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For over 42 years: The world's most complete steel shot handloading resource.

The latest edition of The Status of Steel lists BPI's entire steel shot load library, over 370 loads from 10ga to .410 bore. Loading steel shot is easy and entertaining with our step-by-step system. All you have to do is follow our easy-reading, instructional format. Soon you will be loading high-performance, custom-made ammunition designed for YOUR type and style of shooting. Join the Curmudgeon and decades of non-toxic loading experience. Our information and loading secrets are all you need to become more proficient at the art of shotshell reloading.

Status of Steel explores the physics and fundamentals of steel shot ballistics. We tell you what works and why it works. We also explain the ballistic advantages gained by using specific high-performance components and particular reloading tools and techniques. A complete how-to section describes tools and accessories and how to use them to maximize your performance and consistency.

Our latest edition has been expanded with new components and powders. We've also added an enlightening chapter that compares primers. We've included testing results that will clear up myths. We've also added the latest technical developments from our ballistic lab and many new loads for your favorite components.

Updated chapters detail the evolution of the modern high-performance shotshell; defining a link from roots of invention to modern applications. We thoroughly explain the logic behind the physics of steel shotshells, allowing the reader/handloader to better select optimal loads for their specific shooting conditions.

  • Detailed illustrated component summary section with clear, easy-to-follow descriptions, specifications, and recommendations.
  • Comprehensive subject index and component abbreviation guide makes The Status of Steel an easy-to-use reference manual. Truly, it is the only manual of its kind in the world.
  • Extensive load data library with all our steel loads for 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410.

Technical Notes

Product Type: Loading manual and application guide.
Length: 138 pages of text and load data.
Details: Over 370 lab-tested load recipes in steel shot.

Read 2 Reviews - Average Rating: 4.5 stars

informative manual

By Kevin R. on Oct 14, 2023
When I first opened the book? I went right to the 410 loads and was disappointed there wasn't much there. I was thinking well, that was a waste of money. Then I started reading the rest of the book, and found a lot of Valuable and Interesting information. I'm happy with my purchase.

The only Steel loading manual you'll ever need

By Shannon S. on Aug 31, 2023
This manual has you covered. No more steel subsections, all about the steel.
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