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How/where to mount the RCBS Uniflow measure?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Leaky Waders, Mar 2, 2010.

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  1. Leaky Waders

    Leaky Waders Member

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    Hi,

    I have the rock chucker supreme kit and it came with the uniflow powder measure which I have yet to use..been using a dipper instead.

    Now, I want to vary my powder charges and have decided to use it.

    How do you guys have it mounted for easiest use? Do you have it on your bench or on the press or some other mount?

    Just curious.

    L.W.

    Ps I'm using it for 45 long colt and 45 schofield.
     
  2. Greg Mercurio

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    I use this RCBS stand with complete satisfaction..
     
  4. dakotasin

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    i have it on the press - sandwiched between the press and the nut on the dies.
     
  5. oneounceload

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    Another vote for the stand. I can use a 50-count reloading block under it and reload them all very easily
     
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    Another vote for a stand here. I have a couple of different mounts, the plate with two holes, and a stand. I also go direct to the press with my T7, just twist the turret.

    LGB
     
  7. twofifty

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    If you use the stand, locate it pretty close (7"-9") to the press, but further back from the bench's front edge. For efficiency's sake, you want to shorten your hand & arm movements as much as possible, but without any of the tools & accessories getting in your way. Think of the layout as if you're setting up a small factory.
     
  8. Fatelvis

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    Definately get the stand.
    I have a Uniflow on the stand, and the stand is screwed to a 12"-14" section of 2X10 plank, that is clamped to my loading bench, when in use. This lets me bring it out into the open when in use, and put it away quickly after use, leaving an "uncluttered" work area. (I had to use quotes around that word, because if you saw my bench, it's anything BUT uncluttered!)
     
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    get the stand and for mobility mount it on a brick or tile,so you can move your uniflow around
     
  10. edSky

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    agree with the stand folks. I'm a righty, my press is towards the left of my bench, the Uniflow and stand are about 6 or 9 inches to the right.
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    Lots of good ideas, the RCBS mount is hard to beat. I've seen them mounted upside down from an overhead shelf and right side up.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Lonely Raven

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    When are you going to finish those walls Rembrandt? Maybe you should...paint them? :p
     
  13. Leaky Waders

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    Wow nice setup, and I appreciate the idea of mounting the stand on a piece of wood or tile or something.

    Rembrandt, are your bases factory made or did you make them from some stock steel?

    Also, do you guys use the baffle in the uniflo or is that some kind of gimmick? It looks like something I could make with a coke can...
     
  14. Rembrandt

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    Heehee.....when they're done it will be like no other. Just haven't found the right ceramic tile at the right price yet.
     
  15. Rembrandt

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    Neither, it's 1/2" PVC sheet. Stronger than wood, moisture & chemical resistant, can be cut-drilled-shaped with common wood working tools.

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  16. ranger335v

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    Your question is a very good one. Most of the photos I see of equipped benches rarely have a set-up that's helpful to a good, smooth work flow. A sturdy fixed powder measure stand is VERY GOOD way to start!

    I'll note that most of those who say loading with an electronic scale and/or digital powder dumpster is "faster" probably have their conventional tools poorly positioned for easy work. I've tried digital gear at friend's houses. With my present tool placement I find I would get very little benefit with all that stuff and do it at greater cost and MUCH lower durability.

    First, let me say what to avoid; a press-mounted measure; mounted on the front edge of the bench; mounted a step or more away from the press; mounted where it eats a lot of open bench space. All of that is awkward and slow to deal with and/or eats more working space than it should.

    Find your own 'best' location. Start by standing at your press in your normal working position, leaning your body against the front edge of the bench and just a bit away from the press so you'll have sufficent arm freedom to work the measure. With your measure fixed in a stand, shift it around with your so you can easily reach the measure's lever without moving. That will likely position it about 12'-14" back from the bench front for most right handers and just a few inches to the left of the press. Position the stand base immediately behind the press, tuning/angling it so you can have the measure handle placed where you want it and the stand itself won't interfer with your use of the rest of the bench top. Test mount it with wood screws until you decide if that's exactly what you want before you mount it permanently. (You can easily fill excess holes in the bench with epoxy.)

    Next, with the measure in place, make a convienent place for your beam scale and powder trickler. Build a sturdy shelf, wide enough to position the scale within easy reach of the measure, where it will be easy to reach and read too. For very easy reading, place it so the scale's beam is about chin high. (I prefer a wall mounted shelf to prevent bench vibration/shake from interfering with the scale.) Put your powder trickler between the measure and scale pan. Test your work flow and make refinements until you get it all exactly where you want it before mounting anything permanantly.

    Properly arranged, you will be able to stand at the press and do your loading work easily. Easy is quick. You will have open bench space for loading blocks and bullet boxers between the measure and bench front, immediately to the working side of your press, allowing for very smooth work flow without wasting time fumbling and moving around. You can smoothly drop charges directly into cases held in a loading block OR measure/weigh each charge and pour them through a powder funnel before seating, all without taking a step.
     
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  17. GP100man

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    I mount mine on the left on a mount , I even made a couple of stands .

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    I like mine on a stand, with the stand mounted to a separate chuck of something heavy. Since the Uniflow is only used for one part of the reloading process, it can then be pushed to the back of the reloading area to keep the "decks clear and ready for action" on other fronts. Like thus....

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  19. ranger335v

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    GP,you have your measures in the "right" place. Have you tried putting that dandy ol' Herter's scale on the shelf behind the measures? It would be a lot easier to read.
     
  20. GP100man

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    Yeah! it was just posing to get it all in the pic!

    I posted it on another forum to see if I could get dates on time of manufacture??

    From my research on Herters I thinkin early 60s???

    The scale I use is this ole Webster , It`ll weigh dust!!!!

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