How do you contain/separate your test loads to transport to the range? I have been using letter envelopes for many years. One per test load 3-5 rounds. Do they sell like the old pill envelopes or is there a better way. Sometimes it is a few weeks from the reloader to the range.
I write on a piece of paper what the powder charges are and I also color the tips with different colors from a magic marker and record the colors, I do this in case I spill the ammo. Also the colors will show on the bullet holes and that will tell which loads are which on the target.
I use 50 round ammo boxes and put numbers on the primers with a fine point sharpie marker. I put a label inside the lid and list...#1 = , #2= , etc... Some guys will color code primers with different colored markers
Thanks, some real good methods. Several I never thought of. Over the last few days I reloaded around 45 different loads of (3) for a few different guns, with different powers, primers, various brass and set different bullet seating depths.
First I record all my loading information on pre-printed forms for each gun which I retain and record measured groups, place my prepared brass in reloading blocks numbered by rows and make a list of test loads by power, use the list to load all of one power while in the dispenser then proceed to the next power.
I then make a bullet list so I can load all my same bullets without changing dies first by type of bullet, caliber and gun for further use. This time I had to measure, determine and list the O-give for each bullet for each gun.
I place each group of 3 in a paper envelope and tape them. I have some fear than the envelope seals could separate and I would not be certain exactly what I shooting, could not record or use the information. A lot of work for nothing....
Thanks to the valued input I have received. I will be able to improve my transporting/identification methods. Thanks again.
I put all of my test loads in the green hard plastic 50 round ammo carriers. The rows are labeled 1-10. I then write a date loaded on a piece of masking tape and put it on the container. Then I have my load notebook with that dates loads with the loads listed 1-10. Then each target gets a 1-10, and I only shoot 5 rounds at a target. (I save all of my targets in a file organizer by rifle and write on them the rifle, date, load, and weather conditions.)
When I was back in school for my MBA, they make you purchase $50 worth of paper for printing in the computer labs. It equals 500 pieces of paper. So at the end of each semester I would go and print off 500 targets. It was always during finals week so it got me a lot of dirty looks haha.
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I use a fine point sharpie and write the load data on each case. Takes just a moment to do, and then there's no issue of things getting mixed up.
This is what I do. I only need to step outside to test loads, so I just use a loading block to transport them.
But it is possible to spill them and cause a mixup. Marking the load on the case eliminates that possibility.