Sunday, December 21, 2008

Reloading bleg

Can anyone recommend a book on reloading for the total newbie?

I have a mentor who is giving me some equipment and is going to teach me how to use it, but I'd like to get a book to start studying and also so I'll have all the critical information arranged in a book in an orderly fashion.


  1. Well, back when I started, there was no "one" book, but the NRA Handloading handbook covers the bases pretty well.

    Unfortunately, my loading bench is inaccessible right now, due to my having to much junk for available space, or I'd grab a 'nother couple titles. My aged memory can't pull 'em up off the top of my head any more.

    You know, Brownells has a bunch of free video guides on their website. I wouldn't be surprised to find some handloading how-to stuff there.

    Just looking around at Amazon, I see there's a guide written by Col. Townsend Whelan. Just from the author, I'd recommend it.

    I'm pretty sure I had a loaned copy of "The Complete Book of Practical Handloading", by John Wooters, and found it useful.

    The names I'm recognizing as authors, such as Phillip B Sharpe, are on books which are older. But the basics of doing it right haven't changed.

    I also liked P.O. Ackley's 2 volume Handbook for Shooters and Reloaders. You might know of Ackley's influence in the cartridge world. If not, do a web search for "Ackley Improved". But Ackley isn't for beginners. Not that I ever tried doing my own wildcats, but the books are good reading.

    Having a good mentor is the best way to get started. Just remember to be conservative, careful, meticulous, and above all, safe.

    I enjoy the hell of handloading, when I'm doing it. Welcome to the club.

  2. The ABC's of Reloading
    from KP Books

  3. I started with the Lyman manual. It's a pretty good overview and includes recipes. I quit using the Lyman loads because they seemed a little soft and went to the Speer Manual for loads.