Show us a picture of your reloading bench


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James THR
August 30, 2006, 07:38 PM
Show us a picture of your reloading bench. Here is a pic of mine (its not always so neat :))

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August 30, 2006, 08:07 PM

August 30, 2006, 09:00 PM
1st: Dry Creek Bench.
2nd: Primed bench ready to paint.

Ol` Joe
August 30, 2006, 09:20 PM
This picture is a little dated as you can see from the custom C.O.L gage mounted on the front edge and the old style case trimmer on the wall, but it still looks pretty much the same today.:D

A view of the work area of the room. As you can see it is usually quite peaceful in there. The only place in the house the wife won`t go and a man and his best friend can relax.

August 30, 2006, 10:12 PM
Mine has not changed much from this pic - about a year or two ago - just way more chaotic!

Only problem is - it is the other half of my office area and so - way too easy to be tempted sometimes to get off puter and go load some stuff!

August 30, 2006, 11:03 PM
Ok, here's mine.

bigger jon
August 31, 2006, 01:23 AM
Here is my reloading bench,
Here is the tumbling bench,
Here is the gun cleaning bench,
And finaly the casting table

August 31, 2006, 03:09 AM
It aint much but it works for me for now.

August 31, 2006, 07:13 AM
It's here:


August 31, 2006, 12:23 PM
Here's a pic of the bench.

and the bookshelf

September 2, 2006, 04:04 AM

Powder storage in the grey wall cabinet. Scale under the light blue cloth on the wall shelf

September 2, 2006, 03:14 PM

Doesn’t get much simpler than this. Lee Anniversary Starter kit and a cleaned off bench in the barn (sort of). Been loading for two weeks now and can’t imagine that I’d need anything else. Naw…

R.H. Lee
September 2, 2006, 04:13 PM
Haven't built it yet but here are the plans:

Looks simple and heavy duty.

Seismic Sam
September 3, 2006, 05:15 PM
Made it from Unistrut about 25 years ago, and the top is 2 x 12's bolted to the metal.


Seismic Sam
September 3, 2006, 05:29 PM
I couldn't help but notice that you also cast your own bullets, which is something I used to do. The question I have for you is : do you do this inside? The reason I ask is that I ran into a guy who was at a pistol club I used to belong to, and he was bald, and talked kind of slow, and apparently he did a LOT of lead smelting and bullet casting in his garage. As a result got a pretty bad case of lead poisioning that had made him bald and messed up his brain somewhat, and I wouldn't want ANYBODY to end up the way he did. I was relatively lucky in that fluxing the lead was a relatively smoky process when I first started, so I built a fan to take the smoke from the lead pot outside, and in later years I just did all my casting at work in a lab hood on my lunch hour. If you don't have VERY good ventilation in your shop, you might want to think about setting up a small bume hood with a blower, and it probably wouldn't hurt to get your blood checked for lead levels. Good luck and stay safe!!

September 8, 2006, 05:33 AM

Peter M. Eick
September 8, 2006, 03:05 PM

This is about how it looks normally. I try to keep my work spaces clean, but I admit the ammo pile is pretty tapped down in this shot. When I get back I will have to take a new picture. I have added some shelves, and another light just like the one I have now.

September 10, 2006, 04:37 PM
Waffen, Peter (and maybe others), what kind of press is that?

September 11, 2006, 12:50 AM
But this was my setup until the first week of August 2006:

Ol` Joe
September 11, 2006, 12:58 AM
Waffen, Peter (and maybe others), what kind of press is that

I believe it is a RCBS Pro 2000

Peter M. Eick
September 11, 2006, 03:18 PM
Yes it is a pro2000. Its a good press and I have made about 150,000 rounds out of it so far. I bought it for the aps primer strips because I don't like the idea of primers in a tube. No complaints so far.

To bad RCBS does not bring out a model 2007 that is a 7 holer that is more in direct competition to the 650. I would not mind a few more die holes and an automatic case feeder.

September 11, 2006, 04:27 PM
I'm in a two bedroom upstairs apartment. If I can do it, anyone can.

The main bench.

The side bench with my presses. Dillon 650 with all the fixings and 3 toolheads (45 ACP, 9mm and 38 Spl). Dillon SL900 in 12 gauge. Redding T-7 turret press with custom die racks on the pegboard behind it.

I installed a small shelf in the closet which holds extra ammo, primers, brass and other small reloading tools/parts.

I didn't want to go overboard with the photos, so I left out the two bookcases with manuals, books and catalogs and my powder cabinet.


September 11, 2006, 05:40 PM
This is my new bench, there is a work bench behind the camera and storage shelves to the side, and behind the camera. I outgrew the old bench I'd been using for 40 years.

September 12, 2006, 01:01 AM
Here is a picture of mine from earlier this year when I first built it.
It has ten times the amount of stuff on it now, these benches really seem to attract a lot of stuff. :D

September 12, 2006, 12:21 PM

That's the dillon bench, shortly after it was built. 2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood screwed and glued together, 2x4 frame is lag bolted to the wall. It's not that neat anymore!

You guys are all neat freaks. This is about normal for the mess I have on my main bench.

That's #3 bench, the lee chalanger doesn't get used much, nor does the 20ga. mec 600 jr. The lead pot is used occasionally. Powder storage is in another place, I don't have a pic of that.

September 20, 2006, 03:23 AM
I have been wanting to add a picture of my bench to this thread; I finally am getting around to it....
edited for spelling...keano44

Kelly J
September 20, 2006, 02:51 PM
It ain't much but it works for me.

September 21, 2006, 09:53 PM

I thought you could all use a good laugh.:D This is my bench where hopefully there will be some equipment soon. I haven't reloaded yet but I am getting very close to buying my equipment. I just want to say there are a lot of nice looking benches and setups. This helps me a lot and probably others that are new and want to get started. Great thread and keep it going.

September 21, 2006, 11:24 PM
Here's a few shots of mine.


September 22, 2006, 06:29 PM
I am just starting out, thanks for all the pics, they inspired me to build my own bench.


September 23, 2006, 05:06 PM
I asked my wife if I could take over a corner of the basement to make a reloading area. Well I made a little reloading room.

Looking from the doorway:

Can you see the safe handle? I built the safe into the wall:

Here's the case cleaning area:


Gun cleaning bench:

There you have it. How'd I do?

September 24, 2006, 10:09 AM
Thanks guys,

That's a Dillon 650 bolted to the bench. You can't quite see that the bench has a 2X4 brace going up to the joist and another 2X4 attached to the wall that secures the top of the bench. You could dance on top of the bench. I framed the room in the usual way and put up cedar paneling, but put the safe flush into the wall.

Here's the back of the wall with the safe:

I work part time at an indoor shooting range/gun shop (ain't life grand?), that's where I got the Glock banner, and a few others. If I'm not upstairs in my office at the computer, you'll find me tinkering around down in the shop.

September 24, 2006, 11:08 AM

I can't think of a better place to hide! :D

Just an observation for everyone: Your scale is very suseptable to dust. It works best and most accurately when it is dust-free. I found a solution at Lowe's several years ago. Find one of the clear plastic "shoe boxes" they sell in their organizer section. I tossed the lid and place the box upside down over my scale. It's sized just right, stays nice and pristine and it's a lot better IMHO than the vinyl bag-type covers that you usually see. Just a thought.


September 24, 2006, 12:26 PM
Here's shots of my humble main and secondary benches.

September 25, 2006, 02:15 PM
I would add to the comment "strong enough to dance on". Anybody just starting out reloading; IF the bench you're going to build is NOT strong enough to dance on, it won't be strong enough to load on! Build whatever bench you are considering to whithstand a lot of pressure, especially side ways torque applied by a press on one edge while sizing cases! It WILL try to tip the whole bench over! Even just lifting the other side a little is un-nerving, especially if you have loose bullets sitting on top or charged cases in a loading block.

