First of all, I wish you all a very happy new year!
My GF gave this book for Christmas. I'd class it as one of the more interesting I have read. A lot of quite detailed information on specific makes and models and calibers, cartridges, loads & bullets.
A couple of things I really found of interest: (Words in quotes are mine.)
"...word is that the machinery on which the (Remington) 700 is built is on its last legs, with a resulting drastic slip in quality. Jarrett (Beanfield Rifles) told me in 2003 that he would no longer build a rifle on a 700 because the new actions are so ramshackle"
Since its introduction, the Ruger 77 has established a reputation in several different ways. For one, there is no question about its durability and reliability. The Ruger 77 in .338 Winchester has Largely displaced the Model 70 .375 H&H as the standard bear-guide rifle in Alaska. Partly this is due to one Anchorage gun dealer who brought in these guns by the carload and sold them for a couple of hundred dollars apiece; many guides of my acquaintance would use a rifle for a couple of years, not worry about the salt spray as long as it worked, and then scrap it and buy another Cost was certainly an advantage, but bear guides do not try to save money at the expence of reliability The rifle's success in Alaska added, however, tn the Ruger's somewhat bargain-basement" image."