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Which is your favorite reload manual????

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wdallis, Oct 15, 2011.

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  1. wdallis

    wdallis Member

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    I purchasing a new reloading manual, just wanted to get you folks ideas on the reloading manual that I would be most happy with?
     
  2. thorn-

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    My preferred starting point is Lyman, and those from the powder mfg themselves.

    thorn
     
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    An old spiral-binded Lyman from about 1972.

    However, for exact bullet details, I go with the company that made the bullet. I use the Barnes manual a lot as I load a lot of Triple Shock bullets. Having the B.C. is nice to plug into my ballistic software to get the EXACT trajectory based on Chronied loads on still days.
     
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    Lyman cast bullets or #49 beyond a doubt.
     
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    Any that i can lay my hands on for the components that I am using are my favorites.
     
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    I have an old Speer manual, #7 I think. Contain's a lot more information than my Lyman for some specialized bullet making techniques. It's my favorite.
     
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    One?

    What ones do you have already?

    Lost Sheep
     
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    lymans #49/Hornady
     
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    I don't have one--I have all of them
     
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    I shoot mostly old cartridges and Ideal #'s 35, 37, 38, & 39 are my favorites.
     
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    i've got to admit I try and reference the bullet manufacturers data first if at all possible. Here at the house I have Speer #10, Sierra #3 and #5, Lyman #49, and I live close enough to a gun store to reference the open Hornady, and Barnes manuals if needed.
     
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    Modern Reloading by Mr. Lee. It's a simple entry level manual, but has surprising depth of load information and I find myself returning to it over and again.
     
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    I use the brand of reloading manual for the brand of bullets i'm useing!

    DM
     
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    Call me cheap....but I use data from the powder manufactures website....its free, and its always up to date.
     
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    It's not cheap, it's what works best for you. I never use Sierra bullets, so I'd never buy a Sierra manual... having lots of data is a good thing, but having data that doesn't apply to you isn't worth $15.

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    I have the Lee Modern Reloading and the Hornady 8th. But I usually go to the powder and/or bullet manufacturers web sites for the most current information. I plan to pick up the Lymans 49 as it seems to be well sanctioned and highly spoken of book on most of the reloading sites that I visit.

    For the odd stuff that I reload and can't find data on, I usually speak with the powder manufacturers ballistics technician for their input.
     
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    I find the current powder manufacturers' load data and Lyman #49 make an excellent combination.

    I often use generic bulk commercial bullets instead of premium bullets specified in published load data and especially for lead loads, Lyman #49 provides valuable reference that are often lacking in current load data from powder manufacturers.

    At least for pistol jacketed/plated/lead loads, I have yet to not be able to find loads to reference between the two resources.
     
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    Nearly all my jacketed bullets come from Sierra or Hornady and those are the manuals I use. Also use online data from some of the powder companies.
     
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    Modern Reloading Second Edition with the Cast Bullet loads and Reduced loads. It also happens to be the latest one I've bought!
     
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    I have almost all of them, but my "goto" manual is Lyman #49.
     
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    ABC's of Reloading is my favorite manual.

    I also get info from speer #14, Powder and bullet manufacturers, and I have caliber specific manuals which is just several manuals conveniently rolled into one.
     
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    If I was limited to one it would have to be PET LOADS by Ken Waters ,really great info in that book.
     
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    I have several because so many bullet/powder combinations vary depending on which manual you choose to look at. I consult three before I start reloading a new load. This is especially true when working up to a max load as I do not trust "typical" signs of high pressure. The option is to buy a chronograph and trust it's velocity readings over suggested max load info in a manual. You can get a Chrony brand for around the price of three manuals ($100).
     
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