One trick is to put all your bullets on the back edge to conterweight it so it won't lift. A simpler idea is to screw it to the wall/floor to make it stay put.

September 25, 2006, 02:34 PM
I just put together my second reloading bench. The first one I used 3/4" CDX plywood with 1/4" masonite board on the top. That was OK but had a little bit of give when sizing brass and torquing the endge of the bench.

For this #2 bench top I have 1" pine board as a base. Actual thickness of 1", not nominal. Boards are glued together to form a 24" wide board, from Home Depot). then I put 3/4" playwood that has Birch veneers on the top. The birch gives it a reasonably hard and smooth finish compared to fir/pine veneers. Looking back I wish I had spent the extra few dollars over the birch and just went ahead with an oak veneer plywood.

I used seven 5/16" galvanized (not zinc) bolts to secure the 23"x38" top to th e base cabinet. The cabinet is 32" wide. In order to provide room for the press to operate I have a 6" overhand on the right side where I mounted it. This combination is very sturdy and stable. No give at all no matter how hard I push down on the press handle.

The other approach I was thinking off until I found the glued up pine boards was to use 2x6 or 2x8 as a base and then 1/4" masonite over the top for a smooth finish. At any rate I think you want a minumum thickness of 1 1/2" to 2" for a reloading bench top.

October 8, 2006, 09:59 PM
Haven't used the casefeed for the LNL.

October 9, 2006, 02:29 PM
When I started reloading 12 years ago, I built a space saving vertical reloading bench and bolted it to the back wall of a walk in closet. Close the closet door, and you'd never know a gun nut lived there. I've since moved and space is more of a premium than it was, so I was very glad I made a compact space saving reloading bench. I upgraded from the Lee Pro-1000 to a Lee LoadMaster. The bench is in my office, behind my computer. Turn around in the chair and I'm reloading instead of computing.

So far, I'm reloading 9mm and 10mm, but I also have a quick change turret and shell plate for .223 I haven't used yet, and I plan on adding .308 soon. I have a lot of unused storage space on the vertical bench that I'll be filling up soon.

Not shown: The brass I have stored in Rubbermaid storage containers (a bit larger and sturdier than plastic shoe boxes), the brass tumbler and media separator, the lead melt pot and bullet casting equipment, the Lee LoadAll 12 gauge shot shell loading press I've never used and the 1000 hulls I have to go with it.

Also not shown: I have a bright light on the left side that I can point at the press, and a very nice (and expensive!) lighted magnifier on the bench to the right that i can use to examine fine details. My 46 year old eyes need a lot of light and magnification for detailed work.

The vertical bench allows a lot of storage options for reloading equipment, powder, bullets, primers, etc. It could be easily expanded to accommodate a second press or more storage.

I use the MTM ammo boxes to store loads under development so I can keep them straight while test firing them. Once a load is the way I want it, I just load into mil-surp ammo cans and dip out of them into the Dilln Bordercross ammo range bag.

Here's a cheesy video of one round of 9mm being reloaded on the LoadMaster progressive press.

Since the video and the picture above, I've added a second 2X8 under the press to stiffen the bench. The compact design is very stiff and solid, and mounting it to the wall keeps the loading bench from moving. It's rock solid.

October 9, 2006, 05:46 PM
I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of readily available storage space on my vertical reloading bench, although I know I'll outgrow it. I'll probably add a second, smaller vertical bench to the left for the 12 gauge reloader.

I don't really want to store the other stuff with my reloading bench in it's current location in my office because all the bullet casting and brass cleaning operations can generate lead dust, and I'm kind of nuts about keeping the few brain cells I have left working as well as possible.

I started reloading to be able to afford to shoot the 10mm. With hard cast bullets, mostly from free used wheel weights from the local tire shop, my 10mm cost is about four cents a round, which is about the cost of premium 22 ammo. However, I was surprised that I enjoyed reloading as a hobby unto itself. I reload 9mm ammo now, and using Rainier plated bullets I'm currently not saving much over the cost of buying 9mm ammo, but I reload because I enjoy it. I'll start casting 9mm bullets too. That 9mm SUB-2000 carbine has an insatiable appetite.

October 13, 2006, 12:22 PM

October 14, 2006, 10:48 AM
Two steel desk opposite each other.


Ben Shepherd
October 14, 2006, 12:37 PM
44and45- Why so many presses? 1 dedicated to each different load you run? Or do you load in a volume I can't imagine?

My bench-No pictures so use your imagination here:

4X8' foot white 1 1/2" countertop material with the 8' side attatched permanently to a wall. Dillon 650 on one corner facing the wall. RCBS rockchucker supreme on the oppisite side, but facing toward the dillon press instead of towards the wall.

You guys with non white surfaces:
You may want to consider getting scrap linoleum or something similar in white to cover your bench top. I loaded for years on dads bench with a plain particleboard top. The diffrerence in visibility is amazing.

October 14, 2006, 02:19 PM
I bought them because I could afford to. Had a lot of this stuff for years, there is another Dillon 550-B next to the RL-450, not shown in picture.

The RL-450 is set up permenately for .45 Colt caliber.

In the second picture on right, the brown presses are Herter's, set up for bullet swaging. They, and the red Lee Classic, are for bullet swaging, they also have automatic apparatice to eject the processed lead bullet after swaging. (my invention)

The other presses are for working up loads, or just collector items.

Pretty bad, when you show a picture and someone still can't imagine their purpose...its a hobby. Do you have more than one rifle or handgun...that's a hobby too.


October 14, 2006, 03:51 PM
But hey, if I can have over a dozen 357 wheelies, you can have that many presses right?

Now that is something I can't imagine, a dozen .357 wheely guns...but, if they were .44 special, or .45 Colt, or even .45 acp...I could redly accept that premise. :D


Not one magnum among these ancient wheelies. Couple are nearly on the century mark. The youngest made during WW-2.

October 14, 2006, 04:26 PM
I bought a few things. Here is my bench now.

October 14, 2006, 04:31 PM
I was surprised when I started reloading just to be able to afford to shoot the 10mm, and immediately discovered that reloading wasn't a way to enjoy the hobby of shooting as much as it was another all new hobby in and of itself. I'm a Dr. Science geeky kind of guy, and I like to tinker, so I thought I'd enjoy developing loads and testing stuff, but I really had no idea that reloading was a hobby until I was already doing it. That's not fair. There should be a warning label on all addictive substances.

In my reloading addiction, I like having one press and a quick change turret for each caliber, but if you have the space, the ultimate quick change caliber is one press per caliber and slide the office chair two feet down the bench to the next press.

I just placed a $270 order at MidwayUSA yesterday, and it was almost all reloading stuff, including .380 dies for the LAR-10 rifle I probably won't be buying for several months.

Speaking of addictions and collecting... those wheel guns are nice, but you really should be buying 10mm pistols.

My latest addiction is Kel-Tecs.

PLR-16 - I thought .223 was a poodle plinker until I actually shot one
SUB-2000 - Folding pistol carbine that's tons of fun
PF-9 - I'm anxiously trying to find this new single stack 9mm

October 14, 2006, 10:14 PM
LAH, howya doing.

The Lyman has an original long wooden handle for that model, the powder measure is an old Herter's No. 45 model with a long shaft to clear the turret dies. It works pretty good for such old technology, quite accurate as long as I keep it clean out between sessions of loading.

The AA press also has Lyman Universal shellholder, that's why the strange set screw, it will take any standard modern shellholder regardless of make. The knurled knob below the shellholder set-screw is for holding the orange plastic brass frame tray setting on the press base right side.

