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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Rattler » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:25 am

c-bass. You have a sickness that needs to be dealt with. You are far too neat.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Globemaster » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:19 am

it’s a product of the ‘Lean Manufacturing' process … they call it 5’s ing

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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby 9x19MdM » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:26 am

:!: Should this thread be here... http://www.oa2.org/Forum/viewforum.php?f=56
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Globemaster » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:28 am

ok ... I moved it
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby c_bass16 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:19 pm

Glad you guys like. A lot can be done with limited space, a limited budget and some good ole creativity.
One small suggestion, if its going to be put into a space that it will stay for a while...I'd HIGHLY recommend building it out of REAL WOOD lol. I will be moving mine home for the summer and back again in the fall, so I needed mine to be easy to move and relatively light weight. Both very counter-productive terms when you think of a reloading bench.
When I get a house, I will be building it out of 5/8 steel plywood, 2x4's, 4x4 corners and other materials that have some weight to them.
The pressed particle board that makes up these kinds of crappy computer desks isn't very good at holding up to the stress from your press. HOWEVER, the area below my press used to be a drawer. I just took the face of the drawer off and used it to double layer the top portion the press was bolted. Then I took a pair of shelves out of the tall cabinet on the bottom left and used them as well to make the side 3 layers thick. THEN, added that pair of braces just in case. It's very sturdy now...but, when I'm resizing brass, I still have to do it relatively slow and careful or stuff starts falling off the shelves cause the desk starts to rock.
I've since added 70 pounds of weight (two 35 lbs dumbells) to the back of the desk, inside the bottom cupboard and drawer, so there is less chance of it rocking when I'm doing work.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby wh1stl3st0p » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:55 am

I built my reloading bench out of 1 inch shelving boards, 2x3's and 2x4's to keep down weight, and built it in sections that bolt together with carriage bolts and wingnuts. I can break it down into two or more pieces that make it easy to move.

The shelving boards are adequate for most items that need to be screwed down, but I did have to add a section of 2x6 under the press to stiffen things up a bit.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Rattler » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:45 am

A reloading bench in your bedroom. Are you married? :|
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby wh1stl3st0p » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:18 am

It's a spare bedroom that only gets used when the kids come to visit (rarely). Been divorced for years, and having a 3 bedroom house with basement + garage is great for keeping the hobbies segregated/organized.

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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby 9x19MdM » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:25 am

Looking around at some of the reloading sites and saw this stand...

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http://leeprecision.com/xcart/Lee-Reloading-Stand.html

Harbor Freight has this one for $40.

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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Globemaster » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:59 pm

that stand looks like it might need to be bolted to the floor?
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby 9x19MdM » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:27 pm

Globemaster wrote:that stand looks like it might need to be bolted to the floor?


The Lee? There's a solid concrete block hanging from the bottom shelf to add weight.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Globemaster » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:32 pm

oh I missed that; but sill, that may not be enough IMO, as I like the tool bolted down ... solid :D
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Seabeejeeper » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:12 am

Im using an old super heavy hand made kitchen oak table my grandfather built years ago (thing weighs a ton) Right now we pump out 45ACP, 30-06, 270 and 357mag/38 special. As soon as my shell holder set comes in were bumping over to load .223 as well. Using mostly lee 4 piece die sets, with a couple hornady sets, with a lyman turret press I bough from bass pro. My wife has gotten to the point where she can pump out a little over 100 .45acp an hour on a good day (She looks like one of the old ladies you see in Vegas on the slot machines... Man that handle gets a workout :thumbs up: )
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby c_bass16 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:09 pm

Rattler wrote:c-bass. You have a sickness that needs to be dealt with. You are far too neat.


I believe I've been cured.
This is how it usually looks by the time I get done with a 4-5 hour binge lol. I just like to get it all back where it goes so I don't lose stuff. Already lost all my thread taps and tap wrench. It's probably hanging out with all my left socks and they're getting a good ole laugh. :bang:
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Larry in SD » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:06 pm

Been reloading all of my own centerfire rifle and handgun ammo since 1976. It has become more than a hobby but an obsession or sorts.

I have a buddy that lives in an apartment. He picked up the bottom half of a roll around metal tool box (if I had to guess I would say it is 30" tall, 24" wide and about 18" deep or so) at a garage sale for cheap. He screwed 2x4 on the top to form his bench to bolt his press to. The drawers hold his dies and tools and the large compartment on the bottom is where he stores all of his components, powder, bullets etc. When he is done loading he simply rolls it into a closet and stores it there.

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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby 9x19MdM » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:25 pm

I think I'm going to check out this bench. I'm sure the "wood" top is chip board, but it may be a good starting point. I'm ready to start setting up my equipment and see what I have (bought it all used and it's still in the boxes).

http://www.harborfreight.com/multipurpo ... 99681.html
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Globemaster » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:34 pm

I've seen a couple of work benches similar to that one; either at Home Depot or Lowe's ... and IIRC, they had lower cabinets, and doors as well.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby whtsmoke » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:41 pm

if you have a sears service center in your area check to see if they are also selling tools, cabinets, etc. the wife got me three benches that are the heavy duty commercial ones for a song.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Ken73 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:13 am

Here's my little bench. I took a 36" solid-core door and chopped it up into this:

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I've just got a pair of Lee presses at the moment - a standard single stage and a large frame single stage for the 50 cal.

