Reloading at the range


November 29, 2006, 02:46 PM
I'm considering setting up a single stage unit to reload at the range because I think 1)it will be enjoyable and 2)I may be able to reach the right load in one or two trips rather than multiple trips.

I'd appreciate input as to the pros and cons of putting together & using a system on-site by some THR members who have gone that route.

If you enjoyed reading about "Reloading at the range" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
November 29, 2006, 04:00 PM
I used an RCBS Partner press for two years shooting benchrest before I bought a fancy custom job. I won occasionally with the RCBS and occasionally with the new one. No difference, but it looks cool.

It's the brass prep, dies, bullets, & load that are most important.:)

Vern Humphrey
November 29, 2006, 05:23 PM
I've used a Lee Handpress to reload at the range for years. It's a great way to develop loads. Once you have your load, you can go to your bench press setup and crank them out.

November 29, 2006, 05:47 PM
When I was setting up a '95 GMC van as my 'shooting facility', I included a handloading bench with a permanently-mounted turret press, as well as a benchrest and 'smithing/cleaning bench.

After several years of using the van in this role, I find that the handloading setup doesn't get much use. The reason is that range time is so valuable and so rare that I'm very reluctant to waste the daylight in loading ammo. There are plenty of darkness hours for that.

On the occasions when I do use the loading bench, I try to have fully-prepped cases on hand so all I have to do is charge them and seat bullets.

For a look at the van in its early stages, go to

and then to "Special Projects', where you'll find "Der Schuetzenwagen". Many additions have been made since those photos, plus at least a ton of ammo, tools, coolers etc. I need to post newer photos. It's the best danged shooting toy I've ever owned.

November 29, 2006, 06:37 PM
When I purchased my Dillon 650s I kept my SDs and made a mount that fits in my 2 receiver (with the tailgate down). I use this when working up a load. I set a powder bar at a low end charge weight, start out with the heaviest bullet weight, shoot until I achieve the velocity Im looking for (or pressure signs) then write down the charge weight and oal (if changed). A while back I set out to find a good load for an open 9mm, in less than two hours I tested 3 different bullet weights in 2 different styles with 2 different powders. If you purchase a few extra powder bars, you can swap the bars from the SD to the 650.

November 29, 2006, 07:06 PM
You might want to check with the range officers to see if they will permit you to load there. The two clubs I belong to do not permit loading except for muzzle loading firearms.

November 30, 2006, 02:55 AM
I plan to, Im gonna pre measure powder charges, and test for optimum accuracy, seating depth, and charge.

November 30, 2006, 03:39 AM
When I started loading right at the range bench, I found it difficult to weigh charges on my RCBS 10-10 scale because of minor/major wind puffs. The problem was solved with a cardboard box and a piece of plexiglass.

The box was about 14 high, 16 long, and 12 wide. I cut the box top at a 30 degree angle, used duct tape to keep the Plexiglas attached to the top (flips open easily); cut an opening in the bottom front (just large enough to put my hand in) and keep the scale toward the rear. I also put a box of bullets in each corner for stability.

Throw a charge in the pan, set it on scale , close glass, put hand in to weigh.

If you enjoyed reading about "Reloading at the range" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!