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Old 11-01-2014, 13:17   #1
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Need a new reloading manual

It's time for a new reloading manual since mine is a Lyman from the mid seventies.
What do you guys recommend ?
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Old 11-01-2014, 16:10   #2
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The internet?

I'm not entirely kidding. I think it's good to have at least one printed manual for ease of reference for things like cartridge dimensions...but most of the powder manufacturers publish load data on their web sites these days, so between that and sites like handloads.com, and a bit of googling to sanity check loads, what are you really going to get from say Speer #14 that you don't already have or have access to?
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Old 11-01-2014, 16:36   #3
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I have the new Lyman, Western, new Hornady and the Hornady is the on I use most.

I have also printed a bunch of Serria loads from the net.
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Old 11-01-2014, 17:20   #4
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I use my Lee 2nd Edition most (most loads, lots of "obsolete loads" good reference. 2nd comes Speer and last my Hornaday #8. Pretty much all the other books never get cracked.

I also agree with njl that you can probably get most everything anyone would need online. I guess I am just old enough to like the printed page.
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Old 11-01-2014, 17:49   #5
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I have a few hard bound manuals, but I like to also have a Loadbooks manual for each cartridge that I load for. They are a compilation of most book data for a given cartridge. The are cheap, copy-grade, but they have a lot of different printed data all in one place. Some of the data can be outdated (for better or worse), but it is a quick way to get a few data points for a given powder/bullet combination.

Here is an example:


I also keep the powder manufacturer loading sites bookmarked too.

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Old 11-01-2014, 17:51   #6
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Depends if you are loading more cast or jacketed. I believe the Lee book offers the most in cast. My Lyman has some, but I recall seeing more in a Lee.

I haven't run into a shortage of information between Lyman 49th, Speer #14, the data that comes with Lee dies, and the internet (usually, from powder companies).

The main difference I've seen is who likes to use what powders. My Speer #14 came with my Rock Chucker Supreme Kit. I looked through the books, in the store, and got the Lyman, because it had less duplicated loads.
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Old 11-01-2014, 18:12   #7
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I have a Hodgdon manual, it's more like a magazine. With 5000 + loads. Plus it's free online. Not to mention all my older ones.
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Old 11-01-2014, 19:54   #8
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These seem worthwhile for specific cartridges:

The Complete Reloading Manual for the .44 Magnum (available for others)


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Old 11-02-2014, 07:31   #9
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The more data you can obtain the better off you are, but to start with here would be my top three;

Speer Reloading Manual #14
Lyman Reloading Handbook 49th Edition

These two you can pick up just about anywhere

Hodgdon 2014 Annual Manual - Reloading

Other's would be, If you reload using Hornady bullets buy their Hornady reloading manual 9th edition

And LEE "Revised edition" is a good source of data as well
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:06   #10
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I've got Lee, Speer, Hornady, and Berger, yet I still end up cross referencing them online as the start/max load suggestions vary so much. I am a firm believer that you can't have too many manuals. Even still, some additional homework is required in some cases.
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I find myself referring to loaddata.com quite a bit.
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Latest Lyman, Hornady and hodgdons website are my main sources.
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