Still in the process of acquiring dies, have some already though but I want to reload the following:

17 Rem
22 Hornet
223
243 Win
6x45
6mm PPC
7mm-08
280 Rem
300 BLK
308 Win
35 Whelen
50 BMG

380 Auto
9mm
45 ACP
45 Colt

I'm also casting my own projectiles which is turning out to be pretty cool - fractions of a penny per projectile. Add on the powder coating and you've pretty much got a jacketed bullet for the fraction of the cost. (Not to mention they look really cool!)
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby 7 Foot Jumper » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:51 pm

9x19MdM wrote:Looking around at some of the reloading sites and saw this stand...

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http://leeprecision.com/xcart/Lee-Reloading-Stand.html

Harbor Freight has this one for $40.

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http://www.harborfreight.com/universal- ... 46075.html


I'm with GM, this type of solution doesn't look ideal to me, even with a concrete block hanging from the bottom. I really like my press to be rock solid, as the more consistent your "stroke" the more consistent your seating depth, powder charge (especially with a progressive), etc will be. If you bolt it down, probably be fantastic. My only other complaint would be square footage. I load progressive, and usually have a pile of brass on one side, my calipers sitting to another side, the scale over in the corner to check the drops, the box of bullets, and there're usually a few other randon tools and components about, too. For me I think I'd need a minimum working space of 24" wide by 12" deep. The bottom unit looks like it makes that, but again it looks like it'll be a bit top-heavy once the press, etc is mounted.

I use a Dillon 550B, and have been quite pleased. I do find that with the stick powders (e.g. Varget) the drops can vary, so if I'm really looking for pinpoint accuracy I hand weigh each load. I find about +/- .2 gr is really what it's capable of, and even then I'll get the occasional outlier that's a little farther off. With smaller, ball-type powders (AA #5, 2230) it's capable of the advertised +/- .1 gr without the random charges.

I like Redding Competition and the Dillon carbides for dies, and some of the other tools, but I have some Lyman stuff as well that's really nice. My latest pickup, actually, was one of these

http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/case-prep/case-prep-xpress.php

and I'm very happy with it so far. My fingertips often used to get very sore when I'd sit down to prep out 200 or more cases (and that was with chucking some of the tools into my cordless drill), and this really simplifies it. I was tempted to spend the extra cash and get the Hornady version that will also trim to length, but chickened out. :oops:

Calibers I load:

.223
.25 WSSM
.308
.45 ACP
.458 SOCOM

May add 5.7x28 one of these days, but I don't really shoot that pistol much anymore. Chicken or the egg?
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Colorado Osprey » Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:51 am

I must be an addict. I have only been reloading for about 30 years.
Your loading areas look a little bare. If I have less than 5k primers I feel like I am running low
Powder is bought in 8 lb. bottles. Bullets are bought in 500-1000 quantities.

With progressive pistol loaders and progressive shotgun loaders you just need more room!

I currently load:
pistol- 380, 9mm, 38 special, 357 magnum, 40 S&W, 10mm, 44 Special, 44 Magnum, 45 ACP, 45 Long Colt
shotgun- .410, 28ga, 20ga, 16ga and 12ga
rifle- 223, 6x45, 243, 260, 6.5x284, 264 Win Mag, 270, 7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag, 308, 300 Win Mag, 357 mag-carbine, 44 mag-carbine, 45-70
Lets just remove all the warning label and let nature take its course.
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby John A. » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:33 am

Osprey, I didn't know you reloaded shotgun hulls. Had I known, I could've saved you a lot of them over the years. One of my favorites are 16 gauge #6 shot and I always left them laying simply because I didn't know anyone who reloaded them. I used to prefer winny superx high brass, but now tend to favor Federal purple game shock high brass although I've shot every major brand out there over the years.

Simply finding 16 gauge locally has always been problematic for me and I usually can't find more than a box or two if I try.

So if times get really bad, don't be too surprised if I don't try to hit you up to reload some empty hulls for us. :thumbs up:
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Re: How many of you reload your ammo?

Postby Colorado Osprey » Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:31 pm

No need to donate hulls. I got more than enough.

The local gun club usually has plenty of hulls on the ground at the sporting clays range.
Most of the shooters there are either lazy and don't pick up hulls or just assume since you are in the middle of a field that it is ok to let them lay since you aren't walking on them like on the skeet and trap ranges.
Either way I pick up tons of hulls. I think I probably have 5000 12ga, and 2000 of each of the others. Too many that I will never wear them out. Well maybe the 12ga. A couple of years ago I shot 2500 rounds in one season.
I prefer Remington hulls. I have had trouble loading Federal hulls compared to Remy and Win. When Win went through the change in hull designs, a lot of people switched to Rem... me included. Fiocchi are good too but you have to use their primers or they fit loose with American primers.

My preference in 16ga are the black SP and SPS hulls
Lets just remove all the warning label and let nature take its course.
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