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When reloading: stand or sit?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Thirties, Jan 15, 2003.

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When reloading, do you sit or stand?

Poll closed Jan 22, 2003.
  1. I sit all the time

    38 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. I sit for some operations, stand for some

    21 vote(s)
    27.6%
  3. I stand all the time

    17 vote(s)
    22.4%
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  1. Thirties

    Thirties Member

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    I'm awaiting my press and other equipment so i can set up and reload for the first time.

    I'll try operating things in various positions before I build my bench. But I was wondering whether you folks typically stand or sit when you operate your press; your powder measure; your scale; your priming tool; etc.
     
  2. Bacchus

    Bacchus Member

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    I typically stand, but often sit or squat down to look at the scale.
     
  3. Tony Z

    Tony Z Member

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    I built my gun workbench and reloading bench next to each other. That way I can go from one to the other easily. My tools are on the wall above my workbench so they are in reach of both benches. This works well for me. I can sit to clean and/or work on my guns or move over a couple feet and start reloading.:D


    Tony
     
  4. Nanook

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    I built that bench from the NRMA, and as the plans come it's perfect for me to stand and reload. I do have a tall bar stool with a back support and arms if I want to load sitting down for a while. Or deprime/resize a bunch of brass.
     
  5. JohnK

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    I sit but that's because my loading bench is an old desk and it's rather short to stand at. In the new shop I'm building a taller bench to work at either standing or sitting on a tall stool.
     
  6. griz

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    The only time I stand is when removing the powder measure or reaching stuff at the back of the bench. I don't know why, when woodworking I stand all the time.
     
  7. tawakoni

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    One of the Customer Service guys at Dillon told me that all of their presses should be operated while standing. Me, I sit on a short stool or regular chair when I use my 550B, SDB and Rock Chucker because I built my bench before I called Dillon. I will build the next bench higher.

    Best,

    tawakoni
     
  8. jjmorgan64

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    I use a stool that is pretty high, a;most standing, but it is a whole lot more comfortable for me, I don't move around a whole lot while loading so the stool is perfect.
     
  9. Thirties

    Thirties Member

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    Thanks, folks. I stand when cleaning my guns. I think I'll set up the bench for standing, and get a nice high bench stool/chair. I also stand while working in a photo lab, and a woodshop. I guess I'm oriented to standing while I work with my hands.

    It seems I'm not alone here.
     
  10. Poodleshooter

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    I generally sit, but alternate with standing when my butt gets sore. I usually hand prime while sitting, but trim while standing up. I concur with a standing bench, however, as you can always get a taller stool.
     
  11. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I stand. I used to sit when I lived in apartments and C-clamped a sheet of plywood to my kitchen table to use as a loading bench, but my back prefers that I stand, and it's easier on my eyes, too: trifocals, don't you know?

    I've always cleaned guns standing at the kitchen counter. If I were married, I'd probably hear about that.
     
  12. Fatelvis

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    I have to stand, and I dont know why. :confused:
     
  13. dfrog

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    I always stand. Just wouldn't seem right to sit while reloading. I guess if I put the press a foot or two off the floor I might be able to sit.

    Standing works for me and keeps me focused on what I am doing.
     
  14. Sisco

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    I sit because of the bench height. That and I like to reload for relaxation therapy. Can't relax while standing up!
     
  15. larryw

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    My bench is built so I can load and tinker while standing. I prefer to stand for the leverage, and to stay alert.
     
  16. Bushrat

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    I'm afraid my back and feet aren't what they used to be so I prefer to sit. More comfortable.
     
  17. blades67

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    I stand, but I have a Dillon RL550B so I don't have to stand for very long.[​IMG]
     
  18. WESHOOT2

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    SIT AND STAND

    I've broken six chairs and/or stools.
     
  19. JPM70535

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    Mostly sit however my bench is built to standing height so when I load a caliber that takes more muscle to cycle the press, 44 magnum on an RL 650, I can stand, but using a tall stool I can sit when I choose to.
     
  20. LIProgun

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    I mostly sit, but usually stand when resizing large rifle cases, or when using a progressive and I want to keep a close eye on things from the top down.
     
  21. swifter

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    Count me as another that does both. I stand at the Dillon, mostly stand at my single-stages, but keep a tall stool for when the rheumatiz is acting up, or brass prep/maintenance keeps me in one place for a bit

    Tom
     
  22. Unisaw

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    I always sit when reloading, but the chair I use is one of those posture chairs on which you both kneel and sit. About 90% of my weight is actually on my knees. This works extremely well. The chair also has wheels so that I can roll a foot or two over to my powder measure for that operation.
     
  23. ed dixon

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    Sit on the same wooden stool at the same home-built table I use for developing b & w prints.
     
  24. DAL

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    I stand, but I wish I could sit.

    Actually, when I'm using my SDB, which does most of my reloading, I stand; I just can't seem to get the leverage I want otherwise. When I'm using my single stage press for rifle cartidges, I sit and stand.
    DAL
     
  25. coonan357

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    I alternate depending on how my legs and butt feel , once I get started I ussually sit thru the whole operation
     
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