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If someone was to get into reloading, I understand they need a manual to look up the recipe. Do they need more than one manual? Is it just redundant information? IE: Hornady reloading manual and Speer manual.---BBoy623
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I'd get at least 2.   Eventually you'll probably want more.  I keep updated manuals of Nosler, Speer, Barnes, and Hornady.
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There is a lot of good data online as well.  Many of the powder and bullet makers actually have data on their sites.  
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i have 5 of them and at least that many websites i use all the time.
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My favorite is the Hornady manual, but I think the Lee manual is probably the best all around choice and its inexpensive to boot.
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the nosler manual is my favorite they push the limits on a lot of loads.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

There is a lot of good data online as well.  Many of the powder and bullet makers actually have data on their sites.  
 
My favorite on line source is Hodgdon's load data.
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reloading manuals outling the best overview of the concept on reloading are the best and Brownells has a good selection. After that they are pretty well useless if you are shooting and reloading alot and especially if you have gone to progressive machines, were the learning curve is much steeper.
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I have 3. hodgon, hornaday, speer. All are the newer books but I also get ideas from the web and compaire to see what I want the starting point to be. some books might have the powder you want to use and some might not.
 
 
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Site and manual info differs.
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I use Speer, Sierra, and Hornady manuals, as well as any other info I can find online or elsewhere.
If I'm working up a new load I average the starting load and the maximum load from as many manuals I can. This gives me a narrower range from start to maximum loads, and I'm not as worried about MY maximum load having excessive preasure. There are exceptions of course, but more information is better than not enough.
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Originally posted by Gunshow75 Gunshow75 wrote:

Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

There is a lot of good data online as well.  Many of the powder and bullet makers actually have data on their sites.  
 
My favorite on line source is Hodgdon's load data.


Yep that is all I use since I just use Hodgdon powder.  It is a great site
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I would suggest you buy a book by the bullet manufacturer you like. Most of them have a good section on how to reload when starting out. Then you can get info on the powder you like. Depends if you are going to be shooting a bunch of different powders and a bunch of different bullets. 

I was lucky the first powder I started with was the sh** for me. Varget. 2nd Bullet was good. I have since changes and refined bullet selection but since I stayed in the same weight ranges my powder load has never changed. But My rifle shoots best and well below max.
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I first asked for advice from people I trust to be competent, then checked out a book from the library (somewhat dated but covered the basics well). Later on, I just used the sites like Hodgdon's or Nosler's reloading sections to get starting data. 6mmbr.com has some really good info, including ladder testing. The important thing is to heed the advice to start out at minimum loads. Every rifle is different. Work your way up and learn to spot pressure signs (stiff bolt lift/extraction, bulging, flattened primers). That's kind of the tip of the iceberg but handloading is rewarding.
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I have the Hornady and Speer Manuals, and get info online as well.  Get great results with near max loads listed in the Hornady manual, but every gun is different, so start low and work up.
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You can also get one of the loadbooks wich is caliber specific if you were only loading for 1 or 2 cartridges, they compile load data from most manufacturers and publish them in one book.
I would still select a bullet that might suite your needs best and pick up the manual for that bullet, because of the necessary info and educational purposes contained in the manuals.
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I also have 5 manuels,my favorite is the Hornady 2 book version from 3yrs. ago.
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