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Old December 12, 2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Pictures of your reloading bench/equipment

Hi all,

I've been perusing this forum for a few weeks, thinking of getting into reloading. I noticed that many other forums have their picture threads where we can show off our prize firearms, but this forum doesn't have such a thread.

So, how 'bout it? Please post pictures of your reloading workstations. As a potential newbie, I'm interested in seeing how much or how little can be involved in reloading....

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Old December 12, 2006, 11:27 PM   #2
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There were some pretty "interesting" photos in this thread:
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=194594
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Old December 13, 2006, 12:20 PM   #3
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Here's my bench.



Some of my manuals.

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Old December 15, 2006, 08:49 PM   #4
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just took some pictures tonight

Because I just loaded my first batch of rounds on my new reloading bench!

Pretty simple. And reasonably uncluttered since I just got it built and started using it. Fell into a deal on the SDB, and it was all downhill from there.

$40 for the used Dillon set up to do .357 (my caliber of choice).
$360 in parts, accessories, scale and caliber conversions (now setup for .44 mag and .45 ACP)
$50 for the used Rock Chucker and UniFlow powder measure.
$80 or so in powder and primers, not counting the powder that was given to me by another reloading friend.
Another $60 or so on Ebay RCBS dies for the rockchucker, have .357, 44 mag and 30-30 now. Need .45-70 and and some shellholders now.
And about $40 in lumber to build the bench with a piece of remaindered counter top that I've been hanging onto and moving around in the garage for FOUR YEARS. And people think I'm crazy for not throwing anything away.

Got the dillon squared away and dialed in tonight, and figured I'd run out 100 rounds just to see how it was doing. Well that turned into 150. So I figured I'd make it an even 200. Well then that got close to 250, and I finally just let it run out of primers so I would stop at close to 300 rounds. This must be what smoking is like....

I've done lots of reloading with my father's equipment, cranking out 1000 rounds at a time while I was home visiting, but this is definetly different with my own gear at my own bench. Once I got started I almost couldn't stop!

So I just crunched the numbers....
If I never load another round of ammo except the 300 I loaded tonight, cost per round: $2.10
Actual cash layout for components per round: 6 cents a round, or 3 bucks a box. Mint.
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Old December 17, 2006, 12:38 AM   #5
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Old December 17, 2006, 10:25 PM   #6
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Here is mine

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Old December 17, 2006, 10:43 PM   #7
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Here's mine...

This is about as clean as it gets. I started reloading about a year ago at my own house. I have been reloading for years on my dad's equipment (blue stuff) at his house. Last year I figured it was time to start my own operation. I will be adding a Lee Loadmaster progressive soon.

I have also attached a picture of the shooting bench that I built this weekend. This handy little thing attaches to my deck rail. Preload between the rail, the joist beneath the deck and the chain make it rock solid. Best of all it can be removed in seconds.

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Old December 24, 2006, 01:05 AM   #8
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Here's a picture of mine. This is about as clean as it gets. It's a simple 1/4" plate with 4 legs welded on. It cost me about $40.00 to build 10 years ago.

Two dillon SDB's (One large Pistol and one Small) and an XL650 for my rifle calibers 223 - 45/70.

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Old December 24, 2006, 04:20 AM   #9
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HAIRTRIGGER WHAT KIND OF PRESS IS THAT blue press on your bench? the first press i ever got and still have looked like it and it was a BAIR press from somewhere in nebraska..... my loading bench is part of an old counter top about an inch think mounted to my basement wall with some big a$$ed brackets... got the blue bair press on it and a lee c-press on it and a lee perfect powder measure on it..... it works for me!!.....

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Old December 24, 2006, 05:15 AM   #10
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ATCDoktor, I think I'm seeing some Hogdon powder containers in your photo.

I'm hoping it's ordinary Clays powder.

If it is ordinary Clays, can you tell me how reliably that powder feeds thru the small pistol/large pistol Dillion powder dispensers?
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Old December 24, 2006, 06:47 AM   #11
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mj, the Hodgdon powder container you see is filled with Lil' Gun. I was using it to work up some loads for the 500 S&W.

I use a lot of Varget, H380 in rifles and I've shot a freight train load of H110 in magnum pistols but I've never used Clays.
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Old December 24, 2006, 08:34 AM   #12
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Old December 24, 2006, 08:13 PM   #13
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My C press is a Pacific. I stumbled across it in a junk pile in a gunshop in the northwest. RCBS makes a ram for it that uses standard shellholders. I use it for depriming before tumbling.
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Old December 24, 2006, 08:56 PM   #14
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i really like my heavy cast c press...... the thing is soooo strong you couldn't hurt it if you tried..... i went down this afternoon and used mine to reload 50 .38 spls....... it's kinda fun to see all the different reloading setups in this thread...... one of the handiest things i have to use at my bench is one of those computer knee chairs they were selling a few years back...... it takes a load off my feet and rolls around nice on my basement floor......

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Old December 24, 2006, 09:30 PM   #15
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Old December 31, 2006, 09:53 AM   #16
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ok i'll play

Here is my temporary but humble set up

I am still waiting on the loadmaster to come in so I can pt it on the far right hand side of the shelf. brass on the right casting/tools/cleaning stuff/powder and primers (out of both right now) on the left.

I really like the height of the bench shelf thinggie.
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Old March 22, 2007, 02:50 AM   #17
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My Bench was salvaged from a Thrown out computer desk..



I try to keep things neat,but Gunpowder is hard to see on the Black surface. That Might get a Coat of white paint.


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Old March 22, 2007, 09:59 AM   #18
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Old March 24, 2007, 06:39 PM   #19
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Reloading room

Here is my setup.

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Old March 24, 2007, 07:05 PM   #20
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I hate all you guys.....In a ridiculously jealous kinda way. I currently do not have a bench and cannot wait to get my basement in order and a bench set up. Take care.

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Old March 24, 2007, 07:15 PM   #21
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OK here is my press with the new handle.
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Old March 24, 2007, 08:37 PM   #22
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Old March 24, 2007, 08:53 PM   #23
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Here is a picture of my set-up, which as we all know is a work in progress. The black block on which the lee single stage is mounted is removable taking the Lee press with it. I also got a new safe so I created a storage area out of my old gun cabinet.



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Old March 24, 2007, 11:18 PM   #24
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Old March 26, 2007, 06:28 PM   #25
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RevoRick - I have to comment on the powder stored in your steel cabinet. There have been many discussions on the best place or method to store powder, and the number one most unsafe place is in a locked steel box of any type. In case of a fire, the box becomes a very effective bomb instead of the powder simply burning at a relatively slow rate. You should consider a locked wooden cabinet or something similar that won't allow pressure to build up if there is a fire. However, if the steel sides on your cabinet are fairly thin and the door will give easily, there may not be a problem.
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