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Do you keep a shooting log book or diary?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jalu, Mar 27, 2008.

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  1. jalu

    jalu Member

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    If you do, How detailed is the information that you record?
    What do you record?
    How do you analyze and use this information to improve your
    shooting?
    Can someone give an example of their trap shooting log book?

    thanks guys,
    jalu
     
  2. phirel

    phirel TS Member

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    All I have is my ATA average card. It indicates if my scores are going up, down or are irregular. It does seem that irregular is my regular pattern.

    Pat Ireland
     
  3. otnot

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    I keep a journel and record what the weather is for the day I shoot,what I shot,what shells I shot,anything I learned and any changes to my gun that I made. I keep hotel numbers and people who I meet along the way. If I didn't write it all down I would forget 90% of it.
     
  4. N. J. BOB

    N. J. BOB Active Member

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    For many years I did and found it quite helpfull.
     
  5. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I like to record wind direction, speed, adjustments to the gun/shells. and I do go back and check what I've done in different conditions. Part of the hobby.
     
  6. Capt. Morgan

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    I kept a journal when I started shooting but it became so depressing, I stopped the practice.

    Morgan
     
  7. jbmi

    jbmi Well-Known Member

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    I keep a note book that shows how many and what kind of reloads I do, what I pay for new shells and reloading components, cost of different trap shooting accessories, gun purchases and shooting fees and option costs.
    Now the end of the year I really don't even want to see the sum of this information, but I start it new the next year anyway.
     
  8. Mike Michalski

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    Scores, conditions, factors in shooting (good/bad), and EXCUSES!
     
  9. BDodd

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    Nope, it reminds me how much I'm spending. The scores on the shoot card are good enough for me.....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  10. senior smoke

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    when vic reinders was living we would shoot together once in a while, but we always talked alot at the waukesha gun club. i never met a shooter who kept records like vic. after he shoot a round he would mark on a small pad of paper the exact target he may have missed during the round. he had written volumes on what was the weather like on a particular day of shooting. the information went on and on including the attendance at shoots. ask anyone who knew vic, he even kept a diary when hunted. he even knew how many shells he put through his guns. i don't know if all this information of his is in the hall of fame or not, but believe me it was very impressive. vic told me before he shot, he went over his records for that shoot, and having this prior knowledge helped his shooting. if you have the time, it can hurt to keep a detailed diary.
    steve balistreri
     
  11. senior smoke

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    i meant to say"it can't hurt to keep a shooting diary"
    steve balistreri
     
  12. DTrykow

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    I keep a diary of # of rounds I shot out of each gun. Don't put the scores down, just the date and which barrel I used. Dave T.
     
  13. romie

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    GOOD IDEA
    !!!!!!!
     
  14. shannon391

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    ATA average card does alot of this record keeping for you. Use your shoot program for extra notes and memories.
     
  15. dynapro

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    I've got a friend who keeps track of the number of rounds shot too. It is an interesting statisic. And he is meticulous about posting to it. But in hindsight, I don't know why he does that and not the important stuff like Vic Reinders kept. I agree with Steve. Can't hurt! Although I have never kept one, I will try to buy a little book and throw it in the shooting bag. It might start me on a good habit.
     
  16. Phil Kiner

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    Yes- I can tell you scores targets wins etc back to 1977. pk
     
  17. BrowningGal

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    I keep my scores in an Excel spreadsheet. I track subevent scores as well as event scores, weather, memtal state, trophies won. I even have formulas that calculate my class based on a five class system so I don't have to keep looking it up. No graphs yet, though. ;-)
     
  18. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    BrowningGal: Do the graphs. They will really let you see the trend's of your shooting. I've been doing trend lines for years. Change something, anything; shells, loads, gun, ect. and you will see the trend changing. I found if I change anything it takes months in some cases to get back where I was. They also prove something doesent't work, even though you think the change might be great.
     
  19. hmb

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    When you figure out the solution to a problem it is important to write it down. That way you don't have to waste time and effort figuring it out for a second time. HMB
     
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