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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James Fonteneaux, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. James Fonteneaux

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    So most of us know what an addicting hobby this can be. I was wondering how may have pictures of the development of their reloading areas over the years. I'll attribute the growth to "Gear Creep" as in you buy so much gear you need more room for it. :D Here's mine after a mere three years. 1stRoom.jpg

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    So am I alone, or anyone else afflicted with this disease?
     
  2. FROGO207

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    No pictures but over the years I have gone from a press and set of dies for 30-30 to a single bay garage full O stuff reloading wise. It never seems to stop. The last few years I have also added casting/powder coating as well.
    Be warned!!
     
  3. lightman

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    No pictures but I started with a basic RCBS kit and a few "extras". When I started Prairie Dog hunting I added some expensive tools to make volume loading easier and faster. When I started competing in long range I started adding a lot of expensive stuff to help with accuracy. An example, a set of Redding Competition dies cost a lot more than my first press, scale, powder measure and a set of RCBS dies.
     
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    James -
    Great photos ! The chuckling you hear is us laughing with you, not at you !!
     
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  5. DukeConnor

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    started with a single stage press in the corner of the garage.

    Now the whole garage and basement is my reliading room.
     
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    Not really, unless you count the garage with all the casting equipment. Other than that, using the same setup I was ten years ago.
     
  7. James Fonteneaux

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    Yeah, I'm looking into casting. I'll need another work area for that.
     
  8. Col. Harrumph

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    You guys can't fool me. You did a LOT of wiping down and de-cluttering before snapping those pics.

    My reloading bench has been a Black & Decker "Workmate" for the past 40 years. So no, I'm not the least bit envious.
     
  9. kidneyboy

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    I went the opposite way a few years ago. Went from two 4' benches and a bunch of containers and shelves to one way better 4 foot bench and one 4' wide shelving unit. Forces me to be way more organized.
     
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    This is a clear cut case of Gear Acquisition Disorder with advanced stage press creep. Started out in the '80s with a Lee hand press and everything fit in a plastic milk crate. Now fills half my shop building but I'm at a point where I'm adding small precision tooling so growth has slowed a bit.

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  11. cfullgraf

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    Nice looking reloading area but gear creep?

    I'm embarrassed to post a picture of my reloading area. I can barely walk into it due to all the gear scattered about. Kind of like 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound hole.:)
     
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  12. Barbaroja

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    I have the affliction myself. I can’t feel comfortable with having a gun and not reloading for it, except rimfire of course.
    In addition I cast for most so my gear pile has grown rapidly. I still only have 1 single stage press but I’ve got 5 shotgun reloading presses.

    A lot of it is I shoot guns that are really expensive to feed (example being 41mag and 44 special) so some of it is necessary and some of it is I enjoy being more in control of my ammunition supplies.

    To me Reloading and casting is as big a part of Owning and using guns as shooting them.

    I also tend to shoot slower and take my time when I think about all the time I’ve sunk into creating the rounds I’m not too keen and shooting them up as quick as I can.
     
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  13. tightgroup tiger

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    Mine has changed over the years with the different houses We've bought, now I have 1 1\2 8' benches
    It won't get larger then that, only smaller as I get older.
     
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  14. Offfhand

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    A loading bench should always be kept clean and neat: a place for everything and everything in its place, as shown here. DSC05355.JPG DSC06723.JPG
     
  15. fotheringill

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    I started off with a bench more cluttered than your "after" picture.
     
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    I have a press mounted to my mobile table in the garage. There rest of the stuff is put up in the house after every use to prevent rust and or damage from my kids. I use a lot of tools repurposed for case prep like my drill press. I like a low profile when tons of neighborhoods kids are around.
     
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  17. dredd

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    Gear Creep.... So that's what it is called???

    I guess you could say that I have gone from finger painting with water colors at the kitchen table to life size bronze sculptures over the past 10+ years.

    I also suffer from Gun Creep.

    I think that they feed off of each other.
     
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  18. James Fonteneaux

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    I appreciate that, I just can't do it. :D
     
  19. James Fonteneaux

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    You'll note the different walls in the pictures. I had to change buildings...:)
     
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  20. James Fonteneaux

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    Looks like I need to step up my game. Holy cow...
     
  21. GW Staar

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    You'll get there soon enough don't worry.....eventually, you have to go ..... UP!
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    Sigh, UP:
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    At least I don't have it as bad as Offhand! ;)........and zero shotgun.....buy shotgun fodder for as much as I do at Wally World.

    Yup, that's me too.....my "after"bench pictures show cluttered on a "good" day.
     
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    This is my bench. I keep it simple.

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  23. cfullgraf

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    I added a Dillon SL900 shot shell loader last Christmas and it is located out in my detached 30’x30’ fab shop since I’m out of room in the house. It is on wheels so I can store it out of the way when not in use.

    I’ve used up my 20 ga skeet shells so I need to load up some before the Polar Bear skeet league starts in January.
     
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  24. GW Staar

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    Never shot skeet....a trap league is the only competition I've been in. After a few weeks I got my first perfect score, and they wanted me to throw my hat up with the birds and everybody shoot it....tradition they said ....... trouble was my wife just bought me that hat the week before.....I didn't dare.....;) Played that game for a couple of years is all. It was fun!
     
  25. cfullgraf

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    Yes, you need to be aware of traditions when it comes to a variety of sports. I never wore a good hat when shooting skeet until after I shot my first 25 straight. When I was taking flying lessons, I wore an old shirt at every lesson until I soloed. They cut the back out of your shirt when you solo the first time, write all the info about the solo on it and post it in the flight office at the airport. I had a spare shirt in the car just in case.

    Apologizes for drifting the thread but isn't it about "creep".:)
     
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