The All American turret press is one of my favorites, I use it for working up new loads, or small amounts to be loaded.

It came down from BC in Canada, that's where I bought it from some guy on an auction site. It was originally some faded out puke red, but I like the Allis Challmers orange, that Lyman of olden days use to use.

The other Lyman orange press is a real ancient antique, a Tru-line Jr. turret, its set up for .45 auto rim caliber. But haven't loaded anything on it for over a year, too busy loading and shooting other calibers.

The knob handle on the C-H black press, is not original equipment. It's off an a Dillon extra handle I once had.


Redneck with a 40
October 15, 2006, 12:23 PM
Here's mine:

Since my auto disk powder measure won't meter my Unique powder worth a damn, I'm having to manually charge my cases with the scale. On the flip side, this is far more accurate and consistent, albeit slower. I'm doing about 50 rounds/hour, this is fine, since time is not an issue with me.

October 15, 2006, 01:23 PM
I'd think 50 rounds an hour would be a slow rate for precise finely tuned match target rifle ammo once you were in full production instead of development. It looks like you're reloading .40 S&W?

You could drastically increase the speed by using a powder dipper. If you want a precise amount that isn't available from Lee, you could dribble a little epoxy into the next larger dipper to fine tune it. You could also use a cap screw to make a slightly adjustable dipper, or make your own dipper with a brass case soldered to a copper rod and sand down the case mouth to reduce the volume. A squatty .45 case makes a good dipper. If you make any modifications to a standard dipper, be sure to permanently mark the dipper with its new volume.

The Lee Safety scale works very well to be so inexpensive, but fast it is not. I use mine sometimes to double check a critical weight and cross check calibrate my digital scales (which are inexpensive on eBay).

I was not aware that the Auto Disk powder measure had trouble dropping Unique, but I've never tried. Did you try the $30 Pro Auto Disk with the elastomer wiper and Teflon coated body, or just the original Auto Disk? Sometimes it helps to cycle the Auto Disk through half a pound of powder to coat the walls of the disk and the powder measure body with graphite. It makes the measure operate more smoothly (graphite has lubricant properties) and also reduces static cling (graphite is a conductor).

It also helps to tap the powder measure when the bottom is open so it drops the entire powder charge with some extruded stick powders that tend to bridge. That's a bit of a hassle, but MUCH better than using the Safety Powder Scale to slowly measure each load. My progressive presses have been pretty good about shaking the powder measure when charging so I don't need to tap them.

Whatever you do, remember that powder charging is probably the most critical part of reloading, and you must ensure that every powder charge is correct. Weighing each charge does that, but it's a major hassle. I think it can be done safely with the Pro Auto Disk, but any time I make any change, and at the start of every reloading session, I check several consecutive powder charges to make sure the powder measure is not only dropping the correct charge weight, but is doing so in a repeatable and reliable manner. I also visually gauge the powder height as I manually insert the bullet as a final rough safety inspection for each powder charge. That's probably the main reason I don't use an automatic bullet inserter. It'd still be possible to check the powder height, but I'd probably get lazy and stop doing it.

October 15, 2006, 01:49 PM
Redneck with a .40, try a Dillon PM with a slide bar. They come with rifle or handgun.

In the picture of my C-H black press, it has an old Dillon RL-450 manual push knob PM. This unit can handle just about any handgun flake, or extruded rifle powder with ease.

The only PM in my stable that is really cranky, is the Lyman Tru-line Jr. No.55 model. Its shown on the little turret press.


October 15, 2006, 03:57 PM
Redneck I love that desk/bench.

44/45 the local gunshop has a Tru-Line Jr. for sale.

October 15, 2006, 06:41 PM
Well, recomend the Dillon for handgun flake powder, or extruded rifle powder, does a good job with its metering slide bar.

The Lyman Tru-line Jr. uses only small 5/8X30 threaded 310 dies. These little dies can be used with a Lyman tong tool that slightly resembles a nut cracker.

However, and this is pretty weird, the little 310 seating die does a beautiful job on roll crimping my big bore handgun brass.

Even with a tong tool, a guy can crank out (slowly) excellent ammunition.


October 15, 2006, 07:13 PM
Even with a tong tool, a guy can crank out (slowly) excellent ammunition.

Lee Precision makes a big deal about some pretty amazing shooting (even by today's standards) that won a major shooting competition, and the ammo was manufactured using a Lee Loader, which is a very simple aparatus that started the home reloading market in the 1950s. The entire Lee Loader was very inexpensive and shipped in a cardboard storage box not much bigger than a deck of cards. I believe the customer did request a slight modification to the die, though, to increase accuracy a bit. The Lee Loader didn't use a press at all. Instead, a hammer was used! It was noisy, but effective. Hard to believe such precise ammo was made by hammering on it.

October 15, 2006, 07:22 PM
Heres my reloading desks:D

October 15, 2006, 08:37 PM
Lee Precision makes a big deal about some pretty amazing shooting (even by today's standards) that won a major shooting competition, and the ammo was manufactured using a Lee Loader, which is a very simple aparatus that started the home reloading market in the 1950s. The entire Lee Loader was very inexpensive and shipped in a cardboard storage box not much bigger than a deck of cards. I believe the customer did request a slight modification to the die, though, to increase accuracy a bit. The Lee Loader didn't use a press at all. Instead, a hammer was used! It was noisy, but effective. Hard to believe such precise ammo was made by hammering on it.

After using a lee loader for a few years, there's nothing about that I don't believe.
The leel loader makes great ammo, esp in the magnum calibers.
The .41 mag ammo it was was every bit as good as any cranked off in any press, using any dies, provided the components are good.
The accuracy mostly has to do with how the case is sized. (Neck size.)
Neck sizing in combination with using the brass in one gun over and over fireforms the ammo to your gun's chamber, making that accuracy possible.

October 16, 2006, 01:16 AM

Many years ago, I used a Lee Auto Disk powder measure (standard version) and it worked fine.

Recently, when I got back into reloading, I had read that the Lee PRO auto-disk powder measure worked better due to the teflon coating that the standard auto-disk doesn't have (and I guess the elastomer wiper on it is better, too). Also, I got the adjustable powder charging bar for it so I do not use the fixed powder also works fine.

-- John D.

Redneck with a 40
October 16, 2006, 01:58 AM
Personally, I'm ok with loading 50 rounds/hour, I'm getting very accurate and consistent ammo. Plus I like being intimate with the reloading process.:D Yeah it takes awhile, but I enjoy the time spent doing it. Just this week alone, reloading 1 hour a day, I''ve loaded 400 rounds of ammo. Since I only shoot 50 rounds/week, this is sufficient. I'll stick to my current method, the accuracy I'm getting is awesome.

October 16, 2006, 11:32 AM
If you enjoy 50 rounds per hour, more power to you. I agree, if you enjoy doing it, it's time well spent. I can sympathize with not wanting to mess with the primer feed on progressive presses. That seems to be the biggest problem with Lee progressive presses, and it can flat take all the fun out of it.

But I like fiddling with machines. I also like to shoot a lot. I reload 200-400 rounds an hour, and I shoot 200-400 rounds of 10mm when I go to the range. Lately I've been reloading 9mm to shoot in the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 9mm folding carbine, and it's a hungry little beast. It's so much fun to shoot that I seldom get away before firing 300 rounds, not to mention the ammo expended taking friends along to introduce them to shooting.

The differences in our reloading habits demonstrates the wide range of interests reflected in reloading. Soon, I hope to have a very accurate long range high caliber rifle. Then, I expect to enjoy slow and careful hand crafting of fire formed ammo for maximum accuracy, which is very different from sitting down to make a lot of high quality pistol plinking ammo.

Next up for me: .223 and .308. - plinking at first, then more accurate (but still progressive reloaded for semi-autos).

