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Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:44 am
by Reverend Mauser
I have a similar post on a couple of other forums, but wanted to get it here.


My friend and I have decided to begin handloading—can anyone recommend a particular reloading manual?

Here’s several easily available to us:
Lyman 50th Edition Reloading Manual
Hornady 9th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading
Shooter's Bible Guide to Handloading: A Comprehensive Reference for Responsible and Reliable Reloading
Lee Precision Modern Reloading 2nd Edition


we’d be particularly interested in something that gives data for loads with basic hunting bullets like the Remington Core-Lokts, Winchester power points, etc. Since we're hunters, we decided to focus first on reloading for our modern deer rifles—his a 30-30 and mine a 30-06. I have a 22-250 as well and will reload for that, too. Hogdon’s reloading website gives a lot of load data but the focus looks to be on premium bullets.

We'll be starting out with the Lee Classic loaders.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeEl9wZyabc

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:24 am
by Rapidrob
Hard to be the old Lyman manual.

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:49 pm
by Reverend Mauser
Rapidrob wrote: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:24 am Hard to be the old Lyman manual.
yeah, I'm picking up on this one being a good one. It's probably my first choice.

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:51 pm
by ammolab
Anything but Lee loading data. It is often so conservative I think it is more guess work than Science.

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:35 pm
by Reverend Mauser
I ordered the Lyman. I will likely get the Hornaday as well.

thanks!

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:20 pm
by Ozzman

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:09 pm
by professrh
In addition to those you and others have named, I don't think you can go wrong reading The ABCs of Reloading:
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--Prof

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:16 am
by DLH
I don't know any serious reloader who does not have a Lyman manual.The "go to" source for variety of bullet weights and powder choices. Also,ditto The ABC's. IMHO.

Re: Handloading manual for a beginner

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:50 pm
by Tommy Atkins
Something you may not have thought about. The Lee Classic Loader comes with a single volume-based dipper to measure powders. All of the data with it is biased for that particular scoop. It effectively converts weight to volume then you load the volume that equals the weight.
You will rapidly discover you need either a powder measure or a powder scale or both.
I use the Lee Whack-A-Mole & have found the set of Lee dippers (scoops) to be an absolute godsend, they include a weight to volume conversion chart in the lid. Do yourself a BIG favor, order yourself a set ASAP.
https://leeprecision.com/powder-measure-kit.html