Portable Reloading Bench


January 15, 2003, 05:23 AM
At Midway USA they have http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/155024

Anyone have it? Thrown it to the street? I almost ordered the hand loader, but maybe this could let me get a normal bench loading setup now that I made space in the extra room. Is it usable on carpet? Fire away!

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January 15, 2003, 09:02 AM
Haven't used one of those, but I do have 2 presses set up on a colapsable work table. The type you can pick up at Home Depot. I just mounted an extra piece of wood on top to stiffen it up. Works good for me and doesn't take up too much room. I can move it to wherever I need it.

January 15, 2003, 09:08 AM
I have one - it works OK, but you can't really crank out the rounds. You have to work slowly and be careful to counter-balance the stand on the downstroke, or the the whole thing will go elbows over teacups.

As soon as I can make room, I'll go to something more substantial.

January 15, 2003, 11:26 AM
I've seen 'em, and frankly, I'd get the folding workbench, or a folding leg table (that's what I use).

January 16, 2003, 08:51 AM
What's the price on the table from Home Depot?

January 16, 2003, 09:01 AM
I don't remember the price exactly, but I believe it was around $50. It's one of those that the table top is split in half so you can clamp stuff to it. You do need to add a little more support to the top of it.

January 16, 2003, 12:19 PM
I use a Black & Decker workmate knockoff , Its a Alltrade brand & cost $19.95 from BJs (like a costco). I mount everything on a board so I can remove it & fold up the table for storage. I've also made a bench from a resturant 4 footed table stand. I removed the tabletop & bolted on a 1" piece of wood. This is a heavy (cast Iron)commercial table that I found on the street because the top was damaged. Also check your local salvation army store, You might find something suitable for a reloading bench.

January 17, 2003, 01:52 PM
The possibilities are endless.

However I use the following:

A sawhorse with a 2”x12” top and 2”x4” legs (reinforced at a wide angle) works as a sturdy field loading bench. And I use a windless box as described below when outdoors, for powder measuring.

I C-clamp my Hornady Lock-N-Load Progressive right to the shooting bench at the range and use it for load development. Because the wind is a problem, I have an “extra fancy delux” way to use my powder scale in the field. I take an ordinary cardboard box that is any where near the dimensions of 12”long x 8”widex 6”high (a little bigger is ok, but not too much bigger); cut a hole in the side so my hand can barely go through, place a piece of plexi-glass over the top, and then I can see to work my scale, pan and trickler in a windless environment.

On my Perennial Pilgrimage for Prevaricating Palaver and Prodigious Pulverization of Pusillanimous Prairie Poodles, there is a distinct need for a field reloading process. When I have my PU shell in place, I install home built storage compartments on the sides of my pickup bed, which are separated with a reinforced , 3 piece folding sheet of ¾” 4’x8’ plywood, which is used as a bed, with items stored in, on and under it. I clamp the Hornady Lock-N-Load Progressive right to the end of the plywood bed and load shells during the evening or at leisure times with the shell closed (as long as it’s not too hot), so as to have a windless environment. I use the B&D workmate as a portable shooting bench with an adjustable shooting stand clamped into it.

Best, Shoney

January 18, 2003, 09:02 AM
I saw the other thread about benches and the used furniture store sounds like an idea, I have plenty of those places around here. So many options... guess I will clean that room some more and try looking around next week or so. Thanks for all the ideas! Hope to start reloading soon, hopefully will be all downhill once I get a working spot!

January 19, 2003, 03:43 PM
Borrowed a friends workmate, and c clamped a 2 x 4 to it.
Two single stage presses are attached to the 2 x 4.

Its not pretty; it occasionally wobbles; but it works.

With the time it took just to get this set-up (determine precise bolt size, id other hardware, locate drill, bits, chuck, another drill that works, another chuck that fits, extra time at Home Depot, redrilling due to mis-calculation, etc.), I recognize it will take some real time and patience to build a nice set-up.

I am impressed witht he skills some of you have!

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