A question the team at Henry Krank hears regularly is “where can I find reloading data?” A common problem for many shooters is knowing where to find the data to help them make a more informed decision. In this article, we cover the various places you can find accurate reloading data.
Lee Reloading Manual
One of the most trusted guides on the market is the New Modern Reloading, 2nd Edition book published by Richard Lee. This reloading manual features:
• Over 36,000 loads covering 178 cartridges in a new, larger, easier to read format, with velocities for starting loads. This is the best kind of load data - it is supplied by the powder companies.
• Latest information on pressure. Exclusive pressure and velocity factors enable you to accurately calculate pressure and velocity for reduced loads. An absolute necessity for cast bullet shooting.
• In depth analyses of current load data. It gives you an insight into the effects of reducing or increasing a charge.
• Lee’s Modern Reloading book is one of the most comprehensive load data manuals available. It is 692 pages in length, first published in 2011 and revised in 2016.
The reloading manual is our bestseller and we would recommend this takes pride of place on any serious shooter’s bookshelf. Take a look here for pricing and availability.
Further Lee Reloading products
There is a variety of Lee reloading supplies available to enable you to put your load data knowledge into practice. We’ve published a blog to cover another popular question of “what’s included in a Lee die set?” This explains the differences between the several Lee die sets available to purchase from Henry Krank.
We’ve also outlined the process on how to start reloading. This blog details the supportive reloading supplies, including the Lee reloading press and the Lee reloading kit, that a shooter will need to begin reloading.
Nitro reloading powder
There are many data manuals available for the well-known reloading powder brands such as:
Below we list each one and link to their load data for quick and easy access to this information.
1. Hodgdon load data
Hodgdon load data can be found for free on the Hodgdon website. Data is listed for popular rifle, pistol and shotshell cartridges.
Henry Krank stock a variety of Hodgdon powder and you can check prices and availability on our website.
- An image of the Hodgdon Reloading website.
2. IMR load data
IMR powder offers shooters the broadest and best-known line of smokeless powders available. Among these are a wide range of proven smokeless powders for shotshell, rifle and handgun reloading. IMR reloading data is included in one reloading manual containing information on Hodgdon and IMR data. Data is listed for popular rifle, pistol and shotshell cartridges.
Henry Krank stock a variety of IMR powder and you can check prices and availability on our website.
3. Vihtavouri load data
Vihtavouri reloading manual includes all relevant data from the N100 series and more. It is available to download for free on the Henry Krank website.
Have you tried the new, free mobile app 'Vihtavuori Reload' to help you with reloading process? For flexible usage, we provide our reloading data in metric and imperial dimension systems, i.e. charge weight in grams and grains as well as muzzle velocity in metres and feet per second. All the loads on these pages are pressure tested according to the C.I.P. method. The listed maximum loads should never be exceeded.
- Download Vihtavuori’s Reload on the App Store.
- Dowload Vihtavouri's Reload on Google Play.
Henry Krank stock a variety of Vihtavouri powder and you can check prices and availability on our website.
4. Alliant load data
The Alliant powder family of products is the broadest and most trusted name in the reloading business. Whether you’re pursuing big game animals or paper targets, the Alliant reloading manual includes all relevant data from the Alliant range. It can be found for free as a downloadable catalogue on the Henry Krank website.
Henry Krank stock a variety of Alliant powder and you can check prices and availability on our website.
5. Ramshot load data
To maximise performance, the ballistics experts at Western Powders, Inc. have developed a comprehensive Reloading Guide to provide handloaders with current data for Ramshot Powders. Ramshot loading data features all major reloading data manuals, including the Lee Modern Manual. Loading data includes Wild Boar Powder.
These can be found free of charge on the Henry Krank website as downloadable PDFs.
For more information about Ramshot powders and the range stocked by Henry Krank, take a look at our blog about the changes to REACH legislation.
Henry Krank stock a variety of Ramshot powder and you can check prices and availability on our website.
Sierra reloading data
There are a variety of resources that include Sierra load data. Our favourite is:
A manual that includes a glossary of ballistic reloading and firearms terminology, updated information on the reloading process, reloading tools and equipment, bore care and firearms cleaning. It comes in a binder format that allows it to be updated as new data becomes available.
There are also several Sierra DVDs available:
Provides multiple trajectory charts and graphics, point blank range, calculate zero, uphill/downhill shooting, maximum range, minute of angel, profiled wind, improved atmospherics, revised print formats trajectory in millimetres and more.
The same as above but featuring the entire Sierra 5th edition Rifle & Handgun Reloading Manual integrated with the Exterior Ballistics programme.
Not sure what size primer your case takes?
Henry Krank stock several varieties of primer from all of the best known brands, such as: Remington, CCT, Federal and Fiocci. Deciding which primer to choose can be confusing, so we've pulled together a comprehensive list of the calibres and brass cases we supply.
Follow this link to check out our blog that includes a primer sizing chart and information on how to purchase them.
Sierra and PPU bullet selection
The next piece of the puzzle is the type of bullet head you require. For more information on what’s available, read our blogs on the selection of:
- PPU bullet heads
For more information on reloading data
If you have any questions about where you can find reloading data, do not hesitate to contact one of our team.
Please note that these guides are intended to be used as a reference. Each individual handloader must determine what is the best and safest load for their equipment. Henry Krank has no control over actual reloading data, procedures and methods, or the condition or choice of firearms and components being used, therefore no responsibility for the use of this data is implied or assumed.