The data is solid, beyond the nits I am picking, and the coverage is good. I also greatly appreciate the cartridge listing notations for COL and RCBS reloading equipment. Personally, I think this round of manuals must be nearing the last.
Nothing was dropped, but lots have been added. The newly listed cartridges are: Rifle: 243 WSSM 25 WSSM 6.5x55mm Swedish Strong Commercial 6.8mm Remington SPC 270 WSM 7mm WSM 7mm STW 7mm Remington Ultra Mag 300 Remington SAUM 300 WSM 300 Remington Ultra Mag 30-378.
Any of these companies can charge at least as much for a downloadable software version, allowing publishers to keep more up to date and make corrections and adjustments. In the mean time, it is nice to go in the shop, away from a computer, open.
None of the dedicated AR 15 type rounds; 50 and 6.5 Beowulf, 45 Bushmaster, etc. are represented. Unfortunate, as the rifles are so popular and there is no much handloading potential. There are a number of underrepresented cartridges that are established and excellent performers.
The 357 SIG, for example, that has an excellent bullet selection and responds well to up and down loading, has data for only two bullet weights. I purchased a copy and it will see frequent use.
Basically every proprietary high performance rifle load that has been introduced in the past 5 years, and half the Weatherby product line, including the 45 year old.378 and the 40 year old.460. There are no 7mm STW loads, no big bore.416 Rigby's.
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Powder coverage is broad, offering lots of options and Speer provides a good bullet selection for most calibers. Speer #14 is a physically larger hardcover book. #14 is about a half inch page wider with 1148 pages compared to #13's 733 pages.
Notably missing are the 308 Marlin, 375 Ruger (too new for SAAMI spec) and several popular Weatherby cartridges such as the 338-378, 416 and 460. Considering some of the metric and old timer rounds that are included, where gun ownership can be measured in the.
We're at a cross roads. The industry will either find a way to gain support and survive, or it will keep raising prices, offering less, until it implodes in the absence of a viable economic base.
Review: Speer Reloading Manual #14 By Joseph D'Alessandro. Editor m I was relatively critical when I wrote my review of Speer #13 in 1998. Probably a shortage of roughage, because I went on the use the manual heavily.