I asked then " which manuals do you fellas like best?" and the other one chimed in " we don't use manuals they're too confusing" and I quote.
Hey guys, I have to tell you... I started reloading over 3 years ago, have reloaded (with a hand press) over 17,000 rounds in .38 spc, .357 mag, 9mm, .380 ACP, .45 ACP, .44 spc and .44 mag and I own ZERO manuals. So far (knock on wood) no errors and only one high primer that temporarily locked up a revolver. I keep good records on my computer, a small database of info gleaned at various web sites that is cross-checked against other sources to make sure I don't just take someone's word on a "good load". I would put the safety of my reloads up against ANYONE'S.
Good (and timely) information is available online before it gets into the manuals. Any questions can be posed here and several have been very generous in offering advice.