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Posted: July 11 2017 at 11:44am | IP Logged Quote RazorBlade

Hi, I am new to this forum and also new to reloading. I am happy to found this forum so I can ask a few questions to the experienced people. I am reloading for a 9 mm pistol.

My first question is about keeping a log. Yesterday I fired my first selfmade rounds. Here is my receipe:

S&B cartridges, Winchester primers, Vihtavuori N330 and Frontier 124 GR RN CMJ. I made 10 rounds with 4.3 GR powder, 10 rounds with 4.5 GR powder, 10 rounds with 4.7 GR powder and 10 rounds 4.9 GR powder. The best results were with 4.5 and 4.7 GR. I measured all the loads with a digital scale, so not just with a powder measure based on volume.

I wonder how do you make a log of your results. Are there templates for this or do you just describe what you did for future reference?
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Posted: July 11 2017 at 12:00pm | IP Logged Quote mikld

A couple things I do. I use Avery labels and a template from
their website. On this label I put the cartridge, date loaded,
date fired, bullet used, powder and charge along with the
listed min/max, primers, cases with number of times cases
fired (except for handgun ammo) and a couple lines for
"other", such as crimp, OAL, and any other item I feel
pertains to my reloads. I then enter this data in my computer
"Reloading data". Most of the time I use slider lock bags and
affix the label to the bag. When I shoot the ammo I make
notes on a separate sheet and when I get home I'll enter the
results in my computer. Every once in a while I'll print out the
data and keep it in a binder in my shop, close at hand. There
are reloading logs offered free but I start my method about
25 years ago and just used to it.

https://www.google.com/search?
q=Handloadin+logs+forms&oq=Handloadin+logs+forms&aqs
=chrome..69i57.7702j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

I guess I don't know how to post a link...

Edited by mikld on July 11 2017 at 12:03pm


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Posted: July 11 2017 at 12:38pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

As mikld said, though I use hardbound notebooks for most of my range sessions. I also use plastic bags to keep various loads segregated, so I know what I'm working with.

If you do not have one already, consider getting a chronograph. I have found it helpful for working up loads, and understanding what is happening with the external ballistics.

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Posted: July 11 2017 at 11:59pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

I have Rolodex from back in the days when dinosaurs
ruled the world ....
The more you document the less troublesome questions
you will have down the road.
DOCUMENT WHERE YOU FOUND THE LOAD TO BEGIN WITH - will
save a lot of future head aches......


Main questions to answer first and foremost is bullet-
type/brand, powder- name and amount, primer type,
accuracy, function in automatics, preferable gun
tested in, any pressure signs, date loaded, date
tested, OAl (over all length).
(recoil is also nice to mention)
Also mention anything in notes that you notice during
test.


Nice to have
Chrono data (if you have it).
Type of weather and temp when fired (wind too is often
worth a mention)
These are basics to keep you out of trouble down the
road.

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 12:37am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

Alliant powder has a log

http://www.alliantpowder.com/downloads/shooting_log.pdf

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 5:01am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I admit to being very bad about keeping notes but if loading for anything I'm not going to walk away from the loading bench and shoot right then (I have my own range on my place), I put at least the bullet, powder type and charge and date on a note with the ammo. Found a roll of stick on address labels in the Habitat for Humanity store when I was looking for ceiling fan parts. Just about the perfect size for writing that info on and sticking on the ammo box.

As to keeping a log, I really don't and should. I have scribbled notes in my loading manuals for what worked but I really need to get better organized.

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 6:51am | IP Logged Quote RT58

RazorBlade wrote:
I wonder how do you make a log of your results. Are there templates for this or do you just describe what you did for future reference?

There are different ways to do it and it depends on you, what you want and how anal you are.

You should be able to find different logs on-line, or you could order them, or, if you have a computer and printer, you can easily make your own.

You can log anything you feel is important to you, such as basic load data, load conditions and equipment, shooting results, shooting conditions and equipment and etc.

For precision rifle shooting, I keep my targets and put the load data and firearm information on the target. It's easier to compare accuracy results that way if I later choose to look for a better load.

By the way, welcome to the forum.
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Posted: July 12 2017 at 10:01am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I have small index cards which I put in my reloading die boxes upon which I keep record of the data of decent loads. Some die sets come with data sheets for you to stick to the underside of the lid of the die set box. I always include the OAL of each particular bullet and sometimes I leave an unprimed dummy round in the box with the seated bullet for easy seating die adjustment.

I also have data of a lot of my favorite loads neatly jotted down on the proper page for each bullet, in my reloading manuals.

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 11:35am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

I use a computer and wrote my own program and what I like about it is I can add a field for anything else I think is important to remember about the reload. I all so label the outside of the bullet container. Craig

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 3:47pm | IP Logged Quote joed

I used to write in the reloading manuals but have gone on to using
the old point blank software. And I just put labels on the bins of
loaded ammo.

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Posted: July 13 2017 at 10:26am | IP Logged Quote mikld

FWIW, I learned the hard way to keep a paper back-up. I got a
virus in my computer and lost my documents which included a
couple years worth of load data...

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Posted: August 02 2017 at 7:41pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

I covered a whole sheet of paper with the stick-on labels that come with the plastic ammo boxes. I use the sheet as a "master" and periodically take take it to the print shop and make a few dozen copies. Then I use a paper chopper to cut the paper labels up individually.

I record all my load data on the front in the spaces provided. Since there's no adhesive on the back - I use that space to write detailed notes, that I transcribe in to a bound book once I get home.

Someday, I'll buy a Rolodex and put all those paper load labels in some kind of order. NEVER throw away your notes!

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