Originally Posted by Boss Hoss
The data is there from the other manuals you just have to call RCBS and pay them for the code to use them (open the files).
Most (if not all) of the manuals available are old editions, I have not found a current one yet. Here is a link to the list available.
The Hodgdon / IMR / Winchester data is over 8 years old, most others are one or two editions behind which usually means around 4 years or more. That would not be so bad except there have been a lot of new powders and bullets brought out in the last few years that are not in any of these manuals. Even ATK's (who owns RCBS, Alliant and Speer) Speer manual (#14) is not available and it was published 3 years ago. The available edition (#13) was published in 1998 - A lot has happened in those 12 years.
If you call RCBS, they recommend you use the CUD (Construct User Load Data) tool to bring in the data you want, but as you can tell from my posts I am not too smart and using that tool makes me feel like a trunk monkey. I have never been able to load and save a user file that contains the data I need.
For anyone else who has the intelligence and patience to try and use the software here is a link to Greg's site (GMDR.com) RCBS.Load software
I think Greg has developed a tool with great potential, my disappointment is that ATK / RCBS has reaped the profits, but have made no effort to use their resources to make this software user friendly or bring the load data up to date. Heck it is all in digital format now anyway and the fees are for copyright royalties, any company who publishes a load manual has nothing to lose by distributing the manual this way, no printing or distributing costs at all. Just a file transfer and possibly some parsing of the data (a one time activity) that will bring in pure profit. With the availability of computer savvy people today, getting the GUI (Graphical User Interface) to be a LOT more user friendly would not be that big of a deal. Greg's genius in the program behind the GUI would not be affected.