Which reloading manual is the best overall ?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Grahajp, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Grahajp

    Grahajp New Member

    Understanding that a person needs more than one reloading manual for reference, etc... If you could just own one, the most comprehensive, which one would it be?
  2. GBertolet

    GBertolet Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    I would go with the Hornady manual as a first choice.

  3. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    This question will get you about as many answers as there are manuals available. :)

    Generally, common sense says that you should get a manual from the company that makes the components you're reloading.
    Hornady manual for Hornady bullets, etc...
    BUT...this can get real confusing since bullet companies, powder companies, and reloading equipment companies all have manuals.
    When it comes down to the data inside, none of them are any worse than the others. They all develop their loading data in ballistic labs so even though one manual may show differences from others they're not "wrong" from the others.

    For good starter manuals...the two already mentioned are probably my top recommendations too.
    Hornady has a real nice graphic & text description of the hows and whys of what happens when you pull the trigger on a cartridge and the reloading process. This one is my favorite.
    The Lyman manual is also a good beginner's source, as is the Lee manual. The Lee manual does get very opinionated at times about the reloading process...but the load data is just fine.
  4. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I gotta go along with Bindernut, a manual for a specific brand bullet is best. It makes me mad cuz I load a lot of Rem and Win bullets and have to use general info and go from there. Any other brand I load, I use their manual to start with and cross referance with Lyman and Lee.

  5. Waldog

    Waldog Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    It's nice to have each manufacturers book. However, Lyman's new 49th is hard to beat. It has many different manufacturers bullets listed. The Lyman manuals are my GO TO FIRST books.
  6. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Lyman's 49th, Lee's and Hodgdon's more than serve my needs.

    Every reloader/shooter needs to choose what works best for them.
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    +1 if I only had one, this would be it.
  8. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I have Nosler and Lee. Both are very good, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Nosler.
  9. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    For a reloading manual (how-to, not recipes) ABCs of Reloading is the one. For load data use one from a company that manufacturers the components you choose. I have 7 or 8 manuals laying around my shop, but Lyman's handbook and cast bullet handbook get used the most.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2010
  10. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    The only one that explains in pictures how a cartridge works and how the reloading processes relate to how the cartridge works is the Hornady manual. It is my contention that it is important to know how a cartridge works in detail in order to make the right decision when reloading them. The Hornady manual covers details like: the cartridge case is really a gasket and how it does that function.

    But for reloading data I like the Hodgdon manual because I use their powders almost exclusively (love those ball or short cut powders that meter well through a powder measure). For match performance I often use Sierra bullets and their manual is good for match loads. Speer's manual is also very good.... I can't pick except I do think a new reloader needs to at least read the Hornady manual for the reasons stated above.

  11. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
    There are many good manuals, many online. I have used Speer's manual for a long time because it covers almost everything. I'll try to find a link to another manual that I like and make another post (I don't really understand the edit/delete functions yet).
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2010
  12. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
  13. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Lyman 49th
  14. Airdale

    Airdale Active Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas
    Only one? It would be Sierra manual hands down!

    I would not suggest just one in any way.
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