Lets see space saving reloading setups

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  1. Jeeper

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    In the past I have always had a ton of room for my reloading gear. It has been in its own room in my house. For that last five years it hasnt even been setup at all. It has all been in rubermaids sitting on shelves in the garage. I dont have the room to do the setups like I have had before and will probably only have about a space 2 feet deep, 8 feet high and 7 feet long. I want to see any space saving ideas you have. I dont need any additional bench space as this is going in the garage, and I have a lot of workspace out there. The powder wont be stored in the garage before anyone points that out. But in reality the garage never gets above 90 or below 50.

    Here are the old setups that I dont have space for.

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    My plan is a 5 foot bench with both 650's and then a removable spot for the rockchucker. I will put the tumpler and separateor on a slide out shelf and then shoeboxes for brass etc. I am probably going to have drawers for all the toolheads.

    Any ideas would be helpful that save space.
     
  2. mongoose33

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    I don't know about all those blue bins, but here are a few pics that suggest some ideas.

    First is that you can put two presses in a space less than 40" and still have an effective setup.

    Second is that I have learned to use a shelf above the reloading bench. It essentially adds to bench space but gets stuff up and out of the way. I've used various shelves--some are narrow, as you'll see in the pics, some are wider, such as in the first pic. I'd not do a bench w/o those shelves--they're invaluable.

    BTW, the benches were originally done for making golf clubs; they're now used almost exclusively for reloading and other gun-related activities like cleaning.

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  3. Rembrandt

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    Too bad you don't have a deeper bench dimension.....would be trick to install all the loaders on rotary turntable.
     
  4. rfwobbly

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    Look on the UltimateReloader.Com

    The only reason for a "bench" is the heavy forces involved in using the reloading press. The UR guy uses a post under his press as sort of a mono-pod press mount. In this way ALL the bench space is dedicated to reloading manuals, bullets, calipers, notebooks, etc... the lightweight stuff. All this reference material stuff could just as easily be on a card table that folds up for easy storage.

    The mono-pod could bolt to any wall. The whole setup could then be un-bolted and stored in a closet.
     
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    Wobbly do you have some pictures of he Mono Pod thing
     
  6. Rich219

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    What were you storing in all those akro bins?
     
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    I always liked this one:

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    About as space saving as reloading can ever get. Except may be those nutcracker presses.
     

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    I'm actually considering a set up like that Ridgeway. Nice and compact, out of everyone's sight, and nice and warm in a closet. I have no spare rooms to dedicate to reloading and my garage is best left to automotive and landscape duties.

    Andy
     
  10. Jeeper

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    I load about 25 calibers and the bins were different bullet weights for each caliber
     
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    I didn’t design this one to be space saving but I can load everything I need to work up a load into the media separator tub.

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  12. fireman 9731

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    Well, a doghouse outside will help free up some floor space! :D
     
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    I bolted my Lee Turret press to a piece of 2"x12", and attach it to any table or work bench with a large C-clamp.

    So you don't even need a dedicated reloading bench, and just 1 C-clamp holds it steady just fine.
     
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    mdemtz,

    Now that is just flat out cool.

    LGB
     
  17. rfwobbly

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    Mono-pod Reloading Bench

    Sure. Attached is a scale isometric view of such a stand braced against a wall. I've cut away the wall board so you can see the 2x4 studs in the wall, which is what you'd actually be fastening into.

    Pictured is a 12x18 top from 3/4 plywood, sitting atop a 36" tall 4x4 (or other suitable height). The 4x4 is not only stiff, but it weighs enough to stop any jumping around. The press is fastened to the top, and the top is fastened to the 4x4 leg. The shelf is 18 wide to accommodate an 18" length of 2x2 angle in the back. This is required because the studs inside the wall are 16" apart.

    If hanger bolts (wood screw on one end, machine thread on the other) were placed into the wall, then the device could be un-fastened and stored in a closet. Or it could be fastened to a a bench or any other sturdy object that could stop the press from rocking side-to-side.

    I like this also because you can put the press up high (eliminating the need for a $45 "strong mount") and still have your notebooks and manuals at a proper desk height. My son wants his study table back, so I'm loosing my temporary reloading table. (He thinks college is more important than reloading !) Think I'll build one of these as a replacement to save time and money.

    Hanger bolt: http://www.aaronswoodscrews.com/HangerBolts.htm
     

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