Understanding the Batch field
The Batch field is a primary reference, used within the application, to identify various components, like projectiles, cases, primers, etc. The field is used to assign a ‘short’ name to a reloading component. this short name is then referenced throughout the application, within load recipes and other screens where user is able to define a relationship between components.
The Batch field is not related to batch numbers printed on factory boxes, like primers, projectiles, etc. However, functionality wise, it serves the same purpose within the application and allows users to define identical records (e.g. I purchased 2 identical boxes of bullets, that may have been manufactured 1 year apart).
This field is used throughout the application and provides an essential link between component. For example, defining a load recipe, by linking a batch or cases, bullets, projectiles, primers and powder.
The Batch name is essentially a nickname for a component that you are defining. In similar way to the ‘Rifle name’, ‘Handgun name’ and other firearm and parts screens.
The Batch field will automatically generate a batch name, in an event where user forgets to define one. However users are strongly encouraged to change the name to something meaningful, that makes sense to you.
Consider a scenario where you may be using some cases (or any other component) and need to re-stock. You are going to by identical cases, in an identical packaging, in the same quantity as before, with identical product number. While a detailed inspection of the inventory item may show you some nuanced difference, like purchase date, maybe a different shop or a different price… A better way to mange this, is to define a batch name for your components, concise and unique.
The Batch field helps you differentiate between a component purchased today and one you may have bought a year ago.
For example, the batch name could be:
- 308FED2017; and
Ultimately, it is up to the user, but using this convention I can immediately tell that I own 2 batches of Federal brass, chambered in 308, one purchased in 2017, the other in 2020.