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LNL strong mount (pics)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RM, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. RM

    RM Well-Known Member

    Below are some photos of my "first draft" for a Hornady LNL strong mount. I owe much thanks to DaveinFloweryBranch who concept I copied. The workbench is made from a one inch pine tabletop from Ikea. I expect to make a second version of the strong mount with the top piece bolted on in the same way as the bottom, rather than using nails. And I think a piece of one inch pine nailed to the back may add some stability. But the LNL is at least up and in position for me to start learning how to use it. It is definitely not as elegant as a Dillon strong mount, but hopefully it will work. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

    Click on photos to enlarge:
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    wood is good, but steel is better

    here's my own quick release press mount


  3. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    You will need to reinforce that as resizing/decapping rifle cases will up root that set up. Or pull the top cross piece off. Sorry, but yours just isn't strong enough for the long run...

    Krochus' system is the best for changing out different presses when you don't have room for all your presses on a work bench.
  4. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    I made mine out of 7"x12"x1/2" steel plate that was left over after an install we did. It is held at the corners by 1/2" all thread 12" long. That piece of angle on the left side is 1/8"x1"x1" angle that's 4 1/4" long. It's held in by 1/4" gr 5 bolts (I had them on hand). It holds a large Stanley akrotype bin for brass. The angle on the lower left side is 1/4"x2"x2" aluminum, had it on hand again. It's 12 1/2" long (bin width+table depth). It supports the bottom of the large akrobin as that would hit the ram if not supported at the bottom. You could use flatbar if you wanted to, but this is stiffer, and the flatbar would have to be pretty thick. Hot roll would be a little cheaper.

    You don't have to go that large for the plate, but I wouldn't advise less than 6 inches deep. With 12" wide you have enough room for a small Akro bin on the left side, and storage on the right side for whatever. You can get A-36 flatbar, 1/2"x6"x12" for 25 + shipping from metalexpress.net. If you want a slightly smoother finish, get 1018 cold roll flat bar, it ups the price 7 bucks. You can get up to 12" wide.



  5. RM

    RM Well-Known Member

    Very nice, VARifleman!
    Thanks for the comments, Gentlemen. I may go back to the drawing board with mine to see if I can make something stronger.
  6. Sommerled

    Sommerled Well-Known Member


    If you want a real solid and quick mount, without metal work:

    Find the nicest,flatest 2x6 at the lumber yard. Make sure there is no pith(center of tree) in it. Cut it up to make six or so pieces the same length as the top piece of lumber you already have made. Drill holes in each piece using the holes that you already made in your first mount as your guide.

    Using good old elmers yellow glue laminate the stack to the hieght you want. Use lengths of threaded rod as your clamps and then use the same threaded rods to mount the lamination and your press to the bench!

    As the wood dries the nuts will need tightening but will stabilize after a few months. You will break the benchtop before you break the laminated mount.

    Another piece of wood under the bench that the rods go through will stiffen the assembly.

    Happy reloading!


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