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Offline bz9424

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Reloading bench pictures
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:10:59 PM »
Does any one have pictures of there reloading bench??

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 08:03:03 PM »
Disclaimer:  these benches will hurt your eyes....

mine are always a mess, organized chaos in a tiny cellar hole literally under a porch.  No room so I went vertical for one small footprint bench then had to lower a section of another so the casefeeder would clear the low ceiling

ingot mold on the 550 standing bench



an early configuration of same




low riding 650 bench (it has the case trimmed and vacuum hose attached in this pic)



another shot with a loading toolhead in it:



I also have two lube/sizers mounted on wood that can be clamped to any table, including the kitchen island, which drives my wife crazy but she tolerates it...



« Last Edit: October 20, 2009, 08:12:05 PM by cohutt »

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009, 08:04:38 PM »
A little less complete thatn cohutt's  ;D

Its just a 2 drawer file cabinet with a piece of 3/4 plywood bolted to the top. I live in an appartment so space is a concern.





My casting setup ...... just a beginner at this.


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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009, 11:45:38 PM »
Very nice cohutt & Craig!

I am impressed.


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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2009, 08:55:02 AM »
"The Man Room"

In the beginning:


After some sweat equity, lol:







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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009, 10:05:43 AM »
Very nice setups gents. I have some pics somewhere, but cant find them now. Will have to take some new ones.

I like that cleaning rod setup onesureshot!
Does that conduit go all the way thru? Is it capped? conduit strap underneath to hold it?
Good plan for those rods for sure!
It also looks like you never reload, as its waaaay cleaner than mine! :P
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 06:21:01 PM »
Thanks for the kind words. The rod set up has been one of my favorite features. The conduits are held in place by a screw in clamp that is attached to a piece of wood that is attached to the bottom of the bench like a hidden shelf. Does that make any sense?

They are situated so they are at a very slight incline, with the handle end being a bit higher than the opposite end. This keeps them in place, plus makes it easier to pull them out over the loading bench since they are so close together.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 08:13:52 PM »
I was wondering how the clearance was between the benches. Great idea! Will have to incorporate that somehow in my next set of benches.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009, 10:16:22 PM »
Here are a few shots of my reloading mess. It is a little shop that was built into the front of my garage by the previous owner of the house. It is probably 20' long x about 8 ft or so.
The bench to the left, goes all the way to the door, and has my tumblers and a 20 ga reloader on it, as well as my boxed ammo storage cabinet hanging above it. Plans are to build another like bench at the other end of the shop for my gun cleaning, smithing work, and also to get the shotgun presses set up together and away from the Dillon. My Luber/sizers will also be on the new benches (I think). They are currently in the house, due to the habit of watching tv while I lube.
Then on the opposite side of the wall, in the garage itself (actually a 2 car+ Chief metal building), I will make a casting center, with an exhaust system of some sort. Right now I just cast by the open garage doors with fans.

Wide shot of most of my setup. Missing is the 20ga and tumblers to the left, and the fireproof file cabinet I use for powder storage on the right. Ammo cans under bench are 7.62x39, 8mm, 7.62x54R, and 22LR. The cardboard boxes are Winchester 357 hollowpoints I won in an internet contest, 1000 rounds minus a few boxes that are in the house. The bigger cardboard box is 12 ga and 45 Colt blackpowder rounds. The wood boxes are my blackpowder revolver kits. They have everything I need to go shoot my cap and ball revolvers in them.


The Dillon. Pretty straight forward setup. Load 45 Colt, 45 Schofield, 45 Auto, 30-06, .270, .243, 30-30, 7.62x54R, 44-40, .357, and .38 Special on the Dillon. The rest of it is done on the RCBS RC on the left bench. I load 32 S&W, 38 S&W, and .303 British on it now, as well as some other duties.


This is my component pile. Lots of brass of all kinds, lead, etc. Most of it is sorted to caliber, and labeled. Most of the pile I dont reload, yet.


This is my 12 ga setup. I only load my shotshells with blackpowder, so I dont use the powder feed on the press. The Lyman powder measure to the left does double duty on both benches. I load brass shells, paper hulls, as well as plastic. This press is the Pacific 266, and is a wonderful press. I have 4 more presses under the Dillon sitting on the floor, but have yet to try them, as this one is a honey.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2009, 12:19:18 PM »
Here's a few bad pictures...it's a mess but I know right where everything is.

Dillon 650 Press & Super Swage



RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme & misc stuff









a boatload of lead and a furnace...just learning this one



There's a cabinet and a shelf that the pics didn't work out but that's most of it.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2009, 04:04:05 PM »
Mess?  Hah!  I think I have that category sewn up. ;)

since we some lead showed up in a pic, I'll toss one out for good measure:

Made from scrap wood casting bench with hi-tech bullet chute trap door:






Seriously, a lot of what i cast is soft alloy water quenched straight from the mold to harden it up a bit.   The carboard chute works great and when I am done i just lift the strainer full of bullets out of the bucket of water.

