Cataloging Criteria ?


March 28, 2006, 08:58 PM
OK, I'm wondering to what extent of criteria to use when cataloging.

Obviously, primer, bullet weight & type, powder type & charge.

What about brand of brass?

Anything else??


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March 28, 2006, 10:12 PM
My lot number. I started with #1.

Number of rounds in this lot.


Brass. If pistol brass, just "mixed" (I don't sort or track pistol brass). If new rifle brass, brand and manufacturer lot. If fired rifle brass, brand, which of my lots it was last fired in, and how many times fired.

Trim length, if I trimmed the brass.

Primer type & manufacturer lot number.

Powder type and manufacturer lot number.

Powder weight and powder dispenser micrometer setting.

Bullet brand, type, weight, and manufacturer lot number.


Crimp, if any.

Source of load data. If a load workup, this will be "Sierra V", "", etc. If not, it will be the lot number of the load workup.

If a load workup, what firearm did I fire it in and what were the results. For example, "Fired in P99. 6.5 gr awfully stiff. 6.3 felt fine. Use 6.3."

Notes about any problems, such as "Squished 3 with Lee FCD (overly fat bullets)"

March 28, 2006, 11:19 PM
Oh, and cartridge type.

I do not, however, write down the phase of the moon. Yet.

March 28, 2006, 11:50 PM
brass headstamp
primer make, size, and number
bullet make, weight, style
powder make, type, charge weight
standard deviation (and if specialty loads, extreme spreads)
smallest group, largest group, and average group at 250 yards
notes: load density, metering, or any notable inconsistencies

powder make, approximate charge weight, and number
bullet make, weight, style
primer make, size, and number
standard deviation
power factor
average group size at 25 yards
notes: notable weirdness

i'll also keep track of the gun itself... like if point of impact shifts or first shot is wildly out of the group, if there is differences in poi w/ weather changes, and finally, how well do i shoot the rifle (approx hit rate on a prairie dog town for dogs beyond 300 yards - and yes, i've had 'em all on a dog town... a day of dogging w/ a 338 win mag and 300 win mag will really wear ya out in a short period of time).

March 29, 2006, 03:20 PM
chrono readings
group size
# of rounds fired
SN of gun, I have more than one of many calibers

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