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Reloading Log

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jake556, Nov 9, 2010.

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  1. jake556

    jake556 Member

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    I was wondering what programs or homemade excel sheets you use for your load data. I would like to get my data in better order than it is.
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    Since I don't trust computers to not fail, I keep my records in 3 ring binders, on the sheets Lyman sells in book form. I've copied them on both sides and have one binder for rifle loads and one for handgun loads. Everything I load goes into one of the binders and I can tell you exactly how many rounds of each caliber I've loaded since I started keeping these records. There are places for lot numbers for each component, all the measurements required, velocity, etc., and a section for notes.

    It works for me.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. HOWARD J

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    Midway sells Lyman Data Log manual--$5.50 plus frt.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    I use a home made log I did in Excel. I have tabs for the different calibers. I manipulate the cells to suit the data for any given test. I also print it out in a binder, and back the data up in two places.
     

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  5. FROGO207

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    I think that I agree with ReloaderFred and keep the info on a custom form that I made and photocopy then keep in cartridge specific binders. Way lots faster to fill out than a computer, works without power, and harder to loose data.
     
  6. cfullgraf

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    I also use a self designed form in 3 ring binders. First generation form was done on a drafting table 30 some years ago, and the latest generation done in a CAD system.

    Three ring binders allow me to add other information about the cartridge to the file.

    Computers are fine, but it takes too long for me for them to boot to add 30 seconds worth of data.

    So, I agree with ReloaderFred and Frogo207.

    But what ever floats your boat. The important part is that the info gets logged.
     
  7. Capt Roy

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    I am new to reloading but I have kept the Lyman log since I started... I find myself refering to my regularly.. I the log on my reloading bench and don't think I would like to store it on a computer... Just my .02
     
  8. TexasShooter59

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    How about a photo of the part where you enter your components, charge weights, etc.?

    I'm just using index cards so far. I'm still trying to figure out a system that works for me.
     
  9. Skip_a_roo

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    In this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=502030 krochus has a picture of a really neat looking log page. Should be easy to duplicate with Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    I thought it was pretty cool. There also is a program called Reloader's Reference. It is available free on the web. Lots of cool stuff in it too. One thing is the ability to store data from your own loads.

    Do a Google search on the web for it. Pretty cool and free, which speaks to us all that reload! ;)
     
  10. Walkalong

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    My Rifle log looks much different, with more data logged.

    Load #22 in .45 Colt.

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    I am shooting the X-Treme 255 Gr TrFP with 6.2 Grs of new AA #2. Very light, very accurate, very clean, great PF numbers. (Load #29)
     
  11. ReloaderFred

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    Walkalong,

    You shoot in 97 degree weather??? It's only been up to 97* here on the coast once in the last 16 years, and we all about died that day!

    Good log, though. The Lyman serves my needs and it only takes a minute to fill in the blanks.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    Walkalong, thanks for the post!
     
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    99 quite a few times this last summer. I have to keep a towel handy to wipe sweat off my face and hands constantly. If I didn't shoot in the heat, I wouldn't get to shoot for about 3 or 4 months straight. :eek:
     
  15. EMC45

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    I use an old composition notebook and a pencil......Egads!
     
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    Hmm... I have only been reloading for about a year, but all I do is research the load. Load, and put the info on the labels on my ammo boxes. Then, when I want to reload that particular load I just get the info off the box. Now, other than the RARE match I just shoot for fun, so I do not record the performance but I can see why you would. I hate record keeping. I have so many aspects of my life where documentation rules all, I want to keep it out of my hobbies :)
     
  17. ReloaderFred

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    In my case, I load for 31 different calibers, and in some of them, I load thousands of rounds per year, so keeping good records is a necessity. With some calibers, I don't load them all the time, and it may be a couple of years before I have to go back and resupply for that caliber. Relying on anything but records is ruled out, especially as I get older and people keep hiding things from me.............

    Hope this helps.

    Fred

    PS: Walkalong, if it gets that hot, it's time to find someplace cool and drink a pitcher of iced tea.........
     
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    I prefer lemonade.......... :D

    Yep, I always have water with me. Down here you can dehydrate in a hurry. When you quit sweating....watch out. :scrutiny:

    Heat exhaustion is no fun, and once you feel it, it is too late to stop it. You can only try to recover at that point and not let it become heat stroke. Been there done that one. It feels terrible. Your whole body is screaming at you.

    I find my notes invaluable at times. Saves time, powder, and bullets when trying something different. And as Fred alluded to, we can't remember things as well as we used to. :eek:
     
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    That same guy comes to my house too. :D I thought someone had stolen my wife the other night, but then realized someone had put me to sleep on the couch.


    I use a 8-1/2 x 11 lab notebook which has a hard cover and permanent pages. I start a new page for each new bullet brand/ weight/ style. At the top of each page I write down all the calculations used to find the OAL for that bullet. Then under that, each load is recorded. Having a lightweight notebook lets me take it to the range in my bag and make notes while I shoot. So under each load are chrono and target results.

    It's not high-tech, but it works for me.
     
  20. MrOldLude

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    I don't use paper.

    I save my logs to google documents so wherever I go, I have access to my data IF I need it.
     
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