Review: Abridged Edition - Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading

This is a tough one to describe. Hornady  makes really good products and their prices are typically on the low end. making almost  anything they sell a value. I’m not sure I understand the intended purpose of this  abridged version of their two book manual set. I have the full... […] [Read More]

Review: Speer Reloading Manual #13

Speer Reloading Manual #13 has four more  rifle loads and three less handgun loads than #12. A section was added addressing Cowboy  Action Shooting, and this is reflected in the loading data changes. Unfortunately, not  much else is, which makes the new manual appear dated.     Rifle adds:  ... […] [Read More]

Review: Wildcat Cartridges, Combo Edition

Wildcat Cartridges is a compilation of  excellent quality articles from Handloader andRifle Magazines, starting  with .14 calibers, covering both rifle and handgun loads. More than a static list of  loads, the book provides a great deal of insight into powder and bullet types and  suppliers, various case designs relating to... […] [Read More]

Review: Understanding Ballistics

This is one of those books that offers  essentially whatever you’d like to extract from it. It clearly answers the question,  “How much recoil would be generated, by a 50 BMG round necked down to .338, and  stuffed with a 300 grain Sierra Match bullet ?” However, it will also... […] [Read More]

Review: Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions

I frequently get e-mail from people who are  looking for obsolete cartridges brass, or loaded ammo. Unfortunately, with the exception  of those cartridges resurrected by cowboy action shooting, there are fewer outlets for  this type of product and the material is very expensive when it can be found. “The  Handloader’s... […] [Read More]

Review: Pistolsmithing - Real Guns Book Review

This book is representative of an  unfortunate growing trend with national book retailers. It’s marked up to a price above  retail, and listed as special order from Barnes & Noble with delivery in 3 – 5 weeks.  Actually, the book is in wide distribution, readily available and can be purchased... […] [Read More]

Review: Big Bore Six Guns

I bought this book after buying my Ruger .45  Colt and completing a lot of grunt research on the single action revolver. Probably would  have been a good book to get prior to purchasing because it offers a broad look at big  bore six-guns, both single and double action, although... […] [Read More]

Review: Cartridges of the World, 8th Edition - Real Guns Book Review

Cartridges of the World is one of those  books that ends up with bent corners and coffee stains on the pages, it gets used a lot.  It’s an excellent reference work. There may be some obscure cartridges that are missed,  but considering it covers 6mm shot shells, the 5.5mm Velo... […] [Read More]

Review: The Last Ivory Hunter - The Saga of Wally Johnson

I bought the book when I was doing research  on cartridges originating during the early to mid 1900’s, that were used in African  hunting. After about 15 minutes of reading, I was back in Ms. Conahan’s junior high school  homeroom class, reading stories of African Adventures from a book tucked... […] [Read More]

Review: Gunsmithing: Pistols & Revolvers

For the price, this is a pretty good reference book.  There were some sections that were of questionable merit, as an example, 50+ pages  dedicated to a manufacturers index, many with no direct relationship to the topic at hand.  As an example, is a listing for a knife manufacturer really... […] [Read More]