Cartridges of the World is a comprehensive guide to firearm cartridges. The reference series is written by Frank C. Barnes. The latest version of the book is its 16th edition, published in 2019, and edited by W. Todd Woodard.
The series of books has often been criticised for not including dimensioned drawings of cartridges and for placing some cartridges into unusual categories (for example, the 11th edition of the book places the .303 British round inside the section of American Military Cartridges.)
How does all this affect modern cartridges? The nostalgia syndrome is responsible for the reappearance of a number of long-obsolete cartridges, or at least new reloadable cases, although, admittedly, this is as yet on a rather limited or custom basis for most of the old-timers. Dixie Gun Works, for example, is offering new, reloadable cases in the old .50-70 Government caliber and has recently brought in the .41 Rimfire. The development of modern cartridges is a dynamic, rather than a static, process, although it does move in starts and stops, depending on the fads and trends of any given time. These, then, are the factors that shape our modern ammunition, and this includes some very exciting innovations (some old and some new) since the first edition of Cartridges of the World. 2b1af7f3a8