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Old 02-08-2021, 12:55 PM
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My Family Room bench, with Redding Turret and (out of sight) Rockchucker, for a total of 8 dies set up and adjusted at any one time. I like to take my time, and reload in batches of 50, sometimes 25 for rifle, where I weigh every load.
For 9mm with Win 231, I have a modified Lee dipper which is just right for the 124 gr bullets I prefer, and have found that hand dipping can be very consistent with it, which speeds things up. I will weigh once in a while just to be sure.
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Very nice set-up. Clean and functional for the purpose.
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If I'm not mistaken that's a Gerstner's chest, is it not...?
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My Family Room bench, with Redding Turret and (out of sight) Rockchucker, for a total of 8 dies set up and adjusted at any one time. I like to take my time, and reload in batches of 50, sometimes 25 for rifle, where I weigh every load.
For 9mm with Win 231, I have a modified Lee dipper which is just right for the 124 gr bullets I prefer, and have found that hand dipping can be very consistent with it, which speeds things up. I will weigh once in a while just to be sure.

Very nice set-up. I like it much better than what I am using. A desk just does not make a good loading bench. Too bad American Workbench went out of business. Those were awesome. Here's mine...
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My "reloading bench" consists of two sawhorses with a table surface made of plywood and 2x6's. It works but it sure doesn't look as nice as either of the above two benches. I will be making some improvements this year by installing better sawhorses (wood vs plastic).
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Way to clean and neat for a real reloader.
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My reloading bench is the work bench that Harbor Freight sells. It has a heavy top and handles my RCBS Pro 2000 very well. It has 4 drawers and a lower shelf for additional storage. I've purchased 2 of these benches, (1 for fly tying), when they were on sale for $116 each. Great benches and very solid, stable and affordable.
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Smile too clean

Way too clean. I am jealous.
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Nice set up !

And the last time I checked ... no awards are given out for speed reloading . Safe and accurate loads beat speed Seven Ways to Sunday Gary
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My reloading bench started out with a metal desk bought at an auction After fighting with that for a few years, realizing I didn't need all that bench top to collect junk on when not use for loading. I picked up a set of shallow base cabinets from a barber shop, which works out great for me. 2 Lee pro 1000, RCBS rock chucker for the rifles.
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Old 02-15-2021, 10:09 PM
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cvc944, those look like Hollywood loading presses. Some of the best ever made! I'm Jealous! I started loading in 1979 and they were already gone.

I'm currently using a Redding T-7, a pale green RCBS Rock Chucker , and a Dillon 550b and have a bunch of MEC presses for shot shells in 12, 20. 28, 410.

In non Covid years I normally load 5000-7000 shot shells and, 15-25 thousand metallic. Last year I only filled existing empties!

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If I'm not mistaken that's a Gerstner's chest, is it not...?
Yes it is, i have several for different interests, one for fountain pens, a smaller one for luthier tools, a rolling chest with drawers for powder, primers, bullets, tools, etc. Kind of a sub-hobby.
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Wow cvc944. Thats waaayy too organized and gorgeous for a reloading set up. Are you some ‘proper British gent’ reloading for your Purdey and Sons double rifles? Do you wear a victorian suit as you reload? Very nice sir.
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My guess is that every reloader does things a little different. There is no wrong way, so long as safe loads are produced and it works for you. Nice looking setup!
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I've been at it a little over a year. Here is my setup.
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I've been at it a little over a year. Here is my setup.
I have one of those same benches. Got it from Sam's Club.. My loading room has 3 more of the Sam's Club cabinets. And another "bench" made by my Brother in Law with furniture grade plywood on top of 4 2 drawer filing cabinets. Trying to decide if I want to set up a TV there though. I have my presses mounted on boards and remove them from the reloading bench when done with them. Your room and bench is just TOO neat though! Looks good.
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I've been at it a little over a year. Here is my setup.
I have that same bench too in black. Found it on Amazon (free shipping).


