Quick question, I'm getting into reloading and was wondering how others decipher bullets of same caliber with different weights of powder when getting a load worked out. Can I write on them with marker? Or will that leave an impression in the chamber? I have stickers that I put on the outside of the case that I carry them in, but if they happen to spill, I'm up the creek. Thanks!
I use a 20 round shell carrier, and keep 9 shells in them when working up loads. 3 on each end, and 3 in the middle. I label them with masking tape on the case. If you're worried about the case spilling, tape it shut. You could also mark the bullets themselves with a sharpie, instead of the case, if you're worried about marking it.
I mark primers but it is usually at the end of a batch. If I'm running out of powder I'll mark the last of the cartridges so I know which ones are not from the new can of powder. Or also if I've been loading with a certain load or powder and decide to change I'll mark all the previous remaining loads primers to distinguish them from the new batch.
For individual rounds up to groups of 3-4 I'll write the load on a sticky note and wrap it around the cartridges with a tight rubber band. They stay together just fine and then write the shooting results on the same sticky.
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i use 50rd plastic boxes...lowest charges on the left..usually 3 when i am developing loads so i put 3 in a row and skip a row or 2 and put in the next 3..i keep a paper in the box usually taped in the lid of what the charges are..then those charges get wrote on the targets and the loads fires working up to the hotter loads...
havent had a case spill but if i do id have to go pull em all and cry...
Color code the tip of the bullet with magic markers (not the bearing surface) and record on a piece of paper. Also when the bullet goes through the target the color from the marker will be at the edge of the hole, so you can identify what each load did in the target. Try it it works very well.