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Sierra Rifle & Handgun Reloading Data Edition VI

By Chaz Forsyth
  •   3rd Jul, 2020 Jul 3, 2020, 12:21 PM
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Sierra Rifle & Handgun Reloading Data Edition VI

  • 4.5/5

A 1,368 page manual containing cartridge information, histories, and reloading recommendations, a necessity in every reloader’s library.


So how the heck do you review a handloading manual? I've had the fortune to look at a lot of manuals and have tried to review most of them. They always contain extremely sound, reliable advice about reloading empty cartridge cases, and most of them have been around since the 1960s or 1970s, undergoing revision approximately every three to fifteen years as new components emerge.

 

The sixth edition from Sierra is no exception. Long awaited (the previous one appeared in 2003), it was with some surprise I learned the hardcopy had been published in 2019, believing that it would have been only in on-line form.

 

Like with most later editions of anything, it is larger - 1368 pp. compared to 1050 pp. of the fifth edition. (Not being a handgun shooter forces me to restrict my commentary to the rifle cartridge section.)

 

To heck with the statistics, the content is what matters: new product lines are described, these being entirely from the stable of Sierra of course.

 

The cartridge history, specifications and reloading data is presented in a clean and concise format.

 

Sierra have never been backward in introducing new bullet designs, and their Tipped MatchKing and Tipped GameKing bullets are the latest in a long line of innovative variations since their boat tail bullets first appeared commercially in the late 1950s.

 

The development of new powders is what leads to much new data, but the occasional new cartridge obviously inspired the editors of this edition just as they sometimes encourage we consumers to experiment (when we can afford to buy rifles in the new cartridges.).

 

New Zealand, being at the end of a very long supply chain, is often later to see new products arriving, but there are plenty of Sierra's components here.

 

Their newest manual has all the usual chapters on components, how to reload, and advanced reloading techniques, with what at first seems to be surprising omissions from the cartridges for which reloading data are listed.

 

“Sierra have never been backward in introducing new bullet designs, and their Tipped MatchKing and Tipped GameKing bullets are the latest in a long line of innovative variations since their boat tail bullets first appeared commercially in the late 1950s.”

 

However, many of the omissions are listed in a special “Rifle Legacy Data” chapter which among other cartridges, includes the .303 British. You may be surprised by others (of more than a score or so) listed there. A comprehensive glossary of technical terms is presented.

 

An overview is supplied of their “Infinity” ballistic software which uses G1 ballistic coefficients for the Sierra range of bullets.

 

A complete list is provided in this section, which may inspire some to base their bullet selection on ballistic form, and not on how it works in your rifle. The bullet must shoot in your rifle if it is to be of any use at all. (Some rifles are fussy!)

 

In the view of this rifle ammunition reloader, this manual is well worthwhile.

 

Chaz


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Sierra Rifle & Handgun Reloading Data Edition VI

  • 4.5/5

A 1,368 page manual containing cartridge information, histories, and reloading recommendations, a necessity in every reloader’s library.

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