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Portable reloading ... pictures please

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by flashhole, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    What do you take to the range when you want to work up a load? I want to make a portable reloading station I can take to the range. I have an extra Redding Ultramag press and am looking for options as to how to use it. Thanks in advance.
  2. hydraulicman

    hydraulicman Well-Known Member

    I would guess the lee handpress would work for your needs . If you really want to load at the range . also sinclair.com has stuff for loading at teh range
  3. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    I have a small RCBS Partner Press that is screwed to a 2"x 6"x 8" that I attach to the bench with 2 "C" clamps.
    I also attached a piece of 1/2" plywood to the bottom of the powder measure base and clamp it to the bench with C clamps.
    I bring a scale, power trickler, hand priming tool, and case lube pad.

    The most important thing is to keep good notes. Reloading at the range is only worthwhile if you record all the data.
  4. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    At the top right is search type in portable reloading if you want a bunch of stuff. This is what I do.

  5. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    It would be nice to have a Winnebago with a bench in it!
  6. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    Ain't that the truth.
  7. Landric

    Landric Well-Known Member

  8. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    As rondog said above:

    "It would be nice to have a Winnebago with a bench in it!"

    I met a shooter last summer who did just that and I took some pictures of his fancy rig with built-in loading bench. He just drives up close to firing line and reloads in comfort. Picture attached:

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  9. blusteel7

    blusteel7 Member

    Portable base made from scraps

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  10. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    That's more in line with what I was thinking. I can load that into the back of the SUV and set up shop right at the range.
  11. blusteel7

    blusteel7 Member

    I used some scrap from old countertops stored in the basement and assembled it with deck screws. It's stout and portable. If it's similar to what you have in mind, a cabinet shop would probably donate some material.
  12. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    Why did you cant the press at an angle?
  13. Innovative

    Innovative Well-Known Member

    Load development at the range ...

    Here's a recent article about the portable loading press that I use at the range.



    It works well for me ...

    - Innovative
  14. zac_christy

    zac_christy Member

    I use the Lee Handpress for my reloading at home. Everything I have fits in a plastic ammo can, I can carry it to the range if I wanted to.
  15. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    All I have is pictures of my portable gong that some dimwit shot through after I left it behind. Came back 20 minutes later and it had two 7mm holes in it.
  16. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    So you guys with the hand press, do you use it to size cases (maybe neck size)? Lyman used to make their version that had a fixture to allow bench mounting. Any experience with that one?

    Both my 221 Fireball and 223 have very tight chambers with virtually no throat. I find the best results are when I FL size the brass as it only bumps the shoulder back .002" so I am interested in FL sizing, at least for these cartridges. I guess I would have the option of taking presized brass.
  17. Innovative

    Innovative Well-Known Member

    flashhole .......

    Read the article at the link I provided above, and you'll see the advantages of preparing your brass at home (on a regular press). The Lee hand press is only good for seating bullets, because it has almost no leverage. It would be a real pain in the butt for resizing rifle cases.

    However, when it's used with the Redding competition seating die it's a very handy setup. I have other articles about FL vs. NK resizing.

    - Innovative
  18. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    Thanks Larry, I did read it and found it helpful.
  19. zac_christy

    zac_christy Member

    I resize, deprime, seat bullets and crimp with mine and I have plenty of leverage for .223 Rem. Its not the fastest setup out there, but it works for me.
  20. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    The Huntington Compac hand press is very portable, easily stored and has plenty of leverage for sizing. Much better tool than Lee but also costs more. Check it out at Huntington Dies. The absolute top-of-the-line portable press is made by charlie Hood. It stores flat, mounts quickly and works like a sizing press for standard dies or arbor press for in-line bullet seaters. I've seen lots of Benchrest shooters using them. A bit pricey however. See pictures and details in Hood Custom Products page.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2010

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