reloading in the car?


October 2, 2012, 01:59 PM

I want to shoot at targets long range when I get to where I will be hunting in 10 days.

What could possibly go wrong?

Have you tried this?

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October 2, 2012, 02:08 PM
Sort of but I don't have a van.

October 2, 2012, 02:09 PM
Oh, that is COOL!'re gonna want to sit REAL still when you use that scale. Shifting your weight on the car's springs will probably play havoc with it.

October 2, 2012, 05:26 PM
jmorris, I freakin LOVE the trailer hitch receiver mount. Gonna have to borrow a welder and make one for my ancient Suburban!

October 2, 2012, 07:40 PM
Lots of folks in Benchrest had their set up in a motor home, trailer, or covered pickup. Didn't have to worry about the scale, we just dumped charges.

The cool ones were in trailers that opened up like a concession stand. Open it for nice days, and close it for rainy or cold/windy days.

I lusted for one, but I was young, with kids, and minimum disposable income. At least the wife let me buy what I needed to start shooting Benchrest and go to a few matches each year. I'm a lucky fellow. Or did I just choose wisely? :)

October 2, 2012, 08:38 PM
that's hard core...

I like it!

October 2, 2012, 08:58 PM
I know it rains up there and all but don't be tempted to go prone from inside that rig with a big blaster.. the overpressure may well bust some windows.

October 2, 2012, 09:06 PM
I thought clamping the press to the truck tailgate was going some.:D You guys are hard to keep up with you know.

October 2, 2012, 09:12 PM
My Sons and I started reloading shot shells on the road back in the 1990's using a Mec 600 Jr.. It started one morning when we decided to go pheasant hunting, but when we woke up and realized we didn't have much loaded up for the day, I got creative and came up with a mobile loading bench. So I used an old heavy walnut cabinet amd we layed on it's side, and then mounted the Mec up. While I was driving, my Son's were in the back of the van pounding out pheasant loads. In the 2-1/2 hrs. we were on the road they managed to load up a good 10 or 12 boxes.

Since those days the caninet has evolved into a range loading bench, which is of course really cool for on site load developement for high powered rifle.


October 3, 2012, 07:04 AM
The only thing running through my mind is that kinda setup would be perfect for the zombie hoard, or a really long hunting trip

October 3, 2012, 07:45 AM
Only reason I did it was to save time working up loads before I had a range at home.

October 3, 2012, 08:02 AM
Per what Walkalong mentions. I shoot quite a bit at a bench rest range and those guys load a few and shoot a few over and over again all day. All you need is a loading system mounted to a board, including scale and single stage press. A few nice quality large C clamps and away you go. Some of the setups get pretty elaborate while some are pretty simple. So while not exactly reloading in the car they are loading on site.


October 3, 2012, 07:56 PM
I carried a 3X5 foot table with me to clamp my press ( and powder measure to, as well as a place to put my arbor press, load box, etc. Some ranges had long tables to load on. If I got a space there, I left my table in the trunk. I still have the table. If I wanted to set up and load at the range, I could. I had two home made boxes I brought my stuff to matches in. One box ( for all the stuff for the bench, and one for most everything else, except for what was in the home made load box (

chris in va
October 3, 2012, 08:12 PM
I've adjusted some of my reloads with my Hand Press at the range.

October 3, 2012, 09:49 PM
this thread should be called "Reloading in the car. Like A Boss."

October 23, 2012, 05:34 PM
I took the deer to the butcher.

It looked like little parasites or seeds on the deer.

I realized today, that my Uniflow had been shaking out H4350 onto the dead deer in the back as I went over bumps.

One more deer to shoot and then I can drive 1,000 miles back to MY keyboard:)

October 23, 2012, 05:40 PM

October 23, 2012, 06:30 PM
Love it.

What are your torque limits on that setup ? Looks like FL sizing rifle brass might be an issue, but beyond that- I agree, "Like a Boss"

October 24, 2012, 06:51 AM
I have done it in the back of a Jeep Scrambler with a shooting bench in the bed...Used a Lee Hand Press, Redding scale, and a RCBS prime tool...

