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Old October 21, 2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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reloading bench to storage, how to best keep going?

Looks like the manroom is getting packed up for the most part until I move. We're just running out of room and getting a storage unit. I picked up a cabinet with a small footprint to store all my essentials and half of my brass. I have plenty 357 and 38 to last through a year or so loaded, but I'm not so set on 44 mag and bottlenecked rifle rounds. I'm torn between pulling my rockchucker off of the bench and porta - mounting it to a 26 and buying a handheld loader. What say you who have downsized to minimalist gear?
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Old October 21, 2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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Bolt it to a 12x12 chunk of 3/4" plywood, which you can then clamp to your kitchen table with some of those rubber tipped woodworking clamps. That will allow you to setup in a well lighted place when you need, and make it completely disappear when you don't.

Good luck with the move.
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Old October 21, 2014, 11:11 PM   #3
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Bolt the press to the bathroom vanity top. You can streamline your time by doing two things at once while you are sitting in there.
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Old October 21, 2014, 11:16 PM   #4
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I have a desk and cabinet I purchased surplus that locks and stores a lot of stuff in a small footprint.

I should have bought all they had back then.

When we moved and I had to put everything in boxes I just made a bench with a shelf underneath and put the boxes I moved them in there.

One suggestion is label, then label better, then number the boxes and inventory them, then print out another dozen copy's of that and put them everywhere.

It's better to find an inventory list letting you know that you can find 38-40 brass in box #34, in your travel bag, than go through 33 "reloading stuff" moving boxes before you find them. "Reloading stuff" may seem like a good idea when you are moving 40 years of stuff but will seem a lot less of a good idea once you find out just how much you have to go through, looking for that "one thing".

I didn't have time to worry about where to mount it. I just kept an old desk with most all of it on it. A cordless drill and deck screws to put one at the front that I needed to use right then.
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Old October 21, 2014, 11:55 PM   #5
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I'd look at the wooden frame Sinclair has offered for a portable Rockchucker mount.

Although I do have a Meachum Load Anywhere press and find it a useful handheld my most used press is a Harrel's 4 station turret to clamp next to the computer monitor or what have you for portability.

My minimalist gear - which was all I had for a while - is a 310 tong tool and a scale.
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Old Yesterday, 11:11 AM   #6
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While we were building our new house I bolted my press to an old 6x6 that I had laying around. I used it on a card table in the small living room that we had at our temporary location. It worked to get me through.
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Old Yesterday, 01:02 PM   #7
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Get the Inline Mfg press riser and THEN bolt that to your plywood base which you can clamp to any table and not worry about ram clearance
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Old Yesterday, 04:52 PM   #8
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Why don't you get a Black and Decker Workmate? Drill your holes to mount your press and stuff. Yes, it's a pain to bolt and unbolt every time you want to reload. The good part is, the workmate folds and stores in a small area. That's what I used when we lived in an apartment.
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Old Yesterday, 04:55 PM   #9
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This has worked well for me. It is a two foot piece of 2x12 with 12 laminated plies. Don't recall the name for it but it is for long beams. It is really stout.
I have a single stage on one end and a Lee Classic Turret on the other. They are both axillary to my LnL AP, which is mounted on a separate bench.
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 PM   #10
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If you don't already have a Lee hand press, get one. Even when you get your full presses set up, it is handy for resizing, decapping in the living room (wife-permitting) and doing loads at the range if you can keep the wind off your scales or use pre-measured powder. Just bring primed cases, and measure and seat to wherever you want without leaving the range area. As an added bonus, it gets non-reloaders at the range really interested in the hobby.

It really helps out when your 100+ yard range is a 45 minute drive.
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