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    It could well be. Isn't there a date of publication inside the front cover or on the first couple of pages? According to "Cartridges of the World" the .40 S&W came on the scene late 1989 or early 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Gebirgsjager View Post
    It could well be. Isn't there a date of publication inside the front cover or on the first couple of pages? According to "Cartridges of the World" the .40 S&W came on the scene late 1989 or early 1990.

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    No dates of publication , the only thing showing is a copyright date of (c)1973 in the lower corner of the first page .
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    Give Lyman a phone call-- they'll be able to tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger View Post
    No dates of publication , the only thing showing is a copyright date of (c)1973 in the lower corner of the first page .
    Second Edition. Only been four editions that I am aware of . 1st in 1958 , 2nd in the early 70's , 3rd sometime in the 80's I believe and the 4th in 2010 . Is yours spiral bound or paperback ? Never owned a Lyman or Ideal manual with a printing date , just a copyright date .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Southgate View Post
    Second Edition. Only been four editions that I am aware of . 1st in 1958 , 2nd in the early 70's , 3rd sometime in the 80's I believe and the 4th in 2010 . Is yours spiral bound or paperback ? Never owned a Lyman or Ideal manual with a printing date , just a copyright date .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Southgate View Post
    Second Edition. Only been four editions that I am aware of . 1st in 1958 , 2nd in the early 70's , 3rd sometime in the 80's I believe and the 4th in 2010 . Is yours spiral bound or paperback ? Never owned a Lyman or Ideal manual with a printing date , just a copyright date .
    Yes , it is a second edition as I was going thru some of the other threads about manuals and saw some pics and references for reprinting .
    With this one , I have the 2,3 and 4th editions ... some very good information , so valuable to us caster/reloaders .
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    i have a 1937 edition of philip sharpe's guide to reloading hardcover that has significant collector value. paper-back manuals are only good if you use them. i see these go for 2 bux a box at gun auctions.

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    If a poster has multiple firearms and calibers, especially the pre 1900 developed calibers ... ya can never have enough manuals. Have 3 cabinet shelves maxed out but have a Lymanís # 3 on the way. The other condition to have many manuals is if one has many molds
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    Are old Speer manuals worth anything I have 2 I never use

    And also have some old allcan

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    +1 on the advice to keep them. I have a shelf full of well used manuals and would not want to get rid of any of them.
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    Not much!

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    Use eBay as a guide
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    Yes you can find most of what you want online, but I still appreciate a hard copy. Iíve bought a lot of manuals just for one section of interest in them.

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    Mine aren't for sale

    you can never have too much information,......especially about magnum revolver loads

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    Some of us are too cheap to spend that kind of money on a ratty old book. Others are just too broke.

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    If it is more than 20 years old you could go cover price, or if it is rare cover price Plus.

    I know I'd of paid double the cover price for the Cast Lyman #3 when I was looking for it.

    All depends on how badly its wanted and how old it is and how rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 243winxb View Post
    Start at 1/2 of current manual prices? https://www.midwayusa.com/reloading-...s/br?cid=19845

    I have sold old printed materal on Gunbroker. Set your minimum price & see what the market will bear. Supply and demand.

    To me, they have no value at all. To much free data on Hodgdon & Alliant & Accurare. Sorry.

    Very old first additions, yes worth buying $$$.
    I passed up a Sierra loading binder just today at $16 seemed too bulky and awkward with so much free information out on the web. I have some old powder & have the reloading data from that time period, beyond that I'd rather have updated to go with the powder made now. I also have multiple old reloading mags downloaded to my computer.

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    Handbook of cast bullets could be the first edition. dated July 1958.

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    Ask twice what you think they are worth . They will get snatched or sit for a week knock 10% off every week until you get to 10% under what you think they are worth . They will sell or they won't .

    Write your ad so it sounds like you're selling because you need the funds , "for don't need the money just freeing up some book shelf space" for example . Use key words like vintage , rare , hard to find , includes data for (insert an old cartridge like 30 or 32 Rem) , etc . I call it the PT Barnum school technique .

    I've been surprised by how much other people think my surplus "paid half of what I thought it was worth for the one I wanted and took the other 4 in the lot too" is worth ......valued at .
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