it, It's inexpensive and I don't have to find all those other books to get a LOT of data.
Liking or not liking the way data is listed is a personal thing. It makes not a bit of difference to me how it's presented, it's there and that's all I care about.
Lyman is, by far, our oldest loading tool and info provider. They have been doing us good for a long time, over a hundred years now and no one else is close. They sell good books.
I recently picked up a Speer Book for 7 bucks from grafs and its the opposite of the lee book. It provides a SOLID read on reloading going into details about cases, primers, tips, what to look for and a whole bunch more. Totally covers "reloading" in my eyes. However the speer book does not provide near the load data that the Lee book does.
The two combined however are a great tool to use and covers almost everything needed.
BTW, keep exact and extensive notes because they will be your best source of information in the future.
I just checked and Lyman 49th Edition has data for 5 bullets and 8 powders for the 7.52X54R. I didn't see anything for the 7.5 Swiss though. They do have data for the 7.62X39, 7mm Mauser, the 7.65 Argentine Mauser.
Also, I rely on books lilke "Metallic Cartridge Reloading" for data. You can buy older editions for all these manuals online.
The data found in the powder manufactuer manuals, are published to enhance the specific powder being hawked by said manufactuer, same goes for the bullet manufactuer load data.
The stand outs being Lyman and Lee, they are both reloading equipment makers and have little to gain by touting a specific powder or bullet combos.
Nosler and Hodgdon seem, to be the books in my opinion that give the greatest knowledge. Nosler in their load density percentages, and acurracy toutings, and Hodgdons,willingness to publish other powder manufactuers data along with their own ( although this is just a advertisement scheme to make their own powder stand out as better price per grain, along with lower pressures).
There is no ONE best or correct load manual. Buy or read as many as possible, your reloading data library should have as much data as possible.!
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