Handloading Manual
Handloading Manual
Handloading Manual

Handloading Manual



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Decades of reloading knowledge and the latest recipes and techniques have been distilled into a single source: The Speer® Handloading Manual No. 15. This new edition is Speer’s largest volume yet, featuring updated recipes with the latest propellants for more than 120 legacy cartridges, as well as data for 13 new cartridges, including 204 Ruger, 6.5 Creedmoor and 300 Blackout. The all-encompassing manual also provides recipes for loading new Gold Dot® rifle component bullets, and articles by professional shooters Julie Golob and Jim Gilliland.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speer Handloading Manual #15 Review: Speer Handloading Manual No 15. M. Bussard (Ed.), Minneapolis, USA: Blue Book Publications Inc. RRP NZ$94 hc, (948 pp.) Vernon Speer started Speer Bullets after learning of shortages of bullets for handloading, as wartime ammunition demands of the Second World War precluded the supply of components for civilians in the US. The first Speer handloading manual is first appeared in the late 1940s, and their fifteenth edition is now! Speer bullets, when I began ammunition handloading in the 1960s, were what handloaders of the period often began using, and they always shot better than our .303 rifles did! Since then, a wider range of bullets has become available. Their manuals were always stimulating, tempered by an admission in their eighth edition that the installation of a pressure gun had brought about a reduction in some of their maximum loads. Besides being in full colour, the 15th edition has redrawn cartridge drawings, with technical information for each cartridge in five sections; historical, ballistic, technical, handloading and safety, evidence of the major research and revisions which have taken place. Absent of course are tables for downrange ballistics (as in the 14th Edition), these having been overtaken by access to excellent computer programs for the task. The 16 chapters of this edition contain details of 96 rifle cartridges, with at least five additions, and 10 chamberings omitted (for which interest is believed to have waned). It is unlikely anyone will find the omissions serious, with extensive load data available for these cartridges in earlier editions and elsewhere. The glossary has been considerably enlarged, with the number of entries doubling, making it a valuable dictionary on its own! The loading data, as is usual, includes many propellants which have been developed since the previous edition appeared in 2007. Many of these are now available here, and all will help the handloader get the best out of his (or her) cartridge. My criticisms are few – pedantically, the occasional use of apostrophes in plural words, and arguably more serious, the warning of “…bullet elongation…” in the handloading data for the harder-recoiling chamberings, when what is intended is the elongation of the cartridge. This take place when recoil forces overcomes case neck tension when holding the bullet in place in the unfired cartridge. Such a change of length will lead to a cartridge jamming the magazine (in a rifle) or cylinder (for revolvers).
Date published: 2019-05-30
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