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What does your reloading log look like?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by G36_Me, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. G36_Me

    G36_Me

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    Here is what I've come up with for 45 Auto. It has been through several revisions. Just last night made another change. Of course, it is filled in by hand at the bench, but I entered some 'real' data so you can see what I do.

    What do you have in your log? (thanks to jaybirdjtt for mentioning his log in another post. i've been wanting to ask this for a while).

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  2. fredj338

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    Mine is sim. I do not show quant or control number but add vel, sd & accuracy as well as type/model of gun used (kind of imoportant if you load for more than one).
     
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  3. G36_Me

    G36_Me

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    Good points.
    The control number is just something I put on the 'end' of the box. When they are stacked on the shelf, I take my log to the shelf and pull off the ammo I want to use, using the control number as an easy way to not have to pull all the boxes off and read the top.

    With no chrono (yet, maybe in the next 30 years) I don't have vel and sd info, wish I did, but not convinced yet I need to go to this next step. (don't want to get off track on this discussion here)

    Type and model of gun, that's the type of info I put in the margins if necessary.
    All my 230 gr loads work in all my guns, mandatory for me. The 185 gr loads do have gun related info in the margins, since that is my only specialized load.

    Thanks
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Mine is also pretty similar... When I get a Chrony, I want to add columns for it.

    I really don't understand why people would pay for a log book, or pay for some "gun inventory program", etc.. If you've got Excel,, you can fire it up and do whatever you want w/ minimum knowledge and effort. If you don't have MS Office, just download Open Office for free, and use its spreadsheet program.

    My whole gun collection is in a spread sheet, complete w/ model #'s, serial #'s, etc.. I've also got my logbook for my reloading data.

    IGF
     
  5. kjm1016

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    I do mine on the computer using M/S word. Each caliber has a Chapter listing the weapons I own in that cal., including a photo of the gun. Then loads are listed under type of bullet. For individual loads I list a number, date, powder charge, primer, casing, crimp, data source to including the test barrel listed in the data source, anticipated velocity, powder measure rotor #, and chronograph data. A notes section if you like. This works for me. I keep a hard copy in document protectors and reprint pages as needed. However the computer version is the primary. The hard copy is a backup in case of a computer crash. A good idea is to keep your data on a flash drive, which isolates it until needed and if the computer goes bye-bye, you still have your data. See example page below, .38 Special, 148 Lead Hollow Base Wadcutter. As you can see, I've been at this awhile.


    Bullet: Speer (swaged) 148 LHBWC
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    Load Number: 28 Date Established: 1APR86
    Powder Charge: 3.2 WW231 Primer: CCI500
    Brass: Misc. Crimp: Roll
    O.A.L.: 1.180” Data Source: Hornady#3
    Est. Velocity: 740 LDPMR#: 2 D/S Test BBL.: 4”Rev.
    Chrony Data: 30DEC93: DB.38 (4”) AV.768/ES.53/AD.20/E.194.
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    Load Number: 29 Date Established: 1APR86
    Powder Charge: 2.9 Bullseye Primer: CCI500
    Brass: Misc. Crimp: Roll
    O.A.L.: 1.180” Data Source: Hornady#3
    Est. Velocity: 775 LDPMR#: 2 D/S Test BBL.: 4”Rev.
    Chrony Data: 30DEC93: DB.38 (4”) AV.760/ES.79/AD.18/E.190.
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    Load Number: 181 Date Established: 30DEC93
    Powder Charge: 4.3 AA5 Primer: CCI500
    Brass: Misc. Crimp: Roll
    O.A.L.: 1.180” Data Source: A.A.Gd.#5
    Est. Velocity: 725 LDPMR#: 2 D/S Test BBL.: 4”Rev.
    Chrony Data: 30DEC93: DB.38 (4”) AV.776/ES.89/AD.22/E.198.
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    Load Number: 368 Date Established: 30DEC08
    Powder Charge: 3.5 HP-38 Primer: CCI500
    Brass: Starline Crimp: Roll
    O.A.L.: 1.180” Data Source: Speer#14
    Est. Velocity: 825 LDPMR#: 3 D/S Test BBL.: 6”Rev.
    Chrony Data: 29DEC08/S&W M-10 (4”) AV.751/ES.34/AD.13/E.185
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    Notes:




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  6. Run&Shoot

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    Similar but I don't have separate columns for each aspect of bullet, case, and primer. For instance the one bullet column would have a value such as "170 gr. Lead TC, Dardas"

    I leave room below each entry for a line or two of range results comments which now include chrony stats, accuracy, and functioning notes. Takes up more room vertically but the notes are critical to know what works and how well.

