Logging cross country time for instrument rating
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I know student pilots have to make full stops, but the definition of an X-C (FAR 61.1) just says"includes a landing at a point other than the point of departure".So, if I fly to an airport more then 50NM away, do a tough and go, and return home, can I count that as X-C time towards the instrument rating?
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Yes, it counts.  The regs involved for the IR merely say "landing", not "full stop landing", as it does in 61.109 for Private.
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Thanks Ron, appreciate the confirmation.
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Ron is absolutely correct. You'll also want to remember, since you're using this time towards your instrument requirements, you can only use PIC XC time. You wouldn't be able to count the dual XC time from your private towards this requirement (the solo XC time does count though, since you were PIC). I've talked with a few CFIs and students that had missed/forgot that part of the requirement.   
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Hoss At AOPA:
Ron is absolutely correct. You'll also want to remember, since you're using this time towards your instrument requirements, you can only use PIC XC time. You wouldn't be able to count the dual XC time from your private towards this requirement.   

Just to confirm what Hoss said about the dual time during your Student Pilot days training for Private not counting towards the 50 XC PIC time, but remember that all post-Private checkride dual time does count since you're now "rated" in the aircraft.  So, for example, the long IFR XC for your IR requirements counts towards that 50 as long as you make a landing somewhere more than 50nm from where you started.  The only exception would be training in something in which you're not rated, say, if you were combining the IR training with ME rating training, so you were flying in something in which you were not yet rated.

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Thanks guys, not really my concern since I have a couple hundred hours of X-C.  I was just auditing my logbook and wanted to make sure I was flagging the correct hours.