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Old July 3, 2009, 03:21 PM   #1151
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HELLO,frjeff!
Probe vertically oriented bench.. (Sorry me envy!)
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Old July 3, 2009, 10:15 PM   #1152
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Shotshell reloading bench

I only reload 12 GA shotshells.
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Old July 4, 2009, 03:38 PM   #1153
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Hey Glenns, this may be a stupid question but what's up with the plastic on the walls???? Nice blond in the swimsuit I must say!

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Old July 4, 2009, 05:38 PM   #1154
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what's up with the plastic on the walls????
My guess: barrier for insulation or serial killer...

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Old July 4, 2009, 06:41 PM   #1155
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Dove - my bench is in an unfinished basement so the plastic is up to contain the insulation. Thought about finishing the basement but we don't need the space at the moment.

I need to add more pictures. 'Kobe' is in the upper left of the pic. Go LAKERs - why did they pick up Ron Artest?
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Old July 5, 2009, 03:42 PM   #1156
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"Traveling" Loading Bench

Here area couple photos of the "Traveling" loading bench I had built into my 34' motor coach. It is completely self-contained and fully equipped for loading, even such jobs as neck turning. (Holland Brass Monkey for neck turning and polishing on right end of bench.) Mainly I use this rig for loading- and living-at shooting competitions but also mighty convenient for parking at shooting ranges and working on loads, rifles and other shooting equipment. Especially when it's hot, cold or wet. When plugged to local power supply (Which most ranges have) or with generator running I use electric power measure, and other power equipment (Air compressor, etc). But as backup also have manual powder dispenser, scales, etc. (Shown mounted on bench). Components and loading equipment are stored in tool chests, drawers and overhead cabinets for traveling. Note that press and measure stand have built-in clamps for easy attachment to bench or quick removal for storage. Happy to answer and questions about project or equipment shown in photos. But don't ask about fuel milage, you don't want to know.

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Old July 5, 2009, 06:04 PM   #1157
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Offhand, that is a great setup! That is def the first handloading wagon I have ever seen and may be the last. What a great idea. Very inspirational. What brand of press and manual powder measure are those? They look to be top notch. The powder measure looks like a black powder measure to me. It also looks as if you or someone you know is a machinist as the clamps on both the press and measure look as if they came that way. Nice job to say the least.
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:54 PM   #1158
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What something vague said.
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Old July 6, 2009, 04:22 PM   #1159
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Loading bench

Mr. Something Vague, thank you for kind comments about my "Traveling" loading rig described in earlier post. Despite a rather substantual investment it has proven to be money well spent and a joy to use. As per your questions: The powder measure was made by Neil Jones Custom Products. (I think they have a web site.) As you surmised, the measure stand with clamping arrangement was built by a machinist, with the support column being made from a stainless rifle barrel. The press was made by Bob Dodd (RFD Rifles, Camp Verde, Az.). Dodd is a master tool maker and, as you will see by attached closeup photo, the press is beautifully machined. The bench clamps are integral with the unit. You may notice that the press has been retrofitted with a Carstensen "click" adjustable die seat that that permits precise adjustment of case sizing without the usual "try and see" method. In background you may notice the compact arbor press I use for bullet seating with a Carstensen seating die. (Each click of the die is only some.0015" making bullet depth adjustments precise but yet easily recorded.) Everything is compact size yet adequate for the job without taking up a lot of bench space. My shooting pal had a similiar "traveling" loading rig built that makes mine look shabby. His outfit being a good example of what can be accomplished with a little spare time and only a spare half million dollars. I have a photo of it if anyone wants to see.
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Old July 6, 2009, 05:27 PM   #1160
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That press is beautiful, he did an extremely good job with the tooling on that thing. Looks to be strong as hell too, no flex happening in that press! I must say again, I am impressed with the quality of tools you have kicking around that thing.

I would love to see that pic of your buddy's mobile reloading room. That's what this thread is all about, whether it be yours or someone elses I can never get enough seeing what other people are doing to keep this hobby interesting. Thanks Offhand.
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Old July 7, 2009, 07:53 AM   #1161
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What is a, "Carstensen "click" adjustable die seat"? I did a quick Google search and did not find anything.
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Old July 7, 2009, 11:07 AM   #1162
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Carstensen "click" adjustable die seat

Mr. Lordgroom, no problem, glad to help. The click adjustable die seat shown in photo is made and installed by Jim Carstensen, JLC Precision, (jlcprec@netins.net). He can install these on any aluminum loading press, such as Dodd, Hood, Sinclair, etc.
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Old July 11, 2009, 02:19 PM   #1163
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Luxury Loading Bench

As requested, here are a couple photos of the "traveling" loading bench in my shooting buddy's motor coach. He had the bench custom made to match the coach's original wood and fittings. It is a quite elegant affair, even with loading equipment scattered about the bench, and makes my own traveling bench (Posted earlier) look rather paltry.
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Old July 11, 2009, 03:11 PM   #1164
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Looks like he shoots Benchrest with that set up. Very nice.
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Old July 11, 2009, 03:42 PM   #1165
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These are the ladies that keep me company while I'm in the cave. I am an RCBS fan you can tell but those Dillon girls keep me in check!!! HAHA

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Old July 11, 2009, 07:38 PM   #1166
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Offhand,

That is definitly a beatiful coach. But his reloading setup isn't any better than yours, IMO. You both have done something that I could only dream about at the moment. But you have planted the seed no doubt! Thanks for the pics. Oh yeah, forgive me again for the question but what brand of press is that?
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Old July 11, 2009, 07:41 PM   #1167
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Old July 12, 2009, 09:45 AM   #1168
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Loading Press

Mr. Something Vague, the loading press you ask about is made by Bob Dodd in Arizona. He is a a remarkable craftsman and has a colorful website (rfdoddknives.com). Click his website menu at rifles and you'll find the press listed with his rifles and other products. My press is one of his first, before he began anodizing the frames. Also, check his knives menu, they are truly beautiful.
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Old July 12, 2009, 05:56 PM   #1169
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My lil bench in the corner of the garage.
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Old July 12, 2009, 11:26 PM   #1170
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The Real Mags, I just built a bench like that myself.I also built a set of shelves to go on the top of it.I'll post some pics when I get some made.
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Old July 13, 2009, 09:14 PM   #1171
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thanks jwl, that got me on the right track (no pun intended). So do you think that aluminum is durable enough with all leverage that will be applied, especially during resizing?
good question. It seems to be holding up to low base shotgun shells. I don't reload metallics yet but I am told you really have to crank on some rifle cartridges. Not sure if horizontal or vertical orientation would be best for rifle. Maybe you'd want to add a few more bolts to spread out the load.
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Old July 15, 2009, 04:26 PM   #1172
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Lets try this again.
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Old July 15, 2009, 07:40 PM   #1173
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Very nice little Man Cave you got there coop4u2c! That dillion must really spit out the ammo. I have been contemplating on dropping the cash on one to push out some of my plinking handgun ammo. But I also really would like to get myself the Forster Co-Ax as well to use beside my Rockchucker. Who ever said this hobby is cheaper than buying ammo odviously doesn't reload much. Nice work coop4u2c!
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Old July 15, 2009, 08:02 PM   #1174
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The Real Mags, I just built a bench like that myself.I also built a set of shelves to go on the top of it.I'll post some pics when I get some made.
Yup used 12 bucks worth of 2x4s and 2x6s versus a 120 dollar bench.
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Old July 16, 2009, 12:08 AM   #1175
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my bench

my bench it is like home
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