I'd buy him the Lyman manual, I have the 50th edition and it has everything, it explains how to reload, safety, watching for pressure signs and even has data for shooting lead cast bullets.I've been handloading for over 50 years now but a friend of mine who is a very accomplished hunter is insistent that he wants to become a handloader.
He doesn't seem to understand that he's entering a world that has almost nothing to do with his extensive outdoors and hunting experience and how technical and dangerous it can become.
I'd like to buy him a manual that takes the raw beginner from knowing nothing at all about handloading to giving him a pretty good understanding about handloading. The finer points can only be learned by spending hundreds if not thousands of hours and IMO those finer points are better learned on forums.
So... Does anyone have any knowledge of a good manual for beginners?