Wildcat Cartridges, Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design
In 2005 the hard bound first edition of this handbook hit the market. Since that time it has become a collectable book. This reprint is a faithful reprint of the first edition, now in paperback form.
Fred Zeglin was a gunsmith and custom rifle builder long before he turned to writing. The origin of this book was formed in Fred teaching gunsmiths how to make reamer and reloading dies, as well as how the design and develop a successful wildcat cartridge with tried and true, safe methods.
The last Gunsmith to tackle this subject was P.O. Ackley in the early 1960’s. Fred took inspiration from Ackley’s writings to create a valuable snapshot of the wildcat community since Ackley left the range.
During Zeglin’s years in the gun business he has developed a large number of wildcats, both for his own use and for clients. He made chamber reamers and reloading dies for his customers projects, partly to save time & money, but mostly to deliver product for his clients that they really could not acquire anywhere else.
This manual contains ideas and methods that you will find in no other source. If you are a reloader, wildcatter or gunbug of any sort; you will enjoy and value the history and how-to information found in this book!
574 Pages, 6″x9″, paperback.
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A wildcat cartridge is a cartridge that is not commercially loaded by a major ammunition manufacturer, but could be loaded by a specialty or contract reloader.
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“P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith is so extensive and so well done,
I am at a loss to adequately describe it!” Dennis ‘Mike’ Bellm, Bellm TC’s
Book, Hard cover, 256 pages.
Parker Otto Ackley left a wealth of firearms knowledge among those he trained. The eminent gunsmith, ballistician, barrel maker, teacher and writer perhaps had more influence on modern shooting and firearms than any other single man. And now his life and works have been painstakingly detailed in P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith.
Writer and gunsmith Fred Zeglin gives a never-before-seen look at the humble man whose research thrust the firearms industry forward. From improving rifle chambers for use with modern powders to developing superior barrels to designing red-hot cartridges, readers will walk away with a new appreciation for Ackley’s exploration and ideas. And his concepts on reloading, rifle accuracy, safety, cartridge choice, and wildcat use are just as relevant for today’s “gun cranks” as they were in Ackley’s heyday.
Zeglin also delivers the most complete collection of accurate dimensions, loading data and history for the lifetime of cartridges created by P.O. Ackley, the most influential gunsmith in American history. Most shooters today know him because of his “Ackley Improved” cartridge designs. But those cartridges are only the tip of the iceberg. P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith is the whole story.
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About the Author
Fred Zeglin has been building custom hunting rifles for nearly thirty-five years. Zeglin has taught classes for the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing program at three separate colleges and is the Coordinator/Instructor for the Firearms Technology program at FVCC in Kalispell, MT. He has published two other books, Hawk Cartridges Manual and Wildcat Cartridges, Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design.
Fred is maintaining a web site about P.O. Ackley, this allows him to keep updating as more details come to light. https://ackleyimproved.com
Fred has signed all the books we are shipping.
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