October 17, 2006, 10:06 AM
OK JDGray what's that hanging behind the paper towells?

October 17, 2006, 06:31 PM
Duct tape & a bore snake:D Your probably wanting to know what that relic pinfire revolver is? Well, its DA SA, 9mm(near as I can tell) Says "systeme italie" on the frame, and a word I cant make out starting with a G and ends with Br. In other words, I got no idea:confused: :D

October 18, 2006, 12:16 PM
I could have sworn I posted a pic of this at one time or another...

October 18, 2006, 12:49 PM
Can we assume that WD-40 is on the reloading bench for the times you need to deactivate primers?


October 18, 2006, 02:25 PM
No. I don't deactivate primers. I just throw them into the fire. :neener:

October 18, 2006, 04:04 PM
The WD-40 makes good case lube, everybody knows that:D

October 18, 2006, 06:12 PM
Some nice stuff there Jack.........Creeker

October 20, 2006, 02:22 AM
Well one of these days I will have a bench with more stuff on it. LOL...

Bench... (

October 20, 2006, 08:50 AM
Hey Arkie.........tell us about that bench? Looks great.......Creeker

October 20, 2006, 02:54 PM
Arkie's bench is much too clean for me. I need to know where things are at all times. Usually right on top of the bench. :D But there's a ton of components on the shelves to the right. Loaded ammo is locked in the cabinet on the left. I have kids that shoot, still, I keep things locked up. Their friends are the one's I worry about. The safe is in the same room. It is a down stairs/basement room in the corner of the house. 10'x11'ish. The door to the room also locks, although it's not a reinforced fire door. (yet) Next challenge is to figure out a sprinkler system for the room. There's a copper water pipe just above in the false cieling.


October 20, 2006, 05:22 PM
The bench is a Craftsman work bench and I got real cheap with the backboard also. It has a light on it also.

Nice solid top with 5 drawers to put everything in.

It's clean cause I just got everthing all arranged on it and haven't started working yet. LOL...

Don't worry, it will get messy. :D

oh, and the eagle in the middle is a dinner bell.

October 21, 2006, 06:54 PM
Here's my humble set up:
I do mostly 9mm and .45ACP. Occasionally, I'll do up a few .38SPL or .357MAG.

My reloading assistant:
He can find anything that I drop...and eat it.:D

October 22, 2006, 09:40 AM
Looks like you size and deprime on the single stage, like me:D Its a PITA to do it on the turret, with spent primers going everyhere.

October 22, 2006, 10:00 AM
The new Lee Classic Turret Press is getting very good reviews. It addresses a lot of the concerns from their previous turret press. The spent primers are neatly routed to a container or straight into a waste basket for disposal. The new Lever Primer System is also reported to be very simple and reliable.

It's currently on sale at MidwayUSA. Check out the customer reviews.

Even with the auto-index, it's still not as fast as a progressive press, but it's also a lot simpler and probably a lot more reliable. I'm committed to my progressive LoadMaster press, but I'd like to try the Lee Classic Turret Press. I wouldn't mind spending more time reloading :) and less time working on the press and clearing jams stemming from priming problems.:cuss:

October 22, 2006, 11:33 AM
I wished I'd waited a month, befor getting my turret press, as Lee came out with the classic just after I got mine bolted to the bench. After priming cases,500 usually at a time, I can reload 100 cartridges in 10-15mins, easy. I still clean the primer pockets, and like priming, off the press. I have probably 1000 9mm & 500 45ACP cases ready to load, at all times, just sitting in coffee cans:D , which I noticed alot of people have on their benches.

October 22, 2006, 11:55 AM
I started reloading about one month ago.

October 22, 2006, 06:25 PM
Here is my humble reloading area.

It works well for me. :)


October 24, 2006, 03:39 PM
Dillon 650...

October 24, 2006, 04:03 PM
That Dillon 650 looks nice!

Are those seven more powder measures on the shelves in the background? Do you have turrets set up to reload eight different calibers? If so, I bet that was a decent chunk of change.

October 24, 2006, 04:43 PM
Hey VonFatman.........Nice horns on the wall.............Creeker

October 24, 2006, 08:18 PM
I'm afraid so...I don't drink, smoke, sit in bars, spend my weekends watching sports, chase women ('cept my bride), rebuild cars, fish (much), make payments on a boat etc...
I'm pretty focused on reloading, hunting & shooting as my hobby(s) of yes, I do invest a bit more in my press/bench than I "need"...time is my biggest problem, thus I've invested in a few extras to save a little time and make my hobby a bit more enjoyable. It's really a priority thing for me...and yes, I have the blessing of my fact, she's my favorite range buddy.

I'm actually looking to move into a single stage now to take on bottle-neck reloading.

Thanks! The one on the right is my first muzzleloader kill...shot that 'ol boy with a CVA Staghorn from about 125 yards off a solid rest. The other was shot with my Contender w/10" .357 Mag barrel last fall...just 35 steps for that one (but it was off hand!)


October 24, 2006, 08:25 PM
(but it was off hand!)

I heard that and fully understand that which you're saying.:) Nice shot.

Black Snowman
October 24, 2006, 08:38 PM

October 24, 2006, 08:51 PM

I'm pretty focused on reloading, hunting & shooting as my hobby(s) of yes, I do invest a bit more

For me, it's more a matter of too many hobbies, not enough time. Mountain biking, camping, hiking, kayaking, motorcycle, experimental airplane....

I need to focus a bit more, and lately I need to work more.

I have the blessing of my fact, she's my favorite range buddy.

Then you sir are doubly blessed. It sounds like you realize that.

I'm actually looking to move into a single stage now to take on bottle-neck reloading.

Lee has really been making some serious strides in the last couple of years. They were known for claiming other presses were more expensive because they were overbuilt. They seem to be changing their tune. The Lee Classic Press is a very substantial single stage press with a very high degree of fit and finish. I think it's fair to say it's the most solid press on the market at any price, and probably the nicest single stage press. It'll easily resize .50 BMG cases.

If you want a single stage press, but might also want something a bit more automated for slightly higher volume, you might also be interested in the Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret Press. It's fairly new and is also getting rave reviews. They finally have a solid and reliable automatic priming system.

You can check them both out at

The only reason you wouldn't be proud to put either of these on your bench would be the red color clashing with all that blue.

October 24, 2006, 09:01 PM
Thanks again!

Black Snowman,
Nice set-up! I'm going to have to come by and let
you show me all the goodies!

Thanks for the tips on Lee, Black Snowman, a friend who shoots at our farm is a Lee Bench kinda guy! He's always liked Lee equipment. I'd have no problem having some color "coordination" on the bench!!


October 24, 2006, 10:38 PM
Here is a set up to which everyone aspires. I wish it was mine but it ain't.

October 24, 2006, 11:16 PM
Here is mine.
I hope it comes through.

October 24, 2006, 11:44 PM
Now THAT is a complete setup! Nice!!
Is there anything you don't have??
Well done.


October 31, 2006, 07:09 PM
Finally I get to post to this thread! Ive been waiting for months, and I've finally got all my bits'n'pieces together.

The "bench" was a freebie with the exception of the 2x4 in the rear and associated hardware used to reinforce the table.

My box from Midway:

My new toys:

All set up:

Not too shabby if I say so myself!

October 31, 2006, 09:30 PM
IDriveB5 .......I'd say that set up is just fine................Creeker

October 31, 2006, 10:08 PM
Just started shooting about 1 1/2 ago and now I'm already into the reloading with all my hobbies I gotta do it all at once. The bench had to get built in the only unfinished room in the house (per wifes instructions). I guess now I have an excuse to finish it...the way I want it.

