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Old March 26, 2007, 07:16 PM   #26
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Mal, I am glad you mentioned that. I have read the many posts about that very unsafe situation. I have been leaving the door unlocked and cocked open when I leave my reloading room which itself has a locked door. Your pointing it out just reinforces that I should find another place. Thank you very much for your concern.

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Old March 31, 2007, 09:46 AM   #27
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Old March 31, 2007, 10:26 AM   #28
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Powder in a steel cabinet/Black Powder

Does anyone have a safe method of storing the powder for a black Powder gun. I have partial cans of FFF and FF. These metal cans would be like a bomb then also, I guess. What about metal cans of regular IMR 4350?? Would they have the same affect of blowing instead of burning?

Caution: Don't try burning a tablespoon of black powder to see if it is still good, like I did. It was 10 years old, so I tried it before going hunting. I went into the house with a smile on my black face and no eye brows, lashes or hair on the front of my head. I am lucky that it was all that I lost. My wife laughed till she had tears in her eyes.
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Old March 31, 2007, 10:49 AM   #29
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The big thing with the cover is a MEC 9000G devoted to 20 gauge skeet loads. I have added a Lee "C" frame Reloader Press in the last two weeks to do some single stage odds and ends.
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Old March 31, 2007, 11:22 AM   #30
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It seems to me I read that the metal cans have a light duty seam so they will not KB, but I'm not 100% on that soo...

Tadpole your story brought back so many cartoon visions of Yosimite Sam with a black face... (has it been long enough to laugh about it yet?)
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Old April 1, 2007, 09:08 PM   #31
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Reloading Benches and Set Ups

Hi everyone,
I'm new to your forum,Been reloading for about 2 years. So much to learn!
Enjoyed looking at everyones reloading set ups. I have a Hornady Single Stage press. Mounted on a little bench I made. Seams the bench grows with the new knowledge one aquires.

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Old April 10, 2007, 09:30 AM   #32
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I've really enjoyed this thread. I Don't know how I missed seeing it before this. A lot of you guys are way too neat, though.

My office. There is another 'Square Deal' and a 'Rock Chucker' under that bench, somewhere.


My pantry. These are my plinking rounds. The heavy magnum stuff is in seperate 50 and 100 round bullet boxes.
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Old April 10, 2007, 01:12 PM   #33
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I stumbled over to this section because I have been thinking of taking up reloading and I just gotta say after seeing this ( http://forums.sixgunner.com/m_27446/mpage_1/tm.htm ) I don't think I can ever start reloading. That setup is just jaw dropping. Any humble little garage reloading station I build would just seem pathetic after seeing that.

Edit: P.S. Just a thought-If one could afford to buy all that equipment wouldn't it just be easier to buy factory stuff? He must really enjoy reloading.
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Old April 10, 2007, 01:43 PM   #34
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RS4L you would just have to dive in and experience this hobby to understand.
Its the most fun a grown man can have. IMO
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Old April 10, 2007, 02:07 PM   #35
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Awe man---you guys with a whole room dedicated to reloading... Must be nice! Here's mine... LOL


My multi-stationed "bench"... Seats one, uncomfortably from four sides.


A little cramped on storage too...

But it works!
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Old April 10, 2007, 02:56 PM   #36
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I think it would be quite enjoyable. Get some quiet time in the garage away from the kids for a bit. Plus I am sure it is quite rewarding to be able to shoot your own stuff. I have to admit though after reading a bit about it, it seems a little overwhelming. Lots of info to learn and choices to make. Unfortunately I don't know anyone locally that does it either to be able to check out the whole process. My Father did a bit of reloading back in the day, hasn't done any for a long time but I might have to pick his brain a bit.

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Old April 10, 2007, 03:13 PM   #37
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Take heart Russ, it's not very complicated and you do not need a room full of stuff to start reloading. 20 some yrs ago, I started with a rockchucker press, a scale and one set of dies. I'd pour powder into a cereal bowl and tap tap tap it into the pan with a spoon and hand weigh each charge. It was reloading and was just as satisfying as having a big setup. Just takes longer to load.

You get the bigger stuff a pc at a time, and boy does it stack up over time! Better buy soon, prices rising as I type...
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Old April 10, 2007, 04:13 PM   #38
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Edward if you dont mind me asking? How much $ was powder going for when you started?
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Old April 10, 2007, 05:42 PM   #39
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I have to agree with Edward429451. I started with the Lee Classic Turret because of all I read and didn't want to load pistol to slow. I just started reloading 223 for my RRA AR. I resized 1700 cases in a couple of evenings. Then I sorted them out by crimp and no crimp. I swaged about 200 by hand and have 500 ready to tumble to remove the lube. I like reloading almost as much as shooting and can spend hours in front of the press.
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Old April 10, 2007, 07:31 PM   #40
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Powder was dancing around 10 bucks a pound back then IIRC. I was so poor I couldn't afford ammo, pregnant wife, low pay...I had to reload or have a shelf queen. Bit by bit I got more stuff, packrat, scrounge, trade, buy. I have a full room now dedicated to reloading but no way to post pics. It all starts with that first rockchucker...
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Old April 11, 2007, 12:17 PM   #41
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I think it is something I am going to pursue. There is a ton of info out the to sift through. I think i will start by picking up some of the required reading I have seen suggested. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Old September 12, 2008, 09:54 PM   #42
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Dirt simple setup. Ignore the drums etc.

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Old September 13, 2008, 11:22 AM   #43
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This is my setup. I still have the Rock Chucker and RCBS bench priming tool on a Frankford arsenal portable stand which works great and keeps the bench clear for other projects. I have only been reloading on this gear for a few months so I'm still figuring out what works best. I had a Rock Chucker as a teenager but sidelined the hobby for 35 years until recently. So far I'm reloading 7.62x54r, 7.62x39, .223 and .38/.357. I just bought the tools & components for 9mm. I have done about 2000 rounds so far in these calibers and now realize how much I missed this hobby!


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Old September 17, 2008, 10:32 PM   #44
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reloading bench

Bama what model reloading bench is that from sears i like it a lot, is that a standerd model or did you put it together yourself
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Old September 18, 2008, 03:32 PM   #45
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Redtail, I recognize those benches you are asking about... they sell them as "reloading benches" in the Midway catalog. Funny thing; they are identical to the bench I bought at Sears (must be made by the same factory, yes, in China) ... I believe the cost for the bench and the little hutch / pegboard part was cheaper than what Midway was selling their version for. The only difference is that the Craftsman bench comes with Craftsman stickers and is painted black instead of red. It's a good bench, I've got a Hornady LnL AP bolted down on one end and a Hornady LnL Classic bolted down on the other end. I can't tell from this photo, but I can also report that the craftsman version of this bench setup comes with a 2 tube flourescent light fixture in the top of the "hutch."
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Old September 20, 2008, 05:47 PM   #46
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My reloading room.
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Old September 20, 2008, 08:07 PM   #47
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Old September 21, 2008, 04:38 PM   #48
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I'm also new to reloading. Just finished building the bench, and have added the limited supplies that I just got. The bench is basically made of 2x4s, and a couple of 2x6 and 3/4" plywood. It may not look the best, but it's sturdy. I'm looking forward to hours and hours of reloading. By the way, if y'all have any ideas of what else I should have on-hand, or that I need to change up, I'd appreciate the advice.
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Old September 23, 2008, 05:13 AM   #50
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My first humble little spot:





It's not much, but I go slow and do one thing at a time so it's okay for now. I'm eyeballing some big solid wood desks up at the local thrift store. I just need to recruit a buddy to help me move one into my apartment.
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