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    Got My New Lee Reloading Manual Today

    I ordered a set of Lee dies for 356/358 Win, so I thought it was time to finally add a new Lee Reloading Manual to my reloading bench. This one is the 2nd Edition with the 2019 revisions. I own several other reloading manuals such as Speer, Sierra, Hornady, Hodgdon, and others, but this is my first Lee reloading manual ever. I never really thought about buying a Lee manual because I use Lee reloading dies for all 14 rifle calibers that I reload for, and each set of dies comes with it's own load data.

    But I have to admit, I should've added this book to my collection a long time ago. I didn't know that this manual had separate chapters for muzzle loaders, shotgun shell reloading (which I don't reload for), 2 chapters on pressure, a chapter on bullet casting, a chapter on matching bullet metal to chamber pressure, and so much more! This will be a great book to read and read again.

    I've been reloading since 1990. I've loaded tens of thousands of rounds for hunting and competitive rifle matches out to 1,000 yards. And no, I never thought a knew it all. I've always believed I could learn something else, something new, that could give me a competitive edge.

    If you reload your own ammunition, and you don't have a new Lee manual on your reloading bench, what are you waiting for? This new Lee manual seems to cover several areas that other great manuals don't cover.

    Here's a pic of the cover. I've got some reading to do...

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    I bought that book a couple years ago and has a lot of load info for each caliber--much more than some manuals.
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    It's nothing short of impressive! You are right about the amount of load data it contains.
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    The Lee manual has a lot of good info I like that it shows pressure on a lot of loads. Lets you know what powder you have room to play with.
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    I love reading the comments by Richard Lee. Besides a good reference, it is entertaining also.
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    This edition has the best deep-dive I have yet seen for lead hardness (BHN) and pressure.
    The author took his theories to the Hodgdon Ballistics Lab and they confirmed them.

    Another nice touch in this manual is the effective (net) case volume with the bullet seated at the load OAL.
    This is an easy calculation for the percentage of case filled by a specific powder and load.

    This edition also has a full set of loads for 44 Russian.
    The current Speer #15 removed these, which were present in their Speer #14 book.
    Lyman #50 also has 44 Russian.
    I found #50 in PDF form for about $12.

    I'm a bit annoyed, as the Lee book is NO FEDERAL PRIMERS in big, bold print.
    I find this highly suspicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgavin View Post
    This edition has the best deep-dive I have yet seen for lead hardness (BHN) and pressure.
    The author took his theories to the Hodgdon Ballistics Lab and they confirmed them.

    Another nice touch in this manual is the effective (net) case volume with the bullet seated at the load OAL.
    This is an easy calculation for the percentage of case filled by a specific powder and load.

    This edition also has a full set of loads for 44 Russian.
    The current Speer #15 removed these, which were present in their Speer #14 book.
    Lyman #50 also has 44 Russian.
    I found #50 in PDF form for about $12.

    I'm a bit annoyed, as the Lee book is NO FEDERAL PRIMERS in big, bold print.
    I find this highly suspicious.
    I like that this edition of the Lee manual kept load data for calibers that the other manuals deleted. The 2020 Hodgdon manual deleted the 375 Winchester load data, but it's still listed in this Lee manual.
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    Lee has more loads for different powders and bullets. They take data from many other sources and combine it in their book. I have a lot of manuals but Lee is my favorite and also a great beginners manual with the loading information in the front of the book.
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    I'm a firm believer in having a gaggle of reloading manuals, they're anything but cheap (especially when they're new!) but they have data for new cartridges that are hard to find data for, and the Lee manual has always used data from a variety of sources. They do NOT develop their own data or pressure-test anything, but they include data from most of the bullet makers, unlike companies like Speer and Hornady, who only show data for THEIR bullets, and nobody else's. Richard Lee died not long ago at 88, but his contribution to the reloading world can never be overstated. He was a Journeyman Tool & Die maker, and had dozens of patents in his name. Better yet, he wrote well, and got a lot of us started on cartridge stuffing!
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    Great choice of words papajohn! I couldn't agree more.
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