Bookshelf Additions

Books make excellent Christmas gifts to friends or family and several really interesting ones have come out recently. Let’s take a look at tomes fitting a wide variety of shooters interests.

Ammo & Ballistics 5

A second book from Safari Press is the completely revised and updated Ammo & Ballistics 5 by Guns & Ammo’s longtime technical editor Bob Forker. This revised edition covers 190+ calibers from the .17 Mach 2 to the .700 Nitro Express. Included is information on rifle and handgun calibers, manufacturers, bullet weights, types, and construction. More than 2,400 tables give ballistic data for all commercially loaded hunting ammunition sold in the United States. Tables include velocity, energy, wind drift, bullet drop, and ballistic coefficients out to 1,000 yards for rifles and 200 yards for handgun and rimfire cartridges. Included in the tables are ammunition from A-Square, Aguila, Black Hills, CCI/Speer, CorBon, Dakota Arms, Eley, Federal, Fiocchi, Hirtenberger, Hornady, Lapua, Lazzeroni, Kynoch (Kynamco), MagTech, Norma, Nosler, PMC (Eldorado Cartridge Corp.), Remington, Dynamit Nobel-RWS, Sellier and Bellot, Ultramax, Weatherby and Winchester. John Barsness writes a story on the Top 10 Classic cartridges and Bob offers insights into every caliber included making this an invaluable reference for comparing caliber performance and choosing ammunition.

Ammo & Ballistics 5 For Hunters, Shooters, and Collectors, Bob Forker, ©2013, 518pages, softcover, 8.5×11 inches, $26.95, ISBN: 978-1-57157-402-2, Safari Press, 15621 Chemical Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (714) 894-9080,

Metallic Cartridge Handloading, Pursuit of the Perfect Cartridge

I’ve known Mic McPherson for more than a decade now and some of his custom Marlin lever-action rifles have been featured in these pages. He’s handloaded ammo for decades and also written about handloading for several of our competitors for many, many years. His new book Metallic Cartridge Handloading, Pursuit of the Perfect Cartridge is not a compilation of data. It is the ultimate how-to reloading book and is an instruction manual for assembling the very best handloads with clear explanations of the techniques. To explain and clarify many concepts, the book is packed with photos and drawings. All aspects of case preparation, management, propellant choice including black powder, jacketed bullets, cast bullets, tools and how to use them are covered. Even if you don’t wish to go to the ultimate lengths of making benchrest-quality handloads, you’ll appreciate what it takes and will certainly come to a greater understanding of what occurs when the firing pin hits the primer and how your actions can better affect the process.

Metallic Cartridge Handloading, Pursuit of the Perfect Cartridge, Mic McPherson, ©2013, 425pages, photos, drawings, 8.5×11, hardcover, dj, $65, softcover, $39.95, ISBN: 978-1-57157-371-1, Safari Press, 15621 Chemical Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (714) 894-9080,

By Jeff John

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