Jessica Brooks of Barnes Bullets Inc. announced on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio program that the fourth Barnes Bullets reloading manual, Barnes Reloading Manual Number 4, is set to arrive in two months. So, by April, we should see a newly updated and expanded loading manual for all of those innovative bullets Barnes has been producing.
Barnes is taking pre-orders for the book on their website. For $49.99 you get a hard bound edition of the book, plus they are including their ballistics program, a hat, and access to more data on their website.
Update: Â The new reloading manual is out and it is an amazing reference. Â If you are doing any kind of handloading, I strongly suggest you pick this up and give it a place on your bench. Â If you are loading any of Barnes’ own bullets, it is a must have.
They crew did a lot of research and added a bunch of new calibers and load recipes to the manual, including all of theÂ company’sÂ latest bullet offerings.
If you are loading for any of the WSM or WSSM cartridges that have been introduced by Winchester, this book has you covered with dozens of new load recipes for them. Â Even if you don’t load for one of these new cartridges, having a second book to check data is a very good idea. Â Sometimes load data will be incorrectly published in one book, so having a second book to check the information – even if it just gives you a ballpark idea – is always a smart move.
If you already have a loading manual, I highly suggest you get at least a second manual to double check the loads. Â I have several different mauals myself, and any time I start working up a new load, I check at least two of them. Â My thought is that a typo can be made in any book, including a loading manual. Â If I see that two different manuals give a similar powder charge for a given bullet weight, then I have a pretty good feel that there is not a misprint that might damage my gun.