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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James THR, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone

    JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone Member

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    Arkie's bench is much too clean for me. I need to know where things are at all times. Usually right on top of the bench. :D But there's a ton of components on the shelves to the right. Loaded ammo is locked in the cabinet on the left. I have kids that shoot, still, I keep things locked up. Their friends are the one's I worry about. The safe is in the same room. It is a down stairs/basement room in the corner of the house. 10'x11'ish. The door to the room also locks, although it's not a reinforced fire door. (yet) Next challenge is to figure out a sprinkler system for the room. There's a copper water pipe just above in the false cieling.

    -Steve
     
  2. Arkie

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    The bench is a Craftsman work bench and I got real cheap with the backboard also. It has a light on it also.

    Nice solid top with 5 drawers to put everything in.

    It's clean cause I just got everthing all arranged on it and haven't started working yet. LOL...

    Don't worry, it will get messy. :D


    oh, and the eagle in the middle is a dinner bell.
     
  3. SIRVEYR666

    SIRVEYR666 Member

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    Here's my humble set up:
    I do mostly 9mm and .45ACP. Occasionally, I'll do up a few .38SPL or .357MAG.

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    My reloading assistant:
    He can find anything that I drop...and eat it.:D

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  4. JDGray

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    Looks like you size and deprime on the single stage, like me:D Its a PITA to do it on the turret, with spent primers going everyhere.
     
  5. Liberty4Ever

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    The new Lee Classic Turret Press is getting very good reviews. It addresses a lot of the concerns from their previous turret press. The spent primers are neatly routed to a container or straight into a waste basket for disposal. The new Lever Primer System is also reported to be very simple and reliable.

    http://www.realguns.com/archives/122.htm

    It's currently on sale at MidwayUSA. Check out the customer reviews.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=814175

    Even with the auto-index, it's still not as fast as a progressive press, but it's also a lot simpler and probably a lot more reliable. I'm committed to my progressive LoadMaster press, but I'd like to try the Lee Classic Turret Press. I wouldn't mind spending more time reloading :) and less time working on the press and clearing jams stemming from priming problems.:cuss:
     
  6. JDGray

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    I wished I'd waited a month, befor getting my turret press, as Lee came out with the classic just after I got mine bolted to the bench. After priming cases,500 usually at a time, I can reload 100 cartridges in 10-15mins, easy. I still clean the primer pockets, and like priming, off the press. I have probably 1000 9mm & 500 45ACP cases ready to load, at all times, just sitting in coffee cans:D , which I noticed alot of people have on their benches.
     
  7. v65magnafan

    v65magnafan Member

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    Just Starting

    I started reloading about one month ago.

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  8. ir3e971

    ir3e971 Member

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    My Reloading Area

    Here is my humble reloading area.

    It works well for me. :)

    Bob
     

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  9. VonFatman

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    Liberty4Ever,
    I'm afraid so...I don't drink, smoke, sit in bars, spend my weekends watching sports, chase women ('cept my bride), rebuild cars, fish (much), make payments on a boat etc...
    I'm pretty focused on reloading, hunting & shooting as my hobby(s) of choice...so yes, I do invest a bit more in my press/bench than I "need"...time is my biggest problem, thus I've invested in a few extras to save a little time and make my hobby a bit more enjoyable. It's really a priority thing for me...and yes, I have the blessing of my bride...in fact, she's my favorite range buddy.

    I'm actually looking to move into a single stage now to take on bottle-neck reloading.

    LAH,
    Thanks! The one on the right is my first muzzleloader kill...shot that 'ol boy with a CVA Staghorn from about 125 yards off a solid rest. The other was shot with my Contender w/10" .357 Mag barrel last fall...just 35 steps for that one (but it was off hand!)

    Bob
     
  10. LAH

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    (but it was off hand!)

    I heard that and fully understand that which you're saying.:) Nice shot.
     
  11. Liberty4Ever

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    Bob,

    For me, it's more a matter of too many hobbies, not enough time. Mountain biking, camping, hiking, kayaking, motorcycle, experimental airplane....

    I need to focus a bit more, and lately I need to work more.

    Then you sir are doubly blessed. It sounds like you realize that.

    Lee has really been making some serious strides in the last couple of years. They were known for claiming other presses were more expensive because they were overbuilt. They seem to be changing their tune. The Lee Classic Press is a very substantial single stage press with a very high degree of fit and finish. I think it's fair to say it's the most solid press on the market at any price, and probably the nicest single stage press. It'll easily resize .50 BMG cases.

