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RELOADING/WORK BENCH

OK gang! When I was a kid helped my Dad reload. Now, at age 42, I'm going to start doing it myself. I have put together a small bench that I have used for everything from gun cleaning to where I mount my bow press when needed. I am now starting to remodel my Man Cave and I am going to build a new bench with a dedicated section for reloading. So, what I'm looking for here is:

*photos of your bench
*what you wish you had on your bench - ie. more shelving, places to mount items
*things you've done to your bench that has made things easier
*things you wouldn't or couldn't do without
*an idea of a "flowing" layout for mounted item (I'm right handed) - ie. scales related to the press, powder thrower related to the scales, etc

I'm going to start my build right after the holidays so pics will be coming in mid January. Thanks for all the help!

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I'm away from home right now

I'm away from home right now but to give you a couple of ideas check out the bench that Cabela's has.  Also as I mentioned I have a Craftsman work bench with drawer storage.  You big thing is going to be how much space that you might have.  Mine is a 5' bench and at times I don't have enough room on it.  Another thing to consider is are you going to be sitting down or standing up when you are loading?  I prefer to stand up and that is the way that my bench is set up. 

A couple of things that I have added are a wood jawed padded vice to hold a rifle and a metal jawed vice for everything else.  I have also added a extra light above the work surface along with a magnifier/light combination since I am getting older and can't see as well as I used to.  Shelves are a must have unless you are only loading for a couple of rounds.  At last count I reload for 8 rifle rounds, 5 pistol rounds, and 2 shotguns so the shelves help hold the extra components.  That along with a tumbler, case trimmer, a couple of scales both mechanical and digital.  The loaded rounds also go onto a shelf in plastic boxes.  Now this shelf has some extra reinforcement in the mounting just because of the extra weight.   

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bigger!

you need MORE counter space!  My bench has 2 powder throwers and 3 presses plus a bullet sizer on it. I have to reach through them all to get anything sitting on teh counter....build MORE space if possible!

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length vs width?????????

So would you agree that a wide bench top would be better than a deep bench top? That way I'm not "reaching thru"....and with shelves above and below I can keep the extras out of the way until needed.

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Reloading bench

nozzlehead wrote:
So would you agree that a wide bench top would be better than a deep bench top? That way I'm not "reaching thru"....and with shelves above and below I can keep the extras out of the way until needed.

Definately, a deep bench will just accumulate more STUFF.  I know because I'm definately a stuff guy.

My reloading bench is full length of one wall, 11' wide x 27" deep x 31 1/2" high.  The top is solid 2x6 with 3/4" plwood over and covered with a tight weave carpet.  I have two shelves under it, and shelves on the wall to the left with also kitchen top cabinets the full length of that wall.

Bolted on my bench are a single stage 12 ga loader, 4 Hornady/Pacific 366 progressive shotshell loaders (12, 20, 28 ga, and .410), a Dillon 450 loader, a RCBS Rockchucker loader, a RCBS powder measurer, and a rotary and a vibratory tumblers.

A good winter project for me would be to clean it off.

Here's a pic of part of my bench, with a couple of wild turkeys looking in the window...

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Cool pic! Gotta say though,

Cool pic! Gotta say though, one of the first things I noticed was the post card in the window trim In love. By the way, whens peacock season? LOL. Thanks for the pic. This is what I'm looking for.

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Reloading bench, take II

After looking at my previous post, I realized that the pic that I posted didn't show all of the bench, and I took my own advice and cleaned most of the clutter that was in front of the presses.  So here's a better pic of the best that my bench has looked in years.

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Holy Mackerel Andy, is that a

Holy Mackerel Andy, is that a work bench or what!!!

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I didn't have room to build

I didn't have room to build what I would want in. What I had was a room to build what I could in. My bench is small and pretty cluttered up. The other bench for shotguns is smaller and the same conddition. But they have worked a long time. Poor people have poor ways!

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Reloading room

It seems like clutter is my middle name. I'm always accumulating stuff that I think I'll need later, so I keep it, but donit know where to put it. When I cleaned off the front of my bench the other day, I found containers of .223 cartridges, .338 and .300 Win brass...and I don't have any guns that shoot them.

I moved into this house in 1978, and there was this 11'x11' room downstairs without a closet which wouldn't make a good bedroom, so it became my reloading room.

For about 10 years I shot registered Trap, then registered Skeet for another 10 years. My 366 shotshell loaders got a pretty good workout for those years as I was reloading about 10,000 shotshells each of those years.

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Horizontal surfaces...

Horizontal surfaces can be a "collectors" best friend or worst enemy! Believe me, I completely understand about clutter. The carpet is an interesting thought. What was your purpose for it? Was it a "just because" or does it serve a specific purpose? It's a hell of a bench...

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