THE AMMO DUMP (LEFT SIDE)
01. When you click "NEW RECORD" to record a new box of ammo the database will generate a unique AMMO ID number and automatically enter it in the "AMMO ID" field. You will have the option to duplicate the previous ammo entry. Write the 'AMMO ID' number on the ammo box. This number is used for calculations in several location. This number cannot be deleted or changed from a record. There must be an AMMO ID number for ammo recorded here.
*** TIP *** If you have a large single container of ammo (reloads for example), separate it as much as possible into inexpensive plastic 50 round ammo containers ($2 or $3 on eBay) and label those plastic containers with generated AMMO ID numbers instead of the single large container. This will be much easier to carry and much easier to keep track of and easier to count after a shoot.
02. The "AMMO ID" number.
03. Enter the caliber. Once a new caliber is entered it becomes part of a pull-down menu list for quicker entry on new records.
04. Enter the manufacturer and description of the ammo. Once a new entry is entered it becomes part of a pull-down menu list for quicker entry on new records.
05. Enter the weight and select if it's in grain or ounces, and enter the type (such as FMJ or JHP). Once new entries are entered it becomes part of a pull-down menu list for quicker entry on new records.
06. Decide if this is either DEFENSE, HUNTING or TARGET ammunition.
07. Enter the amount of ammo in the box when you created a new record for this ammo box. In the next field "REMAINING" that amount will be automatically entered and changed automatically as you shoot. Yes, you can change this number manually and do things your own way. Many automatic features in this database can be manually changed.
08. REMAINING is what totally remains- after a shoot, IN BOX and WITH GUNS. You can lower this figure manually after a shoot, or, if you use the features in the RANGE RECORDS, it will be adjusted automatically. You cannot enter a figure that is less or greater than what's IN BOX. So, if there are rounds WITH GUNS, you may have to adjust the rounds WITH GUNS if they were brought to the range and shot (return them to the box). When clicking in this field a popover box will appear to help you in entering your figures. This feature can be turned on or off.
09. What's left the box. If it's not shot and not in the box, then it's considered WITH GUNS.
10. This shows you the ammo from this AMMO ID that is WITH GUNS. This field cannot be altered here unless the popover feature is turned on. You can then add rounds to any firearm you select by clicking on a WITH GUNS field. NOTE: You can also add rounds directly to a firearm from the FIREARM RECORDS by clicking on the FIREARM AMMO tab,
11. This is a pull-down menu that lists all of your firearms and where you can ALLOCATE TO GUNS rounds from this AMMO ID. When clicking in this field a popover box will appear to help in your selection. This feature can be turned on or off.
12. If updating rounds shot manually, rather than lower the amount remaining, many shooters prefer to enter the rounds expended . Entering a figure in the field ADD TO EXPENDED will adjust the EXPENDED field and automatically lower the REMAINING field. So you have a choice in entering data manually- either adjust the REMAINING field or enter rounds expended in the ADD TO EXPENDED field. When clicking in this field a popover box will appear to help you in entering your figures. This feature can be turned on or off.
13. EXPENDED can also be entered manually and will calculate properly what's remaining. This field cannot be altered here unless the popover feature is turned on.
14. You can print a summary report of all your ammo. You can either print a summary of the current found set on the screen or you can print a summary of all your ammo. This feature will automatically sort your records by CALIBER / GAUGE, MANUFACTURER / DESCRIPTION, GRAIN / OZ and TYPE (FMJ, etc). It will then, for example, group all .357 Magnum rounds of "HORNADY CRITICAL DEFENSE", of the same grain and the same type (FMJ etc.) and show the total of ORIGINAL count, ADJUSTED count, EXPENDED count and REMAINING count of that group. This report will also display a grand total of all displayed groups.
15. There's a AMMO DUMP WIZARD to help you with manual entries of rounds expended, allocating rounds to a firearm and adjusting when rounds are sold or disposed of.
16. Fields with the 'NAME' button have the ability to change a name automatically in all fields with that original name. For example, you can change ".38" to ".38 Special" in all fields that display ".38".
17. There are many options in THE AMMO DUMP, such as RANGE FIND (find this AMMO ID in the RANGE RECORDS), OMIT (hides the AMMO ID- not delete it), and ISOLATE (shows only the selected AMMO ID on the screen). Also there are options to FLAG an AMMO ID and an option to leave AMMO NOTES and even record the lot number of a box of ammo (very helpful to flag bad ammo). AMMO NOTES will also record information when the AMMO ID is fired- such as date, rounds fired and firearm used.