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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AJC1, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. AJC1

    AJC1 Member

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    I loaded a test box for my 223 with 1-6 and lost the key that was in the box. I normally just right the load on the case so if the box is dumped or some other issue, no big deal. This is why you dont change a working system???? Back to doing what I know works, lesson learned!
     
  2. papajoe222

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    Although I don't write the charge on every cartridge, I do write it on one along with the CBTO and neck measurement. Every round in that box is identical and those and all other information is written on the box. As I only open one box at a time when shooting, even if I tip the box over, I know what load they are. I also keep my load log with me so I can reference the information on the box to what's in the log.
     
  3. chamokaneman

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    I usually make a sharpie mark across the base and make a note of which load each color represents. I've always figured I'd spill the box...and I have...so I try not to rely on how they're arranged.
     
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    Same here
     
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    When I shoot a load ladder I, too, color code the cartridges with a sharpie and then write the code inside the box lid with sharpie.
    When I find a load I like, beside logging it into a notebook, I write it smaller and more neatly in sharpie in the box that contains the ammunition.
    This helps with two loads that use the same bullet.

    An alcohol wipe cleans it right off, but won’t get lost otherwise.
    Even though I really like the little tags that come in the Hornady boxes, they just don’t stay put in the world. Sometimes I just tape these into my notes, they actually stay there.

    I had wind steal my paper “map key” once. I could still shoot the color coded load ladder, but had to wait until I got back home to my notebook to what load it was.
     
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  6. Walkalong

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    A couple of samples.
     

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    After having a box getting knocked over and bullets going every where, I mark each and every one. This works when friends are looking at your ammo and don't put them back into the correct spot. I've tried the color coding but you have to keep up with the cheat sheet to know what you have.
     
  8. film495

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    sharpy markers are your friend ... I make a key on the box, and mark each cartrdige. I usually mark the bottom with lines, -, +, X, * ... and at a quick glance you can see what each one is in the box. If the box gets lost or damaged, I write the same key down in a loading notebook. you're totally correct, a working system works, and modifying it for some reason just introduces new possible errors or gaps in the process.
     
  9. kidneyboy

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    Besides doing much of what is already posted I have a whiteboard next to my bench where everything I am currently doing is posted and then updated as things move along.
     
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  10. AJC1

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    That's what I normally do. Works out even when little people dump the box. More than once had a range bag full of test loads and an empty bullet box.
     
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    My wife (long time secretary, writer, word person) suggested I use Avery stick on labels. I did and templates are free on line and I can make professional looking labels to stick on my ammo boxes or bags.
     
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  12. Walkalong

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    Everything the same except the powder you can't see?
    Ever dumped a batch like this and they were not marked?
    I sure have.... *Sigh*
    .40 S&W Test Loads - 49, 51, 52, & 53.JPG
     
  13. Spare Parts

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    This. :thumbup: I only color the primers. The ink survives firing. Later, at home, I can look at the case heads with a jeweller's loupe for signs of over-pressure.

    The colors can mean something, like black = lowest charge, red = hottest. My penmanship sucks, so no numbers or letters. The color code really helps at the range, where everything/everyone is conspiring to distract from the task at hand.
     
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