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The ABCs of Reloading: The Definitive Guide for Novice to Expert Paperback – January 12, 2011
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About the Author
As a shooter, a competitor and a collector, Dr. C. Rodney James has more than half a century's experience with rimfire rifles. A professional firearms forensic expert, Dr. James is also the editor of ABCs of Reloading and Handloader's Digest, both by Krause Publications/Gun Digest Books, and has authored numerous articles dealing with rimfire rifles and other topics. Dr. James lives on a large farm in central Ohio, where he can often be found testing the latest development in .22 rifles and ammunition.
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* The entire book, except for it's covers, is in black and white, with poor quality printing & binding.
* The images (both pictures and drawings) are crude, of poor quality, and seem to be from an era "well before my time" (and I'm 52).
* The data & specs offer almost NO consideration to much of the firearm advancement of recent decades ... again, a surprise since this edition was recently published.
* Over 54% of the book's chapters are reprints of articles from Gun Digest from 1947-1980 ... nothing newer. (Has nothing happened in the last 32 years?)
* I found several errors ... and not just typos and grammar errors ... but true technical errors. After finding my third error, I started highlighting and correcting them so that they would stand out if my copy of this book was ever re-read.
If you're a stone-cold novice, and know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about reloading, this might be an interesting read (especially if you're interested in history) .... but for me, I chalk this up to being a great disappointment. There is one statement in the book worth quoting: "Buyer Beware"
I would say pay just a little more for a nice reloading book such as one by Hornady or The Lee reloading manual which gives you MANY reloading tips in addition to all the reloading information you could want. Also there are MANY video tutorials and reviews of reloading equipment out there on websites such as you-know-what TUBE that provide you with much better information than this book for FREE
I really wanted to give this book a five star, but it's hard to follow the author's instructions when the pages and illustrations are out of order. I even tried changing my font settings to the smallest font and went from portrait to landscape mode. It's just a bad conversion from print to digital.
This book is not simply a how-to manual. Be advised the "how-to" material is several chapters in. The author starts off with a very informative discourse on cartridges and their components. Each component has an individual chapter. The author emphasizes safety and specifies some things not to do before getting into the "how-to" information which is solid.
I had previously read Richard Lee's Modern Reloading with its "how-to's" and wanted to get another author's viewpoint. The ABC's was recommended by an on-line reloading forum. I was at first a bit taken aback with the author's approach as it was not what I was expecting.
After loading several hundred 9mm rounds and reading the ABC's a second time I can say the book is a must. As a newbie, I did not know what I needed to know. I thought I wanted more "how-to." What I needed was more understanding of the why's and wherefores of the process. That understanding has increased exponentially over the basic "do this, don't do that" approach. I will be a better and safer re-loader as I branch out into more handgun and rifle cartridges.
This is a *great* book for a new reloader, however there isn't anything here that hasn't been covered in other books. I'm happy to have it in my electronic library, but didn't pick up any new tidbits of information from it.
If you are a new reloader, this is a great choice. Maybe even marginally better than the Lee or Lyman reloading guide. If you can get the electronic version for a couple of bucks like I did, then this book is an absolute steal.
Old hands may want to give it a pass. Nothing new to see here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is out of date and this fact is not clear in the description of the product on the website.Published 21 days ago by Steven K. Ledbetter
The title is a bit misleading. I would have called this book "The A to Z of Reloading." It's far more than an introduction, and if I have any complaint it would be that... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Murphy
book is good for very beginner, but not for people expectating more sophisticated knowledges.Published 1 month ago by Jozef Miklovic
A comprehensive guide for all reloading. The author is an expert on this subject and writes a great guide to all the various types of reloading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ron harmon