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Advantages, 11th Ed.

The Shotshell Load Encyclopedia

Revised, expanded, and improved.  Simply the world's greatest source of shotshell data

With over 3,200 loads, the 11th edition of Advantages contains almost all of BPI's enormous load library. Includes chapters that detail the evolution of the modern high-performance shotshell; defining a link from roots of shotshell invention, the most important technological developments, and finally linking to today's modern ammunition applications. We thoroughly explain the logic behind the physics of the shotshell, allowing the reader/handloader to better select optimal loads for their shooting conditions.

Component Details: Advantages Includes a detailed illustrated component summary section. Modern, high-performance shotshell components are listed with clear, easy-to-follow descriptions, specifications, and recommendations.

Subject Index: A comprehensive subject index and component abbreviation guide makes Advantages an easy-to-use reference; quick to look up and answer (almost) any reloading question.

Load Data: The extensive load data section includes the latest loads from our lab as well as old favorites for 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410. Includes all the latest innovations in pellet materials, including plated lead, steel, bismuth, Hevi-Shot, BPX-12 Devastator, SpheroTungsten Original-15, and SpheroTungsten Super Max-18. Details the techniques of specialized loads for clays, waterfowl, upland, turkey, roll crimping and more.

Advantages loads focus on proprietary components made by BPI, Gualandi, B&P, BP wads, and hulls from Fiocchi, Federal, Rio, Cheddite, Remington, Winchester and others. Over 320 pages and almost 140 pages of load data; approximately 3,274 loads.

Historical Development: Ballistic Products published the first Advantages manual in the early 1980s. It has been described as the definitive shotshell companion guide. It is named for ammunition advantage that handloaders bring to their sport. The finest loads are always custom-crafted by you.

Advantages is for anyone who has ever wanted to master the art of the shotshell. New reloaders and seasoned veterans alike will find this book enjoyable, educational and indispensable; a cornerstone for choosing components and high-performance loads.

Technical Notes

Product Type: Loading manual and application guide. Complete load data anthology and shotshell encyclopedia.

Length: 324 pages total, almost 140 pages of pure load data.

Details: Over 3,200 loads for every gauge; including non-toxic shot and lead shot data.

Specialty loads: Advantages is a shot-specific (#F size shot through #12 shot) manual. All our slug data is found in The Slug Manual and buckshot loads are found in The Buckshot Manual and The Coyote Manual.

Note: These data supersedes all previous published data.

Printed in U.S.A.

Read 7 Reviews - Average Rating: 4.4 stars

This along with the Lyman manual will give you a wealth of data

By John A. on Dec 15, 2023
This Advantages manual has loads and loads of data for straight walled hulls, also AA and STS hulls too. Pair this with the Lyman manual and you’ll be set to work up any load by weight you’ll need. I’m impressed with how many loads are in this BP manual. There’s lead and non-toxic data, along with multiple gauges.
I’m very pleased with this manual and I find myself referring to it constantly. You can take any of these loads and convert them to buckshot loads as long as the weights are same or lighter and you’re using the same components. I’d recommend this over their “Buckshot pamphlet” everyday of the year.
Don’t hesitate, get this manual along with the Lyman manual, you’ll be glad you did!
Excellent manual!!

BPI Advantages Shotshell Manual

By Edward L. on Nov 24, 2020
Contains a lot of useful information. I would have liked to see some recipes for some older powders. Like IMR SR7625 and SR4756. Yes I know they have been discontinued but there is still enough around to show some data. All in all a useful manual.

Advantages Shotshell Manual, Great reference

By Jeffrey P. on May 30, 2020
It's a great reference for shotshell reloading and I do like the way the steps are explained in detail


By Raymond S. on Feb 03, 2020
Great book to use and has lots of good info.
The price was wonderful and shipping super fast.

BPI Advantages Shotshell Load Encyclopedia

By Ricky K. on Oct 09, 2019
I personally consider my purchase of this manual
as one of my better decisions. I'm constantly referring
to it . If you have this manual, and the Lyman ( bible)
Shotshell Reloading Handbook, you have a wealth
of information. I'll be ordering a second Advantages
for a friend.

Need better mix of components

By David G. on Dec 27, 2018
This manual is good but could have been better with mix of other components.

Could of been a better mix of reloading components

By Rand B. on Dec 06, 2018
Book has lots of info and load data but I find they are a bit bias toward using their products for loads. Wish they had more load data using components from other manufacturers. Lots of 12ga 2 3/4" loads but could have shown more of 3" and 3 1/2" in lead and steel. More pictures and descriptions of various cases and wads of past and present would be nice. If Ballistic Products would only come out with a load book like this and include everything from Winchester, Remington, Federal, Alliant, IMR, Hodgdon and others,,,what a book it would be.
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