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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by OrangeCat, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. markr6754

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    I discovered this over a year ago, but I adopted it for my shooting log. My load data I keep in a small spiral notebook at my loading bench. I use a label maker to annotate my ammo boxes, as well as MTM load stickers that I picked up a while back. And now, borrowing hints from this forum, I picked up a set of colored sharpies to markup my primers/case heads to distinguish between different loads under test/development.
     
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  2. Mel1776
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    I have used the attached system since 1991. Prior to that was note pads and index cards. This gives me everything in one place. I staple notes and chronograph print-out tapes to the appropriate cartridge lot number page. A sample of the container ID label is on the binder cover. I have a 2nd binder for rifle cartridges.

    The binders also contain articles, conversion charts, graphs, etc. Very handy.
     

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  3. Mel1776
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    Here are the images that were scattered randomly through the previous post.
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  4. illinoisburt

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    All load data stays with the cartridges. Full info including date, HS, number of times resized, crimp, bullet, charge weights, powder, primer, brass length, coal, etc is on a card taped inside the lid of the cartridge box. If doing load development, color code the primers with sharpie and include info on the card. If its a bigger bulk run going in a bag, still have the same card with info but it gets double bagged and the card is between the two bags before going into a can (no loose ammo in cans for me, has to be bagged). That way know exactly what any ammo is regardless which box or container is picked up. Not just for my self but also for anyone else who may be looking at it in the future. Beeen doing it this way since I started in late 1980's.
     
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  5. cfullgraf

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    I use 3 ring binders mostly because a computer is not convenient to my reloading bench. My choice. Besides, I can log information faster than it takes the computer to boot up.

    But computer logs provide some printing and searching features not available with hand written logs.

    I have one tab per cartridge. Inside each tab is a sheet for the reloaded rounds recording lot number, number of cartridges loaded, case, powder and charge, primer, and other remarks including COL and powder measure setting.

    I also have a page each for velocity data and accuracy data. Not all lots get tested so the lot number is the reference between the three different data sheets.

    Finally, I have pages for notes and include other information on the cartridge I deem worthy of keeping.

    I have a list of favorite loads kept at the front of the binder for quick reference. This gets updated periodically as I find new favorites.

    With data for more than 30 cartridges and 4 shot shells, I actually have four binders. I divide them by handgun, small bore rifle, large bore rifle, and shotshell. The shot shell binder is also the storage binder for blank sheets.
     
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  6. lightman

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    Thats a good idea! I have a remarks/notes column that I list the firearm in. A separate page would be nice.
     
  7. Jammersix

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    I used FileMaker Pro and wrote an application.
     
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  8. Kingcreek

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    I write notes and details in the reloading manuals, I write on targets and fold them and stick them in the pages of reloading manuals. Kinda messy but I can always find what I'm looking for.
    I always label all reloads. Sometimes it is labels or just written on a ziplock bag w a permanent marker but I have no unlabeled reloads.
     
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  9. skeeters

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    Great idea and good way to instantly grab your data, Lol I mark up my reloading manuals pretty bad.
     
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  10. GONRA

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    GONRA sets up separate COMPUTER files for each CALIBER and proceeds accordingly,
    (Also record 'em in my ancient "ring binder" notes. "Lot Numbers" started in 1958 or so. You get the idea....)
     
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