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The Complete Black Powder Handbook (3rd Edition) Paperback – January, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: 3rd Edition
  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Dbi Books; 3rd edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873491750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873491754
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
There is a "fog" of myth and misinformation surrounding muzzleloading. Sam Fadala cuts through the fog. Using his own experiences and testing based on scientific method he presents a wealth of information for anyone interested in black powder shooting and hunting. Begins with the basics and goes on to in-depth coverage of many aspects of muzzleloading. A great source of information for those just getting started; valuable reference source for more experienced shooters. This book is very "user friendly". It flows naturally from subject to subject in Dr. Fadalas very "readable" writing style. I would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book gives good instructions for a beginner to learn how to handle a black powder weapon. The best chapters are on cleaning and loading the weapon. Overall, I would suggest it for a beginner.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Dr. Sam Fadala is one of the top authorities on firearms of all kinds, particularly muzzle-loaders. He writes about them in a direct, entertaining manner and cuts through many of the myths that surround shooting blackpowder firearms. A beginner can't go wrong reading Fadala, and those who have been in it for a while can learn a lot too. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sauser on September 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book with just an interest in muzzleloading. Then I went to a long gun store and had some long talks with the store owner who has many years in muzzleloading experience. Every tip, explanation, anecdotal experience he shared with me on buying, loading and shooting a muzzleloader was in this book. I particularly appreciated the emphasis on safety with black powder guns. By the time I decided on a gun and purchased the accessories, I had confidence and comfort in being able to load and shoot safely and correctly. This is the ultimate book for learning about muzzleloaders.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stines on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had to respond to the reviewer from Ballston Lake, NY who referred to my review as sounding "unobjective" and like a "PR blurb from a friend of the author". I don't know Sam Fadala, and have never met him. I don't work for his publishers. I HAVE been involved in the muzzleloading hobby for over twenty years. Fadala knows of what he speaks, I should know, since I've "been there and done that". Oddly enough Ballston Lake NY, you said that you HAD NOT READ this book. I suggest you READ the book and gain more knowledge and experience. Fadala has spent more hours in actually testing and using these firearms than the majority of "gun writers" pounding a keyboard today. Oh and by the way, I'm not related to Fadala and NOBODY is paying me for this review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stines on June 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
Sam Fadala is the dean of muzzle-loading hunting. He is one of the few writers to approach the subject from the scientific point. Fadala covers it all from shooting, cleaning, repairing, tune ups, ballistics, do-it-yourself, and more. He even covers some of the history and examines some of the folklore of black powder. If you are serious about hunting with a muzzle-loader, get Fadala's books !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Donovan on March 21, 2009
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This book contains black and white photos. It covers many aspects of black powder to include history of, bullet casting, ballistics and cleaning. After reading this book I felt confident in my ability to properly load and fire my black powder rifle.
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Possibly I object mainly to the tone of the writer. But after a hundred pages I gave up reading and just started skimming. The writing is anything but clear and clearly padded (a chapter on knives- for no reason, pictures just to take up room). Quite ironically for one who spends an entire chapter about rules of thumb being stupid- the book itself is rule of thumb after rule of thumb. The more "scientific" aspects are not scientific. They seem to be at first glance, but if the author has a scientific understanding of energy, external ballistics and the like, he does not communicate it. It would seem to be impossible to spend an entire chapter on the dangers of not seating the bullet on the charge without briefly explaining how the extra space will change the pressure curve but the author manages it! If he even restricted himself to empirical data of destroyed guns without entering the theory of internal ballistics I could accept that, I'm big on empiricism, but he does not black box it well nor does he enter into internal ballistics with any skill or clarity. I had decided to buy this after leafing through it and seeing that he did have sections of rifling twists and types of powder but I was ultimately disappointed in the information he actually provided.He has the occasional useful nugget but it was just not worth slogging through the dross.

At the end of the day I've found more useful, better sourced, information from forums. Start there and get a different book.
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