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Does anyone have a reloader mounted as a mobile station?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shinken, Mar 28, 2008.

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  1. Shinken

    Shinken Member

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    For my first reloader, I just got the Lee Classic Turret Press after hearing good things about it. I would like to mount the press on something mobile, since I have about 3 different desks I want to use it on at different occasions.

    I am considering bolting it to a free floating board that I can then temporarily fasten to a workbench or a table. Just wanted to know if anyone has a mobile setup (picture would be awesome :) ) for inspiration ;)

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  2. ReloaderFred

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    I have several loading tools mounted to 10" x 10" x 1" plywood squares. When I want to use them, I clamp them to the bench with two very large "C" clamps, and it works very well. I have many more tools than bench space, so this allows me quite a bit of versatility.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. ants

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    Yes, I bolted the press to a board that clamps to my table. But I found that the clamp had to be REALLY tight to keep it the press from rocking, and the clamp started to damage the underside of my table. I'm sure that won't bother other guys, but I didn't like it.

    So I mounted the press on a Stanley Workmate. It folds up and goes anywhere. It works way better than the clamped board method. A LOT better. I can mount my single station, my progressive or my shotshell press. I can even mount all three at one time, but that's ridiculous. I only have two arms to pull handles. Maybe I need to train the dog to pull a handle and adjust shot bushings.
     
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    I bought one of those Workmate knock-off's from Harbor Freight and mounted a 1" thick piece of plywood to it. It still folds up and tucks away neatly into a closet or under a bed... I guess, if I wanted to take it to the range, I could... it's not that heavy, will fit in a car trunk, and only two bolts hold the press on...
     
  5. layusn1

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    I have a Lee single stage attached to a mobile file cabinet. The drawer makes for good storage.

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    Here is mine from a previous thread. I used a wheeled Mechanics Cart with 1" MDF doubled up. The press and measure are bolted thru the wood and metal tray. You cannot see it from the picture but there are bins along the one side that hold bullets, casings and small tools nicely. Worked for me when space was an issue and I continue to use it.




    http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=67132&d=1194907086
     
  7. chbrow10

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    I have my lee classic Turret mounted to a piece of fiberboard which I clamp to my workbench. I'v loaded 500 rounds so far, with no problems. send me an email to chbrow10ATvt.edu and I'll email you back a picture.
     
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    Here is my portable setup - a piece of 3/4" oak plywood on an old Work-Mate.

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    I have my press bolted to some 2x4 and plywood. Then I can bolt this to my bench when reloading. I used to c clamp it to a kitchen table before I got my bench.

    on new bench
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    c clamped to the table
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  12. BruceB

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    My "Mobile Station" has a V-8....

    Go to:

    www.castpics.net

    and find "projects" in the list. Click on that, and you will find "Der Schuetzenwagen", a 1995 GMC van set up as a benchrest and handloading facility. In the photos, taken in its early days, it looks pristine and neat inside. It now has about a ton of assorted ammo, gear, tools, you name it....al cluttering-up the interior.

    The rearmost passenger seat has now vanished and a cleaning/'smithing bench added, and the spotting scope is now mounted on a bar crossing above the benchrest, freeing-up a good bit of bench space.

    The concept works VERY well, allowing me to shoot comfortably except in weather so bad that the targets won't stay up. Heated in winter, air-conditioned in summer, the van sees a great deal of use, and is about the finest "shooting toy" I've ever owned.
     
  13. Sport45

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    My 550b is mounted to a piece of 2x6 that I clamp to the workbench. I have a couple of holes in the bench top for mounting my Spar-T when I'm loading stuff I don't need the progressive for. The Challenger is mounted to a piece of 3/4" plywood for clamping when I want to use that one.

    Looking at the pictures above, it seems that Lee, Dillon, and RCBS can indeed work together in peaceful harmony.
     
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  15. Shinken

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    Demolished my first desk :D ! Well, in all fairness I should have known better. It was one of those cheap computer desk in one of my extra rooms. I got too ambitious... set the station, played around and set up the powder dispenser and primer units. Then got some of my spent brass and played around with removing the primer and was watching how the Pro Autodisk Powder Measure worked, and I noticed that the first portion that removes the primer was a heavier torque (probably because it is also reshaping the case), and BHAM! the whole left side of the desk is broken. Oh well, time to build or invest in better quality (hopefully made in good ol' USA) platform.

    CC

    PS: I did bolt the reloader on some 18"x14"x1 1/4" board and had that clamped on the desk ;)
     
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