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How do you keep track of your load data?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ChefJeff1, Nov 28, 2010.

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  1. ChefJeff1

    ChefJeff1 Member

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    How do you keep track of your load data? A notebook, excel, specific computer program, or scribbled on little pieces of paper.

    I'm going to start a nice specific notebook detailing all of the pertinent info.

    I did recently inherit a computer so maybe that's the ticket. What programs are available? I'm not looking for reloading data, just a way to keep track of my own.

    Jeff
     
  2. nortonguy

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    I use a spiral bound notebook. Computers fail on me all the time. I load for 30+ calibers, and I need all the info. at the loading bench, not in another room.
     
  3. esheato

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    I keep it on the computer (with the folder mirrored on two drives) and hardcopy.

    I made a form on Word that I use. I hand write the data in a binder as I develop loads, then type them out for long term storage when I got enough handwritten entries.

    I still do that for pistol and shotgun.

    For rifle I've migrated to Sinclair targets....they have space for load data, and I just throw the targets into a binder for quick reference.

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  4. rcmodel

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    Excel spread sheet with all my "standard" loads developed over the years.
    I guess if the computer crashes, I do have back-up's on CD & also on D drive.

    Then if worse came to worser, I could re-type it.
    I keep hard copys in my reloading manuals, for referance, as well as on the reloading bench.

    rc
     
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  5. TH3180

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    I have a label that I tape to the box of ammo and a label that looks the same that goes in my notebook. When I start reloading for more then one caliber I will have a notebook for each.
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  6. Walkalong

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    Home made Excel log. I save it in two other places every time I make changes. I also print it out and put it in a three ring binder.
     
  7. R.W.Dale

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    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=499180&highlight=printable

    lots of great solutions in the above link! particularly post 6 (best solution Ive found yet)

    I also use a Rolodex to keep track of proven long term pet loads, for my LRPV I intend to have it's own binder filled with targets and load workup data. My ballistic app for my iphone also gets pet load data input into it,


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  8. amlevin

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    I use a 3-Ring notebook. One page per load along with an 8 1/2 X 11 target which is often just a 1" "Spot" in the middle of a clean piece of copy paper.
     
  9. kelbro

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    Lyman reloaders data log. Copies of the pages after it fills up. Punched for 3-ring binder.
     
  10. Furncliff

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    My loads go into small plastic bags with the data on the bag. After I shoot the target, I transfer the data to the paper, with notes about wind direction, temp. time of day , date, sun's angle to the shooter, phase of the moon, and what I had for lunch. The target then goes into a three ring binder.:D
     
  11. rfwobbly

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    I use an 8-1/2x11 "lab notebook" with the pages sewn in. I have it divided into sections for each cartridge and use one page per bullet. If I get a new weight or shape, I start a new page. I find this works great for me because most of my reloading is done for CZ pistols... which almost always have special OAL requirements tied to the bullet. So the top 1/3 of each page is bullet dimensions and chamber measurements.
     
  12. W.E.G.

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    Quickload for storing load data files.

    Ammo goes in ammo cans.
    Ammo in ammo cans is in ziplock bags.

    Ziplock bags contain label sheet created in MS- Word.
    Labels stored on HDD, backed-up on external HDD.

    Ammo can gets abbreviated labeling.

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  13. Clark

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    Range report 2009- 08-05 6mmBR Rem700 260Rem M98
     

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  14. Tim the student

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    I use a homemade excell spreadsheet. I don't save it to a computer, but I print it out and hand write the info in. I keep all of those in my 3 ring binder.
     
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    I use three ring binders with tabs for each cartridge. I use home made data sheets to record data with different sheets for load info, velocity info and groups. Lot numbers keep references tied between pages. Sheets were originally hand drawn and photo copied, now on done on a CAD system and photo copied.

    The loose leaf binders allows me to add sheets for notes and other cartridge specific information with the load data.
     
