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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2010, 09:34:05 AM »
Holy crap!  I have reloading bench envy!  I don't dare post my rinkydink operation.  Cohutt, that is impressive!  All you guys gave me some great ideas.

+1 for the thread originator too!

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2010, 09:44:05 AM »
Post it! Maybe some of us can give you hints on going bigger?
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2010, 10:43:33 AM »
OK.  I have just recently started reloading and after only a few hundred rounds, can tell you that this is set up is too small.  As you can see, this is only a single stage set up RCBS (very happy with this BTW), but already making plans for progressive press as well as shot gun shell reloading set up.   





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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2010, 10:43:58 AM »
Darn, now I have some serious bench envy also.....

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2010, 10:54:05 AM »
I'm being very disciplined and putting my reloading equipment desires in line behind a dehydrator and generator...

But for those interested in jumping in, there are a couple of really helpful threads over on CalGuns that lay out different price-range / whiz-bang options for reloading from the top of the line to the budget variety.

Reloading Pistol Calibers

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=158086]Reloading Match (Rifle) Calibers[/url]

Of course, you'll still have to build the super-cool reloading benches the studs in this thread have posted photos of.  Can't get in without a little sweat equity! :)

<sigh>  I wish, I wish, I wish...  [puts a penny in the piggy bank...]

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2010, 05:13:33 PM »
It just happens.. you wake up one day with multiple presses and compnents stacked to the ceiling.....

One day my daughter asked me how many rounds I could make if I used up all my compenents.

On the spot, the only thing I could think of:  "More than 1 and less than Russia"

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2010, 06:04:19 PM »
It just happens.. you wake up one day with multiple presses and compnents stacked to the ceiling.....

One day my daughter asked me how many rounds I could make if I used up all my compenents.

On the spot, the only thing I could think of:  "More than 1 and less than Russia"
Why are the handles pool balls???

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2010, 07:12:26 PM »
Comfort. 

Larger that the ball that came on them, spreads pressure across more surface of your palm I guess.  Crank that handle a few hundred times and it helps. 
A friend on another board drilled & tapped them and gave them out, a cheap upgrade vs the $40 roller handle like on my 650.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2010, 04:36:47 AM »
Comfort. 

Larger that the ball that came on them, spreads pressure across more surface of your palm I guess.  Crank that handle a few hundred times and it helps. 
A friend on another board drilled & tapped them and gave them out, a cheap upgrade vs the $40 roller handle like on my 650.


It helps a great deal IMO.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2010, 07:41:10 AM »
Here's mine:

The reloading bench




and casting.


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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #40 on: May 14, 2010, 07:54:26 PM »
Nice setup quietmike


Folgers must appreciate reloaders.  I haven't met one yet who doesn't have a few of those plastic coffee cans full of components

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #41 on: May 30, 2010, 06:00:14 PM »
couple pics of my work area, really needs upgraded with some new benches



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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2010, 04:20:53 PM »
Here is a photo of my reloading bench. The drawers are full of reloading components, brass, primers, bullets, dies, tools, etc. I purchased the cabinet on the rght, and it is now full of reloaded ammunition. I also have a Lyman single stage press not pictured

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2010, 04:27:23 PM »
Nice clean setup Danny!

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2010, 05:22:19 PM »
Blue Rules!

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2014, 01:34:10 PM »


schild, i like your bench.  is that homerolled or bought?  if bought, where?

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #46 on: March 10, 2014, 10:18:49 AM »
Some of these make me envous others scare be because that is what the future looks like.  Many great ideas, thanks.

Something I have found is to get friends that work in a machine shop.  I use the cases that tools com in as storage for my cast resaults.  A 2in square tool sleeve (plastic box that is 2 secions that slide into one another) works great and stores neatly.  The one I used last night was 4 or 5 inches high and held just south of 200 45 230GR SWCs for turning into 45ACP.  Did I mention they are free, if you have a good friend.  They come in a huge number of sizes so they work to hold springs neatly in a drawer, a tumble lube container, or hold batteries in your range bag.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #47 on: March 15, 2014, 04:08:49 PM »
Blue definately rules. I am beginning to realize the most common reloading item between fellers are Folger's cans.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #49 on: March 31, 2014, 11:39:21 AM »
Some nice setups here!  I just moved into a place that has a shop, so it's a clean slate with plenty of room.  I'll keep checking back here for ideas when I go to build the bench(es).

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #50 on: April 01, 2014, 05:05:21 PM »
Nice pix everyone!  I am in the middle of a move, or I would show mine.  When I get set up at the new place, I will for sure.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2014, 11:28:30 AM »




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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2014, 11:32:38 AM »


« Last Edit: July 29, 2014, 06:41:28 AM by archer »

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2014, 02:40:56 PM »
@ frankd4
Edited my post to PM you instead.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2016, 03:50:18 PM »
I started reloading in 1962 and have gone through several different reloading benches. 

