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Old November 9, 2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Reloading Supply Tracking

Does anyone know of a good database that will help in tracking supply usage and resupply? Anyone have any sugestions on how to best track large quantities of reloading supplies?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old November 9, 2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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Calculate number of loads per: powder jug, primer sleeve, etc. count how many you have loaded. Determine if it is time to reorder. I just look at what I have a order as necessary - no need to make it more complex than that
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Old November 9, 2010, 02:07 PM   #3
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Try this site
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Old November 9, 2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I've got to agree with OneOunce. I can't imagine how I could have so many supplies that I would be unable to determine by simply lifting/shaking a bottle of powder or looking at a box of bullets that it was time to reorder. No matter what, at some point when you use a certain item, you must be able to say "I need to reorder that before within the next week or so." I simply can't imagine having to database my supplies.

That said, if you really think you need it, a simple Excel spreadsheet should suffice.
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Old November 9, 2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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I do it by storage location. I keep one canister of each powder, and a box of each primer in my reloading cabinets where my press in mounted (separate cabinets). I keep reserves amounts of each powder and primer type in tubs on my ammo shelves.

When I run out of "handy" powder, I go to the reserve tubs to pull from inventory. I like to have at least two canisters of each pistol powder and one 8lb canister for each rifle powder. A pound will load about 1,500 pistol loads and about 150 rifle loads. When I pull from reserves and go below this threshold then I order more.

Similar for primers. I have 1,000 of each type handy and at least 2,000 in reserve. When I dip into reserves I order more.

For bullets I keep no less than 1,000 per caliber. For more heavily used I keep much more. Anytime I get close to 1,000 I will order more.

1,000 rounds will give me at least a year of shooting for most of my calibers. I try to keep components to load around 2,000-3,000 to smooth over the dry spells.

These are general guidelines I use. I shoot a lot more .223 and .40 so those components I stock up a bit more.

Many commercial inventory systems are run on a threshold reorder point rather than buy as you use basis.
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