If you are considering taking up the noble pursuit of reloading your own ammo, but hesitate because you think you don't have the space, consider this.
It only takes 24" of horizontal surface (the length of a Black & Decker Workmate will do) to reload comfortably.
The space shown in the attached photo is only 24" wide. All the extra gear (dies for 3 calibers, large and small hand primers, loading blocks, powder handling gear), save the scale and powder supply, fits into a 13" x 13" x 13" plastic bucket, stored on a shelf separately.
Thousands and thousands of rounds have past through that single stage, saving a ton of money.
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March 11, 2007, 08:30 AM
That is definitely minimum.:)
March 11, 2007, 09:14 AM
Beautiful illustration of a minimalist approach with maximum efficiency.
March 11, 2007, 10:33 AM
March 11, 2007, 11:56 AM
or you can go my way. always portable. unbolts in less than 5 minutes. you can be watching tv, take it out in the back yard. goes where ever you want.
I C-clamp my single-stage Hornady Lock n load classic to the corner of my desk to make ammo. Doesn't get much cozier than that!
March 12, 2007, 03:36 PM
ALL of my stuff fits in a plastic bin like youve got there.
March 12, 2007, 06:29 PM
Come on mjrodney you know us reloaders don't save any money. We just get to shoot a whole lot more for the same price.:D
March 12, 2007, 07:20 PM
I do use a Black & Decker Workmate for my setup. A 1.5" MDF countertop goes on top and the press(es) and powder measure are mounted. Plenty of room left over for a scale, loading block, and bullets. The empty brass sits on the footrest.
On the other side, facing the other way, I have a ss press mounted for depriming, bullet pulling, etc. When I'm not reloading, the board comes off and another piece of counter goes on with nothing on it for cleaning, gunsmithing, etc.
Great use of space. I have some heavy c-clamps to hold it down and it's as steady as needed for rifle or pistol reloading. I move it in front of the TV if I want to pull bullets (oops time) or prime.
March 13, 2007, 01:02 PM
RustyFN said Come on mjrodney you know us reloaders don't save any money. We just get to shoot a whole lot more for the same price.
Oh so very true.
That's probably the reason why I can't afford more than 24" of space. :p
March 13, 2007, 01:50 PM
yep all my loading counter top measures is 36 1/2" by 18" and has two single stage presses on it and a powder measure plus all i need to reload with...... it don't take much room to reload.................
March 13, 2007, 02:16 PM
how is this for mimimal space. sets up in less than 5 minutes. and the table folds away and can be used for other things. here is the table being used to load 30-30. and yes its made out of oak and can deal with a lot of abuse