It's super strong and sturdy, nice thick wood you can mount things on, and they don't move, and nice peg board with shelf light and drawers. I couldn't have designed it any better if I tried, even though it wasn't really made as a reloading bench.
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My "reloading bench" consists of two sawhorses with a table surface made of plywood and 2x6's. It works but it sure doesn't look as nice as either of the above two benches. I will be making some improvements this year by installing better sawhorses (wood vs plastic).
Ah, looks schmooks.

Functionality all the way.
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Here's mine....function only, and temporary...maybe once we move I'll set up something more pernanent.

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My Family Room bench, with Redding Turret and (out of sight) Rockchucker, for a total of 8 dies set up and adjusted at any one time. I like to take my time, and reload in batches of 50, sometimes 25 for rifle, where I weigh every load.
For 9mm with Win 231, I have a modified Lee dipper which is just right for the 124 gr bullets I prefer, and have found that hand dipping can be very consistent with it, which speeds things up. I will weigh once in a while just to be sure.
Great looking setup, except for that beautiful Gerstner toolbox with things piled upon it.

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This is my set up. The bench is from Sam's Club. The rest is 47 years of accumulating reloading stuff. Even have Lyman 310 tools for loading in the field if necessary.
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my press is bolted to a 6 by 6 up right in my shop. sorry, no photo. vin
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Some of you folks are just way to neat in your reloading!
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I would love to have the space for a dedicated reloading bench!

For now, I just hijack my fabrication bench when I need to load. Presses are on sliding mounts (like a hitch receiver) I came up with so I can 'quick change' tools.



For those of you loading indoors, be very careful loading on carpet... any spilled powder, or a rogue primer can get exciting in a vacuum cleaner...
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Believe it or not, this is after I cleaned up and reorganized my reloading area!

My digital powder system is on a separate bench. Underneath is every lubricant known to man!
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Ed333, I LOVE the wood top on your bench! I have a similar piece of wood that I've been meaning to use for a new reloading bench. It is not anywhere near as nice, in condition, as yours though.
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I've been a 'minimalist' all my life... here's mine... same RCBS Jr. since about 1972.... I call it "paradise".

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Here's mine....function only, and temporary...maybe once we move I'll set up something more pernanent.

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I started just like this in our bedroom before moving to a home with a shop. My wife was gracious enough to let me have a corner of our room. You gotta use what you've got.
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I shamelessly copied the American Workbench set up, starting with a Sams Club maple workbench and building the wooden legs and hutch.
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I started just like this in our bedroom before moving to a home with a shop. My wife was gracious enough to let me have a corner of our room. You gotta use what you've got.
Being empty nesters, I took a bedroom in the back of the house. Out the back window was a porch that ran 35'X12'. I opened the window to make a doorway and then walled in an area 20'X12' for my use also.
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I shamelessly copied the American Workbench set up, starting with a Sams Club maple workbench and building the wooden legs and hutch.
Nice looking bench. But have a question: Why take the steel legs off? Mine is rock solid with them. Personal preference? Aesthetics? Just curious. I use two roll-away tools bases under mine for storage.
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I started just like this in our bedroom before moving to a home with a shop. My wife was gracious enough to let me have a corner of our room. You gotta use what you've got.
When I first started loading with a press (Lee Loader on the kitchen table prior), I lived in a very small apartment and used a little wooden drop leaf table with a storage compartment. It got the job done back then. Looks like you're gettin' it done!
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The reloading bench had to look like furniture according to the interior decorator (wife) since it was in the house to start with. I repurposed the steel legs to make a shop work bench using plywood as a top.
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I've posted this one before.

Sometimes you even need an easily transportable set up.
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Being empty nesters, I took a bedroom in the back of the house. Out the back window was a porch that ran 35'X12'. I opened the window to make a doorway and then walled in an area 20'X12' for my use also.
Now that's a man cave any man would be proud of!
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Now that's a man cave any man would be proud of!
Thank you for the kind words. My Grandsons and oldest Granddaughter are already staking claims on the contents.
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