November 1, 2006, 01:40 AM
Quote by VonFatman
"Now THAT is a complete setup! Nice!!
Is there anything you don't have??
Well done.

Well I would like to get rid of my Dillon 550B and get a new Hornady L-N-L AP
and get a drillpress and a bandsaw:D


November 3, 2006, 11:57 AM
My new reloading bench !!!! Thanks for all the help in deciding which reloader !!:D

November 3, 2006, 02:06 PM
Lookin' good Delta608!!

Going "blue" won't regret your choice!!


November 6, 2006, 11:27 AM
Well I finally decided to take a picture and show my meager bench. I need to add some shelves because my stuff keeps growing.. Out of the picture on the floor are an FA Tumbler and 3 - 50cal ammo boxes with other types of powder and components. In a locked closet are other 50cal ammo boxes with ammo in them. There is also a table behind the camera that I use as a gun cleaning station along with my wifes sewing machine. We need another child to move out so the wife can have her own sewing room and then I can do more with my reloading room.

November 7, 2006, 12:11 AM
dtalley, we all started somewhere. My first setup was almost exactly like yours, Challenger press and all. I have used seven different benches including a B&D Workmate. I find it pretty cool the way some of you guys have come up with a way to mount your presses.

Where there is a will, there is a way!:D

November 23, 2006, 04:29 AM
After 30 years of reloading I finally have a decent place to reload. Last year I made a 6'x6' room in the back of one of the bays in my garage. I installed ceramic tile and a built in L-shaped bench with a 2"X4" butch block top for my presses. There is a 1/4" steel plate on top of the bench that has welded on studs to mount the presses, the powder stand and the case trimer. There is zero flex in the bench or the mounting of the presses so you get excellent tactile feel on every stroke of the press so you quickly tell if something isn't right as you're reloading. The room has heat and AC plumbed in so I can now load year round in comfort. I still need to install an Internet connection and computer, but otherwise it is pretty much finished. I just added the Hornady LNL with a digital case counter, a low primer alarm, and a low powder alarm; the low power alarm is arriving Tuesday. This is a huge improvement from when I started as a teenager in a shed with grandfather on a RCBS JR.

November 23, 2006, 09:32 AM
Wow, I'm impressed by these setups some of you have!
Here's my humble space. I took over 4' of the laundry room, right between the wall and the freezer.
When we remodled our bathroom I salvaged the old vanity base and put a 4' preformed counter top on it. Built the cabinets out of MDF.
The press is held to the counter top by 3 studs held on by wing nuts. I can change from the turrent to a single stage or a MEC Jr. shotshell loader fairly quickly.
I always said the first kid to leave the nest lost a bedroom and I gained a gun room but they moved back in before I could get it done! :(

November 23, 2006, 09:53 AM
Here is mine inbetween cleanups. Built it from pieces of a thrown away entertainment center.

November 23, 2006, 09:58 AM
Here are my 4 kids.
I would start a new thread, but I have not figured out how. Just dumb, I guess. Anybody out there like bulldogs?

November 23, 2006, 10:51 AM
Anybody out there like bulldogs?

Good looking pit! My son/daughter-in-law has a pit bull, she's the gentelest, loving dog I know. Afraid of her own shadow!

November 23, 2006, 11:16 AM

November 23, 2006, 12:48 PM

My two reloading assistants included, I can't go to my reloading room without these two nosies coming with....:)

November 23, 2006, 03:52 PM
Hey those golden primers...........Creeker

November 23, 2006, 04:41 PM
LAH Hey those golden primers...........Creeker

:confused: You mean the Winchesters in the bins?

November 23, 2006, 04:51 PM
Yes Sir. Like these:

November 23, 2006, 05:16 PM
Thought maybe there was something in the pictures I wasn't seeing!:)
I switched exclusively to Win primers after lightening the triggers on my Rugers. Got lots of light strikes with CCI's.

November 23, 2006, 06:32 PM
I switched exclusively to Win primers


November 23, 2006, 07:25 PM
Hooks. Looks like you found my ex-wife. Why's she sitting on your bench? And whose her ugly friend?

November 23, 2006, 10:49 PM
Bill Murray " So... she's a dog"....:)

November 24, 2006, 07:49 AM
This is the primary bench. My gun bench is to the right and I have two big cabinets to the left.

January 19, 2007, 06:20 AM
As others said make a strong bench. Everyone I make is stronger than the last one. The current one (too messy to photograph right now) is constructed with 2x6s in a vertical band with the back bolted to the basement wall. Then I ran 2x10s perpendicular to the wall to form the bench top. I jokingly referred to it as the Tornado Shelter, then I realized that really wasn't a joke, it would be the safest place in the house in a storm! :)

January 20, 2007, 02:29 AM

January 20, 2007, 11:27 AM
Nice clean setup GTKrockeTT. Where did you get the parts for that? Seems sturdy, is it? That might be just what I need.

January 20, 2007, 06:14 PM
Nice pix all. Just what I needed. I'm looking to set up a bench and I'm stupid limited on free space with no spare rooms or basements.

January 20, 2007, 08:55 PM
Here is my bench that I put together with scrap wood I had in my barn. The table is bent with the same principle as the plans that have been shown on here. I wanted to do something much fancier but wanted to get the press up and running before I could save up enough to build a nice one.

January 20, 2007, 09:07 PM
I'm stupid limited on free space with no spare rooms or basements.

I've added a lot of stuff to the vertical reloading bench since the last picture, so I thought another picture might be in order.

This picture was from a month ago and more stuff has been added since then, with another order arriving the day after tomorrow. I'm finally reaching the point that I wish I had more room. I have a shot shell reloader I'd like to add. I guess I could replace the horizontal pieces to widen it another foot or so. Or maybe just bolt a table extension and shelves on the left side? It works surprisingly well, organizing an awful lot of stuff in a very small footprint.

The full text with excessive description is here:;action=display;num=1160075953;start=1#11


January 21, 2007, 12:32 AM
Nice clean setup GTKrockeTT. Where did you get the parts for that? Seems sturdy, is it? That might be just what I need.

workbench kit was purchased here. you supply your own hardware, allowing you to build the bench without any specified size constraints. the sucker is definitely sturdy.[/QUOTE]

January 21, 2007, 01:29 PM
I purchased the same set up as GTKrockeTT from amazon for about $60 shipped. It also included the extra shelfing!!!

January 21, 2007, 08:40 PM
It makes me home sick when i see all yalls reloading benchs I will be home feb 4 (Ihope)I work for the us Goverment I have worked all over alaska west coast east coast and all in between been out for 3 years cant wait to sleep in my own bed , i have been reloading since 1980 or 81 and love it . I will be building a new reloading bench i saw it in rifle shooter , I have a bunch of extra reloading stuff A good friend split with his wife (she kicked us out of the barn )he borrowed 400.00 to move back to oklahoma and he left me all his reloading stuff (didnt ask him for anything ) now i own 6 presses scales ect will be selling it when i get home rcb , lyman, hornaday ,lee ,ect.with a bunch of bullets >

February 8, 2007, 08:28 PM
Here it is.....I am actually "doin' it".....

Salvaged this old desk from work. It's pretty stable but I may add a verticle brace going from under the press to the floor.

Ergonomics are way off for my 6' frame. I like working while sitting down, but will need to put the whole desk up on blocks ~4".

Banged out a couple boxes of .38 special target loads last night and got a major crick in my neck.

If it gets above 10 degrees this weekend I may brave the elements and scoot on down to the range to pop off a box.


February 8, 2007, 10:56 PM
Here's mine. I still need to add some shelves for set up die plates and misc. tools.

February 10, 2007, 10:01 PM
This was at my old house, still organizing new setup.