    I also have a separate section just for favorite loads with each bullet type within each cartridge.
     
  7. jeffreybehr

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    Here's mine.

    [​IMG]

    It's an Excel spreadsheet that anyone may have by e-mailing me at jeffreybehr(at)cox(dot)net.
     
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    My highly advanced log book.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. PCJim

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    Mine logbook is two fold...

    A pocket-sized 6 ring binder sits on the reloading bench that has the date, caliber, type of brass, number of rounds, primer, powder, charge, bullet size and mfg, COL and data source listed. Every batch of rounds I've ever made is in that logbook.

    Second is an Excel file with the same information, plus any particular observations when any test loadings were fired. This is cross-referenced back to each bench top logbook entry. I use the Excel file for quick sorting and for carrying with me to look up loads when away from home.

    Chronograph results are kept only in the Excel file, in a separate workbook. They are also cross-referenced back to the batch entry in the primary workbook.

    ETA - after seeing Hammerhead's photo entry, mine looks mighty similar...
     
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  10. G36_Me

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    kjm1016
    what do the abbrev. in these lines mean?
    Est. Velocity: 740 LDPMR#: 2 D/S Test BBL.: 4”Rev.
    Chrony Data: 30DEC93: DB.38 (4”) AV.768/ES.53/AD.20/E.194.
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  11. G36_Me

    G36_Me

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    Run&Shoot
    regarding:
    I leave room below each entry for a line or two of range results comments which now include chrony stats, accuracy, and functioning notes. Takes up more room vertically but the notes are critical to know what works and how well.


    I think I will try this and see if I like it. Better than writing in the margins as I am doing now.
     
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    Granted I'm a total newb and have only been through one round of reloading, but this is almost exactly what mine looks like.
     
  13. DoctaGlockta

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    [​IMG]

    Wow I think I might need some simplification after seeing everyone's.
     
  14. PCJim

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    I'll take a run on this, although the "E" did have me going for a short while...

    LDPMR#2 - Lee Powder Measure Rotor Number
    AV - Average Velocity of shot string
    ES - Extreme Spread of shot string (high velocity minus low velocity)
    AD - Average Deviation of shot string (see your calculus professor)
    E - Energy (average velocity x average velocity x bullet weight. His notation is in thousands)
     
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    I copied a page from my Lyman reloading manual.
     
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    I Like this one. Going to use this instead of the one I have been using. Mine was a LOT more complicated than this.
     
  17. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Hey, isn't that the schematic for the warp drive system on the Starship Enterprise? No, wait, I'm sorry... it's a copy of my last divorce decree.

    Now that I see it with a clear mind I think I found the problem. :faint:


    Jack
     
  18. IndyGunFreak

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    It took me a while, but I was able to find a copy of Jack's first reloading log book. The scribe isn't recognizable, perhaps he can explain it...

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  19. dudel

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    Mine's sort of easy now. I wrote an application to log all the stuff (because I could, and my handwriting is terrible). It's web based, so I can access it from the phone in the garage or in the store.

    In the garage I can look up loads, at the store, I can review inventory.

    It prints labels for ammo boxes, calculates cost per round (or per 100) based on the components it's using. Tells me when I'm running low on various components. It also prints targets.

    I'll be adding a balistic calculator function and an inventory of important serial numbers.

    What can I say, it keeps me off the streets.

    Don
     
  20. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    That's my second log book... my first one is still available for viewing on cave walls. (Wise ***) :fred:


    Jack