Paperback: 912 pages
Publisher: Blue Book Publications, Inc.; 3rd edition (February 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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First let me say that I have been reading this type of book since the 1960's. I spent a lot of time in the trade (firearms..) and have carved out my own little niche of space that suits me. I read a lot of these books each year. Some are pretty good, others not so much so. I will admit that this 3rd edition of Ammo Encyclopedia is the first one I have owned (although I have read through a couple of others..). I have found it thoroughly enjoyable and a tremendously useful text.I currently own and use Ammo & Ballistics 4--For Hunters, Shooters, and Collectors, 4th Edition: Ballistic Data out to 1,000 Yards for over 169 Calibers and over 2,400 ... for Hunters, Shooters, & Collectors) (as well as an earlier version..) and find that the 'Ammo Encyclopedia' is very complementary in nature to that fine publication. I also own Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges which is more a direct comparison to this effort. I believe that this book 'Ammo Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition' is probably better at what it does than COTW.There are several things about this book that intrigue me. There is a very nice historical treatise in the front that covers almost anything you would want to know about ammunition and its development over the years...to include manufacturers, propellants, projectiles, primers, and cases (including shotshells..!!), as well as a fairly complete discussion of ballistics (interior, exterior, and terminal..).
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