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    Reloading manual recommendations

    Pretty new to reloading only have about a year experience loading my own ammo .223, 9mm and .45ACP

    I've learned alot from the different reloading forums and the found the youtube videos helpful when setting up my hornady LNL press.

    Can you recommend any must have reloading manuals ? I have the LYMAN reloading handbook 49th edition and the Modern reloading (second edition) by Richard Lee.

    I find the modern reloading manual by Richard Lee has some good pistol load data for 9mm & .45 ACP but is lacking current load data and powders for .223 I'm using ramshot TAC and H335 and wondered if any of the newer manuals had some decent data on the these powders.
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    I currently have the following:

    Sierra 5th Edition
    Speer 14th Ed.
    Hornady 8th Ed.
    Lyman 49th Ed.
    Nosler 6th Ed.

    Out of all of them, I feel that Lyman has the most extensive listing of powder/bullet combinations, but I prefer the Sierra manual.

    In all honesty, the more manuals you have, the better. If you don't have data for a particular bullet, you can cross-reference all your manuals to find a load that will work.

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    SteadyUp thanks for the list, I've added the those manuals to my to my shopping list and hope to build up my reloading library over time.
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    #1 - Sierra
    #2 - Hornady

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    If you are just looking for more data most powder manufactures have it online.
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    These are some books that I've been reading. Forgot what website/post I got them from. I think your looking for powder load books but These are full of a lot of info. Hope they help.


    Metallic Cartridge Reloading
    Speer Manual
    Modern Reloading by Richard Lee
    Lyman Metallic Reloading Handbook
    Hornady 5th Edition Reloading Handbook

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    If I could only have one it would be the Lee manual.

    Speer, Sierra, and Hornady are my other go-to books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootist~ View Post
    #1 - Sierra
    #2 - Hornady
    If I could only have two, these would be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5pins View Post
    If you are just looking for more data most powder manufactures have it online.
    This. Hodgdon has a wide variety of loads for .223 with H335 in its data center. 36 - 80 gr bullets are listed. You should be good to go. I agree with what others have said: you can never have too many up to date manuals on hand.
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    Of the three I own I like the Lyman 49th the best if I could choose only one. I also like and own "Load Books" for all the caliber I reload. Basically a collaboration of data from various bullet and powder manufacturers for a specific caliber. Very handy for cross data checking.

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