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This topic may have been asked before, but here it goes.  If you could only have one reloading manual which would it be???  My personal favorite would go to the Lee 2nd. edition, to me it offers the most info regarding bullet weights, styles and powders, let alone a wealth of reloading information, all at a very fair price.

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i like that one too and i also like my hornaday 7th ed i havent seen the speer #14 or the new sierra or new nosler books so i can really pick a favorite.
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 I have probably most of them, except the Sierra.  Each of them seems to contain some valuable tidbits none of the others have, but my overall favorite has always been the Hornady. Not sure what edition, not near me at the moment, ten years old (?)
I really like the introductory chapters that explain interior ballistics.  When I was new to handloading, I found that very informative.
 The Second edition of Modern Handloading by Richard Lee is EXCELLENT, but I've only read a portion of it so far, as I just recently aquired it.


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I like my Lyman 48th ed handbook.  Although, I haven't looked through many others.  I usually get one of those One book/One caliber manual for each caliber, cause it pulls its into from many different manuals.  
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While not a true reloading manual in the normal sense, a book for anyone wishing to improve their hand-loading skills is Glen Zediker's book "Handloading for Competition". It is not just for competition shooters but anyone wishing to see improvement in their hand-loading skill level.
His writing style needs some work but the info you get from it is top shelf. It truely brings reloading into a precision handloading art form...
 
My go to manual is Lee's 2nd edition.
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Originally posted by niles coyote niles coyote wrote:

While not a true reloading manual in the normal sense, a book for anyone wishing to improve their hand-loading skills is Glen Zediker's book "Handloading for Competition". It is not just for competition shooters but anyone wishing to see improvement in their hand-loading skill level.
His writing style needs some work but the info you get from it is top shelf. It truely brings reloading into a precision handloading art form...
 
My go to manual is Lee's 2nd edition.
 
 I have been hankering to get "Handloading For Competition" since it came out, but haven't yet gotten a copy.
 I'm a Zediker fan from earlier works, and I kind of like his writing style.  I think he's got a warped sense of humor and I like that! His books are CRAMMMED with great advice and anecdotes.
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I really like how the Barnes manual has the graphical representation of bullet drop at various ranges on the same page as the reloading data. I like the exterior ballistics tables in the Sierra manual that show maximum point blank range which I think is an excellent concept. I like the wide variety of powders and bullets used in the Lyman 48th edition.
As you can see having only one reloading manual would be just as satisfying as having one rifle.
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      I like the Nosler #4 manual that shows velocities using pressure guns with SAAMI minimum spec barrels. Any of the new manuals doing this?
 
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Would have to go with Hornady 6th or 7th edition.
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I like the 2008 hodgon(sp) book, I have the new barns and the new nosler book.and the lyman 48th But the book thats tought me the most in the "ABC'S of reloading.
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Alright crew I'll throw a slight curve to y'all,
I like my Hornady 7th also.  But, here's the twist, Do you go with the bullet manufacturers data or the powder manufacturers data?  Hornady says MAX load is 44Grs. of Varget with a 168 Amax in .308.  Hagdon says 46Grs. Or do you just load till you see high pressure signs? 
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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

Alright crew I'll throw a slight curve to y'all,
I like my Hornady 7th also.  But, here's the twist, Do you go with the bullet manufacturers data or the powder manufacturers data?  Hornady says MAX load is 44Grs. of Varget with a 168 Amax in .308.  Hagdon says 46Grs. Or do you just load till you see high pressure signs? 


I load until best accuracy is reached. This is hopefully before pressure signs are reached. If accuracy isn't there I go back to the drawing board.
BTW, I like my Sierra manuals the best. I have Hornady, Speer and Nosler, too. I also use powder manufacturer's data. With the WWW there is a ton of information available to us. I find myself going online the most anymore.
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Ouch Doug,
I just got spanked.  OK what the knucklehead on this end meant to say was if you not satisfied with the results your getting out of a load will you push until you see pressure signs?
I do not own a Sierra manual but I think I may buy a few different bullet and powder manufactures manuals. 
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I didn't mean to spank you, just explain what I do. I have found with some bullets and powders the best accuracy has come at the hottest load I am willing to try. My 7 mag loves the maximum load of H4831 with the Sierra 160 grain boat tail. There are no signs of excessive pressure.
On the other hand I have pushed too far looking for accuracy and found too high pressure signs. I tried other powders and ended up with a good load. This was with a 30.06 using 4895, 4064 and 4831.
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my 22-250 likes a very stiff charge of 4064??? wtf and a 55gr sierra bullet
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