To log or not to log?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by newgunner, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. newgunner

    newgunner Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    I am a scuba diver and log every dive. Is it a good idea to log all your shots and if so is there a free gun log I can download?
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    During load development, breaking in a new rifle and when you are first getting into shooting, especially at long range it's a very good idea.

    Just google "sniper's log book" and "shooter's log book" and you can find a host of them you can order.

    The easiest thing to do is find a format you like and then spend a few minutes setting up a template based on it's layout in word and the print your own.
  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    If your doing a simple range session (100yds) I would just log the amount of rounds fired and your weather conditions. If your doing load data, write down the load weight, bullet used, powder, primer, and brass. You also want to record seating depth. Make sure you log whether you cleaned between groups, or shot from a dirty bore and how many shots are made in each test. I like to keep track of the group size too.

    In all instances of shooting you want to log your cold bore shot (first shot on a dirty barrel or clean barrel) and track whether it shoots with the following shots, or if it has a tendency to have a separate point of impact away from the following shots.

    When shooting long range, you want to log each shot, drops required for the range you are shooting, wind conditions, temp, barometric pressure, humidity, and elevation. Temperature, wind, and drops are the most important.