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Reloading…Standing or Sitting or...?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by NoAlibi, Dec 31, 2011.

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  1. NoAlibi

    NoAlibi Member

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    SWMBO informed me that it would better utilize our living space (and foster our continued peace and harmony) if I downsized my reloading room into the utility room. My previous one had the bench set up for reloading while sitting. I think this time I’m going to build my bench to reload while standing since that is what I ended up doing almost all of the, unless you can show me the error of my ways.

    1. I was wondering if you reload standing sitting or do you vary your method case by case (pun intended).

    2. Why did you chose your method(s). Better leverage on the press; being able to look into the cases; cases at eye level, etc. ?

    Your input would be appreciated, since it may allow me to consider something I might be overlooking. Thanks…Doc
     
  2. jmorris

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    I almost alwasy sit, if I can for comfort.
     
  3. bob40caliber

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    Sitting for me....standing for me would mean arms long enough to touch the floor----
     
  4. steelerdude99

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    NoAlibi,
    Seated on a bar-stool at my garage's work bench works for me. I have not yet tried it just yet as the weather has been decent (so far this year), but I drilled a piece of plywood as so I can hold the press w/ my Jawhorse in-doors when it's cold out.

    chuck
     
  5. Blue68f100

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    My setup is for setting. My seating height is such that I have my arm fully extended at cam over. This gives me maximum ergonomics, stations are at eye level, easy to see. My bench height is 34"-35" tall. I use a chair that does not roll. I tried a chair with casters and found my safe always moving around doing the load process.

    I also have a bad back and prolong standing is bad as well as sitting long periods. I do better sitting since the process is more controlled. I do take a break every 200-500 rounds. This is when I recharge my primer tubes, standing.

    There is no right or wrong method. You have do what is best for you.
     
  6. AABEN

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    Setting where I am able to see every thing and reach it. My loading bench is around 22 24 in high.
     
  7. HOWARD J

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    I sit in a chair with wheels/rollers so I can move around the bench--too frigging old to stand & reload for a long time----I get up every so often to wake up the legs---gets the job done.
     
  8. bds
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    I have a dedicated 6 foot reloading bench in the garage but prefer to use the portable castered reloading bench in the comforts of AC/heating and on a comfy office chair anywhere in the house or the patio.

    Contrary to the usual notion of needing to anchor the reloading bench to the wall, the portable castered bench will easily resize thicker walled military .308 cases even with an empty bench because the presses are mounted at the ends (this also allows the bench to clear the width of doorways). The top is made from multi-layer (11) hardwood veneered plywood with 2x4 reinforcement and will not deflect at all when resizing .308 cases.

    The 2'x3' dimension allows the bench to be rolled into any room from the hallway and rolls into the walk-in closet of the reloading room to be secured for safety when we have younger curious visitors. ;)

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  9. Bud0505

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    I stand while I'm loading. It just seems easier to me and I can see the powder before I seat a bullet.

    Bud
     
  10. cfullgraf

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    I sit when reloading.

    My presses are on free standing stands that I put next to a table. I can move the press around and move the chair to get comfortable.

    The presses that are not in use are stored away. Like bds, my presses are not connected to the wall and they perform just fine, even the progressives.

    I do stand when working with the tumblers, but that is in another part of the room.
     
  11. westy16925

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    I sit while loading as my presses are mounted to a desk. This lets me sit for comfort. I had neck fusion and hip surgery.
     
  12. rcmodel

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    Standing for press leverage.

    If you want to set, get a tall bar stool type stool to rest a cheek on.

    Then, you still got press leverage, and a rested cheek or two too.

    rc
     
  13. J_McLeod

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    bds, I really like that setup. I might have to build one like it myself.

    I reload sitting in a office chair because my presses are mounted low. The LNL sits lower than my Lee turret, so occasionally I've loaded with it while kneeling.
     
  14. flashhole

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    I like to stand but I also have a bar stool. My bench is an island giving me access to all sides and the presses are mounted over the vertical uprights. I should add it's 42" tall.

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  15. Steel Talon

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    I always build my bench to stand at.. Then I have the large science class chairs from college labs that I sit at so I have the best of both worlds.
     
  16. RandyP

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    I sit... because I can and it's too uncomfortable to reload lying down. lol
     
  17. ImjinScout

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    RC that is exactly how mine is set up, it provides me with a good view of all the cartridges in my AP and the right amount of leverage
     
  18. Walkalong

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    Sitting.
     
  19. NoAlibi

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    bds - Neat setup; if I had used your idea for my last bench I wouldn’t be having this problem now. This current move is my line-in-the- sand. Like the vow says, “Until death (most likely mine) do us part…” and that’s the only way I’m vacating! :(

    It looks like I’ll be setting it up to reload standing, but I do have an unfinished, solid wood, backless barstool that I can cut the legs down to suit me for sitting down if the mood arises. For me this would be the best of both worlds - ymmv. Thanks for all your input…..Doc
     
  20. Jim Watson

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    Yes.
    I load sitting at the Rockchucker single stage and D550.
    I stand at the D1050.
    I stood at the AutoCHamp but doubt I will set it back up in the new shop, just put a .38 special head on the 550.
    I stood at the MEC 650 and will if I get to needing volume shotgun shells again.
     
  21. esheato

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    I stand for just about everything except charging from the Chargemaster...then I usually have a magazine and a bar stool.

    I'm in the garage, and I bought a bunch of the anti-fatigue rubber floor mats and it's wonderful.
     
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    I'm a disabled vet, so standing isn't an option.
    (atleast not for any length of time)
     
  23. rondog

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    Sitting for me, comfort is paramount. Notice my loading bench is a banquet table, then the swiveling office chair. Also notice there's a second banquet table right behind the chair, that's for working on and cleaning guns, sorting brass, whatever else I need/want to do. My little u-shaped basement workshop, I love it!

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  24. animator

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    If I'm doing a mindless task, such as pulling cases from a box and decapping them, I'll sit.


    If I'm doing something that generally involves movement, I'll stand. Priming, charging, and resizing, I always have to stand. One reason is for extra leverage for sizing/priming. Other reason is I tend to move a bit when charging/weighing loads--moving from the powder thrower to the scale.


    Bullet seating I do seated, since it's fairly mindless once the dies are set up and I have a couple loading blocks full of charged cases ready to go.


    This is all with a single-stage press.
     
  25. Kevin Rohrer

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    When I am at the Dillon, I am sitting on a bar stool.
    On all my other presses I stand.

    Rondog: That bayonet-mounted Garand is the perfect home-defense weapon. Very nice.
    I am looking for bayonets for all my service rifles.
     
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