I found a couple of good sources of free lead a few years ago and have been smelting ingots of various alloys for a rainy day: 


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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2009, 06:08:40 PM »
^^^^^ wow!!! That's a boatload of lead!

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2009, 07:32:02 PM »
I like your bullet chute idea! Soft enough on the cardboard to not dent em, and then a nice bath at the end! And they are out of the way of the top side of the bench to boot! Has possibilities for when I build my permanent casting bench.

Does that Mag20 work good for you? My Lyman 20X (I think, 20 anyway, but looked like a Lee 20) takes almost an hour to warm up now, so I think the element is dying. I liked my Lyman a lot better than the Lee I use, as it was taller, and easier to see what is going on underneath.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2009, 08:09:17 PM »
The Lyman works well- started with the lee 20 and it worked fine although... drip drip drip

Lyman is solid, ergonomically superior by far, better valve and faster melt.  You can replace that old element if you want btw. contact Lyman to make arrangements- hell of a lot cheaper than a new one.

One thing you can do to limp by in the meantime is to use a $7 electric burner eye hotplate thing from wally world to preheat your ingots.  I use the one in the pictures to preheat my molds while the pot gets the first melt up to temp; once I am ready to go I stack the refill ingots on a steel plate on the eye turned about 1/3-1/2 the way up.  This preheating GREATLY reduces the drop in temp and lag time to get casting again on pot refills.  It is such that the mold doesn't cool off much at all (especially if resting on the plate during the break) and the casting session doesn't have its rhythm ruined if it was going well. 

Any of you casters will know what I mean by this- sometimes things just don't get into sync; when things are working nothing is a bigger bummer than to screw it up by taking a break.  Murphy says something will go wrong when you restart.... 

more gratuitous lead porn:

One particularly nice score of 50 lb bricks:



A smelt day from last winter that yielded 400+lbs of pure  ingots and about 250 lbs of monotype ingots.  The monotype is a harder alloy that linotype and excellent for blending in with the pure to get a good bullet alloy.












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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2009, 08:13:57 PM »
Boy those bricks in the back of the truck are pretty! So sharp edged and clean.
Most of mine is unsmelted yet. Lots of old phone splices, and quite a few wheel weights yet. Couple bars of lino, that I am finally gonna start using in 30cal once my mold gets here. And I have quite a bit of pipe lead, with access to more. It pays being a city water guy, especially when half the town has lead service lines. The guys always bring me what lead they pull out of the ground, knowing I will use it.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2009, 07:38:51 PM »
Ok,..rather jealous of those setups,..

and where to you get that amount of lead??  Gracious sakes...  I have a bit,.. but have run out of sources to pick up from.  I don't want buy from eBay,..  but have seen that there is some there.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2010, 02:43:46 PM »
My hole in the wall.









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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2010, 08:14:22 PM »
Jawjaboy has the cleanest man cave I've ever seen.....

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2010, 04:07:55 AM »
Jawjaboy has the cleanest man cave I've ever seen.....

If you could see it now, ya wouldn't be a sayin that.  :D

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2010, 09:48:01 PM »
I'd say these are some of the nicest shops I've ever seen. 

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2010, 08:42:06 AM »
Here is my little corner.  I'm just getting started and will certainly grow in the near future.


And get a little more organized.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2010, 05:39:17 PM »
Yeah HD45, everyone is going to get "a little more organized", me included.   lol.

I have no doubt that your little corner will grow- that blue press has a way of making it happen.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2010, 06:30:11 PM »
So does that red one Cohutt.   ;D

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2010, 07:56:17 PM »
I just wish my blue one and my green one would make a little one so I would have a spare!

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2010, 08:06:14 PM »
This thread has been temporarily interrupted for a blatant display of reloading porn:








Now, we return you to your regularly scheduled thread.....

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2010, 08:36:19 PM »
I'm getting seriously pissed that there isn't an extra grand or two in my bank account and about 12 more hours in a day. :)

Adding one more thing to my "to-do" list...

Thanks for the inspiration, guys.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2010, 09:50:33 PM »
Aah. Thank you for the 45-70 porn Cohutt. ;)

That just reminds me that I have a run of 45 Colts started out there, and havent finished the run yet. Nadir is right. We need more hours in the day.

Hey, if Teotwawki does happen, we would have more time for this sort of thing, right???

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2010, 01:45:54 AM »
I'm getting seriously pissed that there isn't an extra grand or two in my bank account and about 12 more hours in a day. :)

Adding one more thing to my "to-do" list...

Thanks for the inspiration, guys.
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You and me both brother Nadir!

These guys benches are awesome.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2010, 07:29:53 AM »
These are some awesome setups.  Great job. 

onesureshot, how big is that room?