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Old 05-14-2007, 08:02 PM
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Hello all,
I've just started reloading, and havent a clue as to what I'm doing yet. I just bought this Lee anniversary kit that comes with the 'Modern Reloading' manual.
I also bought 'The ABC's of Reloading'.
I will be loading for 40 caliber .380 auto pistols, and 204 Ruger. The rifle will be only used for targets at the range.
some older books may not even have 204 info, or very little?
Will these books i already have be sufficient for my uses?
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:05 PM
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Welcome to the forum. That should be a good start, and you can get a lot of other data on-line. For example, check Hodgdon:

www.hodgdon.com

That should get you plenty of 204 Ruger data. Winchester and Alliant also have on-line data, I believe.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:30 PM
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The Hornady #7 manual has .204 Ruger data. It's the most recent of the major manuals, AFAIK. Lyman #48 doesn't have the .204. Not sure about any other manuals.

Alliant doesn't have .204 data yet.
http://www.alliantpowder.com/

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Old 05-14-2007, 08:52 PM
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no 204 data in Lyman

oh, that's good to know, that was one of the most recommended books that i found using the searches...
I wanted to reload the 204 for accuracy and soon realized how much money I'd save by no having to buy my wive's .380 cartridges... $100 for a box of 250!
So $230 for a reloading kit, and 3 sets of dies was an easy sell. I buy most of my books on Amazon, and for example can't thumb through for info on a specifid caliber.
thanks for the info.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:09 PM
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http://ammoguide.com/ has 94 loads for the .204 Ruger. These are use at your own risk data and I think you have to subscribe to see the data. It was $14 last year.

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:24 PM
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Check out the Ruger 204 forum. I got my loads there and using Alliant 10x powder I'm getting excellent velocity and half inch groups.

Here's the link.

http://rugerhunting.com/forum/index.php

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I think you really should check out www.loaddata.com I joined a year ago and couldn't be happier. This website is from the publisher of Handloader magazine and has a virtual ton of loads. For the .204 Ruger there is well over 200 loads...

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Old 05-20-2007, 05:36 PM
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I use loaddata also, but keep bound manuals also, I have Speer, Nosler and Lyman. There is another one too Handloads They have some good info. Nothing beats bound material though, I think the Speer 14 is supposed to have 204 Ruger data in it also. Les
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:35 PM
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On the lines of real manuals, I like the Hodgdon and the Speer manuals best. The Speer manual also gives you a bit of history on each cartridge.
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Always liked Lymans. I own some from several, I don't know that any are bad i just prefer the Lyman. but i have not had a Lee yet.
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I am partial to the Hornady and Lyman manuals.
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Yeah, everyone likes Lyman's manual, luckily I found out before I spent my money that that manual has no info on the .204. Lee's doen't either. AmmoGuide has lots of user info for this caliber but powder info is for subscribers only. I'll only be loading this 204 for now, so a yearly membership may not be the best investment right now. Went to Gander Mountain, and saw that none of their manuals had 204 indo. Hodgdon has data on their site, but only lists it with hornady bullets. I have some Sierra BlitzKings... they are the same shape, and if they are the same weight, are they interchangeable?
Thanks for your time, I'm going to go check out handloads.org and LoadData.com right now.
thanks again,
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:17 PM
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handloads.org has no info for .204 and LoadData.com wants $30 for a year membership. If I ever begin loading for many different loads that may be an option, but for 30 bones, I want to have a book in my grubby little hands! The Hornady 7th ed. has something so i'll order that tonight, ($20 at midway i think). But for now unless someone says it's a terrible idea I'm going to use Hodgdon's data, but substitute 32 grain BlitzKings for 32 grain V-maxes.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:21 PM
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Hodgdon manual

m141a, tha Hodgdon manual you are referring to is the $7 magazine like manual? I'm using their powder... H322. Do they list different brand bullets, of do they have their favorites that they use?
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I would not transfer data from the Hornady data to a Sierra bullet. Jacket hardness, jacket thickness, bearing surface, and length all play a part in relative pressure for a specific bullet. Substituting data could result in pressure problems.
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m141a, tha Hodgdon manual you are referring to is the $7 magazine like manual? I'm using their powder... H322. Do they list different brand bullets, of do they have their favorites that they use?
No, no;
they have a HUGE manual, a three ring binder type. They list different weights and such.
I could go to it and reference, but loaned it to a friend about a month ago, and he's claimed emminent domain on it. Gotta get it back this weekend.
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The Lee manual is good for some things. You get so much information that some people find it too much and not all of it is what people want as many aren't interested in light power loads.

Speer, Sierra, Hornady, Lyman are all good manuals. I like them as well as the Lee manual. I also really like Ken Waters Pet Loads and I use Hodgdon.com regularly. I don't have the Hodgdon 3 ring binder but wish I did. Their website does a very good job in it's place as it has data for Hodgdon powder, IMR powder and Winchester powder all in the same place.
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Although the 204 isn't in The Lyman Manual yet, it is still the hands down most versatile Reloading Manual to date with both jacketed and cast bullet loads plus some really interesting articles about reloading and shooting in general.
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Have just about all of them, both old and new editions.

The Lyman has remained my most go-to manual.
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