I just got my copy today. Overall, I am impressed with it.There is a LOT of information not found in your average cartridge book. The first 235 pages are given over to rather through discussions of all the different aspects of commercial production methods and history of the various components with whole chapters on the bullet development, propellents. primers, etc. There are MANY cartridges I have not seen in cartridge books before, such as a lot of the newer Russian cartridges like the 5.66x39 Russian MPS Under Water round, etc. Many of the latest cartridges, up to 2007 releases, are included. The cartridges are divided into groups, much like in Cartridges of the World (Modern CF Sporting, Obsolete Sporting, Modern Military, Obsolete Military, etc. Unlike COTW, each cartridge is FULLY dimensioned right on the image instead of in a table at the end of each group. I like that. A couple of things I do not like are that the drawings (NO pictures) are a mix of actual sized drawings, reduced size and over sized, with no apparent reason for it. It is not a case of bigger cartridges are drawn under sized, etc. For instance the .45 Winchester Magnum is about twice actual size. The second thing I dislike is that the drawings are of two types: Line Drawings and Shaded drawings to simulate a black & white picture. I would have preferred that ALL the drawings had been the shaded type. Not only do they look nicer but many of the line drawings are done using such fine lines that they are hard to see. At least they should have been done with a wider line.
I think the book is well worth the $29.95, but I would NOT have said so at $50.00+.