- Series: ABC's of Reloading
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications; 9 edition (January 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440213968
- ISBN-13: 978-1440213960
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
* 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.