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Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges Paperback – October 20, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Cartridges of the World
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books; Twelfth Edition edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896899365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896899360
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gideon on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a scientist who has edited scientific journals and trade magazines in agriculture for almost 40 years and was assistant publisher for a popular publisher. I have authored, co-authored, or edited over two dozen books and written over 600 popular magazine and newspaper pieces. I have hunted avidly for more than 50 years in the east and the west and was a registered professional hunting guide and outfitter in northern Maine for several years. I am not a ballistician but basically just a plain old gun crank who gets crankier when he shells out good money for a book like this. Those are my credentials.
I knew Cartridges of the World would become a classic when I purchased the 1st edition in 1965. The 12th edition is a distinct disappointment. Mind you, I consider it still the single most comprehensive book on cartridges extant and I would recommend others purchase it as well should they have need for the vast amount of information it contains. But there are major editorial oversights and a great deal of inconsistancies in format and layout. Here're some examples.

1) The forward to a book is usually written by some extant well known person but the forward to the 12th edition is attributed to Mr. Barnes who died in 1992. Therefore, the latest edition for which it could have been prepared is the 7th. More troubling, the forward mentions the 11th edition, which appeared in 2006. Either Mr. Barnes had extraordinary foresight or someone else wrote part of the text but there is no attribution of this person, a major breach of editorial protocol. A similar problem occurs in Chapter 11, which states the chapter was written by Mr. Barnes "with additional text" by Steve Comus. But Mr. Comus' additions are not attributed to him, making it difficult to determine who wrote what.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By E. Singleton on February 22, 2010
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Probably the most quoted source for cartridges, but has a great deal of obsolete and inaccurate information. To begin, the cover claims a "complete and illustrated reference for over 1,500 cartridges", yet there are barely over 900 and several of these have no illustrations. Statements like "turn of the century" refer to 1900 - not 2000. "Recent 6mm cartridges" refers to those developed in the mid 1950s - not the ones from the past 15 years. Much of the loading data is from the 60s and 70s. There are a number of factual flaws that continue to appear with each new edition and nothing seems to be done to correct them. For example one Russian military cartridge designation is 7.62x54R - not 7.62x53R (7.62x53R is the designation used for Finland cartridges with smaller diameter bullets). The 340 Weatherby brass is not soft and it would be a stupid idea to substitute 8mm Remington brass (does it even make sense that 340 brass from Norma would be soft when none of the other cartridge brass they produce for Weatherby is?). There is also a statement on the 243 Winchester that provides no value; "...reputation for erratic performance" (the actual issue is that reduced charges of slow burning power can produce high pressure.) A table of dimensions replaces cartridge diagrams that were in previous versions. Unfortunately they don't include critical dimensions like base to shoulder length or shoulder angle. Both the 11th and 12th editions prominently display Hornady on the front and back cover and identify some of Hornady's achievements like light magnums and LeverRevolution cartridges that greatly extend the capabilities of lever action cartridges. Yet they completely neglect to include this information with the actual cartridges. While a small part of the older content has been updated, most has not.Read more ›
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Riddle on February 10, 2010
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Frank Barnes's 6th edition of this book had photos of guns that used specific cartridges. Although this edition says it has photos of guns, it really contains none. Typographical errors are on almost every page. Some cartridges listings contain the wrong photo. For example, the 38-40 on page 77 has the same photo as the 378 Weatherby on page 76. Any time the .30 180 Scirocco bullet is mentioned, 3250 fps is listed as the muzzle velocity, no matter how ridiculous, like the Remington Short Action Ultra Mag on page 54. Layne Simpson is named as the editor and a poor job of editing it is, Mr. Simpson. You know, you trust people and then they sell this trash.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is very good for general information. Some is right on and some is a little off. Ballistics for some are close but not correct and depending on the manf. barrel length can throw you from comparing one from another.If you wanted to get percise. For example don't make any bets on if the 375 has more poer the 375 Rem ulta mag. If they both have 26 inch barrels the Rem ultra is the winner. But Rem tests with 24inch barrels and weatherby uses 26inch. But this is minor. But what if frustating is when it still lists the 405 Win as obsolete. For one Winchester came out with the 1895 remake over 5 years ago and still is listed in 2010 listing which it is chambered in 405 win, not to mention ruger #1 up till last year made this rifle and hornady makes the ammuntion for it as well as kynoch. I am also curious why some of the AHR rounds are not listed or even Ed Hubbels creations. I know its not easy getting eveything perfect but the 405 is way obvious and since hornady makes the ammo for over 5 years and features hornady on the cover come on.. Overall this book is still a must have.
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