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Lyman Reloading Handbook 49th edition.

Lyman has been an important name for shooters for well over 100 years. My connection with Lyman goes back more than 50 years when I loaded my first ammunition using the No. 310 Tong Tool. I soon added single-cavity molds for the .45 Colt and .38 Special. I soon added a reloading press and my first was the Lyman All American. Lyman has been a definite part of my shooting life especially with reloading dies and bullet molds.

Lyman was not only the first company to offer Elmer Keith bullets, but also the Ray Thompson Gas Check bullets in the 1950s. My oldest Lyman Reloading Handbook was the No. 32 published in 1936. I first purchased Lyman Handbook No. 40 in 1955. I have all of the subsequent manuals, which brings us up to the latest, which is the 49th edition. The early manuals were relatively small in size and spiral-bound which allowed them to stay open easily on the loading bench. About four editions back Lyman went to a large soft cover format and we lost the convenience of the stay open manual. With this 49th Edition Lyman gives reloaders two choices, a softcover and a hardbound version. Anytime I have a choice I will always choose a hardcover over a softcover mainly for looks and duration, however with this latest Lyman Handbook the hardcover version returns the convenience of being able to take it right to the reloading bench and having it stay open to the information desired.


Lyman does not sell bullets or powders so their manual covers reloading information for many powders and several brands of jacketed bullets. They do, of course, offer a large line of bullet molds so their bullet designs are also included in the reloading tables.

In addition to all the excellent reloading data the 49th edition also covers getting started in reloading, the basics of reloading, components including descriptions and uses for all available powders. In addition to reloading information for both rifles and handguns there is a special section covering the T/C Contender and Encore. There is also a section of specialty articles and one that really appealed to me is by Brian Pearce and covers Handloading the 1876 Winchester Replicas with extensive data on the .40-60, .45-65, and .45-75.

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Title Annotation:QUARTERMASTER
Author:Taffin, John
Publication:Guns Magazine
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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