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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfe Pub Co; Fifth Edition edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879356775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879356771
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Adam Devine on March 7, 2010
As a consummate reloader, I was pleased to come across this one-of-a-kind book, hoping it would be a valuable addition to my bench's library. Alas, while it is sometimes helpful, it is simply not very informative in the consistent manner befitting a reference book. The testers/authors seem to be given no clear set of criteria regarding the powders under review with the exception of relative burn rate and a technical description of each. And, while some offer the occasional extra tidbit, I found very little in the book that I couldn't have found in a decent reloading manual.

I believe this book could be a superb reference if more detailed information was presented in a consistent, easy to find format, perhaps in a checklist or table for each subject powder. For instance, I think most hand loaders would appreciate knowing things like: how sensitive is the powder to temperature changes; what level of muzzle flash does the powder create (important if one is loading for a defensive weapon); what other powders are most similar; how clean/dirty is the powder relative to these others; what primer type and/or chamber pressures is the powder most efficient with. I could list other criteria, but you get the idea. While some of these questions are occasionally answered, in most cases they are not.

Also, as the previous reviewers noted, much of the material seems quite dated, and I too was puzzled by the obvious omission of Varget, other than in a brief passing mention. I consider this to be one of Hodgdon's (and perhaps the industry's) best and most versatile powders. Why it was left out is beyond me. I would add that much of the material is repetitious as well. For example, nearly every Hodgdon powder review begins with the story of how B.E. Hodgdon came to set up shop.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Davy on January 24, 2010
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Like the previous reviewer, I too was disappointed with this compilation. But since I didn't use the obsolete powder he complained about, I decided to buy the paperback book anyway. Imagine not finding the very first of Hodgdon's Extreme powders, the useful and popular, VARGET!!! It would seem like Wolfe Publishing just threw this together without thought or proofreading...and it's the 5th edition, published September 2009 no less. I'll wager that there are also some newer powders missing also. They should be shot!

There are quite a few profiles from the late sixties and early seventies included. Who still has quantities of those lots of powder still in stock? All have been changed in the intervening years. I guess those old powder profiles are good to keep for posterity, but why leave out VARGET that's used for quite a lot of load recipes to this day?

Believe me, I'll view any subsequent Wolfe Publishing tomes with a jaundiced eye lest I be taken to the cleaners once again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tom Gardner on December 13, 2009
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All in all this is an informative work. I was disappointed that it didn't include a specific, discontinued, powder. A higher rating would have been in order if WSL had been included. I called the publishing company and was advised by a very nice lady that she would send me the data and make sure the next edition contained WSL. The single reason I bought the book was absent.

I would recommend the book to anyone that doesn't have a comprehensive set of data for powders.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Woody 1 on January 6, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book. There's actually a lot more information on each covered powder type than I extected. I was especially interested in knowing the physical kernal size and ease and accuracy of metering through powder measures for each powder, and I wasn't disappointed in that either. Of course he covers the main uses for each, and even includes some load data. I wish I had had this book many years ago! It lets you know what you can do with the powders you already have, and helps a grundle in deciding which powders to buy. Like others have said, it's disappointing that there is not a chapter devoted to Varget, but Varget is included in the chapter on "Extreme" powders, of which there are 10. I think it's a great resource for people like myself that do a lot of reloading for a lot of different calibers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WI Master E on September 23, 2010
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Intresting reading for the reloader, they discuss burn rates and many other topics such as what actualy works in a given caliber,(found a few suprises there!!). Accuracy loads are given for the firearms used to test the powders, sometimes more than one, somtimes none, yet very informative!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Miller on March 4, 2014
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This is a good book to have when you're looking at a shelf of powders that you haven't used before & the people selling them have no clue what can be reloaded with then., Well worth the money ,in my opinion. A little history, some interchange info , & some load examples. Very easy to locate powders by name & number. Takes the guess work out of powder buying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Criss Morgan on November 11, 2011
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I was a little bit disappointed with this book, but I think it was because I was expecting something a little more in depth and technical in nature. The profiles are all former articles which were printed in Reloader Magazine and they go back into the 1960's. Many of the powders reviewed are obsolete and no longer available and therefore of no interest to me at all. I did like that many of the articles gave some load data, but overall, I think my money could have been better spent on something else. If you feel like you must have a copy of this book, buy used issues and save yourself some money. I paid over 30 dollars for this softcover book, and although I did enjoy a few of the articles contained in it, I should have bought an updated reloading manual or other book. I really was at least expecting something updated or improved, but all I got was recycled articles.
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