Is this a good book on reloading?

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Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by In The Ten Ring » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:15 pm

I'm hoping to build a reloading bench this summer and get tooled up. I've never reloaded but I have been saving up brass. What do you think of this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-R ... merReviews

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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by Sarge756 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:02 am

Looks like it could be worth the asking price. Have not read it but appears to have decent reviews. Would be a good first step to add to the library. Others you might consider in addition......"NRA Reloading Guide"......" The Complete Book of Practical Handloading" ( John Wooters ) .......current reloading manuals from Hornady or Lyman and older editions of manuals from Lyman,Speer,Hornady,etc. that come up on Fleabay often.
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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by norm » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:52 am

Have not read that book so can't comment on it. I can recomend the current Lee manual.and since I'm a bullet caster I'll suggest the current Lyman cast bullet manual. The Lee manual has more load data than any book I've seen. I got started handloading over 35 years ago with an RCBS Rockchucker kit. Several of the reloading tool manufacturers sell starter kits and they are a good buy. I won't recomend any specific brand. I have used dies from Lee,RCBS and Redding and all are satisfactory. When I built my first loading bench I did not have a lot of room so my bench was 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Thought I'd build a bigger one when I had more room. Got more room now but still use that same bench. Any questions you might have post them here and somebody will answer or pm me.

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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by Bandersnatch » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:22 pm

Should do. Pick up a copy of the Hornady manual. It has lots of good stuff in it.
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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by In The Ten Ring » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:22 pm

Norm,

If I can get rid of (it'll go to Habitat for Humanity) a large dresser I have from the 1970's, I'll be able to build a sizeable bench.

I've heard good things about the Hornady manual....is the latest edition the best to get?

Will different brand dies work in any press? Ex: will RCBS dies work in a Lee single stage press?

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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by Bandersnatch » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:03 am

RCBS will work in Lee machines. They were designed for single stage loading and using them in a progressive machine, a Dillon for example, takes a little thought. For instance, I use the seating die to seat only and have a separate crimp die so as to not over stress the brass.
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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by norm » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:05 pm

Almost all dies and presses made today use 7/8 x 14 thread and will interchange. Lyman 310 dies have smaller thread something like 5/8 x 30 . There are bushings available so 310 dies can be used in a press threaded for 7/8 x 14. I do this mostly with the Lyman expanding chamber for flaring case mouths for loading cast bullets.I don't have the latest Hornady manual so can't comment on it.

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Re: Is this a good book on reloading?

Post by norm » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:05 pm

Almost all dies and presses made today use 7/8 x 14 thread and will interchange. Lyman 310 dies have smaller thread something like 5/8 x 30 . There are bushings available so 310 dies can be used in a press threaded for 7/8 x 14. I do this mostly with the Lyman expanding chamber for flaring case mouths for loading cast bullets.I don't have the latest Hornady manual so can't comment on it.

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