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Re: Book Review


Just received the above book. If you are a "techy", it is definitely for you,and especially if you like Remingtons. This is not your normal "how to get more accuracy" type book. Harold uses strain gauges, accelerometers, etc to break the rifle and firing process down to its basic elements.

Let me quote from the table-of-contents.

1.) Methods of machining chamber and throat and their reflect on accuracy……….
2.) Barrel Vibration…….Detailed measurement and theoretical calculations of barrel vibration……….
3.) Scope Sight Problems…..My comment; "This chapter has to do with how a mounted base and scope affect barrel vibrations." Sub-comment: "Long ago we discussed the affect of mounting a scope on the action and how it can affect barrel vibrations and action moments."
4.) Barrel-Receiver Threaded Joint Motion…….It was experimentally determined that the threaded joint moves as a result of the shock from firing.
5.) Muzzle Blast…….The effect of bullet in-bore cant and muzzle blast on dispersion……
6.) Bullet Core Problems……Bullet core slippage due to the spin-up torque is measured and found to be a problem………..
7.) Bullet Imbalance……..The static and dynamic balance of bullets is measured and the effect of imbalance on dispersion is evaluated theoretically and experimentally ……

This gives you a sketchy idea of what it is about. It is a "must have" book. The forward is very fascinating and leaves one with confidence that he knows what he is talking about. His accolades span several pages. Mostly Aeroballistics/flight mechanics (rocketry, artillery, etc). Worked for many national research laboratories (Ames, Sandia, NASA).

If you are interested in rifle accuracy, I can not see how you could be disappointed. This hurried, brief review does not give it justice. I'm just getting the info out as quickly as possible.

Get it from:
Precision Shooting Inc.
222 McKee St.
Manchester, CT 06040

(860) 645-8776

$39.95 hardcover
$34.95 softcover
Ron N. <>
Buckeye USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 00:45:08 (EST) 

About 6 mos back, when I first found this board, there was a raging debate over handguns--caliber, weapon, etc. (In fact, it still seems to reappear occasionally). I won't start THAT again, I promise! But in that debate I referred to "Handgun Stopping Power" by Marshall and Sanow, and took a lot of flack over it. I defended my mention of the book at the time. Well, boys, go ahead and flog me...I was wrong and I admit it. I've read up on it since then, and shame on me for not checking things out further before I started quotin'--mea culpa, mea culpa. There! I feel much better now. I'm Catholic, fellas, so for me, confession is the key to forgiveness!

Matt <>
GA USA - Saturday, December 12, 1998 at 20:52:08 (EST) 

Matt: I didn't "beat you up" about the Marshall/Sanow thing, at least I don't think I did, my point at the time was always that "they" were in one camp that claimed to have the answers, and that there were some good opposing viewpoints out there. Personally, I'm not in their particular camp, but I think it's important to hear all the evidence (including theirs) before drawing conclusions. Glad to hear you've seen the light though! ;^)

Dave <>
San Jose, CA USA - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 00:04:07 (EST) 

Sans Broussard: I was visiting a shooting friend New Years morning and can give you a title to get out of the Library. (Good thing I learned 4-wheeling driving techniques in the service - the city hadn't plowed the streets.) He had a small thick book packed with exquisite technical detail on just about every imagineable military bolt action.

You are hereby directed to get the following book:

"Book of Rifles", by WHB Smith & Joseph E Smith, The Stackpole Company, copyright 1948 by the NRA, reprinted in 1960 and 1963. The Library of Congress number is 63-12562.

Good reading and have fun identifying your rifle.

Terry Warner <>
Canada - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 15:38:12 (EST) 

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