Best Reloading Books – Guides and Manuals

We reviewed the Best Reloading Books because ammunition scarcity and rising costs have created a resurgence of interest.  Reloading is a great way for you to save money and be more self sufficient.  Many shooters know there is simply no substitute for the ability to customize loads to meet your specific needs and conditions.

This is one hobby where having the right reference materials makes all the difference.  Beginners will benefit from the step-by-step walk through and informative illustrations.  Long-time reloaders continue to refer to and annotate their manuals as they try new loads or find favorite recipes.  In fact, because they contain different recipes, bullets, and firearms, you may choose to own several manuals.

Let’s talk about books!  There is a lot of information available on the internet (we know), but the manuals on our list are tried and true.  In many cases they have been relied on for generations and their accuracy has been verified.  Both paper and Kindle formats are reliable (no internet needed) and allow for note-taking in ways that a web-page simply can’t compete with.

You can expect to find the following items in quality reloading manuals:

  • steps and instructions for reloading cartridges
  • descriptions and explanations of various tools and presses
  • recipes (loads) and their potential uses
  • ballistics information for various loads and bullets including, conditions that tests took place
  • specifications of the firearms including action
  • barrel length, and twist rate
  • bullet specifications such as weight and style.

With that in mind, we have reviewed the top reloading references.

Top 6 Best Reloading Books

Lyman 50th Edition Reloading HandbookHardcover & Paperback4.8Arguably THE authority. Breadth of bullets and loads including recent additions.
Hornaday 10th Edition Handbook of Cartridge ReloadingKindle4.7200 calibers, a wide range of brands, and excellent ballistics information.
2. Modern Reloading Hardcover4.9167 cartridges and 28,000 loads in detail. A comprehensive reference.
The ABCs of Reloading: The Definitive Guide for Novice to ExpertPaperback & Kindle4.5The title says it all. A book to start out with, but you'll never outgrow.
Shooter's Bible Guide to Handloading: A Comprehensive Reference for Responsible and ReliablePaperback & Kindle4.5Easy to read narrative style. Consider pairing with Shooters Bible Guide to Cartridges
Reloading for ShotgunnersPaperback & Kindle4.1Shotguns are a different animal, but this book has you covered.


Many people are intimidated by the perceived amount of tools needed to reload ammunition.  Kits can be a great way of getting started.  For other information, check out our reloading-related articles and buyers guides to help you make the right decision on reloading tools.


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