Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James THR, Aug 30, 2006.
On a close look, this is a very efficient use of space.
Its a nice setup, very much like the one I had in my 20s and 30s.
My new reloading "room"
We're moving to our own property (finally!) but the house does not have a place to reload. So I bought a tool trailer that was originally made to be a portable motorcycle repair station (to take to races I assume) and I want to repurpose it to a reloading room. It has a 220 volt electrical setup and a sturdy bench. Once I get it up on jacks and get electrical to it, it should be a decent setup. It has a locking side door and the ramp can be padlocked. I may need to reinforce the bench a little. A friend says he can make a hole and mount for a small air conditioner. I also have a mini fridge that would fit perfectly. It's 6x12 feet and I paid 3k for it. A true man cave! What do you think?
That'll save time. Haul it to Cabela's, open the door, and fill 'er up!
You can buy an RV type roof-mounted air conditioner, and it will fit the existing roof vent.
Roop mounted air conditioner
Thank you for that idea! Do you suppose the roof can hold the weight of it?
I would have to look at the structure, but from what I see I think it would work fine. If you are not bouncing down the road with it, it won't have nearly as much stress on it.
First post. Brand new to reloading. Here is the Dillon I set up and new bench.
Looks great Seattlechief
A new Dillon RL 550 with most of the extras.
Most people start with the cheap stuff.
Welcome to the insanity.
Can't find much in the line of gun rack attachments for a pegboard.
Years ago, I had a gun room with a peg board like that and I bought regular peg board hooks, etc. and dipped them into a can of Plasti Dip (liquid latex). They sell for dipping tool handles into it. Then I hung my pistols and knives from them. No worry about scratches. Just a thought.
grandutefan, I suggest that you at least have the ceiling sprayed with insulating foam. A lot of heat will radiate from the metal roof. If the walls are screwed on, I would take them off and foam that also. I have a shop in the rear of my garage and I had the walls and ceiling foamed and it makes it cool faster. I have a portable AC in my shop and it uses a 6" hole to the outside and all that is exposed to the outside is the vent.
The insulation is an excellent point. I had a similar trailer that I used for hauling model airplanes, I bought some of the 3/4" foam board and cut to fit between the roof structure, then covered over that with thin plywood. That made a tremendous difference on a hot day.
Thank you for the great suggestions guys! This is a work in progress but your suggestions are going to be implemented!
BTW LouisianaJoe, I went to NOLA in 2009 to watch the Utes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl (my son was on the Ute team). It was my first time in your neck of the woods. I thoroughly loved it! Would love to go back again someday.
@seattlechef - Welcome aboard! When X-Ring says, "Welcome to the insanity.", he means it!
The first lie is that you will save money by reloading. No, at first you will still spend the same money, but you get to shoot more... a good thing.
The second lie is that you have met your goal. No, now you will buy guns that you wouldn't have bought because the factory ammo was too expensive. Add another tool-head and dies for it (I have 12 tool-heads and dies for my 550).
Then there is always some do-dad that will make reloading a bit easier... actually lots of do-dads! Fun Stuff!!! Tired of saving money yet?
Now in your quest to save money... there's bullet casting! I'm just getting started this new way to save money and I'm already eyeballing a die to make gas checks!!!
Yup, I'm just saving too much money.
Reloading room on wheels, great idea, pull it right to the range.
Boy, have you got that right!
Been reloading since 1962.
Never saved a dime.
Now reload for 32 different cartridges.
And, like you said, I'm always on the lookout for a new reloading gizmo.
But, now having a range in my front yard, I get to shoot a lot and often.
Seeing the current price of factory ammo, I smile with every seven cent 44 Magnum round I send down range.
I always like to see the tide lose. I put 2 kids through LSU a few years ago. They are now 40 and 41.
WoW...last time I looked at this posting it was 2014! 161 pages of absolutely fantastic ideas. Checked out the portable benches to take along to the range. Some amazing designs. For anyone starting in this hobby(addiction) I shot bullseye along time ago(1980ish) I was educated in reloading, by a neighbor, with a single stage press and steel dies for 38's. Lubed cases were a must. Also learned casting wadcutters one at a time(single cavity) with a small gas pot and a dipper. 3-4 afternoons after school and enough rounds for practice and a round at 50 feet. Now I see these ammo factories and just go WOW!!!!
I will see if I can get some pictures posted of my reloading room in the next couple of days.
I guess you'd call this making do with what you have. Guest bedroom and closet thanks to my wonderful wife..
WOW that's a strong mount on a T-7 turret! For sitting down.
Actually it's a Lee Reloading Stand. The T-7 is attached to it with an Inline Fabrication quick detach mount. I've recommended it to a lot of people when they don't have room on their bench for a press. The T-7 is about 25 pounds and when I size .30-06 cases there's a lot of force exerted but the press and stand doesn't move a single mm, it's rock solid. Yes, I do everything sitting down and it's super comfortable.
I just wish I had more room to store components. I have my pistol brass in the garage but won't keep powder and primers out there. My wife just suggested that I put a large overhead shelf up in the walk-in closet in our bedroom for powder storage which I might resort to doing.
Very nice set up. Do you add extra weight to the Lee stand or is the T7 weight enough?
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