Who keeps a log book?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by orkan, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. orkan

    orkan Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    How many of you keep a databook for your rifles?

    What are your most frequently used pages?

    If you don't keep a log, do you think you should? If yes, what's the main thing stopping you? If not, why not?

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I don't, I should, I haven't because I didn't believe how fast time and your mind goes.
  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    I didn't. Now I do! Pretty much a must in my opinion.
  4. ShooterMedic

    ShooterMedic Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    I posted this same question about a year ago and got very little response so I asked some of the more seasoned members what they use and for the most part They made their own books. So that is what I did.

    I have a round count/cleaning log, a cold bore record, recticle mil-dot log, formula page, and a page that allows you to map out multiple targets from your location.

    I find them very important and the more I use it the more I like it.
  5. scsims

    scsims Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    As of right now I keep separate books for each rifle. Everthing goes into the book, from reloading records to shooting records.
  6. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    I use an online range log for my shooting....I jot notes when I'm shooting, then enter them in when I get home...helps my ability to track what I've done, and is easier than trying to decipher my own handwriting
  7. Kurt

    Kurt Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    i have a hard copy of each rifle and then have one on usb drive also.
  8. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    I keep one for reloading which includes the groups I get during load development. but once my load for that rifle is built the only thing I keep track of is every time I load for it and all the details of the load
  9. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I do yes. The main reason being the ability to keep a tried a true range card. I have more rifles than I have memory capacity.

    Things I record:

    What rifle/load i'm shooting
    Atmospheric data
    Target Distance
    Elevation Dope
    Wind Direction & speed
    Wind Dope.
    Shots fired

    I played around with Excel & made my own based upon a few I've seen out there.

  10. Idaho Sawyer

    Idaho Sawyer Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    I track the same info as Outlaw6.0 as well as where the bullet landed. It all gets kept in a 5x8 "write in the rain" book. It has been invaluable tracking updrafts and thermals in alot of the canyons where I practice and hunt.
  11. arrow

    arrow Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    I have been meaning to ask about this and hoping someone can help me out. I have seen all the data books where each page has spots where you fill out all the atmospherics as well as the rifle information and range. It has a place to draw your impacts and has 10 spots usually to show where you shot. That's great and all, but I have no reason to shoot 10 shots at the same range and I have no reason to plot missed shots. So what I have been doing is in a small note pad I write the date and all the current atmospherics on the top of the page. Then I shoot at a range, if I hit where I want, I write that elevation down next to the range on that page. If I miss I make corrections until I have it where I want it then I write it down next to that range. I do this for all the distances I shoot at that day. I may only take one shot at a target at a certain range, so what is the reason to have a whole data book page labeled with all the atmospherics and then only one range? I understand plotting to keep track of cold bore shots and shots after cleaning, but other than that why do I need to know anything other than the scope setting that are right for a given distance at given conditions? I'm not saying I you do it this way, you are wrong. I know a lot of people do it this way and this is the way I was taught as well. I just don't see how that is very productive. Does anyone else do it similar to what I do? Can someone help me out with this if I am missing something.


    IRAMNTMAN New Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    I have been keeping range books for about 2 years now. The more i use them the more i like them. I keep one book for each caliber, and just make sure the data is entered for the specific rifle i'm shooting. Load data, chrono data, conditions and dope, range estimation data(depends on the rifle) ,round count log.
  13. orkan

    orkan Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    The 10 little spots is to plot your call.

    I still use the 10-shot target pages to dial in and "prove" my firing solutions at a given distance. Takes more than 1 shot to prove something. For practical practice however, I'm with you. Look at my "master the conditions" databook page.


    On the far right, you can identify 12 individual targets and calculate a firing position if you like. On the left, you can randomly choose a target, get 20 points for a first round hit or 5 for a second round hit. You can just choose to fire 1 if you like. Elev. and Wind is where you'd indicate your chosen firing solution for the shot. The corrections column is where you'd outline your adjustment to that solution if it ends up being off. If you choose, you can track the wind per shot as well. Obviously some data you'd be going with before the shot, others you'd be collecting after.

    Each page in a databook has value. You just have to know how to use them, to get the most out of it.
  14. DocB

    DocB Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2012
    Yep, Impact Data and customize the pages. I can't imagine not using a log of some sort. Just habit from my army training! lol

    Kinda like going to the gym and not keeping a log of your workouts. :D