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Range logs

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gtimothy, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    I need advise on what kind of information I should record when I visit the range. I'm also curious about what your range log pages look like.

    I want to start working up loads for my and my wife's various guns. In the past I would just find a generic load that performed well and lived with it. Now I want to get a bit more serious and tailor the rounds to the particular gun for greater accuracy. Not quite ready to cross over into the "Dark Side" but I'm up for sticking my toe in! :D

    Any advise is greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2012
  2. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    Lots of lookers but I guess no one keeps logs any more. Thanks anyways.
  3. JSmith

    JSmith Well-Known Member

    I just saw this, Gtim. I don't personally keep range logs, but I'll talk to my brother-in-lw for you and see what he keeps - he shoots PALMA at 1000 yd. matches and leeps tons of stuff in his logs: weather (temp, wind, barometric pressure, humidity, elevation), load data, etc.

    Watch this space...
  4. Ratzo

    Ratzo Member

    I purchased the grey loose leaf binder MTM sells. My information centers around load data, velocity and group size. I will on occasion if I remember record temperature. I am not a competitive target shooter so the finite details are not as important.
  5. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    Will do JSmith. Thanks.
  6. JEB

    JEB Well-Known Member

    i dont really keep a log for each of my range visits, usually i just save targets with the load info and distance written on them. i do keep a record of all my different loads though. for these i keep a separate notebook in my range bag and write down the bullet type and weight, powder type and weight, C.O.L., and primer type. then i run 10 over the chrono and write down the high, low, avg, ES, and SD. sometimes i will write notes underneath all that about the characteristics of the load (accuracy, expansion, leading, etc.).
  7. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    Patience, friend.
  8. wrench

    wrench Well-Known Member

    I've kept a range log as long as I've been shooting. I just use spiral bound notebooks, nothing fancy.
    I log date, location, and weather data if outdoors.
    I list each gun I shoot, how many rounds, what kind of ammo.
    If I'm shooting reloads, I note bullet type, powder charge, OAL, etc.
    I make note of how well each gun shot, and sometimes cut out targets to include.
  9. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    1. Gun
    2. Shot in SA or DA?
    3. How many Yards?
    4. Load data for reloads such as bullet type and weight, Powder, Primer and case. Also the OAL.
    5. Any malfunctions?

    This is what I usually keep in a log. If I am shooting lead, Its all the same thing except for 3 more things. Did it lead the barrel? What type of lube did I use?
    Was it air cooled or water quenched?
  10. JSmith

    JSmith Well-Known Member

    OK.. I asked my brother-in-law, and he helpfully replied, "Keep whatever data helps you shoot better." Expanding on that a little, there is as much variance in range data as there are shooters. My BIL shoots Palma, .308 Winchester w/metallic sights at 800, 900, and 1000 yards, so he notes all the weather/atmospheric stuff that would affect a 168 gr. bullet heading to a target half a mile away. He suggests, at minimum, the distance, shooting position, group size (max, min, and average), when in the session the tightest groups occurred (early or late)... and whatever else interests you. That's in addition to your load data, of course.

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