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Ken Waters' Pet Loads

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Ken Waters' Pet Loads

Ken Waters' Pet Loads

The Bottom Line

This book is an excellent reference source, with entertainment value as well. Very useful load data and other info that's unavailable elsewhere, including the benefit of Waters' extensive experience.
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  • Comprehensive and well-written.
  • Covers a multitude of cartridges.
  • Waters' straight talk rings true.
  • This is the only book of its kind, to my knowledge.


  • Data on same cartridge sometimes hundreds of pages apart.
  • Could use updating as time goes by (there are supplements available).


  • 1040 pages, 180 articles on many different cartridges and subjects.
  • Covers both popular and obscure handgun and rifle cartridges, modern and smokeless.
  • Detailed info: charge, powder, velocity, and expansion - together with expert commentary on such things as accuracy.
  • Sections on: My Favorite Cartridges, Obsolescent Rifle Cartridges, Developing Pet Loads, and more.
  • Contains loading procedures, tables, tips, precautions and commentary.
  • Great reference source for starting and maximum loads.

Guide Review - Ken Waters' Pet Loads

Pet Loads: Excellent From Start to Finish

What more can I say? I had some lingering doubts when I ordered it - would I get enough use out of it to justify the expense? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" This book is so full of information that I daresay I might use it for a lifetime and still leave portions of it unread - it's that comprehensive.

Waters covers it all - starting and maximum loads for a variety of bullets, cases, primers, and powders, as well as informed and entertaining commentary on a cartridge's practical uses, limits, and history. Cast-bullet loads are covered in many cases for all of you cast-bullet lovers out there.

Excellent cartridge diagrams are included also, and the combination of old-fashioned straight talk and detailed data makes this a wonderful book for just about any shooter.

- Russ Chastain

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 5 out of 5
Great Reloading Resource, Member LivesToHunt

Ken Waters really knows his stuff. Because some of the articles are from the 70's, some of the load info is outdated. The loads are too hot. Powders and priemrs have improved so much since then. The great thing about his book is the nuggets of information you pick-up from the articles. This book is a AAA+++ in my opinion.

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