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Old September 18, 2006, 08:27 PM   #1
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Need Help -- Height of Reloading Bench

I just completed building a reloading table from the plans that I downloaded from the National Reloaders Association. I flipped the completed table over and to my surprise it was super high. I re-read the 1st page of the instruction manual and it said that the table was designed for someone who is 6'2". Oops, I am 5'10". I just received my Dillon 550 and strong mount yesterday. I would like some feedback about how tall I should make my bench. Should it be about waist high? Do you recommend reloading while standing or sitting? Should the bench be a different height if you stand or sit? Any feedback is greatly appreciated...Illini
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Old September 18, 2006, 08:49 PM   #2
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I reload standing...I've tried sitting a few times and it just doesn't work for me. I'm 6' and my bench is a little over 4' tall which works perfect for me. When I do sit, I use a tall bar stool.
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Old September 18, 2006, 09:12 PM   #3
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I'm 5'8" and my countertop is 37" high. I can sit or stand without any problem, using a RCBS Rock-Chucker and Lee Loadmaster.
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Old September 18, 2006, 09:16 PM   #4
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My bench is typical desk height, but multi-use and not dedicated to loading. My Dillon 650 is mounted on a wooden frame that is about the same height as the strong mount, but large enough to stand on its own without bolts. I made my own platform as I can bolt it down to the workbench and later move it somewhere else for storage as I also have 4 shotgun reloaders that use the same space when in action. I also load sitting down on a tall stool sitting just left of center of the machine so that it is easy to pull the lever down, view all actions with little to no movement of my head, and easily load the bullet. And, I'm 6'2". I sometimes load for hours on end, (I'm slow but steady) so standing is not for me..............ck
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Old September 18, 2006, 09:22 PM   #5
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bench height

Regardless of the machine used I would suggest that the shell holder or shell plate should be has high as the center of your chest when in the full down position. or to be a little crass the same height as your nipples. This is my opinion others may vary.
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Old September 18, 2006, 10:38 PM   #6
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I'd say soemthing similar, but I'd stand with my left elbow at a right angle and position the lowered shell holder at my finger tips.



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Old September 19, 2006, 07:02 AM   #7
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if you're right handed, and stand to load, then align the tip of the handle when it's all the way up, with your right shoulder.
I set mine up that way, and I'm 5'11", my bench height (with a 550 and a strong mount) is 40 1/2 inches.
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Old September 19, 2006, 07:41 AM   #8
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My bench is typical desk height, but multi-use and not dedicated to loading.
Mine is partly for loading, and partly for collecting junk that I have to move out of the way to get started loading.

I just use an old computer desk for reloading (height 30"). It's mostly pressboard, so the end where the press sits is beefed up with 2x6 to stand up to resizing (so that's 32" high). It seems about right for me (5'8).

I usually sit for all the steps, except if I'm full-length resizing 30-06 or mooshing some Win .284 brass into a 7.5x55 Swiss die, then it's easier to stand, to put my weight on the press handle.

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Old September 20, 2006, 06:52 AM   #9
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The work height of my bench is 36". Works good for both reloading & cleaning. Here's a pic of it.
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Old September 21, 2006, 05:02 PM   #10
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I'm five foot ten, and I stand when I work at my loading bench. it is 44 inches.

I determined this by operating the press lever at different heights. The setting I chose allows for minimum stress on my shoulder and back.

I cannot imaging any other criteria for determining the bench height.
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Old September 23, 2006, 03:09 PM   #11
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I like to sit at my bench, and being 5"8" with short legs I discovered that a bench height of 30" works for me.
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Old September 23, 2006, 03:57 PM   #12
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I bought a bench at Lowes so the height was pretty much out of my hands. I adjusted my sitting height to fit the bench by buying one of those bar chairs that swivel and cutting down the legs to get it to the height I like to work at.
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Old September 23, 2006, 08:03 PM   #13
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I built mine many years ago, it seemed that the rule of thumb was for the bench to be elbow high, so mine is 41" and I'm 5'10. It is fine, I wouldn't want it any lower, and if I was to build another, I would make it a little higher. Being closer to the eyes to see what your doing, without bending over is a must. I think many make their bench too short.
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Old September 24, 2006, 11:16 PM   #14
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ILLINI , Said, “Need Help -- Height of Reloading Bench

I just completed building a reloading table from the plans that I downloaded from the National Reloader's Association. I flipped the completed table over and to my surprise it was super high. I re-read the 1st page of the instruction manual and it said that the table was designed for someone who is 6'2". Oops, I am 5'10". I just received my Dillon 550 and strong mount yesterday. I would like some feedback about how tall I should make my bench. Should it be about waist high? Do you recommend reloading while standing or sitting? Should the bench be a different height if you stand or sit? Any feedback is greatly appreciated...Illini “.

I built my bench from the same plans you did and it is the second bench I built one was short for sitting to reload and the Second is by the plans and I personally find that it works out great for me as I do prefer to stand while reloading, when I am doing other operations such as sorting brass, trimming Brass, checking manuals I use a Bar stool to sit on, which is just the right height.

I stand 5’ 91/2” tall so we are about equal there, I use the Dillon Square Deal “B” press and a Hornady 366 Progressive Shotshell Reloader, and have no problem at all. I did not elect to use the Strong Mount for my Dillon instead I screwed the Bullet tray down to the bench. The sitting version is now at a buddys house and he thinkes it is thr greatest thing since Sliced Bread.
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