Download The Status of Steel Manual, 18th edition
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30 years in print: The world's most complete steel shot handloading resource
The 18th revision of The Status of Steel lists BPI's entire steel shot load library, over 550 loads from 10ga to .410 bore. Loading steel shot is easy with our step-by-step system. All you have to do is follow our easy-reading, instructional format. Soon you will be loading high-performance, custom-made ammunition for YOUR type and style of shooting.
This manual dives right into the physics and fundamentals of steel shot ballistics. We tell you what works and why it works. We also explain the ballistic advantages gained by using specific high-performance components and reloading techniques.
The 18th edition will be greatly expanded with new components, like our TPS 28ga and .410 non-toxic shot wads. It will also have new technical developments from our balllistic lab and many new loads for your favorite components.
Updated chapters detail the evolution of the modern high-performance shotshell; defining a link from roots of invention to modern applications. We thoroughly explain the logic behind the physics of steel shotshells, allowing the reader/handloader to better select optimal loads for their specific shooting conditions.
Detailed illustrated component summary section with clear, easy-to-follow descriptions, specifications, and recommendations.
Comprehensive subject index and component abbreviation guide makes The Status of Steel an easy-to-use reference manual. Truly, it is the only manual of its kind in the world.
Extensive load data library with all our steel loads for 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410.
Knowledgeable shotgunners are talking about The Status of Steel>:
"The light shot load/high velocity theory was first introduced to me a few years ago when I read The Status of Steel. This book really made me think about what I had been shooting ducks with, and changed my thinking and attitude about steel."
~Scott E. Mayer, American Rifleman magazine
"I picked up a copy of The Status of Steel. I read every word in it and I found it very helpful. But what I enjoyed the best was the clear and often quite humorous writing. Whoever wrote that did one hell of a job. I tend to be the kind of guy who reads all the directions and I found this manual quite worthwhile while being wryly amusing at the same time. The author had a distinctive tone that stood out from other technical writing. I'd have to say it was the best instruction manual I've ever read."
~B. Brunner, Brooklyn Park, MN
"Status of Steel manuals have opened my eyes to the science and potential behind making steel a very effective payload. I have cleanly taken ducks and geese out to 50 yards. My friends have been amazed at the effectiveness and lethality of my loads."
~P. Groschel, Roy, WA
"I just received your catalog and the Status of Steel. I am very impressed with the time you have obviously committed to this information base."
~F. Meador, Oklahoma City, OK
"You will be pleased to know that the information gleaned from the Status of Steel and the Mighty Ten Gauge has been a catalyst in changing the waterfowl permit to include the 10 gauge for all species and the allowance of steel shot larger than #BB. BPI's wealth of information has been an edifying experience, to say the least ,and is now having an impact in 'Down Under'."
~Tim Lloyd, Queensland, Australia
Product Type: Loading manual and application guide
Length: 128 pages.
Details: Over 550 lab-tested load recipes in steel shot.
Note: This data supersedes all previous published data.
Printed in USA
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