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Would you recommend Loaddata.com

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Furncliff, May 5, 2008.

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  1. Furncliff

    Furncliff Member

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    For a new reloader? At the moment I have the caliber specific books and load data gathered online. I ran across Loaddata.com today and wonder if it's worth the $30/year?

    Thanks

    Tom
     
  2. USSR

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    Tom,

    Not IMHO. You've got your reloading manuals, and there is no reason to believe that an accurate load in someone elses' rifle listed on the website, will be an accurate load in your rifle. There is no substitute for load development.

    Don
     
  3. nbkky71

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    Personally, I'd spend the money on a few sets of reloading manuals from the big names, such as Sierra, Nosler, RCBS, etc.

    I prefer to use published load data from manuals as a basis when working up a load. I sometimes refer to internet-posted data just to see how my results compare to others.

    Whether you use published or posted data, always adhere to the reloader's mantra: start low and work up.
     
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    FM12's post reminded me that I was thinking of ammoguide.com, not Loaddata.

    Ammoguide does appear to be worth the money--but loaddata is, for me, primarily of historical interest. Beginning reloaders would better spend their money on manuals.

    Jim H.
     
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  5. FM12

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    No. I joined and am sorely dissapointed. Most of the loads posted are fro m their Handloader magazine, or manufacturers websites.

    Go to www.handloads.com and look around there. Lots of good stuff and smart reliable people there.
     
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  6. Walkalong

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    I would stick with manuals and online data supplied by the powder companies until you get a little, well, a lot, more experience. :)
     
  7. ClarkEMyers

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    What is your objective? I find it well worth the money.

    What is your objective? I find it well worth the money.

    This is by no means enough for the reloader who is a gun nut or a gun loony or a firearms enthusiast. If shooting is your hobby and you'd just as soon shoot factory then by all means spend the money on ammunition - but it won't buy much. For my money Loaddata is cheap enough to be well worth the money for the articles alone.

    I started with Earl Naramore and Phil Sharpe for books with depth and books like Townsend Whelan's simple introduction Why Not Load Your Own simply to complete the shelf. Later Don Zutz and Bob Hagel and John Wooters and George Nonte and Ed Matunas wrote some fine books. Today there are many newer books. I think they are all, each and every one, worth the money.

    Loaddate is very handy for a computer search - find a load with a given powder - see e.g. the thread on tryin WSF in revolvers and consider that Loaddata will allow the user to enter the powder and ask for loads.

    Equally I agree that some of the loads on Loaddata are more thoroughly tested than others - references to manuals are perhaps more reliable than references to magazines. Often taking a pointer from Loaddata and going back to the original articles in Handloader or the original manual from a company in the industry will give more information and be well worth the effort.
     
  8. Down South

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    I find that LoadData is worth it for me. I have three of the big name manuals and two different editions of two of them and they still don't contain load data for some of my powders and loads, WSF being one of them. If you are using some of the older powders then a couple manuals will do.
     
  9. rg1

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    The Reloaders Nest has plenty of data posted by reloaders and it's free. A CAUTION though is not to use any data from any source until you compare it with your published loading manuals and always use starting loads and work up to maximum loads in YOUR rifle or handgun. Scroll down and click the Rifle Section (bullet) or Pistol Section for data.
    http://www.reloadersnest.com/index.asp
     
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    What loads are you looking for? Most people here would point you in the right direction. Someone is bound to have the same firearm in the same caliber and has a good recipe already.
     
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    good bunch of guys there. on a lot there too.
     
  12. ReloaderFred

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    I use Loaddata.com all the time. You can find some pretty obscure stuff there. I also have Handloader Magazine from issue #1 to the present, so I can always look up the reference in the magazine and read the article. I've never been led astray by the loads recommended in Handloader Magazine and some of my favorites are from their pages and website.

    I also own most of the loading manuals and constantly cross reference any data.

    I would agree though that Loaddata.com is for the more advanced reloader and not really for the beginner.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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