Which Reloading Manual?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Roktoys84, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Hornady 7th Edition Reloading Manual

  2. Speer Reloading Manual No. 14

  3. Barnes Reloading Manual, No. 4

  4. Lyman 49th Edition Reloading Handbook

  5. Other - Write in

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Roktoys84

    Roktoys84 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Which reloading manual do you use and why?
  2. longrange.270

    longrange.270 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2008
    Sierra 5th Edition Manual. Only one I've owned, might get a couple other ones later.
  3. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    I use my 5th edition Sierra more than any other. I also have Nosler, Barnes, Hornady and Speer but always reach for the Sierra first.
  4. maggragg

    maggragg Active Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Vihtavuori manual is what I use for now
  5. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    Hodgen and Sierra ar my go to manuals most of the time.

  6. KQguy

    KQguy Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    Do you guy's see much diiference from one manual to the next?I was just wondering if some were more conservative than other's?
  7. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    A Lyman #48 as my standard against maybe a couple dozen others, back to and including a Lyman #43, 1964 edition, purchased new.

    Sierra, Hornady, Speer, Hodgdon, Lee, NRA, Barnes, Nosler and a small stack of pamphlets from the various powder makers are on my shelves. Each is "different", they use different equipment afer all, but I've never found any one to be particularly more "conservative" across the board than others.

    Some thoughts on what the load book makers do:

    First, powder makers don't arbitrarily "change" powders and primers over time to deliberately be hotter or cooler as some folks say. When they do make new powders they offer them as different types, not a sneaky change in an old type, so that change over time idea is a web fable. Fact is, power and primers are organic chemistry and can't be replicated exactly from batch to batch but the makers try their best to keep todays 4895 the same as it was in 1950, etc. Each lot IS a little different but it's a very little. We may need to tweek a good shooting load but we won't blow anything up if we just keep any good load without a new work up.

    Each testing program provides the very best data they can but OUR gear isn't the same as theirs. Nor do they use the same gear between them, that's why we see differences between the books. Different books give us different powders AND some perspective on acceptable pressure/charge ranges. Everyone should understand that NO RELOAD BOOK can be the absolute gospel truth for all firearms, for all ages, amen.

    I don't think any of them deliberatly strive to be more or less conservative than the others. It's OUR responsiblity to do as they tell us and that is, "Start low and work up ONLY if there is no over-pressure indication." Done properly, that rule allows us to accomidate ANY changes in cases, power lot number, primer, bullet, seating depth/OAL and temperature. If we KaBooM, it's our fault not the book makers!
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009
  8. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    Quick Load and Load From A Disk. Make the rest seem like childrens books..
  9. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    I use Nosler latest (#6). I have others from Speer, Barnes, Hodgdon and Lyman. Plus, in addition to all those, I have several internet sites that I have stored in my Favorites under "Reloading".
    I probably shoot more Ballistic Tips than any other bullet. Nosler's information in usually spot on for me. I compare them all against each other when I first start working up a load. JohnnyK.
  10. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2007
    I use Hogdon's web site to find a range of powder burn rates for a particular cartridge, and a good start point. I look for the powder that gives the best vel w/ the lowest pressure, and a nearly full case.

  11. Ozzieman

    Ozzieman Member

    Jan 6, 2009
    Actually the correct answer would be,,,
    All of them.
    I own all the manuals because the data that you will get in each one will be with that companies bullets and there test gun. And I have and do read all the reloading information that they come with. You never know what and where you will learn from.
    For me my favorite Long gun: Hornady
  12. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    I chose other because I use several and always run the range of loads through Quickload. I suppose if I only had to choose one, it would have to be quickload and then just verify the load data via the free online powder/bullet websites.

  13. mciver

    mciver Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I think, first of all, that its important to remember these are "guides". Swift, which my gun likes the best, is my book of choice. I do, like most I would imagine, tend to take a little information out of a lot of the manuals and find out what works best. The numbers provided in these books are good starting points, nothing will ever make up for performing your own RND.
  14. dwm

    dwm Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    Quick Load rules, it is very accurate and you can make almost any wildcat you want. Great for parametric load analysis.

    Load from a Disk works fine, it has limitations though, good buy for the price.

    The Hodgdon load manual magazines are very affordable and available at the grocery store, they have most everything one would need if they only shot Hodgdon powder (like me)...

    The new Nosler book is pretty up to date and a good refernce for Accubonds ...

    Is there a Berger load manual?
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009