March 19th, 2021

The ABCs of Reloading is Good Resource for New Hand-Loaders

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

With the skyrocketing prices of ammo, more shooters than ever are hand-loading pistol and rifle ammunition. But many novice reloaders tell us that it’s a bit overwhelming in the beginning. Just learning all the technical terms (e.g. ogive, meplat, ballistic coefficient, load density etc.) is difficult, and the task of selecting the right tools and gear can be daunting.

The first thing a new reloader should do is find an experienced reloading mentor. One can learn the basics much more quickly under the guidance of an experienced hand-loader who “knows the ropes”. We also recommend that newbies acquire a good basic reloading handbook — not just a list of load recipes, but a book that explains the processes.

One of the best handbooks available is The ABCs of Reloading (10th Edition, 2021) by Philip Massaro. Just released in March 2021, this reference contains 288 pages with hundreds of BW photos. The new 10th Edition is available from Gun Digest Store for $29.99 (or $24.99 for PDF Digital Book). You can also purchase from for $32.99.

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

Since the first edition was published in the 1970s, the ABCs of Reloading series has taught countless firearms owners safe/reliable methods for creating their own ammunition. ABCs of Reloading provides beginners what they need to know to get started in reloading. From basic topics such as “How does a cartridge work?” and “What components do I need?” to more advanced discussions of cartridge pressure, headspace, and chrono testing, this is a great resource for new handloaders.

In addition, the sections on advanced reloading and new powders make the new edition valuable for experienced handloaders. And long-range shooters will benefit from the sections on making ultra-consistent ammo and fine-tuning for precision accuracy. Massaro’s coverage of new reloading gear and components is another bonus (shown below is the new RCBS MatchMaster powder dispenser).

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

Review from purchaser of “The ABCs of Reloading”, 8th Edition:

“When I first got the itch to load my own ammunition, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information and terminology involved in this fascinating field/hobby. It was very difficult to take all the individual pieces of information that I had and form it into an understandable process. I was snowed in under a blizzard of data that I was piecing together through chat rooms and web sites. Phrases like ‘roll crimp’ and ‘headspace’ came at me in a blizzard. I could look up each phrase, understand each one as a piece, but still the whole picture was fuzzy. In essence, that is what this book will do for you — turn it all into a coherent, linear whole. The writing is very solid and clear, the illustrations are well-done and helpful, and the information is very complete. After reading this book, the entire process made sense to me, and more importantly, I was fully warned about the dos and don’ts of the reloading world. The coverage is very complete. Primers, powders, bullets, and … all necessary tools and accessories are discussed and explained. This is just a great book. It won’t make you an expert … but it will put you on the right road if you wish to become one.” — Mykal Banta

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April 21st, 2012

Get ABCs of Reloading eBook for just $1.99 at

ABCs of Reloading Kindle ebookA handy eBook version of the popular resource ABCs of Reloading is now on sale for $1.99. That’s right — for the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks, you can get a very useful 288-page introductory reloading treatise, complete with hundreds of photos. The print version of this book costs $17.81 at Amazon.

This eBook will not tell you about some advanced reloading methods used by benchrest shooters. However, you’ll find good basic information on important topics such as: powder storage, proper handling of primers, how to set full-length dies, press mounting and set-up, trimming brass, and measuring for run-out. For those who are new at reloading this is a very useful guide that contains the fundamentals you need to know to be a safe and productive reloader. If you have friends who are getting started in reloading, you can send this eBook to them. It’s a thoughtful, inexpensive gift.

Please note: This $1.99 edition is a digital book, NOT a paperback. It does have hundreds of photos and many charts. We found the text very easy to read on a Kindle, and most of the photos were plenty big. You can download a sample for free if you’re curious to see how the book displays before you buy.

What’s an eBook?
An eBook is a digital file with text, photos and graphics. You download the file from to your Kindle (hand-held) eReader, home computer, lap-top computer, iPad or smartphone. You may have to install a free eReader App on your computer or phone before you can access the file. Once the file is loaded you can search text, make bookmarks, and highlight text.

Do I Need a Kindle?
No. Even if you do not own an Amazon Kindle, you can read the eBook on any kind of computer, or you can read the eBook on a smartphone or iPad. But you may have to install a program (App) before the file can be opened. The reading Apps are FREE.

super dealAmazon Prime Members Can Get eBook for FREE
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can download this eBook for FREE — provided you haven’t used up your “one book a month” allotment. Certain Amazon titles (like this) are in the Prime Member Lending Library. Each month, you’re allowed to download one Lending Library eBook for free. If you haven’t “borrowed” an eBook this month, and you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get the digital edition of the ABCs of Reloading for FREE.

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