October 24, 2012, 05:55 PM
That is hardcore rigth there, I thought I was crazy for freehanding the press in the living room, you guys got me beat :D

October 24, 2012, 07:50 PM
Wow! I thought this was a hypothetical. My hats off to you.

October 24, 2012, 07:59 PM
I have tried it, and I gave it my best shot!

I even made a solid steel hand press to use at the range 20 years before Lee even thought about doing it.

But I never had any kind of luck, with any kind of scales in the vagrant breezes and the truck shaking around in the wind.


October 24, 2012, 11:02 PM
I don't think you would need all that much torque on a reloading set up like that.

Most people that reload on site already have all of their brass prep done at home so they only need the press to seat the bullet and/or crimp if desired.

They're just assembling loaded rounds and changing the powder charge or seating length to see what works.

October 24, 2012, 11:59 PM
now you just need someone to drive!

October 25, 2012, 10:26 AM
But I never had any kind of luck, with any kind of scales in the vagrant breezes If you look close in my photo on top of the cooler behind the bag of brass there is a cake pan lid that the scale is in. Cover the scale with it and your good to go.

Before I robbed my wife of the cover I just worked up loads with the chrono and made extras along the way and pulled them to measure the charge once I got back home.

October 25, 2012, 11:08 AM
I friend set up a reloading bench in his van and I made a suggestion that helped him save space. Instead of what you did I suggested using a table in which the top of the table folds down flat against the side of the van until needed and when lifted the front legs drop down. Two strong legs in the front and hinged in the back makes for a very sturdy bench and it doubles as a table for eating.

October 28, 2012, 03:03 PM

Since my OP:
I bought a copy of Quickload to put on my brother's computer.
He lives where I hunt.
I bought another RCBS Aluminum Partner press, so I could have two presses; one to size and one to seat.
I drove 888 miles to get there.
I handloaded for 3 rifles that I just built; 1885 257RAIR, Rem700 7mmRM, and 98 commercial Mauser 260 Rem small primer.
I sighted in the scopes and practiced for 7 days.
I shot two deer.
I drove back 888 miles.

What did I learn?
1) The RCBS uniflow powder measure handle must be tied down during transport, or powder gets all over the floor.
2) The RCBS 505 powder scale should have the pan and pan support removed during transport, or it crashes around and makes noise.
3) The RCBS uniflow powder measure needs to be mounted in way that is easy to remove to empty the powder back into the jug. Some 7/8-14 threads cut into the reloading bench will help, and then use an old die and lock ring.
4) The vehicle is never near level. Take a bunch of wedges or spacers to make it level.
5) It is hard to reload in a vehicle when the vehicle is all full of stuff.
6) Don't try to straighten out more than one gun at a time. Last year I build a VZ24 7mmRM and had it shooting well to 500 yards. This year I built a 257 Roberts Ackley Improved rimmed and only had time to get it shooting well to 400 yards.
7) 308 Lapua palma brass with small primer pocket, necked down to 260, neck turned, 120 gr Nosler BT moly, and CCI 450 small rifle magnum primers will set off 40 gr of CFE, but not 42 gr.
8) Norma 7x57 Mauser rimmed, necked down to 257 Roberts, and neck turned, has soft case heads that get loose primer pockets with 51 gr H4350 3175 fps 115 gr Nos BT moly, but ok with 49 gr 3050 fps.
9) Don't think your friends have any place warmer than 65 degrees where then will let you spray paint your rifles and stocks with Alunihide II, when the outside temp in 30 degrees.
10) Sometimes a mule buck is so long that the butcher's hook and rail system makes the buck's nose drag on the floor. Earlier, to get that big deer into the back of my vehicle I hung his neck with a rope from the passenger handle. [just like the reloading bench]. Then I lifted his feet into my vehicle. Then I pushed his middle inside. It was hard because I could only lift about 1/3 of the deer's weight. It's a good thing I learned about the vehicle's structure from mounting the reloading bench.

October 28, 2012, 03:10 PM
Now that is a good size Buck alright. You should get a good part of your freezer filled with that one!

I won't comment on your 115gr .257 Roberts load with 51gr of H4350, or the load either! :rolleyes:

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