This book has reached its 4th edition in the space of about 8 years which means that it sells. This medium quality paperback has a roughly 25-page introductory section about the basic ballistic concepts, about ammo selection and how to use the book. It is then divided into four data sections: (1) Small and medium cartridges, (2) Dangerous game cartridges, (3) pistol and revolver cartridges and (4) rimfires. The recipe is simple and effective and consists of about a 100 word paragraph regarding each cartridge, a simple sketch, velocity and pressure specifications and proof barrel twist. This is followed by the crux of what the book is about - velocity, energy, TKO, trajectory and wind drift summaries of factory ammunition available to the US market from lightest to heaviest bullet weight by manufacturer. No handloading or other data is provided and here and there the text is adorned with a b&w photo from one of the other books marketed by the publisher.
The cartridge sketches are not uniform and lack shoulder angle details in many instances, but all in all it remains a convenient reference work for hunters to determine how the different factory options stack up against one another. It should also be useful to users of PC ballistic programs who do not handload and chronograph their ammunition. They can read info off the tables and punch it into the programs. The same information can also be had with a bit more trouble from manufacturer websites, so the book is not ground-breaking or pioneering. Just convenient.