I have noticed also the information contained in the Speer manuals will just about always be considerable higher in powder loads than any of the other manuals. Lee seems to be the lightest and most incomplete of the ones i have looked at. I have loaded 270 rifle , 40& 380 pistols, according to the Speer load data and never had any trouble as far as bulged, split, primers, cases,etc.
I don't know if we have any better research and testing compared to 10 or 12 years ago, or just better lawyers finding easier ways to win law suites. I personally called Speer about their load data on the 380 because they state to start a 90grn. XTP bullet with 3.6 gr. of W231 powder where as Hornady states this charge as their max. load, Speer still stands by their data as being within the SAAMI pressure limits. i have loaded to Speers max. loads , but always stayed 2 gr. under without any problems. As stated above, it would be wise to get several books, and experiment with the loads and be careful.