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    I'm considering getting into reloading with the price of premium ammo these days, and I was wanting to get a manual to look at before I bought all the equipment. Any suggestions on a good manual that I should buy. I'm wanting to reload for a 300 win mag..
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    Invest the money in a Lymans 48th edition Reloading Guide. They have the best data and the first about 100 pages will get you in the ballpark when it comes to reloading. Good luck!
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    Winchester, IMR, Hogden all produce and give away a reloading guide. There are as many opinions about reloading equipment as there are about guns and calibers. A lot of bullet companies also offer reloading data. The 2 I seem to use most are the Hodgdon (due to its comprehensive powder charts for other manufacturers) and Sierra ( it is a loose leaf style and allows for loading charts from other sources to be added). HAVE FUN!!!

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    I also like like the Lyman manual. It is ideal for someone starting out, and is not brand specific. However, I have found the Hornady manual to be the most accurate for the charges=velocity, and max loads/limits. This is in my guns, with bullets I have selected. Its a great hobby, just dont get fooled into thinking you need to spend $500 to get started. You can buy a lee classic loader, bullets, primers, and powder and be reloading for under $50. If you enjoy it as a hobby than upgrade as you go.

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    Nosler, they test various powder brands, and give findings in their test rifles. Hodgdon used to be good, but the latest manual is a far cry from the last two! Bill.
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    Pick up a couple. READ them.

    Pick one for the bullets you intend on using. If you want to use Nosler bullets, pick up a Nosler reloading manual. Or if you know you want to use Barnes, pick up a Barnes manual.

    Above all, read them and understand what is going on. Handloading is great way to get top performance from your rifle/ammunition, save money, shoot more, become a better a shot and have fun. There's a lot of satisfaction taking an animal with ammunition that you "rolled" yourself, too.

    But be safe. Remove all distractions from your reloading room/space. Check you work, then check it again. Don't take short cuts.

    I didn't mean preach, enjoy your new hobby. Case trimming does suck, though.

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    My favorite was the old Hodgdon Data Manual. It listed loads from several powder manufacturers. Unfortunately it isn't available now.

    Nowadays I like the Lyman manual and the caliber specific manuals from Loadbooks USA. They publish all the data from all the manuals.

    Oh yeah......A copy of "The ABCs of Reloading" is a worthwhile investment too.
    Now what ?

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    I collect them. It is amazing at the differences you will find. The pre-lawyer-plague books were fairly liberal in their powder use.
    The Lyman is a good place to start, The Barnes book is also very good.
    Then see if you can pick up a couple used ones here or there from other companies....
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