What books to teach me all about rifles?


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Drjones
September 17, 2004, 07:38 PM
I know absolutely nothing about rifles.

I want to learn all about them.

What are some good books you can recommend?

I have "Art of the Rifle" by Cooper, but that is more of a shooting manual than a book about the rifle itself.

I would like to know what "bedding" is (glass bedding?), about different actions, and other technical aspects of the rifle.

Thank you for your help!

:)

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boofus
September 17, 2004, 08:04 PM
Janes Gun Recognition Guide?

Drjones
September 17, 2004, 08:05 PM
Thanks, but I think that would be more of a, well, ......recognition guide.

I'm looking to learn about the technical aspects of rifles; how they work, the different parts, etc.

Not just what the different models look like.


Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

boofus
September 17, 2004, 08:25 PM
You'll learn alot about all the different kinds of actions from the Janes book. Roller locked, gas operated, gas piston, rotating bolt, bolt action, caseless ammunition yadda yadda. Not all countries build guns the same way. :D

Shalako
September 17, 2004, 08:31 PM
The NRA Hunter Safety class teaches you just about everything you need to know to get started. I'd recommend that to anybody with an interest in rifles and safety. I took it at age 28 in Arcata, CA and proudly admit I got a 100 on the test.

45R
September 17, 2004, 08:39 PM
Lets go out and shoot the M1A :) You need practical smarts too my friend :)

Kingcreek
September 17, 2004, 08:55 PM
Boddington has 1 or 2 good books on the rifle. I have "Make it Accurate" but there is another...somebody help me with the title...
Art Alphin's (A-square) "Any Shot You Want" the a-square handloading and rifle maunual- is an EXCELLENT resource if you can find it.

Mulliga
September 17, 2004, 09:01 PM
I also reccommend a hunter safety course. I only got 99 out of 100 on my test, though. :)

Failing that, there's always the internet...

Matt-man
September 18, 2004, 12:18 AM
John Olson's Book of the Rifle is pretty good. It's an older volume but a lot of the information is still relevant. It's out of print but there are usually several used copies for sale on amazon.com.

ACP230
September 18, 2004, 12:28 AM
Jack O'Connor has been gone for quite a while but his book, The Hunting Rifle, is still worth a read.

If your library has copies of Gun Digest, or the other annuals, there's a lot of good info in them too.

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