February 11, 2007, 06:44 AM
jcjacobvt.........You have 2 CH Auto Machines?..........Creeker

February 11, 2007, 09:01 AM
Yes , still have my first true progessive C&H machines. In their time, prior to a lot of other manufacturers I reloaded thousands of rounds of 9mm, 38/357, 44 mag, 45 acp, and 10mm with them. Once you understand a machine they are kinda hard to let go. I would leave one with a small primer setup, and the other with a large primer setup. I have also had Lee Pro1000's and LoadMaster units prior to Dillons Square Deals. My main machine now are the Dillon XL650 which has produced over 50k of reloads since new. I shoot a lot of pistol still. I should sell the C&H's which I have not used in over 10 years now.

February 11, 2007, 10:39 AM
Slowly getting organize.

I had quit shooting and reloading for 20 years due traveling and job transfer. I sold all I had at the time. (Dillon 450 etc..., all my pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles).
Was I ever sorry. I lost a lot of money then.
Then last June, I deceide to get back at it again, I fist bought a 22cal Pardini SP for competition. Then a 2 months later I bought a H&K USP Tactical 45 ACP. plus 2 shot gun for geese and a rifle for deer.
Because of the 45 cal, I had to reload again and deceide to buy this Hornady LNL.

I'm verry happy with this machine. I would 't hesitate to do it again.

February 11, 2007, 11:15 AM

That bench is great! Where can I get the plans for that?

February 11, 2007, 12:12 PM
Dillion 650 fully set up.
Lyman O-Frame
RCB'S Electric Powder Trickler and Scale

February 11, 2007, 02:23 PM
I've used those CH's for 45 ACP. They would crank out some rounds fer sure.

February 11, 2007, 02:49 PM

I would like about 5 minutes alone with a duffel bag in that room! I'd leave a $20 on the desk, if it helps... :evil:
It's for a good cause, lookie all my empty space!

Newbie's set-up:

February 11, 2007, 03:13 PM
That's funny... :)
I told my wife I "need" all this stuff.
She believes me.......:evil:

February 11, 2007, 03:53 PM

Go to this site , scroll to the bottom of the page, open table 3, scroll to the bottom of the page again and you'll see ''Reloading bench and other great stuff''

or you can open the attachement.

Good luck.

Its a very hevy and sturdy workbench. but it cost almost $400. in wood.

February 12, 2007, 03:45 PM

Here's my setup, am adding a second Dillion 550 this weekend.

February 12, 2007, 04:24 PM

February 13, 2007, 12:15 PM


February 19, 2007, 06:17 PM
I've been waiting to chime in on this thread for ages and now I finally can! I would like to extend a very big thanks to daveinflowerybranchga for his excellenct advice and the time he spent sending PM's back and forth with me. He is a wealth of knowledge and a very nice guy to give so freely of his time and expertise.

On to the pics!

My bench, simple, but functional. The top is a sheet of 3/4" birch plywood that I cut in half and then glued and screwed together. It is very robust. The frame is simple 2X4 construction. The whole assembly will be attached to the foundation just as soon as I can borrow my fathers power driver.

Please note the Garand was put in the picture simply for aesthetic value! :neener:

From a different angle showing off my little corner of basement bliss!

February 19, 2007, 07:58 PM
the vertical reloading bench is cool. that is a great idea and a very nice setup. do you pull a chair up and sit down or stand there?

February 19, 2007, 11:09 PM
I'll jump on board. Behold my humble diggings. A little messy, but it shows that I virtually live in here during the winter months. :evil:

February 23, 2007, 11:05 PM
I finally got mine done. It has been under construction for eleven months. Colors are RCBS green, Lyman orange, Lee red, and Speer yellow. Just mounted and set up my new Lee Classic Turret press today.

Nice to have a room of my own to practice my favorite obsession. NailGun


February 23, 2007, 11:08 PM
Alright, Imma gonna start to reload.......Ive been inspired.:) :) :)

February 23, 2007, 11:12 PM

here is mine. the cheepo room saving

February 25, 2007, 02:05 PM
I am just using the Forster Co-Ax press now, and the others are gathering dust.

February 25, 2007, 03:19 PM
you wanna unload any of those lee c presses.

February 26, 2007, 07:56 PM

February 26, 2007, 07:57 PM
thats sweeeeet

and thats all the room you need too. wow. nice job

February 26, 2007, 08:41 PM

Reloading .30-06 ammo.

Rock chucker press above is seen in abq new mexico.

Guns and ammo featured a picture of a wood support for rock chucker.

I measured. Bought 1 inch angle iron and gas welded [my first and last gas welding job] in psychology department shop at washington state unversity in about 1967.

Press has been working great for about 40 years.

Lots of weight is important to stabilize press.

When I am done reloading, press goes into storage. Sometimes for several years.

regards from senior (

February 26, 2007, 09:04 PM

Do you have to fill that powder measure from the roof?

Here's my humble setup.

February 27, 2007, 08:19 AM
Welcome SD624. How much powder does that measure hold?........Lynn

February 27, 2007, 09:13 AM
My guess is that SD624 is a .50BMG reloader. Take a look at the first press in his conga line. At 200+ grains a throw, a tall powder measure might be just the ticket.

February 27, 2007, 06:48 PM
Not to the roof but almost to the ceiling.

It holds about 3.5 pounds of powder.

Hutch nailed it 50 BMG. With 230 grains of 5010 per round seemed like all I was doing was filling up the damn powder measure. Added the larger hopper so I could do 100 rounds without filling it up.


February 27, 2007, 09:57 PM
Here's the boss at work. She won't let me load 38spl, 45acp or 9mm.

February 27, 2007, 10:00 PM
Me no see ''the boss'' - just a nice bunch of gear!

Ahhh - now I see ...... you added the essential pic :)

February 28, 2007, 01:54 AM

I enjoy seeing the neighbors pick up their pace as they walk by while I'm reloading.


February 28, 2007, 08:10 AM
Thanks SD624.

Nice setup for any place Chris............Creeker

February 28, 2007, 09:05 AM
See here.....

February 28, 2007, 10:06 PM
Here are my latest additions to my bench. Make special notice of the 1900 free bullets sitting on it.:D

March 1, 2007, 07:47 PM
Free? Did you say FREE??? Where do I sign up for that deal???

March 1, 2007, 08:25 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Hornady is running a promotion which offers buyers of selected presses/components an opportunity to get "free" bullets....Hornady bullets!

Sounds like a great deal for someone "seeing red" in their future!


March 2, 2007, 09:21 AM
Here's my dungeon, or armory. Its a seperate lockable room off the basement.

March 2, 2007, 10:56 AM
Welcome to the board FIDO28. Nice set up............Creeker

March 2, 2007, 04:11 PM
It's Hornady's Get Loaded program. You can read about it here.

March 2, 2007, 07:18 PM
2400 - I like your library!!!

March 4, 2007, 10:26 AM
Here's an update from my previous posting earlier in this thread. Got the remodeling & rearranging done back in November.

March 5, 2007, 03:04 PM
Made this out of 3 layers of 3/4 plywood. Got the idea from one of these boards(maybe this one). The removable inserts allow for quick configuration changes. I have the load-testing mode, the high-rate production mode and the gun cleaning mode (no tools mounted). Now I just need to make a couple more inserts for a case trimmer, etc.

March 5, 2007, 04:14 PM
Here is mine a couple years ago. Its a little different now days.

March 5, 2007, 04:39 PM
Nice Hoser..........Love that Blue............Creeker

March 5, 2007, 08:50 PM
Just a couple pieces of door on those Stanley garage cabinets that Home Depot carries.

Ida Noski
March 6, 2007, 08:18 PM
Ok. Kinda late in the game, but here's my mess!

March 7, 2007, 10:37 AM
Alright Noski, how do you like your Super Swage?

