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how do you record your load data?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TennJed, Jul 11, 2011.

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  1. TennJed

    TennJed Member

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    For those of you that keep track of you loads what do you use? Pen and Paper? Computer Spread sheet?

    I am looking for both actually, and was wondering if anyone has any attachments, links, or files to lend.

    I want to keep a copy in my three ring binde,r but want to back it up on the computer. A spreedsheet that allows you to search by weight, powder, ect would be wonderful.

    Thanks
     
  2. PO2Hammer

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    Separate notebooks for each caliber, no computer stuff.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    I use a log I made in Excel. I keep it in on four different drives, as well as print it out to put in a three ring binder.
     
  4. Pacsd

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    I've got a 3 ring binder for each of my calibers that I've kept up since the mid 1970's. Record every work-up load and final selections as well as several test pattern results. Pretty simple thing to do. Probably too old and set in my ways to delve into spreadsheets.
     
  5. R.W.Dale

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    I do the same using the sheets provided in post six of this thread

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

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    I use labels from Midway on each batch or box of reloads.
    If I like the load I transfer the info to a MTM 3 ring binder using a Lyman reloaders data log.
     
  7. Haxby

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    Pen & ink.
    3x5 spiral notebook in my range bag.
    6x9 spiral notebook on my reloading bench.
    3-ring binder on my bookshelf.
    I'm not much of a note-taker. I just looked, and I've been using the same 3x5 notebook since 1997.
     
  8. cfullgraf

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    3 ring binder with dividers for each caliber. I am up to two binders, 30 cal and down in one, above 30 cal and shot shell in the other.

    Each divider has a sheets with load data, sheets for velocity, sheets for groups and blank paper for notes. I use lot numbers to link info from page to page.

    My log sheets are home designed, originally drawn by hand, now drawn on CAD. I use a photo copier to "print" the sheets.

    Finally, I keep a separate log of favorite loads du jour to make it easier to find my current pet loads.

    It takes too long to fire up the computer to log info there on a spread sheet but spreadsheets offer some distinct possibilities.
     
  9. REL1203

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    Excel Spreadsheet, new tab for every calibur, and one tab for every calibur with what I plan on doing on my next loading of that calibur (like i call it "9mm Ideas" and I will list "Try 20round of 124g Berry RN w/ 4.5g Universal at COAL 1.14", and then on the records tab, i recorder all the vital stats, and have a Notes Column where i can put anything important like "This batch was with the New Hornady 9mm dies" or something like that...
     
  10. ReloaderFred

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    I have two large 3 ring binders, one of handgun calibers and one for rifle calibers. If one caliber is used in both rifle and handgun, there is a section in each for the respective loads.

    The sheets are the Lyman 8 1/2" x 11" preprinted that they sell. Each page will contain four entries, with all the pertinent information. I've copied them on both sides of the sheet to reduce volume. When I make the labels for the boxes on my computer, I make an extra label to paste on the data sheet as an example. It helps when referencing older loads, since each label is dated, along with the load.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  11. jcwit

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    Paper & Pen and a small file cabinet w/file folders.
     
  12. 1SOW

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    All computer stored, plus complete labels on 40+ cartridge holders.
     
  13. ColtPythonElite

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    I use a small spiral bound notebook with each caliber separated by a paper clip. I back up the data by also writing it under the powder listings for each particular caliber/bullet in my loading manual.
     
  14. ADKWOODSMAN

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    Small 3 ring binder for each common cal. ex .22, .24. .270 etc. and the computer. The computer is faster to search.

    The 3 ring binders also contain targets fired with specific guns and all the reloading info on the target.
     
  15. Innovative

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    Sometimes, I use a small 3 ring binder. I also like the computer for storing my "best" loads for each firearm. However, most of the time I like using these preprinted cards at the range.


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  16. James2

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    Two things I do. All ammo gets a label with date and loading specs. I use mailing labels and make printouts so its just fill in the blanks on the labels. I keep recipes and notes in my reloading manual. Nothing fancy, but it works for me.
     
  17. 1911Tuner

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    Over the years, I've simplified to the point that I've got it mostly committed to memory. I load for relatively few calibers and have trimmed it to three powders for handgun...and three only because I've recently started loading .38 Special again...or it would be just two. Unique and 2400.

    For rifle, I mostly rely on IMR 4895 and a little use with 4064 in .308 caliber. The former for use with 150-grain bullets, and the latter for use with 165-168 grain. IMR 4895 also gets the nod for the small amount of .30-30 that I load...but that doesn't amount to much.

    Beyond that, it's just a matter of writing the load date on the container with a Sharpie marker for the lots that I intend to store long-term...a year or more.
     
  18. MrOldLude

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    Google documents spreadsheet.

    In the cloud so I can access it anywhere I'm loading. it's also redundant, and more convenient than paper than can lost, smudged, torn out, and burnt.

    I can instantly bring up what I'm loading, and calculate how many I've loaded to date, and etc.
     
  19. EMC45

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    Composition notebook.
     
  20. Ret.CWO

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    Lee has a great program on disk. I've been using it now close to ten years. I print it and place it in a loose leaf folder with a page protector. You can get it on Midway. It is very reasonable.
     
  21. raddiver

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    I wrote a database to keep track of all my stuff.
    number of shots fired, particular loads for a given gun, serial numbers, etc.

    I figure i can back it up alot more places than i can a single sheet of paper.
     
  22. A Historian

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    Memory. :|
     
  23. BigN

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    I have a downloaded app for my Iphone. All reloads, info, shooting results are kept in it, neat and tidy, ready for recall.
     
  24. BADUNAME37

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    I use the sticker that takes up most of the inside lid of the RCBS green die box. Also, on each plastic box of cartridges, I use Frankford Arsenal Reloading Stickers to identify the loads that are in each particular box, the date they were loaded (date the cartridges where crimped and inserted in the box) and the exact recipe for the load, including micrometer numbers for trim-to length (I trim all brass) and micrometer number for my powder measure micrometer adjustment. For extremely accurate rifle loads, the micrometer adjustment indicates a throw that is just a tad on the light side and I dribble up to perfection into the scale pan for each cartridge. I use metal Saturn Funnels to dump powder from the scale pan into the casings in the Dedicated Frankford Arsenal loading trays.
     
  25. J_McLeod

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    I write the load data on a little card that goes with the ammo, then put it into the excel spreadsheet and assign it a lot #. I have it all on one tab, but it's easy to filter.
     
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