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Old February 15, 2008, 09:27 PM   #401
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Thanks okeybug, those are my first reloads on top. Went and shot them today without blowing myself up, of course I did the obligatory shutting of the eyes for the first one.
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:18 PM   #402
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You know the one thing I am seeing a lot of? Stero's and TV's. I like some music to listen to or talk radio I am a talk radio fanatic. I have always loved talk radio. Wife says I am crazy that guys my age should not listen to talk radio.
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Old February 16, 2008, 01:01 AM   #403
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Yeap gotta have the talk radio (sat. radio)

Impax just give it a couple years. heck months. After I finished my last bench I told my wife I should have pulled my shelves down put them on the other walls and run the bench the full length of the wall.

I just moved another desk in to do cleaning and what not and it is already loaded.
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Old February 16, 2008, 08:39 AM   #404
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okeybug & Impax,
Wow, both of you have nice benches!
I closed my eyes too...human nature I guess...some folks at the range seem to do it every time they shoot!

For some reason the first pic of your bench that opened up was the one with the narrow white closet...I thought...wow, his wife has him working in pretty tight quarters....but he's doing it!

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Old February 16, 2008, 10:47 PM   #405
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Anyone have any links to something small I could buy that would be sturdy enough to load .223 on?
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Old February 16, 2008, 11:47 PM   #406
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These are plans I used, it cost me about 50.00
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Old February 17, 2008, 12:28 AM   #407
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Well I was moving to be close (across the street) to my grandkids when I decided to start reloading again. The house I bought need significant “upgrades” so no place to set up the reloading equipment.
My son (& more importantly – his wife) agreed to let me set up a small, temporary space in their garage – so I have half my presses set up & am happily getting going again.

Since I could only have about 2’ of “dedicated” space on their 16’ bench and
knew I wanted to have at least two presses set up, I decided to mount a 2’ (actually 25”) wide x 50” long section of 2” oak countertop, which my son had “just waiting for a good project”. I got some 6061-T6 aluminum channel (3” x 0.258" x 1.5”) for bracing. I ran a length of channel the length of the top and one on the bottom, under each press from side to side. Bolted it to the top of the existing bench, through the bench from the top channel to the two bottom channels, & with angle brackets to studs in the wall. It is VERY stable. Heres what it looks like (you'll notice I took way more than 2' - but not "dedicated"):

Here’s the die setup, with the KISS bulletfeeder. Also, I have added the EGW “U” die in station 1, for resizing. This had the added benefit of allowing easier removal of the powder measure. The Hornady New Dimension sizing die that I used initially had a much longer depriming rod, which interferred with powder measure removal (because of the KISS). The dies are: EGW "U" sizing die, Hornady LnL powder measure w/KISS ptx, KISS bulletfeeder. Hornady New Dimensoin seating die with Microjust, Hornady New Dimension Taper Crimp Die. One benefit of the LnL AP is half station indexing. The shellplate indexes a half station on the upstroke and a half station on the downstroke. This makes it very easy to visually check the powder level between the powder measure/ptx station and the KISS bullet insertion. Don't think you can do this on a Dillon (to be fair though - the half station indexing is also the source of the "5th station" restrictions/problems).

Here’s how tight a fit the KISS makes the powder measure – between the KISS & the primer tube shield – no contact, but it’s sure close. You can also see the primer tube follower I added (currently 1/8” brass rod). The blue tape marks zero. I have marks for 5 & 10 remaining also. I’m planning to replace this brass rod with a brass tube. It’ll still be plenty of weight, but in case of a detonation – a tube should make a much less efficient missile.

I bought the $25 bracket from Roger (bulletfeeder.com), so I didn’t need the big PVC base tube. It was great (looks like an angle bracket with a toilet mount) – but mounting it to the case feeder column (which I did) requires ~1/4” shim between the mounting bracket & the column of the case feeder to avoid interference with the lower case feeder bracket. No biggie.

The only other thing I’ve done is to JBweld a stainless steel washer to the press frame under the primer ram. This makes it much easier to seat the primers (for me, anyway), & doesn’t bang on the cartridge catcher bracket. It does, however, mean you have to raise the ram slightly to manually cycle the primer slide. I have never had a primer pick up or primer slide issue – except for the last primer. If you’re going to reload another hundred – reload the primer tube when you get below 5 remaining. I thought I had a primer feed issue – but it turned out to be an indexing problem. Even if it seems ok on initial setup, watch it closely for the 1st few hundred rounds. Mine started slightly undershooting on the downstroke. The hole didn’t perfectly align with the primer ram, so when I pushed the handle up nothing happened & I spilled powder. A LITTLE counterclockwise on the left pawl adjustment – HEAVEN.

