Rebuilding reloading data

Rebuilding reloading data

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    Rebuilding reloading data

    Last summer I lost most of my reloading equipment and supplies in a house fire. I have finally replaced enough that I can begin reloading my pistol ammo. Thankfully, my powder magazine is in my shop, so didn't lose that!

    A really BIG thank you to all the Friends (online and FTF) who have helped accomplish that task.

    Now for my problem.
    I have no records of my past reloading data.
    I am kicking myself for not backing up my reloading data. Think about what it would take to replace all your favorite handloads.
    I had specific loads tailored for their intended purpose and to each firearm.

    Target loads have been easy to manage and I have enough loaded now to carry through the next year or two.

    Now I am beginning to work on hunting loads for this fall.

    Just whining. Keep thinking about all the time put in working up handloads.
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    I don't keep logs of data, I just load what works. Pretty simple for me, most loads are mid-range of published load data. If I try something and it doesn't work out, it's history. 48 grains of 4064 under a Sierra SPBT is all my -06 needs for almost anything except big bears or moose, which aren't on my agenda. I don't change bullets/powders much once I settle on a load.
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    Handloads.com has a database that is searchable by caliber, powder, bullet weight. Some have chrono data.
    Might be a place to "jog your memory" regarding where to start.
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    Partner, that stinks and I'm very sorry for you. You bring an interesting point here. Less for my own but for my dads loads and records for the rifles he left behind; I'm so happy that I've got his logs for his loads. Oh what a drag it would be to lose his original log book AND the data within. I need backup.

    I guess, try to remember how cool it is when you strike gold on a load and go with that as your top side view. Durn.
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    Sorry about the fire, I keep my load data in an Excel Spreadsheet. It includes bullet weight, powder measurement, primer type and Power Factor for competetion uses. I am down to 2 different powders and two brands of primers. I also have a copy of the file on a memory stick.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I am now using a computer spread sheet for my load data which is automatically backed up with the rest of the computer files each day.

    Would really hate to lose my Grandfather's log book. If was me, I'd photo copy it and keep the original in a fire safe.

    I've used handloads.com for a couple of years, so have been looking back through their load data now.

    Something else I started doing is putting ALL the load data on the boxes as I load it. I used to assign a lot # and list bullet/powder/date loaded.
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