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Reloading Records
« on: April 29, 2010, 12:59:26 am »
So every source I've seen advises to keep detailed records of your loads.

So far, in the 25 rounds I've loaded, I haven't recorded anything yet. :hide

What kind of numbers should I be recording?

How does everyone else keep the books? Notebook? Electronic?
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    Re: Reloading Records
    « Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 05:47:55 am »
    I keep mostly paper records, with some data in a spreadsheet as a backup.

    Do a search for "reloading records" which ought to turn up a number of different forms.  I looked at several and combined the features I liked into my own.  Or you can PM me with your email address and I'll be glad to send you some samples and the one that I use right now.  I print the forms out on paper and keep them in a binder in my shop.  Every time I reload some cartridges I assign a batch number to it that's included on the label I put on the box or bag containing the reloads so I can tell what they are.

    I would suggest recording
    -batch number or ID
    -date
    -caliber
    -bullet weight and type
    -powder used and charge.  I record the nominal charge (what each is supposed to have) and I also keep an eye on what charges I'm actually dropping as I spot check each maybe 25th round or so if everything's running smoothly.  So for instance I might put down the charge as "4.3 W231" and then also note that my spot checking showed it was actually coming out 4.2-4.5 grains.
    -brass used
    -primer used
    -COL
    - number of cartridges reloaded.

    The forms I adapted also have places to record chronograph data, and a general notes section for any other info.
    I've found keeping these records to be helpful.  Especially when I've trial-and-error'd my way into a nicely functioning load, then I can just flip my notebook open and remind myself what it was when I want to make more.

    I label each box or bag of reloads with date, batch number, caliber, bullet, powder and charge amount, and COL.  Instead of buying labels I just put a couple of pieces of masking tape on the box and write on it with sharpie.  Sometimes when I buy bullets I've noticed that the bullet maker included a few small labels with places for this information too, those little stickers may give you some ideas about what to record and label your ammo with.

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    Re: Reloading Records
    « Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 07:45:42 am »
    Right, you don't record every round, just the data from every batch.  In addition to the above, you may wish to record the number of times a certain batch of brass has been reloaded.
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    Re: Reloading Records
    « Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 08:16:15 am »
    Outbreak, I started on paper in a spiral notebook and when I came across an old laptop that was looking for a home it became the gun room computer. I ginned up a database in Access to record reloads.
    Here is a screen shot of the entry screen of what I recorded in that version.


    I've since converted over to filemakerpro but don't have access to that database on this PC. I still record the same data for my reloads. I still have my shooting notebook that I record load data on then record notes on it's performance out at the range or any quirks that I notice while shooting it. I'll then go back and add notes about the ammo. Like the note in this one that I loaded these long for more reliable feeding in teh wifes 1911.

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    Re: Reloading Records
    « Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 10:03:15 am »
    You were reloading on Christmas day?  Nice.  That's a present for yourself, eh?
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    Re: Reloading Records
    « Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 08:20:56 pm »
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    You were reloading on Christmas day?  Nice.  That's a present for yourself, eh?

    Present for me, present for her, pt a;; comes out in the end.

    Actually, for our first anniversary, she bought me a Dillon XL650 with caliber conversions for the variety of calibers I reload. Or at least most of them. I still load a bunch on the Lee SIngle stage or the Rock Chucker as needed for big rounds or more precision than I expect out of the progressive.
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