by Mic McPherson

Soft Cover- $39.95

Mic McPherson has written one of those books you only see once every so many decades; it literally contains everything that you need to know about reloading a rifle or handgun cartridge from A through Z. McPherson’s credentials are very impressive (editor of various books on cartridges, consultant to Barnes Bullets, has authored hundreds of articles and reloaded a few hundred thousand rounds), but what makes him really impressive is this book. It covers all aspects of the reloading process: the cartridge case; maintaining, improving and loading the case; the seating and reading of primers; the loading of propellant; bullets and the loading of bullets; accurate load development; internal & external ballistics; bullet making & casting; and the handloading press.


No book that we are aware of has ever explained so thoroughly and in this much detail (with hundreds of photos and drawings) how the process of reloading works, from an empty case to a fully loaded cartridge with bullet, powder, and primer properly in place to give maximum performance and accuracy. If you are serious about reloading your ammo and you want to get the most from it, you owe it to yourself to get this book.

This is not a reloading manual containing specific recipes for various loads; rather, it is a how-to book that covers the entire process of cartridge reloading, in detail, from start to finish

An unsolicited review for this fine book-


Have just finished reading your wonderful new book.Metallic Cartridge Handloading is the benchmark against which all subsequent books on this subject shall be judged. I loved everything about it, including your subtle sense of humor. The text read so easily and was so informative. I have been handloading for over 50 years now and there were lots of things you told us all that made me think, ‘I didn’t know that!’ I loved all the graphics that you used to illustrate important concepts. Your family pictures — your daddy, sons, and you — were most poignant. The color picture section was a great surprise — loved it. If I have not already made this perfectly clear, I loved this book! Hope it sells to beat the band; every handloader should own and study it.

Thanks again for all the love and care you put into this wonderful book.

Terry Murbach

Contributing Author for various gun magazines

Former Customer Service Representative for Cor-Bon


Fellow Handloaders,

Let me encourage you to get Mic McPherson’s new book, Metallic Cartridge Handloading. As one of the technical editors, I was amazed at how much excellent material and how many previously unpublished techniques Mic included in “only” about 500 full-sized pages. I have been reloading for 45 years and I have published three reloading manuals; nevertheless, I learned a LOT while reviewing Mic’s newest book. This is the most advanced handloading textbook I have ever seen.

As always, Mic documents everything and backs it up with personal testing. There is no guessing here. The illustrations are profuse and clearly show the issues Mic addresses and fixes. He covers the most current tooling available and you will know exactly what that tooling will do for you. I am pretty sure Mic’s discussions of these devices greatly exceeds the instructions that the toolmakers provide in the box.

As many of you know, reading Mic’s words is the same as sitting with Mic by the fire and chatting. “Impeccable English,” clear communication, and attention to detail are, to me, three great McPherson trademarks that continue in MCH.

If you want to wring the last bit of accuracy from your rifle and ammunition, you need this book.

Allan Jones

Ballistics Editor, Shooting Times Magazine
Retired Developer and Editor, Speer Reloading Manuals
Lewiston, ID





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