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    Looking for a good basic casting a reloading book.

    At one point, I had a DVD that detailed the basics of casting and reloading, but can no longer find it.

    My daughter, 16, cast her first bullets last weekend and loved it. She has watched me for years, but I am not sure my habits are the best after 30+ years. She is at the point now that she is very excited to learn the process from casting all the way to loading! I want to make sure she has a good foundation to work from, this kid and others like her are our future... if the art is to survive another couple of generations.

    So, What book would you all recommend?

    Thanks Matt

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    Lyman#4 Cast Bullet Handbook.

    Best choice ever.
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    Lyman is the best one I've found.
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    I will have to see if I can find that one. She is eager to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    Lyman#4 Cast Bullet Handbook.

    Best choice ever.
    I agree with Walks
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    another vote for lyman. I have number 46. it has it all b-p smokeless cast and jacketed bullets even shot shells.

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    Fryxells book is real good, http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell_Book_textonly2.pdf

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    Frixells book is a free download - and if she is typically this generation she is comfortable reading on electronic media.
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    What they said.

    Any of the Lyman Cast bullet series. I have #3 and several later editions.

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    I have to agree with the cast bullet handbook #4. Congratulation on having a child that is interested in what her pops does.
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    I happen to have (if i can find them) a set of DVDs i got from Brassmagnet that teach you bullet casting. Quite possibly the same dvds you used to have... if you PM me your address and if i can find them i will send them on their way to you.

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    +1 on the Lyman books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    Lyman#4 Cast Bullet Handbook.

    Best choice ever.
    I use Lyman #3 as my main reference. It contains some older mold and caliber data #4 has left out. I remember when #4 came out, there were more than a few people on this board who were not exactly happy with it, myself included. But #4 does have the newer powders listed. Having both, along with Glen Fryxell's book is the ideal situation.

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    I have cast #3, #4 and the lyman 48 and 49. You really can't go wrong with any of them.

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    Lyman 3rd Edition is the best one I have, can be downloaded here; http://marvinstuart.com/firearm/Manu...-%20Reduce.pdf

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    I'd vote for Fryxell's book on casting. Covers almost everything you want to know, especially for a beginning caster. I cast a lot between the ages of 16 to 24, then got out of it. Was taught by older guys who had been doing it for decades. When I decided to get back in it, I found Glen Fryxell's book here and read it. Went back over some areas a few times just to get a better understanding. I have several of the Lyman and they are great sources of reference. My oldest and dearest is a dog eared reloading manual I got when I was 15 yoa, around 1963. The front cover is missing and all the index tabs are illegible because of use. Its still my goto book for loads. Fryxell's book is in PDF--I have a copy on my computer for reference. Interesting stuff.
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    The Lyman cast bullet manuals, and the Lee 2nd Edition manual.
    I have all 4 lyman cast bullet manuals, no 1 and no 3 are the best
    No 1 is available from Cornell publishing .
    The Glen Fryxeii book is also a great resource
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    Again, thanks! I have already provided her the dl of the Fryxell book and she will start on it as homework allows. She is excited to start, I told her about the historical section and that really tripped her trigger. The good part is she and I spend time in the reloading room together and she will ask questions and discuss what she reads with me. This weekend she will be casting some 300 BO and 38 Special bullets. It will be a slow process, but a good one.
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    You will find links to free load data and free downloads of some books here:

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...online-sources

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    I have the Lyman #3 and #4 here prefer the #3 for the information and its lay out, it just seems to be more inline and flows well thru the information. SOme other more specialized would be Paul Matthews books and Mike Venturinos. SPGS manual has a small casting section but loads are all black powder. Some of the NRA manuals had good sections in them and other "how to" information if they can be found

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