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Berger Bullets new reloading manual
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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2016 07:57 PM
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Joined: Mon Sep 15th, 2014
Location: St. Louis, Missouri USA
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Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 0.357

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I load and shoot (mostly) Berger bullets in my rifles. I've always used equivalent loads out of the Barnes and Sierra books. I've sort of been wanting to get their (1st Ed) reloading manual, and the other day I did.

It's pretty neat. It's different. The history entries for the cartridges are less general, less boilerplate, and more personal to the editor/Walt Berger. I find them very interesting reading. Far different than the similar entries in Hornady/Sierra/Lyman.

There are tables and data in the back that aren't in other manuals. You can find the info online for sure, but I think it was thoughtful and considerate given what they've included and deemed important to hand loaders.

I also like that in their powder choices they include a given powder's volume within the case as an additional criterion for determining how well it will work in a given cartridge. I know not everyone agrees about this, but I appreciate that they list typical %s of case capacity for each powder rather than just listing a "C" when it's over 100%.

I am very happy to add this to my reloading library, and even if you do not regularly shoot Berger (you should try them) I think you will be pleased to pick one of these up too. They went their own direction and did not try to just make a copy of another reloading manual and put their name on it.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2016 04:20 PM
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Joined: Tue Jan 17th, 2012
Location: SLC UT
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My favorite chambering is:: I like them all!

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I started using Berger bullets in my .308 about a year and half ago and picked up one of their manuals then. I agree that it's a good one to have on hand regardless of how many Bergers you actually shoot.

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