Ida Noski
March 7, 2007, 10:55 AM

It's great! When I was active in Highpower I was using a lot of LC brass that was crimped. It's so quick and easy to use once you get it set up. Comes with parts to do large and small primer pockets.
I feel lucky, as I live pretty close to Dillon. Just wish I had more $$ to spend there.

Hold Hard,


April 5, 2007, 09:11 AM

Mr White
April 5, 2007, 11:13 AM
Do you ever sleep or do you just keep chuggin' the Folgers :what: and crankin' out rounds?

April 5, 2007, 05:34 PM
Nice bench Carter.........Creeker

May 4, 2007, 05:39 AM
It aint much (and its normally not nearly this cluttered), but it works, its portable, its in the living room, and it's wife approved (the most imporant part for hassle-free reloading :D ) Once we buy a house, I will upgrade to a bigger, better, custom (read homemade) bench.This works well for an apartment/townhouse though.just a cheap, older computer desk on wheels.....

May 4, 2007, 10:36 PM
And mine (aka "The Sanctuary") . . .

May 5, 2007, 01:08 AM
2400 - I like your library!!!

Thanks! :D

May 7, 2007, 06:53 AM
I am very new to reloading, I purchased this little bench at the local home center after getting a crap load of stuff from midway

within 1 week I was well on my way

2 weeks later the ammo factory is in full bloom.,

June 8, 2007, 03:37 PM
Had to build this in the closet. Next house I will have a room.

The Law
June 18, 2007, 12:51 PM
Here's a peek at my humble reloading area: ( ( (

June 18, 2007, 01:30 PM
This portable bench sucks! But I paid $50 and I'm stuck with it.

June 18, 2007, 06:22 PM
Captain 54 I've smoked a few of those El Verso's.

June 18, 2007, 08:40 PM
It has two presses, a lube-sizer, and powder thrower on it - very convenient.

Still unpacking from the move. At least the bench is situated, and starting to get organized in its new home:

June 19, 2007, 01:18 PM
This is EXACTLY the inspiration I needed to see to get me going on cleaning my garage so I can bolt down my brand new Dillon 550 and all of the new reloading equipment I just bought this weekend.

Bravo! You guys have some pretty crafty set ups. Here's what I have to work with so far...

Expect updates to follow! :-)

June 19, 2007, 02:03 PM

I never smoked those ones, but others. Cigar boxes are great to hold brass at varying stages of processing. My father in-law supplies all that I need.

June 19, 2007, 03:35 PM
My humble offering.

June 19, 2007, 06:02 PM
How folks get by with ONE reloading bench is beyond me. You have got to have a separate bench for bullet casting, bullet lube sizing, case cleaning, single stage presses, turrent presses and progressive presses! I mean, come on folks! hehe.

June 19, 2007, 08:07 PM
I am inspired, I will take some photo's this week and report back. Mine currently is based on a Mechanics wheeled cart. It has worked out so far as space has been limited lately. Will get back shortly. Bill

July 8, 2007, 01:09 AM
okay, finally got the garage cleaned enough and after about 1500 bullets made, I'm finally able to post my bench.

July 8, 2007, 06:38 AM
I'm impressed with the benches & the space. Loading can be done with very little or with tons of stuff. It can be done in the living room, closet, basement, garage, or rooms/buildings just for such. Benches range from mild to wild. Great thread.

I like CapJack's set up. Simple, straight foward & clean. You want to be loaders notice his "stuff". It doesn't take a lot of money or space & I'm just guessing but it looks like he not only loads but casts his bullets also?

July 8, 2007, 11:21 AM

July 8, 2007, 11:32 AM
Rob, nice set up. Dont forget to turn off the AC while weighing loads.

July 8, 2007, 12:55 PM
Everything I have for reloading (except the 2x8), ammo on hand, and cleaning lives in my range bag. It's actually a Dewalt tool bag my sister gave me for Christmas last year but it's been the perfect bag for all this stuff so far!

My girlfriend and I live in a cozy little apartment so I don't have space for a bench, but I still enjoy reloading with my Lee Classic Loader. In the short time I've been doing it, I've banged out hundreds of rounds right there in front of the TV, with her and the cat helping from time to time.

These photos are staged but basically the same layout as when I'm really doing something.

July 13, 2007, 04:43 AM
Kevin, that has to be my favorite bench, so far. Extremely inexpensive and best of all, totally portable. I now have no excuse to not start reloading. Thank you. :)

July 14, 2007, 12:33 AM
It works for me and my non-existent budget. :D

July 14, 2007, 08:57 AM
Just starting out...

Also just like to say thanks to all who are far down this road and help others just beginning.

July 14, 2007, 09:40 AM
Your place looks fine Red Dog.

Quickdraw McGraw
July 15, 2007, 08:02 AM
Red dog leader that press looks amazingly like mine:D

Man I have had mine all set up for a month and I just love it! Been cranking out 44 mag and 45 ACP! LEE WORKS FOR ME!

Rollis R. Karvellis
July 15, 2007, 01:50 PM
These two were taken just before I started to tear my bench down.

middle age fat man
July 23, 2007, 10:31 PM

July 23, 2007, 10:58 PM
my newest addition

and its not clean anymore..... :)

July 24, 2007, 08:42 AM
Welcome to the board MAFM. Nice to Chris.

July 27, 2007, 02:13 AM
http://reload area 003

July 27, 2007, 02:16 AM
sorry, do not know hw to put a picture on here.

July 27, 2007, 03:14 AM
RB, check this thread...

James Thomson
July 27, 2007, 04:40 PM
This is my pride and job./Users/jim/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Originals/2007/Roll 111/IMG_0500.JPG

July 27, 2007, 06:37 PM
Here's my most recent pic, but it looks different all the time. Now I have a couple of little dandy powder measures on there too.

September 26, 2007, 12:56 AM

September 26, 2007, 01:38 AM
I will be putting the finishing touches on my bench top this weekend. After that I will be posting pics of mine too. I have gotten a few ideas from this post....thanks

Quickdraw McGraw
September 26, 2007, 07:16 AM
Almost finished remodeling my sons new bedroom. Unless my wife objects I hope to build new bench in his old room.

Got this idea from RustyFN

Just got stocked up on Rainiers, they were on sale at Midway last month for $74.99 per 1,000. They are now $94.99. I think I may get Berry's from Cabela's next time. There shipping rate is better. Cost of componets is getting ridiculus.:barf: Can U gess how many I got in this jar? That puppy sure is heavy!

September 26, 2007, 02:53 PM

Not the ideal setup but it works for me. 45Acp/44Mag/45Colt and soon to be 32Acp.

Whops. Looks like im low on Vith N110 aswell:eek:

BB John

September 26, 2007, 03:24 PM
Took 1 weekend to complete this monster. Entire setup is 4'Wx3'Dx6'H. Total cost around $150.

September 26, 2007, 07:18 PM
Here is a relatively recent picture of mine...

Semper Fi

September 29, 2007, 08:56 PM

I'm reloading last 8 years, and had many different benches so far.

I just moved to Canada, and now I have a big house which one room will be dedicated to my guns and reloading activity (Thank you darling...)

With all my previous experiences, I designed a bench. I'll start cutting the wood next weekend.

I used a software called Alibre, which does not allow me to have more than 17 pieces, so the shelf is not shown in these pictures...

Basicly, it is based on NRMA reloading bench... I made some modifications to dimensions and added 2 beam for extra support.

If any of you need dimensions, just let me know, I think this software should be able to produce a list...

September 30, 2007, 08:18 AM
My old Lyman press still cranking it out after 25 years.

My space is a bit limited but this old filing cabinet does the trick. Got my old filing cabinet at good will for $5 nice to wish they had a 4 drawer one its getting a little tight in there now days

An old tackle box I keep all my small stuff in.

