30-06 Books Compared


There was a thread a few days ago about the differences between the .30-06 books by Gerry Marcello and that produced by Chris Punnett. I could not find that thread, so I am posting it here.

I said I thought a .30-06 specialist would benefit from having both books.
Marcello’s make a good checklist while Punnett’s is great for history. BTW, for those who do not know, Marcello put out 3 volumes of “.30-06 We Have Seen”. Volume 1 is just a small (about 5x7 inches) paperback listing of a few hundred .30-06 headstamps. Volume 2 has everything that is in Volume 1 plus much more, including some poor pictures of a couple hundred boxes. Volume 3 is an listing of new items and corrections to Volume 2 plus a reprinting of the box photo section from Volume 2 with nice clear images. Both Volumes 2 & 3 are 8 1/2 x 11 hardcover bound books running 221 pages for Volume 1 and 254 pages for Volume 3. You need both Volumes 1 & 2. Forget Volume 1.

Chris Punnett’s “.30-06” (382 pages) is absolutely a “must have” book for ALL cartridge collectors, not just .30-06 specialists. The histories of the various companies that made .30-06 world-wide is applicable to many other calibers. Especially for the .30-06 Specialist, if you can only buy one book on .30-06, make it Punnett’s, but you really need Marcellos’s Volumes 2 & 3 as well.

Here are sample pages from the two books to show the differences:

From Marcello, “.30-06 We Have Seen”

From Punnett, “.30-06”


Ron - you are right. I have all of Jerry’s books, but didn’t check them when I wrote my answer, as I should have. I forgot that they listed all the lots (where they are that), and months and year-dates, that he personally had verified, up until the time he published the books. I guess Chris doesn’t do that. So, Jerry’s books make a good check list. Not being a date collector, that simply slipped my mind. Sorry about that.

Of course, I was trying to be “economically-minded” for a new collector. I have several hundred books on cartridges, I guess, not counting commercial catalogs, and “need” them all, so down deep, I actually recommend that new collectors begin immediately to purchase books as they can afford to do so, on all phases of ammunition. Some of them go out of print and are hard (and sometimes EXPENSIVE) to find and buy after that. People do not always retain their same interest their entire collecting life. Further, there is, as we all know. a huge amount of overlap of information from headstamp to headstamp, cartridge category to cartridge category. I have identified auto pistol headstamps from similar ones on sporting or military rifle calibers.
Further, suppose you collect only Winchester centerfire rifle rounds, but the best company history you can find is in a gun book, then you need that gun book. That is a made-up example (perhaps) but I think the point is made.

A new cartridge teaches you about that cartridge - a new book can teach you about hundreds of cartridges.

John Moss


I am just about finished reading the copy of Chris Punnett’s “.30-06” that I bought at SLICS a couple of years ago. I agree that it a fantastic reference. While .30-06 is not my main collecting focus, the book has sparked a new interest in the caliber for me. I’m certain that I will be looking for .30-06 rounds in the grab bins at SLICS next year!


The headstamp drawings in Jerry Marcello’s book were done by Gene Scranton who, I believe, still has copies available for sale. IAA members can check his contact information in the IAA membership roster. While discussing classic .30-06 books, we should be careful to not leave out Hackley, Woodin, and Scranton’s gold-standard History of U.S. Military Small Arms Ammunition, Volumes I and II. Volume III is still in work.