Dope book/shooting log basic info

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Long time listener, first time caller here. I just bought a Savage Stealth in 6.5 Creedmoor with a Nightforce Shv F1 4x14 (Milrad). It's brand new and I'll be taking it to the range for the first time on Sunday. I've been doing a lot of reading on precision shooting and feel like it's a lot to grasp at one time. I've got a dozen or so guns but nothing long range so I'm starting from scratch.

Everything I've read indicates I need a dope book. I've looked up a lot of pre-made cards and I don't think I need all the information I'm seeing. They seem to be geared towards experienced shooters. I need just the basics. Bought a basic notebook with regular college lines and am wondering what other info I should start with. It'll be all handwritten for now. Here's what I have so far.

Info sheet with...

Milrad distance chart.

Formulas for calculating range.

Measurement conversion formulas.

Log...

Date.

Time.

Tempurature.

Humidity.

Range location.

Wind.

Distance.

Ammo type (brand).

Grain count.

Velocity.

Shot placement on target.

As a beginner, is there anything else I should be logging from shot to shot? You guys have helped tremendously already just by reading through the forum so many thanks for any and all help!
 

TacticalDillhole

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I would suggest investing in one of the premade books from www.impactdatabooks.com. The snipershide version will do you right and get you started. @NOMAD can help you out as well. But if you don’t want to go that route, I would suggest something compact like a rite in rain book and log the date time gun environmental and all that and your impacts and at what range.

Also, read this

https://forum.snipershide.com/threads/what-do-i-need-in-a-logbook-databook-reference.54605/

I have the Impact data book and agree 100% with TacticalDillhole!


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I'll look into them again. They were one of the ones I checked but I don't reload or shoot matchs or anything.
 

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I'm a self taught shooter, ( with much help from the internet), but I use a data book to log hits when shooting at different distances under different conditions. After gathering this sort of information then you can assemble drop charts.
Something else I like to use the databook for is logging cold bore impacts. This helps you see if you need to fine tune your zero.