A new Hornady reloading manual was just announced and will be available on December 1. Â I’m expecting that the 9th Edition Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading will be an worthy successor in a line of excellent handloading books from the company.
I bought my first manual (actually, it was a two volume set) back in the mid- to late-90’s and I used it to both develop loads and just learn about cartridges. Â When I purchased the set, I was only loading for the .38 Special. Â Since then, I’ve added a few more calibers, but the Hornady manuals are still a staple on my bookshelf.
The 9th Edition has more than 900 pages of load data and general cartridge information. Â As you would expect, the manual coveres specific load recipes for all of Hornady’s bullets including the newer FTX, GMX, NTX and MonoFlex lines.
A slew of new cartridges have been added, and plenty of new loads for other cartridges are also included. Â New cartridges include the .416 Barrett, .327 Federal Magnum and the .17 Hornet. Â There are new loads listed for the .300 AAC Blackout (which I think they list under the .300 Whisper).
Let’s face it: the Hornady reloading manuals are some of the absolute best on the market. Yes, I have others. Yes, those others are good. However, when I need the absolutely correct information, I go to Hornady every time.
Any time I have other manuals that are in conflict, I rely on the big red H to give me the right details. Why trust your loads to anything else?
I don’t know that I -need- the new Hornady reloading manual, but I am going to buy it just the same. Â Glancing over at the shelf, it appears I missed the 8th Edition (or did I loan it out…?). Â Regardless, the 9th will join my many other reference books.