Gun Book: Ammo Encyclopedia
As much as I am fond of old classic gun books, I also enjoy modern ones when they present themselves. One of the best I have seen in several years is Mike Bussard's “Ammo Encyclopedia,” published by Blue Books Publications.
This reference manual lists virtually everything in the way of small arms ammunition, using a logical classification system. For example, one chapter lists obsolete commercial handgun cartridges, while the next might be on obsolete military handgun rounds. In similar fashion, rimfire, shotshell and rifle rounds all get their due.
For every cartridge, there is a history, description, dimensional drawing and performance specifications. The book is more than a listing of cartridges, because there are separate chapters on ammunition performance, manufacturing, terminology, history and other topics.
This is one book that every serious beginner needs to buy at the start of his or her interest in the shooting sports, but it also will be included in the libraries of many advanced shooters. I'm not sure where I fit in that classification, but I can tell you that I have moved this reference to a spot close at hand in my office. I had to—I use it often enough that I don't want to walk very far to find it.