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Thread: Vintage Loading Manuals

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    Vintage Loading Manuals

    What vintage reloading manual do you find to be the most useful or best reference?

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    Lyman #44 Gp

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    I’ve also had the mindset that ya can’t have to many reloading manuals. They all have there place. If I had to pick on that won’t brake the bank and is pretty easy to find Lyman cast bullet #3 has a lot of good info. A lot depends on what your reloading for.
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    Lyman #45
    2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    A lot of the Lyman 44th loads seem kind of warm to me. (The 44th was the first load book i ever bought.) Mostly, I start with a Pacific Handbook, but I often to to Water’s Pet Loads If it’s a brand-new cartridge I’m unfamiliar with.

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    Love Ken Waters Pet Loads.

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    Complete Guide to Handloading by Philip B. Sharpe is a classic and full of great information. Its a great resource for older cartridges not found in newer manuals. The first edition dates to 1937. I have a 3rd edition, 2nd revision from 1953.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check