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Reloading bench

Post by Metalmik84 » 02 Jul 2018, 2:14 pm

Does anyone have any idea of a good prefab reloading bench or plans to build something?

Doesn't need to be huge as I don't have that much spare space anyhow. I haven't started reloading yet and only see myself reloading 9mm, .223 and maybe 308 or 6.5 in the short to medium term.

I am capable of putting something together myself but would honestly just prefer to buy something premade if anyone is aware of something that would suit and be up to the task?
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Post by bladeracer » 02 Jul 2018, 5:08 pm

Metalmik84 wrote:Does anyone have any idea of a good prefab reloading bench or plans to build something?

Doesn't need to be huge as I don't have that much spare space anyhow. I haven't started reloading yet and only see myself reloading 9mm, .223 and maybe 308 or 6.5 in the short to medium term.

I am capable of putting something together myself but would honestly just prefer to buy something premade if anyone is aware of something that would suit and be up to the task?


Could try the Lee Hand Press if you don't want to build a bench.
I've seen people use the mechanics tool chests with drawers but I personally wouldn't find that comfortable.
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Post by sungazer » 02 Jul 2018, 5:25 pm

If you have a garage and are anyway into DIY a good bench is something you will use for the rest of your life. I was lucky to get a old workbench out of a factory it is probably 50+ years old big and heavy. If I would have made one a long time ago myself it would be no way as strong. if I had to build one now. I would make it with the biggest and best beams I could afford.
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Post by Oldbloke » 02 Jul 2018, 6:33 pm

If only for reloading any good solid table will do the job. Perhaps check out the local salvos.
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Post by JimTom » 02 Jul 2018, 8:17 pm

Mate like you I am limited for space. I actually have an old coffee table that I reinforced, put a solid top on it and mounted my press, powder thrower, and case trimmer. It is portable so I drag it out when I need it.
Of course I’d prefer a dedicated room and bench but hey, it does the trick.
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Post by Mitch » 03 Jul 2018, 4:58 am

I use a tool trolley. The big 1800 long ultimate branded one from bunnings
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Post by pomemax » 03 Jul 2018, 11:26 am

I think most people that live in a city these day are space poor I have my safe under the stairs with my reloading bench beside it i bought a tall cupboard and short from Bunnings fitted a heavy bench top also from Bunnings cut tee slots in the bench so i can mount presses in different positions normally i have an RCBS next to the Dillon with a puller set up in it
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 03 Jul 2018, 12:18 pm

I made my little bench from an old single bed, the spring base for the frame and the wooden head and foot for the top.
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Post by JimTom » 03 Jul 2018, 12:36 pm

Nice job mate
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 03 Jul 2018, 12:38 pm

JimTom wrote:Nice job mate


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Post by bladeracer » 03 Jul 2018, 4:53 pm

This is my setup currently.
A pair of cheap Bunnings storage shelf units, a piece of 19mm Yellow-Tongue flooring for a bench top. The press is mounted to a riser which is screwed to the bench with a single screw at the rear. The bench top is held down by the piece of Yellow-Tongue screwed to the wall, with some items hung off it but I prefer to keep those items in plastic boxes on the shelf above my head, where most of my bullets also reside. Three units of drawers for my dies, and a lockable cabinet for primers and whichever powders I'm using currently.

I have a spotlight overhead which is annoying. I've bought four-meters of flexible LED strip lighting but I need to cut it into lengths, mount it in various places around the bench, and wire all the pieces together. Just a matter of finding time. The past few weeks I've made about 3000rds on it in .204, .223, .243, 6.5x52mm, 6.5x55mm, 7mm-08, .303, .30-06, 7.62x54R, 8x57mm and some .44 Magnum. Some of them I need to shoot some development loads so I can make up the rest of the batches.
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Post by Oldbloke » 03 Jul 2018, 9:39 pm

Just a friendly tip. I would be keeping power leads, lights etc away from the bench. Could be an ignition source.

One flash and you're ash. A technical term.
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Post by bladeracer » 03 Jul 2018, 9:54 pm

Oldbloke wrote:Just a friendly tip. I would be keeping power leads, lights etc away from the bench. Could be an ignition source.

One flash and you're ash. A technical term.


Worth remembering for sure, but I don't have any power leads on the bench, just the 12VDC lead to the scale, which is virtually impossible to not have in the area you are weighing powder on the scale.

I'm curious though (I can't smell), do powders give off any kind of vapour with a flashpoint? I would think any spark big enough to risk igniting solid powder is likely to do me more harm than a powder ignition might?

Some years ago I had a poorly-thought-out idea and connected a lead directly to a washing machine motor...and plugged it into the mains. The flash-bang that blew the circuit and melted that side of the power point was probably as big as it's ever likely to get, but I'd be surprised if it could ignite smokeless powder a foot or more away from it. I might have to pour out some powder next time I'm welding and see just what the likelyhood is.

Now I'm also curious what temperature the powder burns at :-)
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Post by Metalmik84 » 06 Jul 2018, 5:03 pm

Thanks for the ideas guys! Would something like this be suitable do you think?
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 06 Jul 2018, 5:57 pm

Metalmik84 wrote:Thanks for the ideas guys! Would something like this be suitable do you think?
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/Produc ... _QQAvD_BwE


If you are a DYI type, like me, you will no doubt get more satisfaction out of something you custom craft to your specific needs than somerhing someone designed for a different generic, purpose.

I sat at the dining table I was using, with my press clamped into a temporary place, and imagined what I would like to be using instead.

I worked with what recyclable materials I had at hand and couldn't be happier with it.

On the other hand, if you're not, the supercheap bench looks like a reasonable basis from which to start.
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Post by Metalmik84 » 06 Jul 2018, 6:34 pm

I think that's half my problem. As I haven't reloaded before I'm not sure exactly what it should look like. I figure if I start off with just something basic and functional hopefully I'll get an idea overtime what would make things better and custom build something. Or find some plans from someone who has it worked out already.
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Post by Homer » 06 Jul 2018, 6:57 pm

G'Day Fella's,

Metalmik84, bench size depends on the space, and or room you have to place it.
Best to make it bit bigger than you think you will need (if possible).
Some people like to sit while reloading, others like me, prefer to stand.
So that will give you an indication of how high the bench needs to be.
Around 1150mm high for the stand up, and around 700mm for the sit down to the top of the bench.
Length and depth (front to back), is dependant on the space available and how much s**t you have/want, to bolt to it...........

Hope that helps

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Post by Ziad » 06 Jul 2018, 7:09 pm

Well I trolled through gumtree bought a wooden study table (as I have limited space)... only to find that it was 3mm timber style sheeting.. maybe like thin plywood with a timber topping. Anyway got some wood screwed it to the little real wood the tablehad. And it's been working alright.
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