When reloading: stand or sit?


January 15, 2003, 09:46 AM
I'm awaiting my press and other equipment so i can set up and reload for the first time.

I'll try operating things in various positions before I build my bench. But I was wondering whether you folks typically stand or sit when you operate your press; your powder measure; your scale; your priming tool; etc.

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January 15, 2003, 09:54 AM
I typically stand, but often sit or squat down to look at the scale.

Tony Z
January 15, 2003, 10:30 AM
I built my gun workbench and reloading bench next to each other. That way I can go from one to the other easily. My tools are on the wall above my workbench so they are in reach of both benches. This works well for me. I can sit to clean and/or work on my guns or move over a couple feet and start reloading.:D


January 15, 2003, 12:01 PM
I built that bench from the NRMA, and as the plans come it's perfect for me to stand and reload. I do have a tall bar stool with a back support and arms if I want to load sitting down for a while. Or deprime/resize a bunch of brass.

January 15, 2003, 02:01 PM
I sit but that's because my loading bench is an old desk and it's rather short to stand at. In the new shop I'm building a taller bench to work at either standing or sitting on a tall stool.

January 15, 2003, 03:58 PM
The only time I stand is when removing the powder measure or reaching stuff at the back of the bench. I don't know why, when woodworking I stand all the time.

January 15, 2003, 04:21 PM
One of the Customer Service guys at Dillon told me that all of their presses should be operated while standing. Me, I sit on a short stool or regular chair when I use my 550B, SDB and Rock Chucker because I built my bench before I called Dillon. I will build the next bench higher.



January 15, 2003, 04:57 PM
I use a stool that is pretty high, a;most standing, but it is a whole lot more comfortable for me, I don't move around a whole lot while loading so the stool is perfect.

January 15, 2003, 05:32 PM
Thanks, folks. I stand when cleaning my guns. I think I'll set up the bench for standing, and get a nice high bench stool/chair. I also stand while working in a photo lab, and a woodshop. I guess I'm oriented to standing while I work with my hands.

It seems I'm not alone here.

January 15, 2003, 05:45 PM
I generally sit, but alternate with standing when my butt gets sore. I usually hand prime while sitting, but trim while standing up. I concur with a standing bench, however, as you can always get a taller stool.

Standing Wolf
January 15, 2003, 10:07 PM
I stand. I used to sit when I lived in apartments and C-clamped a sheet of plywood to my kitchen table to use as a loading bench, but my back prefers that I stand, and it's easier on my eyes, too: trifocals, don't you know?

I've always cleaned guns standing at the kitchen counter. If I were married, I'd probably hear about that.

January 15, 2003, 10:20 PM
I have to stand, and I dont know why. :confused:

January 15, 2003, 10:24 PM
I always stand. Just wouldn't seem right to sit while reloading. I guess if I put the press a foot or two off the floor I might be able to sit.

Standing works for me and keeps me focused on what I am doing.

January 15, 2003, 11:45 PM
I sit because of the bench height. That and I like to reload for relaxation therapy. Can't relax while standing up!

January 16, 2003, 12:53 AM
My bench is built so I can load and tinker while standing. I prefer to stand for the leverage, and to stay alert.

January 16, 2003, 01:14 AM
I'm afraid my back and feet aren't what they used to be so I prefer to sit. More comfortable.

January 16, 2003, 03:16 AM
I stand, but I have a Dillon RL550B so I don't have to stand for very long.http://www.familyfriendsfirearms.com/vb/images/smilies/cool-.gif

January 16, 2003, 05:45 AM
I've broken six chairs and/or stools.

January 16, 2003, 06:15 AM
Mostly sit however my bench is built to standing height so when I load a caliber that takes more muscle to cycle the press, 44 magnum on an RL 650, I can stand, but using a tall stool I can sit when I choose to.

January 16, 2003, 09:00 AM
I mostly sit, but usually stand when resizing large rifle cases, or when using a progressive and I want to keep a close eye on things from the top down.

January 16, 2003, 12:31 PM
Count me as another that does both. I stand at the Dillon, mostly stand at my single-stages, but keep a tall stool for when the rheumatiz is acting up, or brass prep/maintenance keeps me in one place for a bit


January 17, 2003, 09:22 AM
I always sit when reloading, but the chair I use is one of those posture chairs on which you both kneel and sit. About 90% of my weight is actually on my knees. This works extremely well. The chair also has wheels so that I can roll a foot or two over to my powder measure for that operation.

ed dixon
January 17, 2003, 10:53 PM
Sit on the same wooden stool at the same home-built table I use for developing b & w prints.

January 18, 2003, 06:08 PM
Actually, when I'm using my SDB, which does most of my reloading, I stand; I just can't seem to get the leverage I want otherwise. When I'm using my single stage press for rifle cartidges, I sit and stand.

January 18, 2003, 07:05 PM
I alternate depending on how my legs and butt feel , once I get started I ussually sit thru the whole operation

January 19, 2003, 12:46 AM
Stand for all press operations. Sit for trimming, charging and detailed work. My benches are specifically designed for standing work and bar stools.

The Shadow
January 19, 2003, 11:12 AM
I set my gun room up like Tony Z, that way it is easy to move from one bench to the other, the only thing is when I am running my Dillon 650 it is from a straight back chair with no casters, this makes it easier to stay in position.

January 27, 2003, 06:37 PM
I sit all of the time.

Why stand for 2 hours?

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