  16. sansone

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    computer log and baggies with spent brass (with load data & group size)
     
  17. MrOldLude

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    I keep a running log on a Google-docs spreadsheet.

    Free, reliable, and I can view, update, or makes notes from anywhere. It won't matter if my house burns, and my HDD's crash. The data will persist.
     
  18. MMCSRET

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    50 years ago I bought a recipe card box and a package of 3"X5" cards. Labeled "A" 38 Special and so on up the list as I loaded more cartridges. The system still works for me. I keep all the cards with the notes from tests. I've traded away guns and then got another like it so the card file gave me good starting points without having to start from scratch. The system also keeps me from repeating mistakes.
    I've got about 20 of the files now and refer back every once in a while.
    Works for me!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. RVenick

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    If you do a search on this forum there is a thread called Reloaders Resource there is a nice free downloadable access database program that has load data, allows you to enter your own data, firearm manuals, a area to put pics and info on your guns and printable targets.
     
  20. ArchAngelCD

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    I use a book for load data and a spreadsheet. I print out range sheets and when they are filled I put them in a binder too. I also use sheets of paper.. I'm a mess!!!
     
  21. Clark

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    I started designing power supplies with Lotus 123 spread sheet in 1988.
    I put 500 hours into designing a spread sheet that would predict the stress on each of the 3,000 component parts of a power supply that goes into a European fighter jet.

    In 2007 I used a spread sheet to calculate the accuracy loss at each component of a current monitoring system in the engine starter of an American private jet design.

    In 1999 I started handloading and immediately started using EXCEL to keep track of all the bullets and powders, and powder charges used in 9mm overload experiments.

    I soon abandoned the spread sheet system for reloading.

    I now reload; 19 Badger,.222, .223, 22-250, 6mmBR, .243, 25acp, 25/35, 250/3000, 257 Robert Ackley Improved, 260Rem, 6.5x55, 270, 7x57mm, 7mm Rem mag, 32acp, 32sw, 32S&WLong, 32-20, 7.62x25mm, 30-30, 303Sav, 300Sav, 7.62x39mm, 308, 7.5Swiss, 30-06, 300WM, 303Brit,7.62x54R, 8x57mm, 338WM, .380, 9x19mm, 9x23mm, 357 Sig, 38 sp, 357 mag, 38sw, 40sw, 10mm, 10.4mm, 401 power mag, 44mag, 45acp, 45Colt, .410, 45/70, and 12 ga.

    The system I now use is the narrative description of the range report.
    I want descriptions of the gun, the target, the wind, and the effect on the brass.

    There are too many aspects to fit in the spread sheet format.
     
  22. Cosmoline

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    I've tried all kinds of methods but the one that works is a small rain-proof notebook I keep with me. I record the range observations and load data along with wind and other basic conditions. Over time this gives me a good idea of what's working and what isn't. I only put the "keeper" loads in my big bound book. I then code the keepers and mark the code on the cartridges with a sharpie. For example, a certain load with the .450 Marlin is marked as two lines on the back of the cartridge like "II" So if one goes astray (the always seem to) I'll know what the heck it is. Others are marked with triangles, waves, etc. which correspond to a certain "keeper" load.
     
  23. Dups

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    I store a piece of cardstock with the OAL, powder charge, bullet weight, primer, brass, # times loaded... ETC inside the baggie where i store my ammo. I'm way to cheap for even plastic cartridge carriers.
     
  24. Xfire68

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    I use the back of my Lyman's 49th for 9mm,.380, .40 S&W, .223 and .45 LC.

    When I get more calibers I will transfer the data to a notebook.
     
  25. RandyP

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    I don't keep a log, but I do use a label I print out in Word on some Avery label stock and attach each label to each box of ammo I create.

    I confess to not being terribly interested in 'experimenting' or working up loads. I shoot mostly plated using Win 231/HP-38 for indoor range target practice, low-mid jacketed data. They all go bang and achieve my goal of MOD (Minute of Dead) accuracy at realistic SD distances (under 25 feet).
     
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