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Ammo & Ballistics Paperback – January, 2000
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All you will ever need to know about factory ammunition has finally been collected in one volume! -- Safari Press Inc.
About the Author
Bob Forkers professional career as an aerospace engineer dovetailed nicely with his activities as a gunwriter. In aerospace he worked on the development and testing of weapon systems for airplanes and helicopters. While his previous knowledge of sporting guns and ammunition provided a background for use in military applications, the intense exposure to testing and instrumentation techniques has given him a unique perspective for his current writings.
Bob combines his engineers understanding of the technical aspects of ammunition performance with a demonstrated ability to make these factors understandable to his readers.
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The authors include listings for the .30-378, .338-378 Weatherby cartridges, as well as the .300 Remington Ultra Mag. The book goes on to offer data on the popular cowboy rounds like the .38-40, .38-55 and .44-40, and concludes with extensive listings on the big rounds up through the .700 Nitro Express.
The dimensioned cartridge drawing and brief history for each listing is very helpful and makes for more interesting reading. The velocity/energy and trajectory tables extend out to the extreme range of each listed cartridge.
The only negatives I found were some of the articles. For some inexplicable reason, the font size jumped from what looks like 10 points to 14 on the article pages, as though the publisher were trying to fill space. The authors are well known experts and the comments are certainly valid, but is there really a need to let people know the .30-06 is probably good for large deer, or that the .22-250 can cover a longer range than an almost obsolete .222 ?
I think it's worth the price, the information is accurate and timely, and it will be used frequently if you spend much time hunting, at the range, or are researching for a new firearm purchase.