Absolutely the best one is the NRMA designed bench. 


I believe that plans are still available.

Mine is over 30 years old.

It is super strong, but what I like most about it is that it is a simple takedown into several components by removing the 3/8 inch carriage bolts that hold it together. 
This makes transport a lot simpler and getting through doors a breeze. 
I flew helicopters for 26 years, and moved quite often.  Having this bench really was a boon to my reloading.

Besides my two Dillon presses I have three MEC presses, a cast bullet sizer, and several other bench mounted tools.

Only using one tool at a time was a problem until I modified the bench with a key system for mounting the tools when I rebuilt the bench about 20 years ago. 
(I had originally dyed the bench a dark walnut stain.  This turned out to be a poor choice because it hid dropped powder and other small dropped objects.) 
To alleviate this when I decided to modify the bench about twenty years ago, I simply added a ¾ inch maple laminated plywood sheet on top. 
Before I installed the new bench top I cut out the key slot.

The largest tool footprint is my MEC Grabber, so I designed the key to accommodate it, and thus all others.

I ended up with an 11 x 11 inch ¾ inch thick key block with ¼ inch holes set 1 inch from the edges in each corner. 
I glued an additional 11x11 inch piece of a Hemlock 1x12 on top of the plywood key to give the mounting bolts a little more material to work with.
The ¼ inch holes were drilled through the bench and the underside was relieved to accommodate ¼ wing nuts. 
These were secured using fiberglass rifle bedding compound and are totally solid.


This is a picture of my bench with a key installed that allows the full use of the bench without having to work around any mounted tools.



Here is a good look at the key slot showing the modifications I made to allow shotgun primers to drop into a catch jar mounted under the bench top.



Cutdown Plastic Jar with spent primers.
Lid is screwed to the underside of the bench


I cut down a plastic jar and reassembled the halves to provide a low profile catch system that has a reasonable capacity.


Primer catch jar installed on the underside of the bench
Also shown is how I installed the ¼ in bolt wing nuts.



One of my MEC 600 Jrs. set up for 20 GA. showing the modification for the primer drop.



Here is how the MEC Grabber fits the key.

All of the presses are mounted using the appropriate size countersunk screw from below and lock nuts on top. 
This makes for a very solid mount. 
I have no trouble swaging bullets.



Here is the bottom of my Pacific “O” press showing the countersunk screws.



This is the Pacific press mounted and ready to use. 
This is an old press.  Pacific was bought out by Hornady in the late 1980s.

Note: all the 22 rimfire ammunition was for a test of modifying the bullets. 
Several machinist/gunsmiths offer tools and or dies to form several different configurations and diameters to improve accuracy and performance.
Due to the 22 rimfire drought, this test was put on hold.



Here is my 650 mounted and ready to go through another batch of 500 brass in an afternoon.
Since I reload 29 different metallic cartridges, most of them on the Dillon 650, I need a lot of room.
Tool change out is simply pulling the four ¼ in lug bolts, lifting off one press and setting the other into the key slot. 
Then tighten down the very same lug bolts and I am ready for the next job.
Note the swing arm lamp.
I have attached one to each corner of the bench cabinet for best illumination of my reloading process.
When not needed they are simply moved out of the way.


My reloading scale is mounted on a fold down shelf on the cabinet.
Note the shorter support chain on the left side allowing better access to the scale tray.


Mounting the tools offset to the right gives better access to the scale.

As to bench height, I chose to make it comfortable to stand while reloading.
The addition of a bar stool, allows me to sit if I want to.

It is not necessary to build as heavily as I did. 
But the key system works very well for me and could be adapted to a smaller bench.


Steve



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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #55 on: June 12, 2016, 05:27:29 PM »
Here are a couple of photos of mym reloading setup:

I had 3 Dillon 1050's and a Dillon 1000 :



And 4 AMMOLOAD electric loaders 38/357 , 40/10 , 9 MM , and 45 ACP ...about 5000 rounds per hour:



Averaged about 100,000 rounds a week :



Video of AMMOLOAD loader in use (MOV) on my google drive:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ZIZLZV4AwIWUswZlNLVGxZLWs/view?usp=sharing

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #56 on: June 13, 2016, 11:49:27 AM »
That is inspiring gentlemen.

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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #57 on: July 11, 2016, 02:33:45 PM »
I was going to share my workbench photo, but flickr seems to suck right now and it seems I don't know how to delete this post. Sorry.
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Re: Reloading bench pictures
« Reply #58 on: July 11, 2016, 05:35:38 PM »
I was going to share my workbench photo, but flickr seems to suck right now and it seems I don't know how to delete this post. Sorry.

KARMA for your efforts.