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TBR's Hunting cartridge knowledge base now online

Written by Nathan Foster on January 20th, 2011.      0 comments

Hello all.

Many of you will have noticed that the TBR website has undergone significant changes over the last week, the most exiting aspect being the introduction of the TBR cartridge knowledge base. We have gone through a major shift in goals and methods of delivery over the last few weeks and for those of you who are wondering why the book "Hunting cartridges of the World" has been put aside in favor of an online knowledge base, I will do my best to to describe why.

Having spent years in the research phase followed by several years writing the proposed HCOW book (my initial draft was near illiterate!), I have been steadily working through the final edit, along with the ballistics tables and cartridge drawings.  With the recession still having an effect on our non-commodity business, it was becoming too difficult to write/edit while trying to balance short term needs. 

I have been aware of Google's Adsense advertising programme for sometime and its potential as a source of income while writing.  I very much wanted to avoid this route, essentially giving away every trick in my bag for free in the hope that pay per click advertising would provide income. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made and a few weeks ago, I made the call.  We are now also providing a donations form.  If you find the information in the knowledge base useful and are in a position to donate, it would very much help us carry on and make the entire knowledge base a reality.

Some of you will also note that on the home page that we have changed the direction and delivery of the business from being a potential consultant to the big players to simply "this is who we are and what we do". We have always strived to remain transparent as a business and TBR is essentially laid bare at this point.

At the bottom of each of the cartridge texts, you will notice a 'discuss this' sentence which is hyperlinked to our new forums. When a new post is made, an email is automatically sent to my personal email address.  So, for anybody wondering whether or not I will answer or see questions via the forums, I will be receiving your posts instantly and will be able to answer them fairly quickly- unless I am away guiding!

Ok, I hope you all enjoy the knowledge base and find it helpful.  I will have the .30 calibers up online as soon as I can and then we can have a look at the medium and big bores which are a whole bunch of fun and add a completely different dimension to the research.  I know that many of you have been waiting for the release of HCOW in hard copy and are still hoping to see a hard copy, regardless of whether it is freely available online.  If all goes well, I hope to one day be able to produce a hard copy for those who prefer it.




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If you find the resources on this website to be valuable, we would be sincerely grateful if you would consider making a donation to help us cover the costs of the website and to assist us to continue our research and testing into the future.  It doesn't matter whether your donation is big or small - it makes all the difference!


We are a small, family run business, based out of Taranaki, New Zealand, who specialize in cartridge research and testing, and rifle accurizing.