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Show Us Your Pistol Reloading Set Up

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Triumph, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. Triumph

    Triumph Member

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    I saw a picture on THR a week or so ago that I can't find again. One of the members loads a bunch of pistol rounds (large ammo cans of .45 ACP in particular) and I'm curious to see the set up.

    I'm also curious to see others as well - press, bench & how it's organized.

    Thanks
     
  2. gspn

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    I run a Hornady LNL for my high volume stuff and a Lee Classic Cast for everything else.
     
  3. dickttx

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    Pretty simple. I normally use the hoops for bullets (left) and brass (right) and much closer to the machine. Don't know why I have them like that for the photo.
     

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    I don't keep a whole lot on the bench. Components and loaded ammo are in a cabinet beside the bench, in the bench in cabinet space, under the bench, on a shelving unit against the wall, in the closet, under the metal desk my computer is on, in a small Sentry safe, etc.

    I have ORMD signs (Taken from packages) around the area for any firefighters who may end up in a blaze. I hope they are never needed. I have plans to sprinkle the room.
     
  6. gspn

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    I like that...thanks...I'm going to do the same.
     
  7. john wall

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    As a commercial loader, I am too lazy to do it the slow way at home. LOL
     
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    The 1050 and Mr. Bullet feeder on the left are for 9mm only. I can crank them out at a cyclic rate of 2,000 rounds per hour. Last week I loaded up 600 round of 9mm in less than an hour and that included filling hoppers and loading primer tubes. The 550 and casefeeder on the right are for everything else. I have 15 tool heads setup for it with 7 or 8 powder throwers and about 40-50 die sets.

    I have a shelving unit that matches the bench. It was mounted on a wall over the bench, before it got moved. It sits on my bedroom floor with ammo and bullets on it. A small utility room, next to one of the garages, is used for my more dirty reloading chores. My 1935 hollywood 12 position turret press is mounted to a bench out there. I built that bench out of 2x4's and plywood when I was 14 years old. The top under the hollywood press is a cast iron pancake griddle. It has held up great, but it doesn't look as nice as this oak unit (custom made for the previous owner of my 550 press).


    I also have a power case trimmer and my dillon super swage tool on my bench now.

    I made the trimmer (TIG welded aluminum case and a 1070 rpm motor) and bought the CTS case cutter.
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    It is all my parents' fault. They taught me to shoot and reload as an early teen, and it has snowballed from there.:)


    Here is an older shot of some of my supplies and my guard kitty.

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  10. holdencm9

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    Wow, a lot of impressive photos so far. My setup is pretty basic as I am just getting into it.

    I have my Lee Classic Turret mounted to a footlong length of 2x6, which is clamped to an old (but sturdy and heavy) dresser. I just pull out one drawer, clamp the press on, takes about 4 minutes.

    Next to that I have an old desk with pullout keyboard tray that is great for measuring powder charges, along with an organizer for all my miscellaneous shell holders, powder measures, case conditioning things, etc. And my manuals/magazines are also on the side desk. When I reload, I usually set the brass and bullets on the side desk, and the ammo box on the keyboard tray, and sort of work in a clockwise fashion if that makes any sense.

    I keep a lot of the components and other miscellaneous stuff in another drawer of the dresser.

    This is in an apartment. I was skeptical of the idea at first but the more I researched, the more I realized it was feasible. It doesn't take a TON of space. I just have one corner of the 2nd bedroom sort of dedicated to it.
     

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    I have been wanting to set up to do reloads for my pistols for several years now. Just had too many irons in the fire. Well I finally got around to it just about a month before the puplic buying frenzy. I bought my press last year and it has been setting in the garage in the box it was shipped in. All this time, it could have had car parts in it for all I knew! But anyway. I will walk through the stages. For everything I used 3 inch decking screws. Not a single nail in the whole thing. The shelves are 2X10's and the bench frame is 2X6's
     

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    Ok I see my posting pics works, so I shall continue. Next I put two sheets of 3/4 fiberboard on the bench.

    Next I put the countertop on using 2 1/4 wood screws using 1/4" fenderwasher to pull the top down to the frame.

    And now to mount my vise onto the frame I got from Inline Fab
     

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    Now to put it together, and start filling up the shelves. My first reloads, 45 ACP, after a little adjustment worked great. Sooo, A newb is on his way.
     

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    Here's mine. Nothing special. Just a restaurant table with a 4 foot board on it. I live in an apartment so I can't mount any shelves to the wall. I want to build me something that has shelves built into it. I'm pretty cheap though so It will most likely be a while unless I find some cheap wood.
     
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    AH! Holdencm9, I really like the way you have stowed your die plates. Are those holders short sections of PVC pipe?
     
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    Here is a photo of one of my benches with some pistol rounds I have been stocking up on lately.

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    Some folks are just too tidy and organized.

    I am impressed.:)

    Walkalong's posting or ORMD signs looks like a good idea.
     
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    Too many of your people are WAY TOO neat!
     
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    Tooltech...that is a GREAT idea with the bins that dispense casings and bullets. are those dog food containers?
     
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    Tooltech...the use of dog/cat feeders is the coolest idea I've seen in a long time.

    As for me I just have a hand press, so everything sits next to my easy chair.:p
     
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    Awesome idea tooltech on the feeders.. LOL...
     
  25. tooltech

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    Yep, self filling dog bowls from Wally World. About 9 bucks each. I need a couple more for different bullets.
     
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