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New Hornady Reloading Manual

new Hornady Reloading ManualA new Hornady reloading manual was just announced and will be available on December 1.  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.  When I purchased the set, I was only loading for the .38 Special.  Since then, I’ve added a few more calibers, but the Hornady manuals are still a staple on my bookshelf.

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Redding Reloading and the .17 Hornet

Redding Reloading Equipment is now making a powder measure adapter for their competition model 10x powder measure.  The drop tube adapter allows the handloader to precisely charge .17 Hornet cases.

The measure is designed to provide precise throws of 1 to 25 grains, with the “sweet spot” being at 10 grains.  The drop tube adapter for the .17 Hornet is available now and carries the part number of 03817.

The problem with small rifle cases is the chances of overcharging a case with catastrophic results is much higher than on a larger cased cartridge.  For example, lets say for your given powder, the charge should be between 11.5 grains (min) and 12.2 grains (max.)  If you try to drop 12 grains and accidentally go to 13 grains, you are way over the maximum for that load.

Compare that to a .30-06 where your charge may be between 42.0 grains and 51.5 grains.  If you drop an extra one or two grains on a medium load, you aren’t likely to go over, and if you do, the effect is not likely to be catastrophic.

(Please note that the above powder charges are random numbers pulled out of the air.  Do not use them for any reloading purposes!  Additionally note that I don’t recommend sloppy reloading.  Pay attention to what you are doing and drop the right charge…)

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Portable Reloading

Lee LoaderReloading cartridges in the field is something that has been done by hunters and partisans for as long as we have had firearms.  Modern soldiers and sportsmen have access to seemingly unlimited supplies of factory loaded ammunition, but handloading ammo while in the field is still a great skill to learn.  You never know when the zombies may show up, or the Cubans paratroop into your town (see: Red Dawn).

For handloading while on the move, there are two kits made by Lee Precision that fit the bill.  They both work, and both are inexpensive.

The first option is the Lee Loader.   The Lee Loader is a simple kit that contains everything you need to reload a single caliber (minus the components: powder, primer, bullet, brass).  This kit allows you to use a hammer, rock or another heavy object to decap, resize, seat a new primer, add the powder and seat a bullet in about 30 seconds.

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Hornady’s Ammo Plant – Home Edition!

Hornady is known for making great ammunition and some really nice reloading tools.  The Hornady Lock-N-Load presses and prep tools are widely regarded as being of excellent quality.  As we approach the new year, Hornady announced several new reloading products including the Lock-N-Load Ammo Plant.

Hornady already makes a progressive press called the Lock-N-Load AP press.  While Dillon Precision is considered “the” progressive press company, I have to admit that the Hornady AP press has been very tempting.  In the Ammo Plant package, Hornady gives you pretty much everything you need to fully automate the cartridge assembly process.  In fact, for the price, this package would be tough to beat.

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Lyman Publishes New 4th Edition Cast Bullet Handbook

Lyman recently introduced the first new cast bullet data manual in 30 years. It contains data using the latest and most available components for bullet casters and represents a well deserved update to the classic manual.

Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook Review

In addition to chronicling data for Lyman’s entire line of rifle and pistol moulds, the new 4th Edition Cast Bullet Handbook is the first with data for selected moulds from other manufacturers. This is particularly important for cast bullet experimenters looking for  bullet designs or weights not offered by Lyman.

Modern calibers, like the Ruger Compact Magnums and .327 Federal Magnum, have also been added. Also, the company included a number of new black powder loads for the popular older cartridges.