If you weren't already, I hope you're now convinced that adequate recordkeeping is important. However, manual methods can be a real drag — especially for the volume reloader. If you're so inclined, automation is the ticket. A personal computer and a basic spreadsheet program can take much of the drudgery out of recordkeeping. Inventory records, after they're initially set up in an organized format, can be easily revised periodically. Loading data and performance results for both handloaded and factory ammunition can be entered as it's shot and the information sorted into any type of summary report needed — including component usage totals that you could then feed back as debits to your inventory database.

A real whiz with a PC or MAC might tackle this task with a full-blown relational database. With today's advanced software, I'm sure it's feasible to program inventory, loading and performance data into an integrated recordkeeping system. (However, I suspect that those of you who pursue this route may be more interested in computing than in reloading and shooting!)

Well, it's like I told you. All of the new components and modern gadgets we enjoy can really make life complicated. In fact, as far as safe and successful reloading is concerned, the following statement is doubly true today:

"The job's not done until the paperwork is finished."

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