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Kind of a new reloader, reloaded a lot in the 80's. started again a year or so ago. Pretty much only 9mm. I was curious what a good manual is that has Berrys and x-treme bullets. I've been getting by using what appears to be comparable bullet data, by being careful and searching forum threads. but it'd be good to have a manual!
 

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I’m not aware that they have manuals but you could call them and ask for a safe OAL? Your best bet otherwise is to research how to “plunk test”.
Good luck!
 

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They list OAL and both have a 1250 FPS max rating for plated bullets. I rarely if at all see those listed in manuals and use copper jacketed and or lead to start with. Then chrono loads to check performance against data. This past weekend I developed a new 38 spcl load with Berrys bullets. This picture is from their website under loading tips.
I ended up using 6.0g N340 with a 1.440 OAL for a start load. Yet to chrono due to rain but they shot very nice. Wrote data down from multiple manuals looking at XTP and FP bullet data and several powders, N340, 231, A#2, A#5. I looked at min max loads, fps, OAL, and then chose a starting point. I like VV N340 and their data showed the best performance (fps). And yup, it was me that caused the sold out on this bullet lol.
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Thanks, I’m good with plunk test. Just looking for info on different powders, amounts etc. Thought a good manual would be good to have. There’s just a lot of them out there and at $30 each didn’t want to buy them all!
 

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Check out One book/One caliber. I have them for every caliber I load for. Lots of info and inexpensive .
 

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I have one or two old manuals but don't see buying any new ones. Most of the powder manuf. have online load data such as
http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol
http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/
https://www.accuratepowder.com/load-data/
https://www.vihtavuori.com/reloading-data/handgun-reloading/?cartridge=89

Plated bullets I think are different from jacketed (softer I think) and so take the usual precautions and start low and work up or at least stay 5%-10% under the max load for plinking and target shooting. If you are trying to make Power Factor for competition, get a chrono.
 

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I have one or two old manuals but don't see buying any new ones. Most of the powder manuf. have online load data such as
http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol
http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/
https://www.accuratepowder.com/load-data/
https://www.vihtavuori.com/reloading-data/handgun-reloading/?cartridge=89

Plated bullets I think are different from jacketed (softer I think) and so take the usual precautions and start low and work up or at least stay 5%-10% under the max load for plinking and target shooting. If you are trying to make Power Factor for competition, get a chrono.
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You might try the Speer reloading manual as well.
 
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I have a whole bunch of reloading manuals. Heck I spent thousands on reloading presses, scales, and other related items. I have a few more thousand in bullets, primers and powders. I feel that a few good reloading books are a good, cheap investment compared to what can happen if a mistake is made.
 

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You don't need a manual for those exact bullets. Get Lyman #50, find something close, and load.
 

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I have a whole bunch of reloading manuals. Heck I spent thousands on reloading presses, scales, and other related items. I have a few more thousand in bullets, primers and powders. I feel that a few good reloading books are a good, cheap investment compared to what can happen if a mistake is made.

I feel the same way.

I like reading them at bedtime.......all except the Sierra manual.....that sucker will break your nose if you fall asleep and it plants on yer face. :pirate:


Seriously, though, I do like having my manuals from the bullet manufacturers. I like to compare their loads with the load data from the powder manufacturers.
 

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The Sharpe book (I have 2-copies) is interesting from a historical standpoint, especially if you own presses no longer made, like the Hollywoods (which I own several of). But it is worthless for reloading information.

The Waters book (own that one, too), is interesting to read and still fairly relevant. Whenever I start loading a new-to-me caliber, I first go there and read his articles on it.
 
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