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Old March 29, 2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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What's important to have...

What's important to have at your reloading station.

I can imagine something non-essential as a radio.
I can imagine something essential such as a first aid kit.

Maybe certain tools that just make reloading easier, etc.

thanks,
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Old March 29, 2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Besides the basic reloading kit and supplies, for me it's good lighting, a scale, caliper, jewelers loupe, fire extinguisher, notebook, calculator, and yep, a radio/tv (tv to watch favorite gun show or action movie while you reload ).
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Old March 29, 2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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I have a stereo / CD player in my shop ...

Good light ( halogen, adjustable task light ) / good solid stool ...

a little brush ( to brush up powder granules ) ...and a can of compressed air to blow things off a little .../ a mirror set up on the press ...so I can look into the case at the powder after its dropped.
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Old March 29, 2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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My next addition is going to be a lighted magnifying glass. It has gotten to where I have to wear reading glasses to reload, proof positive that I'm getting old
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Old March 29, 2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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My next addition is going to be a lighted magnifying glass.
This is a good call, I use one from harbor freight mounted to bench great for
checking cases for splitting.
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Old March 29, 2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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*Good lighting
*A soft drink
*My iPod for listening to podcasts
*My NRA thermometer/humidity meter
*A good set of calipers
*Space heaters during the winter
*NO INTERRUPTIONS
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Old March 29, 2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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This light is very handy. You can place it exactly where you want it and the center is a 5" magnifier. It is the only light I have in a rather dark garage.
I can set it exactly where I can look into my case after each powder drop.
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Old March 29, 2012, 08:53 PM   #8
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I just can't work without my shell holders.
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Old March 29, 2012, 08:57 PM   #9
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Lots of light, from a bunch of directions. Helpful for checking powder levels in cases, reading manuals, or looking for that primer I just dropped.
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Old March 29, 2012, 09:02 PM   #10
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I am in the plenty of light camp myself. As well as something to make some noise. I typicaly turn the TV onto the local weather channel at a light ruccas volume. It keeps me from going nuts. Tinutus takes its toll the quiter it is, the worse the ringing is.

Oh and a raised ledge to keep stuff from rolling off the bench, as well as preventing the rare falling of items due to a light elbow brush when reaching for something across the bench.
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Old March 29, 2012, 09:12 PM   #11
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:03 AM   #12
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A comfortable chair of appropriate height makes a difference.
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:44 AM   #13
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2 or 3 reloading manuals.

Copies of the dimensions of each case I load for along with min, max and trim to length- min and max COL- and what size the barrel slugs to permanently attached to the wall next to the press.
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Old March 30, 2012, 10:35 AM   #14
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on the bench

I have loaded the correct powder in the hopper. loaded the right primer in the primer loader. I have to correct bullet the dies are all set, the lights are adjusted. I have my scale out and zeroed, the calipers is out and zeroed. I tend not to have a radio or TV on when reloading, I feel I need to focus on the task at hand, no food or drink on or near the reloading bench. Now if I could just get my wife to not talk to me while reloading I would have a perfect reloading session. I keep my reloading data for the bullet I am reloading in front of me to refer too.
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