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#5492160 - 12/22/14 12:44 AM New to reloading
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Registered: 08/17/14
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I was wondering what are the top reloading manuals that I should buy and read before I start reloading. I am very open minded and I dont think I should just grab the first one I find. I have already made a list of equipment to buy and I know you cant be cheap and what to do it right. Mainly I will be reloading 12ga. 270, and 40 to start maybe 10mm later. Any thoughts or ideas would be awsome thanks.
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#5492204 - 12/22/14 05:34 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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My best answer for manuals is get as many as you can and read them all before you start. Leave the load data for later. It's always best to have as many opinions as possible starting something like this. Buy used to save money but stay modern and current until you have some experience.
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#5492233 - 12/22/14 06:21 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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If I could only have one manual I think I'd choose the Lyman manual, but several would be much better than just one.
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#5492340 - 12/22/14 07:42 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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Read the abc's of reloading first

I like the Lyman & hornady manuals
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#5492560 - 12/22/14 09:24 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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Agree with the rest the more manuals the better.

For someone just starting out 3 books, but since the OP added 12ga lets add another.

ABC's of Reloading
Lyman manual and in the OP case add the Shotshell manual for Lyman also
Which ever Bullet manufacture you prefer their bullets get their manual.

Once the How To sections of those are read and re-read then start thinking about data. There is lots of data in the manuals but very good data is free online from the Powder manufactures websites, which will augment the manuals data. Nosler has also put a lot of their manual free online. For understanding what is going on in the chamber when a round is fired Hornady website has a very good explanation of internal ballistics on their site.

Sinclair Int has some very good videos on reloading on their site as does Hodgdon.

The Sticky at the top of this section for Tech reference threads has lots of information in it as well, links to lots of good information plus things some of us have learned over the years is included in the tips and tricks thread. Some of the reloading equipment manufactures have videos of using their equipment on their web sites also.

Lots of home work material to go through but go through that and when you have questions just ask. Someone will answer or usually does around here.
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#5496113 - 12/23/14 06:01 PM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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Registered: 09/12/14
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Loc: West Texas
Shotshells were mentioned correct? The Lyman Shotshell handbook. I think it's in it's 5th edition right now.

I am also a firm beliver in one more manual is never too many. I have a collection of old Lyman and Ideal manuals from the 40's-60's and use some of those loads to this day.

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#5499117 - 12/25/14 10:53 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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Like some others have said the lyman manual is great. But I would also get the ones of the bullets that you plan to shoot. The more info the better.

Walter

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#5499120 - 12/25/14 10:55 AM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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After looking at what you say you want to reload my recommendation would be to start with the 270 to learn which will make it easier to load the others when the time comes. The best thing is to find someone that loads and see what they use and have and make a list of things that you want to start with. I would highly recommend using some different styles of equipment before you purchase.

Walter

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#5500872 - 12/26/14 03:52 PM Re: New to reloading [Re: Bubba270]
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Registered: 01/19/12
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One advantage today that was not available in the 60's is the internet. There is some excellent info and videos available as kmon1 mentions in his above post.
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