The Bottom Line
- 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
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