Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook 4th Edition
Jun 3, 2013 (Updated Jun 4, 2013)
Review by George Chabot
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Complete, Comprehensive, Easy to follow
Cons:More people should reload their own ammunition
The Bottom Line: The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook will help you build accurate cast bullet handloads for all your shooting needs
If you reload and have the space to do more operations you will want to try cast bullets as they are the most economical way to shoot I know. You can buy the bullets already cast or you can cast your own using tools from Lyman, the maker of bullet molds, furnaces, ladles, sizers, and also reloading presses and equipment to reload ammunition.
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Lyman is a USA manufacturing firm that has been known for gun sights, reloading tools, bullet molds, and other accessories since the buffalo hunter days which was at the beginning of fixed ammunition just following the Civil War. Lyman was one of the first manufacturers of reloading equipment and their Ideal tool was renowned for reloading ammunition out on the lonesome trail by the campfire. They also built tang sights like you see on long range rifles before telescopes became prevalent. They also made telescopic sights and I've used all of them. Just to give you an idea about the range of their experience now to get back to the reloading manual...
One big reason Lyman is so trusted is because they specialized on what they were good at. Lyman never went into the manufacture of guns and ammo but always made complementary products so they become known as a good source for sights, bullet molds, reloading dies, accessories, and reloading manuals. Lyman has a comprehensive reloading manual that has been available for the best part of a century. This manual is a separate manual that covers cast bullets made from lead and useful for target shooting and hunting.
Lyman does all their own testing with modern lab facilities and tests all primers, powders and bullets offered on the marketplace, developing loads for all popular calibers and some obsolete ones, too. All rifle and pistol calibers are included and molded bullets from all popular manufacturers like RCBS and Lee, not just their own cast bullets as most other manufacturers do. Full coverage is given to cast bullet loadings for all calibers which make for a very complete source for loading data. Cast bullets are used for low velocity target shooting and reduced loads in hunting calibers so a hunter can shoot small game with a deer rifle if the opportunity presents itself.
The Lyman book is written in a comprehensive style that will be perfect for the beginner so they can learn by careful adherence to the instructions.
The book also is in depth enough to be used by experienced reloaders. There are sections that illuminate all the procedures involved in cast bullet reloading and the reading is not only interesting but fun if you like to learn new things. The book is far more than for just beginners because once you know the fundamentals you realize the compilation of data is the work of many individual lifetimes all combined in the 320 page paperback volume.
As in all endeavors involving firearms and ammunition, safety is of primary importance and the manual stresses how to do things properly and safely.
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