I have another LnL AP & a LnL classic single stage, which will have to wait for MY garage to be finished. I have 2 6’ benches for the presses & an 8’ bench for cleaning, repair, & projects. I have also designed & built (with emachineshop.com) strongmounts, which I got locally powdercoated, custom designed for my presses. OK, I know it’s stupid, but I’m not a mechanical engineer & I’d never designed anything in sheet metal by myself before. Just had to try. Their software is great (for a novice) – their pricing is pretty high (and it’s gone up since I did mine).

I know this is long – but I have to say I LOVE the LnL AP & the Redding UltraMag. Also – for the UltraMag, I use the Lee Autoprime II. This is a fantastic product. It feels cheesey – the 1st time I assembled it I almost broke it – you have to “help” the last ~20 primers down the chute (I use a small allen wrench), but you can adjust the primer depth precisely, never had an upside down primer - & in use it feels & works GREAT. Also, the RCBS Chargemaster is amazing. As someone who has spent a lot of time with a trickler – NEVER AGAIN! You gotta see it to believe it. The problem is – it’s so fun to watch. Using the auto setting, you can actually use a powder measure(set a few grains below your desired charge) to fill the pan & it will trickle the last few grains to a perfect charge. What a trip! I remember the painstaking process of charging precision rifle rounds by hand. A few – no big deal – but make a hundred, ouch! This thing is amazing (to me).
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Old February 17, 2008, 02:43 PM   #408
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Old microwave table, some MDF, some 2x4's, and a 2x6.

Yep, it's not strong enough for magnum rifle. But works. We are working on a table we can dance on.
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Old February 17, 2008, 04:58 PM   #409
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It may be me, but your pics are not working.
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Old February 17, 2008, 05:00 PM   #410
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same here no pic
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Old February 17, 2008, 05:22 PM   #411
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The pics work for me
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Old February 17, 2008, 09:00 PM   #412
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My new bench
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Old February 18, 2008, 01:40 PM   #413
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This is my humble set up. I started with RCBS Rockchucker Supreme Kit. Got myself an RCBS Chargemaster Powder dispenser. Then got introduced to the blue koolaid and got a SDB for .45 acp then an RL 550 B for .223

I am contemplating on getting the tools for a .308... hmmm.
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Old February 18, 2008, 03:01 PM   #414
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Nice banner Lazaro. Brings back memories (B co 2/508th)
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Old February 21, 2008, 02:42 PM   #415
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Just Starting Out

Ok Here is my bench, I'm just starting out and still waiting for a couple things, such as Brass, Bullets and Primers, but getting alot closer now.

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Old February 21, 2008, 04:59 PM   #416
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I'm new to reloading and haven't set up a permanent bench but I wanted to get started reloading so I made a portable reloading bench using a Black & Decker Workmate I had left over from some home projects. I removed the Workmate adjustable top and replaced it with a 19" by 24" sheet of 3/4" oak plywood. I bolted my Rockchucker to the new top. My powder measure is also bolted to the top. This is a nice setup for me because I can easily dismount the press and powder dispenser and fold up the Workmate for easy storage.
May not look like much but so far I'm real happy with it.

I got the idea here:

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Old February 21, 2008, 07:51 PM   #417
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Nice start timberwolfEMT! Looks good
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Old February 21, 2008, 08:06 PM   #418
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What are you going to load timberwoldEMT?........Creeker
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Old February 21, 2008, 08:12 PM   #419
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I'm going to start out loading .223 and 6.8mm SPC, then eventually going to also start loading 40 S & W
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Old February 22, 2008, 12:08 PM   #420
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Sounds like a plan, welcome to the board.......Creeker
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Old February 22, 2008, 02:21 PM   #421
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Looks good timberwolfEMT. I didn't know Lyman made a power debur tool. I bet that would work good on primer crimps. I hope you enjoy your classic as much as I have mine.
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Old February 23, 2008, 04:30 PM   #422
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Old February 23, 2008, 04:31 PM   #423
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Old February 24, 2008, 12:35 PM   #424
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Here are a couple of pictures of my little corner of the world.
Reloading bench on one side and Gunsmith bench on the other, with my latest project 375 H&H needs a new Bell & Carlson stock. The Hogue stock doesn't fit me.
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Old February 24, 2008, 08:25 PM   #425
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The first two are of the room before the old house was torn down.
The rest are the temporary bench until I get the basement wired and the real bench built.
I just finished the short table today, the bench with the presses is a kit from Lowes that I bought about ten years ago to use for reloading then it was a regular work bench, and now it’s back with presses on it.
If my wallet ever becomes as big as my dreams this basement will be awesome!
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