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The Hunter's Guide to Ballistics: Practical Advice on How to Choose Guns and Loads, and Use them Effectively Paperback – September 1, 2000
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He does not provide specific formulae for doing your own ballastics calculations, but he does provide useful guidelines for choosing guns appropriate to various tasks. I respect van Zwoll's advice because it has been borne out in my own experience. He is not a rabid fan of magnum cartridges, but he does appreciate what they can do. He is realistic in his assessment of the needs of real hunters who (like me) are not professionals and cannot spent weeks every year practicing 500 yard shots.
Unfortunately this text was written just as the new "short magnums" were coming on the market. So only the first of the new high powered short catridges are delt with here. But all of the old favorites are. There is also a good history of firearms and their ballistic capabilities going all the way back to the era of the bow and arrow. Overall, this is another contribution to good gun literature. Much of what this book contains will be familiar to anyone who has read other gun books. But van Zwoll does it better than most.
It's a great reference that will keep you going back to check things that you've read elsewhere. It's not a reloading manual nor is it a manual for competitive or military shooters. It's an easy to read reference book that takes what could be a dry subject and makes it juicy.
My copy arrived thrashed to kingdom come because it didn't come in a box, it didn't come in a media container, it didn't come with bubble wrap. It came in a plastic envelope that's about .5 mil thick. Heck, my kid's lunch goes out in thicker bags! Of course, it arrived with wear, cracks, tears, major folds on the cover and pages, and killed corners.
If you can find it in hardcover from a good vendor or paperback in (truly) good condition, you've scored. Kind of like a guy with an ugly girl that is in love for 'what's inside'... well, I'll enjoy the contents.