The wait is now over – reloaders rejoice.
Nick Harvey’s first Reloading Manual For Rifle & Handgun was published back in 1980 and underwent six reprints and three revisions, selling over 30,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand. The 1st edition of his Practical Reloading Manual which appeared in 1993, has sold around 50,000 copies and the latest 9th edition will add another 7,000 copies to this total.
Loading data in the new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated. A few old, obsolete cartridges like the .2I9 Zipper have been dropped. Loads for the wildcat. 6mm-284 has been completely redone and a number of new powders added. New calibres include th6 6.8mm Rem. SPC, .3OO Ruger Compact Magnum. .308 Marlin Express, .30 TC, .338 Federal. 338 Ruger Compact Magnum, .375 Ruger and .458 Lott. In response to popular demand, new data was developed for the venerable old .303-25 in both Lee Enfield and Mauser-type rif1es.
There’s all sorts of useful down to earth “How To” chapters. A section describing available powders is especially useful. Looking at the descriptions and comparing the results in different cartridges can give the less experienced handloader a valuable insight into how these powders will perform in a different cartridges.
The book’s 3I2 pages contain sections on basic reloading techniques taken one step at a time. A review of Maximum Point Blank Ranges for many popular cartridges indicates how to sight in to gain their flattest trajectories. The discrepencies in a few chapters which remained unchanged for 20 years have been rewritten, particularly the section on reloading handgun ammo.