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Old 09-14-2020, 9:26 PM
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Looking to buy a manual before the rest of the gear. Im curious what manuals you guys like best. Thank you.
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I have had Lyman and Hornady for almost a decade. I've also added Speer and Sierra recently, for more manufacturer specific bullets.

If I had to pick just one to start over with, it would be Lyman.
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Buy the Lyman #50 manual and READ it. That will answer 90% of the questions you have.
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I start with Lyman 47, I have a few others I check as well but my 47th is my go-to.
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Lyman #49, Speer #9 and 14, Lee, and Hornady
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Lyman 50th is a good starting point.

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In order of acquisition:

Lee's "Modern Reloading", Lyman's 49th, and Hornady.
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Started with a Lee 15 years ago, just got Lyman on sale hardcover.
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I read somewhere the Lyman 50th leaves out some info compared to the 49th. So I was wondering if the 49th would be better even tho it doesn’t have the newer calibers added. Do any of you think the 50th leaves you wanting?

I am debating Lyman vs Lee.
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https://www.thriftbooks.com/browse/?...0&b.oos&b.tile

Browse used manuals.....

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Have a bunch but as others said Lyman is my go-to.
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I must be the odd man out. I use the internet for my load data. All the powder manufacturers have online load data.
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The most comprehensive manual I have used and seen to date has been the LEE manual and it cheap.

Hogdon and Alliant have lots of data available online as well.

I think he wants a manual to learn the process as well.

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I must be the odd man out. I use the internet for my load data. All the powder manufacturers have online load data.
I check the internet on every new new load I start working, don't get me wrong. but I absolutely want to look at datum published in a bound volume that can't be hacked or changed without a trace if there is a "whoopsie" found.

also, a published manual has that 100+ pages in the front where the meat and potatoes of reloading is found.

Besides, what are you going to to do in the coming race wars when BLMNET blackens the skies and ANTIFANET shuts down the internet? I'll still have my books!
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Aside from the one already mentioned...

A quick look on Ebay shows the following

Speer #9 for `$6
Speer 1988 `$15
Speer #10 `$14
Sierra 1978 `$13
Hornady 3rd ed `$13

Just one from this pre inter-webb days should do it for historical & beginner reference. All of them are good reading.
At the pre C19 beef jerky gun shows, I always saw one of these or one very similar for ~5 bucks.
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Aside from the one already mentioned...

A quick look on Ebay shows the following

Speer #9 for `$6
Speer 1988 `$15
Speer #10 `$14
Sierra 1978 `$13
Hornady 3rd ed `$13

Just one from this pre inter-webb days should do it for historical & beginner reference. All of them are good reading.
At the pre C19 beef jerky AIRSOFT shows, I always saw one of these or one very similar for ~5 bucks.
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Reloading manuals on the Internet. Some links may be old or broken.

ADI Powders 9th Edition (2016) (PDF)

ABC's of Reloading (Lee Precision) 7th Edition (PDF)

Accurate Powder's website

Accurate Powder Load Manual (2003) (PDF)

Accurate Powders (Edition 3.5) (PDF)

Alliant Powder Reloading Manual 1996 (PDF)

Alliant Powder's 2019 Reloader's Guide (PDF)

BarnesBullets.com

Castpics.net (A collection of links to a LOT of old manuals. Check it out!)

Complete Guide to Handloading (Sharpe, 1937) (This is in a weird format, but it's usable)

Federal Premium's Website - Handgun Load Data

Handloader Magazine (Dec. 2011) .45 Colt Data (PDF)

Handloader Magazine (Aug 2005) .44 Special Data (PDF)

Hodgdon Reloading Website (possibly the most popular reloading site on the 'net)

Hodgdon Basic Reloader's Manual 2002 (PDF)

Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 3rd Edition (PDF)

Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 4th Edition (PDF)

Hornady's "Reloading for Handgunners" (2011) (PDF)

IMR Handloader's Guide (PDF)

LeeLoader.com - A collection of the load data sheets provided with Lee Loader sets

John Linebaugh's website on .45 Colt Reloading

Laser-Cast Reloading Manual, 1st Edition (Oregon Trail Bullet Co.) (PDF)

Lovex Reloading Manual 2019 (PDF)

Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 3rd Edition (1980) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 38th Edition (1951) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 40th Edition (1955) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 44th Edition (1967) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 48th Edition (2002) (PDF)

M.D. Smith Reloading Website (An impressive collection of loads, tested by the site's proprietor)

Modern Reloading by Richard Lee, 1st Edition (PDF)

Modern Reloading by Richard Lee, 2nd Edition (2003) (PDF)

NATO Reloading Website (Lots of 9mm data)

Nosler Bullets' website

NRA Cast Bullets Supplement No. 1 (1981) (PDF)

