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Old January 10, 2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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reloading .38/.357s

I am just getting into reloading for my revolvers. I want to do this safely and properly. I have nearly all the equipment I need (mostly from my grandpa) But I need a good reloading manual. Any ideas?
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Old January 10, 2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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Any of the big ones are good. Lee, Lyman, Sierra, RCBS...Probably others I can't think of off the top of my head.
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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Are you looking for recipes, or instruction on reloading itself?

If you're looking for recipes I'd recommend the powder manufacturer's websites. If you're looking for instruction I'd go with a Lyman manual.
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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This Q belongs in the reloading forum, might get locked.
The Lyman manual is the best IMO. I also like the Hodgdon annual magazine and the Hornady manual.
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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If I could only have one manual it would be Lyman.
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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Sorry. At the time I wasn't aware of the reloading forum...thanks for the suggestions!
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:48 PM   #7
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Google Hodgdon. They are a major maker of powders and have an online reloading manual. Just a little word of advise they tend to run a little bit hotter than other reloading manuals.
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Old January 11, 2013, 03:37 PM   #8
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I've found that between the Lyman manual, and the little manual that comes with my Lee dies, I'm pretty well set.
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Old January 11, 2013, 06:34 PM   #9
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Hodgdon powders are my primary choice in .357 mag and other calibers...a powder like Hodgdon Universal is readily available in most areas....and its a good powder.

I also like the typical 158 gr bullet in a .357 mag....look at Montana Gold for one source, very high quality product.
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Old January 11, 2013, 11:31 PM   #10
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Acquire as much reloading literature and manuals as you can afford, and read as much as you can before you begin reloading. I HIGHLY recommend reading The ABC's of Reloading, in addition to your manuals.

That said, I find reloading for .38 Special and .357 Magnum to be quite enjoyable, and relatively easy. I like to load the 158 gr. lead semi-wadcutter of various makes, and have had success with every powder I've tried thus far. I've used Clays, Trail Boss, and Power Pistol.

The 158 gr. cast bullet out of a .38/.357 at mild velocities (800-1000) is very fun to shoot, and it is a capable load.
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Old January 12, 2013, 01:22 AM   #11
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If you are using Lee Precision equipment Modern Reloading by Richard Lee would be #1 and then Lyman's 49th. Otherwise you could reverse order.
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Old January 12, 2013, 04:53 AM   #12
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Do not be afraid to buy a old reloading manual from the 1980s or 90s at the used book store. I see them used for ~$5.00 all the time. Eventually you want to buy a current year manual; but if you are loading for a common caliber, .38 Special, 9mm, 45acp, then last years info. will do just fine for a year or two.
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Old January 12, 2013, 07:21 AM   #13
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I realy like speers number nine. The most informative one I've found yet though is Hodgeons annual manual. They go for 7-8 bucks and have alot of cool articals it them. They also have more data than any other book.
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Old January 12, 2013, 09:27 AM   #14
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im a beginner also and i like the lymans too. its easy to read and has good pictures. the loads are pretty good also. the lee's is all about how their product is better. too much lee lee lee, not for me me me.
good luck and be safe
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Old January 12, 2013, 10:19 AM   #15
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^ If you use Lee Precision equipment that is a good thing. The section covering some of the history of reloading is good and the price is right. No one man has done more for more reloaders than Richard Lee. The haters may not like that fact, but Lee Precision will continue to be #1 based on price/value. Anyway, as I mentioned, Lyman's 49th is an option, or better yet, get both.
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Old January 12, 2013, 08:21 PM   #16
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I own over 15 different manuals, some are thirty years old and some info is the same now. One can never have too many manuals.
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