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Tracking Your Range Sessions.....

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by King, Dec 26, 2002.

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  1. King

    King Member

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    Just a thought / question based on a comment made on my range bag thread.

    How many of you actually track and document your range sessions in terms of keeping a log of what guns you fired, what ammo (mfg'er), number of rounds, problems encountered (misfire, eject failure's, etc), session date?

    I'm thinking of doing that via some type of log book that I would maintain in my range bag.
     
  2. spacemanspiff

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    i tried doing that, but shooting was so much fun i started losing count. and then when you bring multiple guns in the same caliber, boy do i ever lose track of where i'm at.

    i have a general idea of how many rounds i've fed my guns, and a general idea of when the malfunctions occured.

    when i get my Mauser though, i'm going to keep real good track, i promise.
     
  3. rock jock

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    I'm with spaceman. Even though it goes aganist my anal-retentive instincts as an engineer, I don't take notes. Documenting my shooting takes away all the fun. You really don't need a log to tell you if you are improving or not.
     
  4. King

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    I thinking more like keeping up with the number of rounds I'm putting through my guns. I kind of rotate them around. Several are the same calibur. It would seem logical after a session to jot down what guns I had practiced with and the amount of ammo I had put through each of them.

    I haven't been doing that but I'm giving it some thought. It doesn't seem like it would take more than a minute or so to do it.

    Question is, it is benefical to do so........
     
  5. CAP

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    I started doing it in the last 1/2 year. I had always kept a rough estimate on round counts before, but additions to the collection made paperwork neccessary.

    I like to know for my own info. I rarely sell items once I acquire them.

    CAP
     
  6. ms1200

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    i keep a log on the # of rounds fired through each of my firearms.
     
  7. KMKeller

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    I'm with SpaceMan and RockJock. All that documentation makes it seem too much like work to me. I like the whole "just have fun" side of it. Although I do keep track of the total rounds per weapon.
     
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    For the past 5 years I have kept a journal of my range sessions.It will list such things as date,place,time, firearms and ammo used,type of practice,targets used and if I was by myself or with a friend. I usually make some rough notes later in the day and as soon as possible make a permanent entry in my journal.It is amazing just how much I have forgotten about a range experience and the journal refreshes my memory.If I am having a problem, the act of writing it down seems to force me to pay more attention in the future.
     
  9. hutch24

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    I keep a log of rounds fired and failures on all my guns except for my 10/22(too many rounds to keep track of:D )
     
  10. Gewehr98

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    I keep good records for a couple purposes...

    My "precision" rifles (700PSS, 6.5-06 Interdiction, M14NM) get logged each time they're fired. I use a Trigon Technologies NSW Sniper Log Book.

    Any time I shoot handloads, my green ledger book goes with to document performance. Then the data is transferred to my Microsoft Access handload database. Anal, but it keeps me from trying to reinvent the wheel each time I tool up to make another batch of a certain ammo.
     
  11. Blackhawk

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    I sort of keep track by the ammo I buy and mentally what gun it goes through -- sort of like having an idea of how much cash is in my wallet.

    Logging things seems too much like work....
     
  12. Still Learning

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    It's a good idea...

    ...but I can't make myself do it. At least not consistently.

    when I am practicing for competition, I keep a log of my times and hits. As far as number of rounds through each firearm, I have a pretty good idea but couldn't swear to it any closer than a few hundred rounds--except for new guns.

    I wish I were a real journal keeper. Not just for shooting but for evey day living.
     
  13. laynlow

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    I always log the number of rounds fired, shooting location, type of ammo used, and the date I clean the gun after shooting. Sometimes I save targets for various reasons, but I always have a general idea of my progress/performance.
     
  14. Ted Bell

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    I log the gun, # of rounds, the ammo, any malfunctions, and a general idea of the types of drills I practiced in case one day the SHTF and I have to document my proficiency with my carry guns.
     
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    I use a Palm Pilot and the Memo pad function to keep note on which gun, serial number, place I bought it, price, date at the range, what range, how many rounds, what brand, and any problems. Also keep a running total of rounds at the top so I can see it when I open Memo.
     
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    I still keep track of rounds fired (plus or minus the occasional informal shoot) of each gun but not which guns were fired on which date...
     
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    It's MY OCD...

    I keep a record of the date, weapon, location, time of day, air temp, ammo temp, Barometric pressure, prevaling winds at the gun and 2/3 range to target, mirage, humidity, sunlight intensity and direction, range to target, type of ammo used, lot # if any, MV if I bring my chrony (along with those SD / ES stuff), any scope changes relative to the base ammo used to zero the scope and the changes from where the erector tube is centered...


    incredible that I have time to shoot.

    S.
     
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    I have trouble keeping my checkbook up to date!

    When I'm developing new handloads, I'll usually write that stuff down at the loading bench, then staple it to the target after I fire them.

    When I was heavy into Pin Shooting, I kept track of my times. But the RO wrote them all down, so it wasn't like I had to do much work! :)
    But that's about it for documentation.
     
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    I keep a log/journal of range events, number of rounds fired, what type of rounds, factory or reloads and results.

    Also log reloading information, gun purchase, ammo purchase, parts and bits purchase--dates and events for future reference.

    Lots to be gained on keeping good records of reloading activity, problems, success, results.

    Giant
     
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    Religiously for my precision rifle, Remington LTR. Semi-regularly with newer weapons until they're broken in.
     
  21. Captain Bligh

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    I keep an Excel spreadsheet on each handgun I shoot. I log date, ammo used, # rounds fired, # of failures if any, and lube I have on the gun. I don't keep track of rifles or shotguns.

    So, I guess you'd call be semi-anal retentive.

    RJ
     
  22. King

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    Good input all...I think I'll start keeping at least a basic record if for no other reason than to humor myself. I don't think it needs to be a task or chore. I think I can recall what I did at the end of the session and write it down in a minute or two. I don't guess it needs to be exact but it would give me a good idea about how I'm practicing, with what, and when...........
     
  23. ruger357

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    I have a freind who does, but I don't.
     
  24. Guyon

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    I keep a gun log in Excel with date, place, rounds fired, type of round, whether or not I cleaned, and additional comments. It also serves as my hunting log since I provide comments on particular hunts.
     
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    Resurrecting an old thread (it was just Easter), does anybody have Excel spreadsheet(s) they could post or email for keeping track of gun usage/maintenance? Some folks posted that they do so; I'm hoping they'd like to share. Thanks.
     
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