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    Reloading book

    I am new to reloading an would like to know which book Ineed to buy to get the oal and powder charts. I have a new dillon 550


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    Get at least two. My standards are the Lyman, the Hornady, and the Lee. There's enough difference among them that you really need more than one.
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    Lee of course, great info. on steps of reloading Speer #14 mine is on the way, I had # 12, and wanted to update, was backordered for 3 months.
    Speer in my opinion is the bible of reloading. It's so easy to read, anyone can do it. My opinion.

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    I have three: Speer, Hornady and a Nosler which I picked up at a good price at an estate sale. I agree with having more than one.
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    I plan on getting a couple more but right now I have Hogdons. I use their powder so I use their annual manual to.

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    If you want lead data, then for sure get Lyman's. It's a good one, regardless, but it's the only one with cast data. Otherwise, any two will do (yeah, I do second the 'buy two' philosophy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    If you want lead data, then for sure get Lyman's. It's a good one, regardless, but it's the only one with cast data. Otherwise, any two will do (yeah, I do second the 'buy two' philosophy).
    Not entirely true... the Lee manual has boatloads of recipes for cast bullets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Get at least two. My standards are the Lyman, the Hornady, and the Lee. There's enough difference among them that you really need more than one.
    Yep, the more information you have at your fingertips, the better. I use Lyman, Hornady and Speer. The best one (that I have experience with) is the Lyman book. I haven't looked at the Lee book so I can't comment on that one.

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    Ditto, gasmitty's remarks.

    Have two myself, the Lyman and the Lee. It's important to compare various formulas, as typos exist here and there. Along with The ABC's Of Reloading, these work well enough for a newbie.
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    I have the LYman and the sierra book but i mainly use the powder manufacturer websites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Not entirely true... the Lee manual has boatloads of recipes for cast bullets.
    Ah. I stand corrected. Has Lee always had cast data or is that something new?
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    I, too, have the Speer, Lyman, and Nosler manuals. In addition to the bullet makers manuals, I encourage you to get the, usually free, manuals from the manufacturer of the powder you are using. Winchester, Hodgdon, Vihta Vouri, and Accurate all have data available on-line. I expect the other powder makers also have their data on-line as well.

    Read up, and be safe! Remember, your cartridges CAN be longer than the book O.A.L., as long as they will feed in your firearm, but it can get dangerous if you start going shorter than specified O.A.L.
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    I buy more Speer and Hornady bullets than anything else. So those are the two main manuals I use. The Speer manual is a better instruction manual than the Hornady.
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    I have been reloading for 40 years and have never understood the logic of buying 3 or 4 reloading manuals. The recipes are not that much different, and non of the published data is unsafe. I can see buying a new one every few years to keep up with changes in powder, but beyond that it seems like a waste of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Bob View Post
    I have been reloading for 40 years and have never understood the logic of buying 3 or 4 reloading manuals. The recipes are not that much different, and non of the published data is unsafe. I can see buying a new one every few years to keep up with changes in powder, but beyond that it seems like a waste of money.
    There's no other way to catch printing/typographic errors except to compare against another printing of the same basic recipe. One can either do that online or via another book. Without a second resource, an invalid recipe could either end up with too little or too much powder, ending with a recipe for potential disaster. Particularly with noobs who are searching for decent loadings and who don't have 40yrs' worth of familiarity with a given loading book, it seems a reasonable basic precaution to have two sources. JMHO.
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