Lyman’s 50th Edition Reloading Handbook

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Lyman Products Corporation has been in the reloading business for a long time. The company offers a wide range of tools and accessories including handbooks on reloading and casting. Now, they have released the 50th Edition of its Reloading Handbook.

The Lyman manuals have been a trusted source for load recipes and other data for more than 100 years. The new edition features the addition of new calibers, bullets and powders. Perhaps one of the more striking changes: the handbook is in full color.

The load data section has been increased to include the following cartridges:

  • 17 Hornet
  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 6.5-284
  • 26 Nosler
  • 28 Nosler
  • 300 BLK
  • 300 RCM
  • 338 RCM
  • 450 Bushmaster
  • 458 SOCOM
  • 50 Beowulf

In addition to featuring bullets from the major makers (Barnes, Hornady, Sierra, etc.), Lyman includes an extensive selection of cast lead bullets. This makes sense, as Lyman offers many products for casting your own projectiles. In fact, the company’s MAG furnaces are some of the most popular tools for melting lead in this process.

The new reloading manual also includes on barrels, case preperation and understanding ballistic coefficient. For this edition, the company includes a special article on the history of the company’s Reloading Handbooks.

In addition to reloading gear, Lyman also makes a range of shooting accessories such as gun mats and chronographs.

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  • Jacob

    Makes me want to get into reloading.

    • LG

      If one does not reload, half the fun is gone. If one does not reload, I believe, then one never truly learns the individual weapons.

    • 277Volt

      A lot of folks customize their firearms for peak performance and to suit their taste, right? Think of reloading as the same thing but for your ammo.

      Not only that, it’s an immensely satisfying hobby.

    • LeadFarmerMF

      The limits are unique for every caliber and specific make, and even year. With so many variables, much of it is uncharted territory. 9mm with a 24″ barrel and slower powder and a projectile with higher sectional density achieving 2250fps, on a gas system; a blowback system might still get 2000fps with a heavier custom bolt, at the pressure rated the same as a standard round but more prolonged in the dynamics of internal ballistics. Or a precision rifle with ~0.1MOA precision crafted ammo (rifle has its own MOA, as well as the user, with an accumulative aggregation). Or wildcat your own cartridge.

  • ABeiruty

    Would Lyman exchange the 49th edition that I bought with the new one?

    • Nick

      Doubtful. How many other industries do you think would do so? Outside of software, I can’t see anyone doing it for free.

  • Jack Morris

    Meh, Lyman data is so conservative; some of their “maximum charge” data is the same as the starting load in the Speer manual.

  • Ed from Kali

    Does it have loads for plated postol bullets?