Ok, so, truth be told, very few people really like to read. It’s the dinosaur in our educational system as television, computers, smart phones, and social media accounts have become the only thing that most people really like to pay attention to anymore. It’s a rather sad commentary on the state of our country.
However, reading is an essential skill to have, especially when you are trying to figure out how to use a product that you have purchased or to follow a set of directions that explain how to properly use something. This is true of those who are looking to reload their own cartridges, where making one small mistake could cause your weapon to malfunction, maybe even get you hurt.
If you are an avid gun enthusiast as I am, then you are probably aware that following the directions for reloading your cartridges is absolutely essential. It’s the way to be safe, and this is why it is important to follow the manuals that teach you how to properly reload your ammunition.
Top 10 Reloading Manuals You Must Have to Own
Now that you have some idea of what to look for in a reloading manual, here are some of the very best examples that I found. Not only for those who are beginners, but for those who are more experienced loaders who need just a little bit of instruction but not too detailed of instructions.
|Best All Around Reloading Manuals|
|#1 Complete Guide to Handloading – Third Edition – Second Revision – A Treastise on Handloading for Pleasure Economy and Utility Hardcover – 1953|
|#2 Lyman 50th Edition Reloading Manual|
|#3 Modern Reloading Second Edition Hardcover – 2004|
|Best Reloading Manual for Beginners|
|#4 Sierra 5th Edition Rifle Handgun Reloading Manual Books|
|#5 The Beginner’s Guide to Reloading Ammunition: With Space and Money Saving Tips|
|#6 Speer 9515 Reloading Manual Number 14|
|Best Shotshell Reloading Manual|
|#7 Lyman Shotshell Handbook 5Th Edition|
|Best Budget Reloading Manuals|
|#8 Hornady 10th Edition Reloading Handbook|
|#9 Nosler Reloading Guide 8|
|#10 A.C. Kerman – Outdoor Lee Precision Modern Reloading 2nd Edition New Format|
#1 Complete Guide to Handloading – 3rd Edition : Best All Around Reloading Manual
- Detailed instructions that are easy to follow and precise
- Well written book that has provided generations of people with the kinds of instructions they need for reloading
- Perfect for those who use more antiquated types of cartridges
- Extremely informative and complete
- Doesn’t take into account today’s standards for measuring pressure
- Some substances provided in the guide are different than what is used today
It is even amazing that somewhat antiquated or obsolete cartridges are included, which makes it probably the most all-encompassing guide you are going to find. For a person who has been added for a while, this is a great guide that will provide you with virtually any information you may be looking for.
The one caution I will give is that many of the techniques that are described in this are not used as much today. Today’s methods of measuring the different pressure, for example, is much more accurate than what the guide itself provides in this book. Plus, some powders have changed in comparison to today.
However, this is still a great book that has invaluable information for you to use, and is one that I have had on my shelf since the first day I began to start reloading my own ammunition. It is the perfect gift for any hunter or marksman’s shelf.
#2 Lyman 50th Edition Reloading Manual
- Comprehensive guide with updated cartridges
- Great for both beginners and advanced users.
- Great for wide range of weapons
- Detailed information makes it clear exactly what you need
- Variations in powder measurements in comparison to manufacturer designed
- Removed some of the less popular cartridges that are found in previous editions
- Really didn’t need to include a history section
You will find one of the very best sections that is on the market in terms of load data. This is one of the most comprehensive guides that you are going to find, which not only provides you with valuable information but gives you in-depth instructions on exactly how you need to reload each kind of cartridge.
Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced person, you are going to truly love the instructions that are provided. The upgraded book has newer cartridges, such as the 6.5 Grendel, the 300 block out, the 300 RCM, and the 450 bushmaster. These along with the comprehensive explanations of virtually every other cartridge that has been on the market.
Lyman has long established itself as a company that you can depend upon to provide you with valuable information when it comes to reloading, and you will be pleased that you reached out to purchase this one. It’s one of the best on the market and easy to find what information you’re looking for.
#3 Modern Reloading Second Edition Hardcover – 2004
- Comprehensive guide that provides detailed information.
- Great drawings that make the reloading process easy to follow.
- Uses measurements and descriptions that are clear no matter what your level of expertise is
- While it is a good guide for most products, it is clear that Lee gets a prominent position.
- The instructions are a bit long-winded in spots, making it hard to continue to follow
The guide is created to make it easy to follow and easy to find the information you need. I really like how logical the format of this guide is, making it so that finding the load you desire is easy. Plus, instructions are given in measurements that are easy for you to be able to determine.
Included are cartridge drawings that provide you with complete dimensions and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. You will find all the data you could need for modern cartridges as well as for most of the older cartridge styles.
While Lee is the company that made this guide, it provides information for virtually every kind of cartridge you would one out there. Lee does get the most prominent position, but don’t be discouraged by that. You could be sure you’re getting what you’re looking for.
Buyer’s Guide : How to Make the Perfect Choice?
Just like every product on the market, not every reloading manual you find is going to be the same. There are some that are significantly better so I first wanted to give you some information on what to look for in a good reloading manual. Here are some things to consider:
- Calibers. When you are determining the reloading manual for yourself, you want to start by ensuring that it provides the information you need for reloading the caliber weapons you have. This means that if you are reloading older style weapons, you need a guide that has that kind of valuable information, or if a specific kind of cartridge needs to be reloaded that it gives detailed information for you.
- Level of Expertise. One of the most important things to consider when purchasing any reloading manual is that it offers you detailed instructions as if you are a beginner. The likelihood is that you need this manual because you are trying to learn how to properly reload a certain caliber round, so it should start from scratch and be detailed to ensure that you are safely abiding by the process to reload the cartridge.
- Powders/Bullets. It should give you a detailed description of exactly what kinds of powders and bullets are needed for every cartridge you are seeking. This should include such things as powder tolerances, as well as specifications related to the manufacturer.
- Type of Components You Use. What you will find in some manuals is that they are designed for a specific kind of weapon or brand-name. If you are a person who uses a wide range of components or who requires information for several different kinds of cartridges, you need to look at a more comprehensive manual.
- Images. Level of expertise is not the only concern you have. Sometimes being told what to do is not good enough. You may require diagrams or images to help you to understand exactly what you need to do and where you need to do it.
- Up to Date Info. There is also the concern that the manual you are buying provides you with up-to-date information on the newest cartridges or the newest techniques that are available for reloading. Some of the older manuals do not provide this kind of information, so make sure that it has what you need to properly perform any task.