Wildcat Cartridges: Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design



Wildcat Cartridges, The Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design is a must have for all shooters regardless of their experience. For the hunter with one gun or collector with many, you will find valuable information on accuracy, designing, building, loading and shooting wildcats. Calibers start with the tiny .10 ranging to some brawny .50 calibers; there is something for every interest.

Self reliant shooters and gunsmiths will learn how to make their own reamers and reloading dies in this book. Time and money are both saved when you make your own tools. If you desire to try out a new cartridge design you can be testing the new design in a day or two instead of weeks or months.

Dimensioned drawings and loading data accompany cartridge descriptions. Historical cartridges as well as the newest and most popular designs are included. Chapters about important cartridge designers like P.O. Ackley, Jerry Gebby, Rocky Gibbs, and Charles Newton are important resources for the reloader and shooter alike. In addition this book provides a snapshot of what the wildcat community looked like inf 2005 when it was first published.

Original publisher of Wildcat Cartridges Larry Root says, “After 15 years and nearly 30 titles as a publisher, I have found this book a great project with new and useful information rather than a rehashed often incorrect and untested writing that seems so common today. “

“Fred has illustrated his book well, with neat line drawings and photos you probably won’t find anywhere else. It’s a rare technical treatise that draws you in with illustration, or that keeps you with an easy flow of chat that, were it lifted from print, might pop up at any gun counter or handloading bench. Fred Zeglin has done well with this book, giving wildcatters – indeed, all rifle enthusiasts – an overview of a culture often mentioned but little explored on the page.” Wayne van Zwoll

“For anyone interested in wildcat cartridges, this is a “must have” book. It’s thorough, and it’s up to date.” Larry S. Sterett, Gun Week

“One of the problems collectors often encounter when they purchase custom-made sporting rifles is the absence of commercially made ammunition for those arms… This book offers hope to just those collectors.

Written by a professional gunsmith and cartridge maker, it examines the history of “wildcat cartridge” development. In addition to discussing vintage designs, such as those developed by P.O. Ackley, Jerry Gebby, and Charles Newton, the book covers more recent work carried out by Estergaard, Gibbs, Z-Hat, and more.” Herbert G. Houze, Man at Arms Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2006

“This is a fantastic book on American wildcats, US loads and much more. A must have for wildcatters and gunsmiths.” Big Bore Journal, No. 18, June 2006

ISBN: 9781955611022
Publisher: Z-Hat Publishing
Pub Date: 05/2022
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.87lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 1.30d

Additional information

Weight 1.87 lbs
Dimensions 9.00 × 6.00 × 1.30 in