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Old 02-05-2009, 12:33 PM
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wha5t is a good lay out for a reloading bench. order of operations so to speak. mine has always been a cluster and was looking for some help organizing it. pics would help!
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:59 PM
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I finally got my loading bench the way I want it. And it only took about 40 years. I made my own bench in an isolated corner of my finished basement. On the long end the bench measures 6' long and 2' deep, the short part of the L is 4' long. My press sets on the end of the short side. My powder thrower is about a foot off the corner on the opposite leg. This gives me about 4' to place my scale, loading block, etc. to charge the cases.
I have a shelf about 12" above the bench and a 30" and 36" wall cabinets above that which hold my powder, bullets, manuals etc.
However, the layout is a personal preference by the individual. I am left handed so what works for me may be different for you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:15 PM
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I agree it depends if your left or right handed howit should beset up is. I use to have a homemade wood bench but switched to one of those big heavy duty old school metal desks, like what a teacher would use. Works great,has drawers forhandy quick storage and the weight keeps for a solid work station. Acouple of wall cabinets beside the desk and a filing cabinet I use to organize all the data for various loads.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:12 PM
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you might find some info here
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:49 PM
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Never had one. Not a permanent one. Didn't have the room; smaller home; no basement and children took up a good deal of the housing space. (Piano/computer among some of the space takers)

By the time they were grown, I didn't have any interest in a big reloading center. It's a great system for someone in an apartment or for whatever reason, can't fit it into their housing situation.

So all my reloading equipment is hidden. The "bench" is a portable Black & Decker Workmate bench. I use the frame and bolt a 5/4 x 6" board to it. Bolted permanently into the board on one side is the RCBS Partner press and on the other the base for the RCBS powder measure. Set it up in the family room; particularly when no one else was home. The workmate goes in the shed for storage, and the board goes in the furnace room closet.

My lead bullets and powder are kept in a closet. The dies, tools, powder measure, jacketed bullets, primers, scale, etc are kept in a couple of large tool boxes. The tumbler goes in its original box and is stored with the tool boxes in a shed. I have a couple of smaller, different color, tool boxes to hold the reloaded ammunition.

I never reloaded every week or every month, so I never really needed a permanent place. And it never bother the wife that I didn't need one.
Guess I'm too old to really want a full scale reloading area, now.

For a young reloader, in a small home or apartment, it's a nice option.

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