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What does every reloading bench need?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by brow_tines, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. brow_tines

    brow_tines Member

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    Aside from press, manuals, dies, powder etc., what would you recommend every bench should have?
     
  2. jmorris

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    Good lighting.
     
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    I 2nd good lighting. Also a good scale, and primer flip tray.
     
  4. Trent

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    A nice looking woman wearing next to nothing laying on it?

    Good radio. Avoid watching TV or other visual distractions. That'll eventually lead to accidents.
     
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    x2 on the radio.
     
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    As an older reloader I like some sort of good magnification for those occasional times when you can't read a head stamp or instructions on a small bottle, etc....
     
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    Another +1 for good lighting. I have a two-bulb T-8 fluorescent fixture and four, 13-watt CFL's lighting the top of my bench. I also installed a rope light for illuminating the two lower shelves, I underestimated how beneficial that would be.

    My bench is BRIGHT but not annoyingly so. Maybe I'll post an updated photo of it-
     
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    Where to even start???

    It depends largely on what cartridges you load, and for what purposes. A couple handgun rounds for cheap plinking? Rifle for competetive shooting?
     
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    +1 on good lighting. I have 2 goose neck light fixtures with 13 watt CFL bulbs mounted over my bench and I can direct lighting exactly where I need them without glare. I usually need only 1 light fixture on but having the extra lighting is a plus, especially for minimizing shadows.


    I also install peg board backing to every reloading bench I build as I can use different peg board hooks to ensure frequently used reloading components/tools are within easy reach.

    Another is a multiple small drawer unit to keep small items organized.
     
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    I covered mine with a 1/8 thick layer of blue esd matting. I like the soft, yet firm surface that the rubber has and it helps to see dust / powder / parts , etc. as compared to beat up butcher block. I also put a small three inch smooth jawed clamp-on vice at the end.

    Another vote for good overhead lighting and a radio. You'll want some fairly still air also as a slight breeze can upset beam scales.
     
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    Perhaps more important than what you have on your bench are those that fall into the "what you should not have on your bench" category.

    Don't start a lot of rounds until you have just one jug of powder; one tray of primers; one chambering of brass; one make, type, and weight bullet; one set of dies; etc. on the working surface. Break out exactly what you need for the lot of rounds you're going to build, and clear the decks of anything and everything else that is not part of that lot.

    Of course keep handy the radio, something to sip on, those tools that apply to any caliber, and the like. Just don't have anything on your bench that could "contaminate" your lot of cartridges.
     
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    A paper towel holder mounted to the side.
     
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    1. Attention.
    2. Lighting.
    3. Attention to details.
    4. Be organized.... If you can....Trust me, Your going to wanna know where that do-hicky is at.
     
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    Label all of your little drawers (if you have them). Nothing more frustrating than opening 50 little drawers to find that one part you're looking for. :)

    If you don't have lots of little drawers, get them. Everything should have it's place and go back there when done. Otherwise you'll find yourself missing what you need, right when you need it.
     
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    Every bench needs another bench to hold the stuff the other benches won't.
     
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    small dry erase board, i always write down what i am going to be loading so i can verify it at a glance
     
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    I screwed a 2 drawer (old style) card file unit to the underside of my bench to hold the die sets I use most often.
     
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    A Dillon Precision calendar.
     
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    An alert, sober human.
     
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    +1 for good lighting
    safety glasses for use while priming & using an impact puller ...
    & a decent set of calipers

    Nick
     
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    A vice

    At times something gets stuck and needs more hands then most of us have.
     
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    A mini fridge.
     
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    disagree, you shouldn't eat or drink while reloading. if you need a drink or some food, take a break, go wash your hands, and come back when you're done.
     
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    Good lighting

    electrical outlets

    a small box of some kind with tools, hex keys, 8" adjustable, etc.

    a small shop vac in the area for picking up powder and lost spent primers

    I keep my porter cable nail gun compressor in mine for blowing powder out from under the shell plates

    shelves behind and above the presses and a garbage can below them

    I wish I had a lap top in mine with my manuals on it and internet for looking things up. It's comin

    The almighty pensil sharpener

    More auto progressive presses! one for each caliber, you know, like a lot of you have!
     
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    Dillon calendar. About 3 years worth.

    Very important accessory.
     
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