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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-13-2016, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Do you keep records of your loads?

I learned a long time ago to keep track of everything i do in my loading room!
The date when loaded has become important to me,because of a cold welding thing that popped up on me a few years ago.
Due to a money shortage,years ago,i could only afford one type of powder. I didn't have to keep to good of track of what i had loaded up?It didn't matter to me,then,i was doing it to save money and for hunting ammo.A 4 or 5 inch group was great? [40 years ago!]
Once i got that i could get more that one brand and type of powder i learned not to think i could remember all the particulars of a loaded box of ammo!
There was nothing more frustrating,to me,then to hit on a load combo,that is very good,and can't remember what it was!!!!! Or,one that just was very bad.
Also,now days ,i load for a lot more than one rifle.
I keep 2 record books of my loading. Why 2? I had a water valve,in my basement blow out years ago and soaked my old record book and it was ruined.So i have 2 and in different places.
I sure learned how much better it is to be able to look back and see,for sure,what you have put together and how works.

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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I keep a log on all loads and every individual cartridge container is marked with all the load info as well.
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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

Yep. I have a ring binder and my own pre-printed load data sheets. When I make a load all the ingredients go on the sheet. Then when it goes to the range, I record all the velocities, the group size, and any other things of note about the load. Good, bad or indifferent, the load stays in the binder forever for reference.

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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

Sure do.Data tags on the boxes.Computer files backed up on a hard drive and flash drive.Old school 90's type stuff.The 204 Ruger actually smacked a little at a chronoed average of 3989 FPS with 8208 XBR.Thats a reload,Hornady Superformance clocked an average of 4026 FPS.

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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I cut out the 3 shot group clover leaf target with enough room to write type of powder,grains, primer, o.a.l. etc. Then i tape it to the page in the reloading manual of that specific caliber. 2-3 accurate hunting loads is enough for me for each calibers i load for.
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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I have recorder every road of ammo I have reloaded since 1989. Every. Ox of ammo has a label on it as well-date, powder, etc.

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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I keep date, powder, charge, primer and bullet type and weight and bullet velocity on each box (Midway stickers) I also keep a log of how well each gun liked that load and how it preformed on deer if it makes it too the woods. If it was not accurate I write it on the box and in the book.

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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I have my best loads for each caliber written down at my bench. Also, I write down the load in the manual, if it's not exactly one of the ones they have listed. If it is, I'll highlight that load and jot down a few notes. I also write down the load on the boxes of finishes ammo.
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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I keep a binder with all my reloading data and also have an excel spreadsheet with the same info. I make sure I log all my reloading right after I'm done.
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Re: Do you keep records of your loads?

I keep records on all my reloads in a binder for each caliber and gauge. I started in 1972 and have a lot of data and need to condense it into excel. I also list the power, bullet, primer, oil etc I like the Idea above to paste the group cut out on the data.

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