Building the Perfect Reloading Room

Mike 556

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Im planning on building another bench along the right wall so I can add another press and maybe some case-prep stuff, to keep it separate from the loading bench. I also want to add a quick change track to the new bench so I can move stuff around as I please.







Great looking setup! Better looking pup! :)
Mike
 
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MountainHunter

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Jan 22, 2018
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This setup is working out pretty well for me, a lot better than my last one that was a mobile bench that I had to work from both sides.

It's probably not as fast as a progressive but I'm able to go from an unprepped case to a finished round in the time it's taking the Chargemaster to throw 42 grains of 4350, about 25 seconds.

I'm pretty much sick of my RCBS presses that I got from my uncle though. I got them from him 10 years ago and I have no idea how long he had them before that. I'm thinking I need to try a COAX.





 
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scott_gresham

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"Fill'em and Kill'em" Yes ! great. Love it. @scott_gresham

Those hinged stool seats are wicked nice.
Thanks! Those were actually left over from our kitchen remodel. My wife had bought three of those for under our bar in the kitchen, and they didn't work well with the size of the bar overhang, so I lucked into them!
 
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My reloading area is in the living portion of our home. I used a bench I had built for years when I was shooting pistol comps and LRP rifle stuff, but the bench just didn’t fit in. We live in a renoed country home that was built in 1895 but the basement is not suitable for precision equipment (damp). I stopped pistol comps about 4 years ago and decided to downsize a bit. I wanted to be able to continue to load pistol and rifle but on a smaller bench. I wanted the bench to look like a piece of furniture and fit in with the rest of the room.

I followed this thread and others looking for ideas. I finally came across the bench that Terry H built, and with his permission, stole his design. Hired a retired cabinet maker who is also a shooter, and put together a plan, settled on a price, materials, etc... A few months later, I’m kind of “moved in”.

Solid White Oak construction, 100 lb rated slides, 5/4” top with T track (I have multiple presses mounted on aluminum plate), 3/4” Maple drawers, etc... It’s built Hell for stout and HEAVY.

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My reloading area is in the living portion of our home. I used a bench I had built for years when I was shooting pistol comps and LRP rifle stuff, but the bench just didn’t fit in. We live in a renoed country home that was built in 1895 but the basement is not suitable for precision equipment (damp). I stopped pistol comps about 4 years ago and decided to downsize a bit. I wanted to be able to continue to load pistol and rifle but on a smaller bench. I wanted the bench to look like a piece of furniture and fit in with the rest of the room.

I followed this thread and others looking for ideas. I finally came across the bench that Terry H built, and with his permission, stole his design. Hired a retired cabinet maker who is also a shooter, and put together a plan, settled on a price, materials, etc... A few months later, I’m kind of “moved in”.

Solid White Oak construction, 100 lb rated slides, 5/4” top with T track (I have multiple presses mounted on aluminum plate), 3/4” Maple drawers, etc... It’s built Hell for stout and HEAVY.

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That turned out fantastic!!
 

RNWRKNP

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My Sophisticated Redneck reloading rig for when it’s 100 and holy shit it’s hot in the garage. Gave my wife a choice, I can build something permanent in the house or I can do this. God bless her for putting up with me and this is where I landed. Gorilla platform $29, left over wood $0, left over tech screws $0, left over wood screws $0, reloading in the AC........priceless😎

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mcfred

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Right now a Metal exterior door. with digital deadbolt and digital keypad. as you probably know, safe doors are crazy expensive!
A heavy metal fab shop might be able to fix you up real nice for a fraction of the cost of a retail pre-hung 'Vault' door. Only issue is that the onus is on you to design things unless your fabricator is good at design and working on-the-fly. Also, check craigslist for such things. I know a guy that got a smokin' deal on an older 1600lb vault door/jam that was reclaimed from some former jewelry store's demolition. *Insanely* cheap. It was serious overkill, but for the price, it was impossible to beat.
 

USMC0811

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Jan 20, 2018
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A heavy metal fab shop might be able to fix you up real nice for a fraction of the cost of a retail pre-hung 'Vault' door. Only issue is that the onus is on you to design things unless your fabricator is good at design and working on-the-fly. Also, check craigslist for such things. I know a guy that got a smokin' deal on an older 1600lb vault door/jam that was reclaimed from some former jewelry store's demolition. *Insanely* cheap. It was serious overkill, but for the price, it was impossible to beat.
Funny you mention this, I actually have a buddy who is designing one for me. He owns a metal shop. Gonna be sweet!
 

TITUSROCK

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Jul 10, 2018
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How do you like that Hornady Iron press?
I’ve only been reloading for a year and this is the only press I have ever used so please keep that in mind.

I like it so far but do have trouble with long straight wall revolver cartridges (.460S&W) with keeping the case aligned when entering the sizing die. In talking with Hornady about this minor issue they confirmed that with the tolerances they use because it was designed as a “precision rifle press”, this could be a problem. Other than that I had to monkey with the auto prime to get it to feed consistently but again, more of an inconvenience than issue.

The selling point for me was the open front which is awesome. A little pricey but it is one heavy duty press!
 

Pixel_wasted

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Sep 19, 2017
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After find this thread,and seeing the you tube video,now i need to redo mine.i found a gladiator garageworks 6 ft,with attached 6 ft power strip that has at least 6-8 outlets.got it for 150 on a returned clearance.i have twin 650’s mounted and with that i am pressed for space.8 foot would be perfect.but so would kicking the wifes car out of the garage
 
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