Quickdraw McGraw
September 30, 2007, 08:24 AM
WOW :what: that press looks SUPER HEAVY DUTY!!! Being yellow it looks like it should have "CATERPILLAR" on it.

September 30, 2007, 08:31 AM
Its and old orange Lyman press I bought when I first got into reloading over 25 years ago it still produces very accurate ammo for 30-06 on down. If I recall I give about $35 for it when I bought it

September 30, 2007, 09:22 AM
Posted these recently in another thread, still in the process of building it.

October 1, 2007, 07:04 AM
This is my reloading bench.

It´s small but for the moment I dont need more:D:D



October 2, 2007, 11:30 AM
This is a great thread. I love loading.........Creeker

October 2, 2007, 11:44 AM
I just got my setup last week so I still need some more organization but this is what I am starting with.

the lone gunman
October 2, 2007, 12:58 PM
Im with ya Kevin108,,, this is the extent of my reloading equipment for now anyway. Only reload for my 22 hornet which I had to send in for a defective underlug, still waiting on its return. I really enjoy using this system , Hands on for sure. Hope soon to get same kit for my Marlin 1894 44 mag, and the wifes marlin 336 32 special. I really enjoy taking this camping with us and doing a little reloading at our camp site. OH , the harmonica comes in handy when the wife starts bitchin.

October 2, 2007, 04:35 PM
I will have pictures of my set up later tonight."The lone gunman"-My wife said the reloading stuff I just bought was fine and she even smiled when she said it,but know better and didn't think to get a harmonica:( or anything else to compensate for her mood for the next month or so.Stupid is as supid does!

October 3, 2007, 09:07 PM
If you refer to post #160 I had my reloading bench in a small corner of the basement. It is supposed to be a roughed in bathroom, 5x10 feet. In the past six months I have gotten divorced and although money poor was able to buy a house of my own. Now I have a 10x11 foot bedroom to turn into a reloading room/man cave/sports room. I have moved my equipment in and roughly found a spot for each item. I would like to get suggestions of ways to finish the job. Any suggestions are welcome for color/wood themes to placement of reloading items. I definetly know shelves are in the the future. Here are some pics of the room as it is now. I am not set up for reloading yet but with deer and pheasant season upon me I want to move fast. Thanks in advance.

October 4, 2007, 01:19 PM
I built mine from the NRMA plans about 7 years ago. It's not pretty, but it's home.

October 4, 2007, 05:33 PM
Nanook I built mine from the NRMA plans about 7 years ago. It's not pretty, but it's home.

Plenty pretty for me.

October 4, 2007, 07:26 PM
Here are a few pictures of my reloading setup. It is in the basement where my wife wants it. It is a nice dry area but the ceiling is 5 foot tall. I have to get around using a wheeled chair. Since most of what I do is sitting it is a good environment. I have learned to keep my head down. This icon kinda describes it :banghead:

October 11, 2007, 09:12 PM
My humble beginings...I had broken my benches down thinking I would sell my house, Yah right in this market...So I put it back up since ammo suplies were running low. To the left the green felt bnch is my "Armorer's" bench were I clean weapons or more importantly build my ARs...:D

Dallas Jack
October 21, 2007, 04:28 AM
My modest setup
Dallas Jack

October 23, 2007, 03:41 AM
This is my setup. I'm new to reloading, just got the equipment last week. I've been lurking around the site for awhile and doing some reading.

October 26, 2007, 08:52 AM
Welcome to the board devilmutt. Nice set up.

October 26, 2007, 11:01 AM
That's a nice set up and clever use of the desk you've got there Devil . Very common sense approach to space and equipment. Good for you.


October 26, 2007, 07:50 PM

October 27, 2007, 01:35 AM
Thanks, it's working out so far.

October 27, 2007, 08:51 AM
Rembrandt-- I just have to tell you that between the pics of some of the beautiful guns you own, and that SWEET reloading/gun/work room....that you suck, and I hate you.On that note, are you looking to adopt a 33 year old?I cook pretty good, and I'm stronger and smarter than I look...I think it would be a smart move on your part..really.Give me a call,I can be packed and leaving the wife and kid in the dust in under an hour....seriously.:D:neener:

November 3, 2007, 05:13 PM
OK fellas don't laugh, I'm just getting started. I used a bench design idea from a friend. I used his setup and liked it so well, I tried to emulate it...
The former "scrapbooking" room, is now the Gun Room.:D

November 3, 2007, 05:58 PM
Here's the handloading corner of my shop - or most of it:

I built the bench and cabinets after finishing the shop which is one end of a metal building that also houses the garage spaces.

I live in Texas so, no basement and the shop is air conditioned!

November 3, 2007, 09:51 PM ( (

These are pictures of my buddy's bench, with his Star Press. All the bells and whistles! It takes up about half the space of a 1050 Dillion. I'm soon to have one of my own, but it's missing parts and certainly won't be as slick as this one!

November 15, 2007, 07:40 PM
Rembrandt, you make me absolutely sick! How dare you show us a masterpiece like that! You ought to be ashamed of yourself...what are you doing for Thanksgiving? I'd wine and dine you for some help with my reloading bench.

Seriously, you are one hell of a craftsman...I could only wish!

November 15, 2007, 08:35 PM
I'd be glad to take you fellows in as adopted family, but there has to be some financial incentive to make it worth while.....come to think of it, maybe I could use you as tax deductions?

November 18, 2007, 12:19 PM
I have been waiting for a long time to post pics of the bench, and I am finally done with it! I used the 2x4 basics kit from amazon for the bench and made it 3'x8'. Very sturdy, although I still may anchor it to the wall behind the bench.

November 18, 2007, 12:23 PM
Very Nice, Is there any powder you don't have?;)

November 18, 2007, 12:34 PM
Is there any powder you don't have?

Actually, I am waiting on an order now! I have lots of pistol powders, but needed a few others to round out the stable for the larger rifle calibers I am loading for now.

November 18, 2007, 07:06 PM
Some very nice looking benches. I would love to learn how to do this. I will start a thread asking for advice.

November 19, 2007, 11:39 AM
Only been reloading less than a year. I load 30-30, .223, and 45 ACP thus far. Makes winter a bit more tolerable. This is part of one wall in my little "gun room".

November 21, 2007, 12:57 PM
The appearance of confusion is an optical illusion. Need to add on.....again.

November 22, 2007, 09:42 PM
Well I finfally got my own digital camera used but works here is pic of my mess I think some of you guys cleaned yours before you took pics:)

this is my editon of the NMRA plans it has worked great I think Im gonna build another to run down the right side so i can spred the stuff out ans still have room to clean up my guns.

November 22, 2007, 09:43 PM
One more of the loose stuff

November 23, 2007, 09:49 AM
Very nice!
I love seeing how reloaders "think thru the organization" of their benches. I see stuff on every bench that makes me think a bit.

It doesn't matter if you are new at the hobby or have been doing it for 35 years...good layouts and ideas on every single bench.

Keep 'em coming.


December 22, 2007, 11:08 PM
Here is my bench, it's on one side of my office:

I have sense moved the Dillon press 4" closer to the end of the bench

I just went through this whole tread, i noticed more Dillon and Lee presses than anything else

December 22, 2007, 11:15 PM
here is the 550b moved a bit

December 22, 2007, 11:16 PM
I'd be glad to take you fellows in as adopted family, but there has to be some financial incentive to make it worth while.....come to think of it, maybe I could use you as tax deductions?

I discussed something similar with my accountant a few years ago, he assured me that the tax deduction is not worth the added expense of dependants. You should hold out for some additional incentive

December 22, 2007, 11:26 PM

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