    If you want a single stage press, but might also want something a bit more automated for slightly higher volume, you might also be interested in the Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret Press. It's fairly new and is also getting rave reviews. They finally have a solid and reliable automatic priming system.

    You can check them both out at www.MidwayUSA.com.

    The only reason you wouldn't be proud to put either of these on your bench would be the red color clashing with all that blue.
    :)
     
  12. VonFatman

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    Creeker,
    Thanks again!

    Black Snowman,
    Nice set-up! I'm going to have to come by and let
    you show me all the goodies!

    Liberty4Ever,
    Thanks for the tips on Lee, Black Snowman, a friend who shoots at our farm is a Lee Bench kinda guy! He's always liked Lee equipment. I'd have no problem having some color "coordination" on the bench!!

    Bob
     
  13. Waitone

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  14. scott5

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    Here is mine.
    I hope it comes through.
     

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  15. VonFatman

    VonFatman Member

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    Scott5,
    Now THAT is a complete setup! Nice!!
    Is there anything you don't have??
    Well done.

    Bob
     
  16. IDriveB5

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    Finally!!

    Finally I get to post to this thread! Ive been waiting for months, and I've finally got all my bits'n'pieces together.

    The "bench" was a freebie with the exception of the 2x4 in the rear and associated hardware used to reinforce the table.

    My box from Midway:
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    My new toys:
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    All set up:
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    Not too shabby if I say so myself!
     
  17. LAH

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    IDriveB5 .......I'd say that set up is just fine................Creeker
     
  18. chutchis

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    Here's mine...

    Just started shooting about 1 1/2 ago and now I'm already into the reloading scene...as with all my hobbies I gotta do it all at once. The bench had to get built in the only unfinished room in the house (per wifes instructions). I guess now I have an excuse to finish it...the way I want it.

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  19. scott5

    scott5 Member

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    Don't have

    Quote by VonFatman
    "Now THAT is a complete setup! Nice!!
    Is there anything you don't have??
    Well done.

    Bob"
    Well I would like to get rid of my Dillon 550B and get a new Hornady L-N-L AP
    and get a drillpress and a bandsaw:D

    Someday.
     
  20. Delta608

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    Reloading Bench

    My new reloading bench !!!! Thanks for all the help in deciding which reloader !!:D
     

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  21. VonFatman

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    Lookin' good Delta608!!

    Going "blue"...you won't regret your choice!!

    Bob
     
  22. dtalley

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    Well I finally decided to take a picture and show my meager bench. I need to add some shelves because my stuff keeps growing.. Out of the picture on the floor are an FA Tumbler and 3 - 50cal ammo boxes with other types of powder and components. In a locked closet are other 50cal ammo boxes with ammo in them. There is also a table behind the camera that I use as a gun cleaning station along with my wifes sewing machine. We need another child to move out so the wife can have her own sewing room and then I can do more with my reloading room.
     

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  23. MarshallDodge

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    dtalley, we all started somewhere. My first setup was almost exactly like yours, Challenger press and all. I have used seven different benches including a B&D Workmate. I find it pretty cool the way some of you guys have come up with a way to mount your presses.

    Where there is a will, there is a way!:D
     
  24. Idano

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    After 30 years of reloading I finally have a decent place to reload. Last year I made a 6'x6' room in the back of one of the bays in my garage. I installed ceramic tile and a built in L-shaped bench with a 2"X4" butch block top for my presses. There is a 1/4" steel plate on top of the bench that has welded on studs to mount the presses, the powder stand and the case trimer. There is zero flex in the bench or the mounting of the presses so you get excellent tactile feel on every stroke of the press so you quickly tell if something isn't right as you're reloading. The room has heat and AC plumbed in so I can now load year round in comfort. I still need to install an Internet connection and computer, but otherwise it is pretty much finished. I just added the Hornady LNL with a digital case counter, a low primer alarm, and a low powder alarm; the low power alarm is arriving Tuesday. This is a huge improvement from when I started as a teenager in a shed with grandfather on a RCBS JR.
     
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  25. Sisco

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    Wow, I'm impressed by these setups some of you have!
    Here's my humble space. I took over 4' of the laundry room, right between the wall and the freezer.
    When we remodled our bathroom I salvaged the old vanity base and put a 4' preformed counter top on it. Built the cabinets out of MDF.
    The press is held to the counter top by 3 studs held on by wing nuts. I can change from the turrent to a single stage or a MEC Jr. shotshell loader fairly quickly.
    I always said the first kid to leave the nest lost a bedroom and I gained a gun room but they moved back in before I could get it done! :(
     

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