NRA Illustrated Reloading Handbook (1960) (PDF)

One Book One Caliber - The Complete Reloading Manual for the .357 Magnum (2004) (PDF)

Ramshot.com's website

Royal Scot Reloading, 1st Edition (1988) (PDF)

Shooters World Powder Reloading Guide (PDF)

ShootingTimes.com - Reloading the .380 ACP (short article with barebones load data)

Speer.com Handgun Reloading Website

Speer Reloading Manual, 12th Edition (1995) (PDF)

Vectan Powders, 6th Edition (PDF)

Vihtavuori.com Reloading Website

Vihtavuori Reloading Manual 2019 (PDF)

Western Powders (Accurate and Ramshot Powders) 5th Edition (PDF)

Western Powders (Accurate and Ramshot Powders) 6th Edition (PDF)

Winchester Reloader's Manual, 15th Edition (1997) (PDF)
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Lyman#50, Hornady#8 and Speer #'s11 and 13. Use the Lyman the most.
Always good to have a few for cross referencing.
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I usually use the internet, compare from different sources( powder sites and bullet maker sites) then based off that info I come up with a range, start at the bottom and work up.
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Reloading manuals on the Internet. Some links may be old or broken.

ADI Powders 9th Edition (2016) (PDF)

ABC's of Reloading (Lee Precision) 7th Edition (PDF)

Accurate Powder's website

Accurate Powder Load Manual (2003) (PDF)

Accurate Powders (Edition 3.5) (PDF)

Alliant Powder Reloading Manual 1996 (PDF)

Alliant Powder's 2019 Reloader's Guide (PDF)

BarnesBullets.com

Castpics.net (A collection of links to a LOT of old manuals. Check it out!)

Complete Guide to Handloading (Sharpe, 1937) (This is in a weird format, but it's usable)

Federal Premium's Website - Handgun Load Data

Handloader Magazine (Dec. 2011) .45 Colt Data (PDF)

Handloader Magazine (Aug 2005) .44 Special Data (PDF)

Hodgdon Reloading Website (possibly the most popular reloading site on the 'net)

Hodgdon Basic Reloader's Manual 2002 (PDF)

Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 3rd Edition (PDF)

Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 4th Edition (PDF)

Hornady's "Reloading for Handgunners" (2011) (PDF)

IMR Handloader's Guide (PDF)

LeeLoader.com - A collection of the load data sheets provided with Lee Loader sets

John Linebaugh's website on .45 Colt Reloading

Laser-Cast Reloading Manual, 1st Edition (Oregon Trail Bullet Co.) (PDF)

Lovex Reloading Manual 2019 (PDF)

Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 3rd Edition (1980) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 38th Edition (1951) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 40th Edition (1955) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 44th Edition (1967) (PDF)

Lyman Reloading, 48th Edition (2002) (PDF)

M.D. Smith Reloading Website (An impressive collection of loads, tested by the site's proprietor)

Modern Reloading by Richard Lee, 1st Edition (PDF)

Modern Reloading by Richard Lee, 2nd Edition (2003) (PDF)

NATO Reloading Website (Lots of 9mm data)

Nosler Bullets' website

NRA Cast Bullets Supplement No. 1 (1981) (PDF)

NRA Illustrated Reloading Handbook (1960) (PDF)

One Book One Caliber - The Complete Reloading Manual for the .357 Magnum (2004) (PDF)

Ramshot.com's website

Royal Scot Reloading, 1st Edition (1988) (PDF)

Shooters World Powder Reloading Guide (PDF)

ShootingTimes.com - Reloading the .380 ACP (short article with barebones load data)

Speer.com Handgun Reloading Website

Speer Reloading Manual, 12th Edition (1995) (PDF)

Vectan Powders, 6th Edition (PDF)

Vihtavuori.com Reloading Website

Vihtavuori Reloading Manual 2019 (PDF)

Western Powders (Accurate and Ramshot Powders) 5th Edition (PDF)

Western Powders (Accurate and Ramshot Powders) 6th Edition (PDF)

Winchester Reloader's Manual, 15th Edition (1997) (PDF)
^^^ Those

But like the cheap skate YSR, the internet!

Everyone's most current reloading data is on the net, since sometimes the powder recipes get modified
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I must be the odd man out. I use the internet for my load data. All the powder manufacturers have online load data.
True that BUT for the newbies need to know stuff like correct sizing, belling case mouth seating primers etc. Online is great once you know what you are doing yeah I use them also.
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I use as many as possible. Reason for that is that sometimes, there's a misprint in one of them, so you want to look at a few options and see if they're all in the ballpark.
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Thanks everyone. You have all helped me decide, I appreciate it.
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