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I just finished building my reloading bench

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fox, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    I just finished building a reloading bench for my new apartment. I have to get some 3/8" or 1/4" bolts for mounting the presses, so they will be set up this evening. I also need a rubber mat to cover the carpeting. I don't want static electricity to spark when I am handling gunpowder, especially the blackpowder.

    http://youtu.be/xTkwmadrW-8

    Anyway, check out the video. I will be posing more reloading and shooting videos in the near future.
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Carpet is not going to effect your loading in any way and NMLRA has done countless tests and has never been able to ignite black powder with static electricity.

    That doesn't negate the need to use a powder measure with brass mechanicals however if you're going to load BP with that instead of dippers.


    Jack
     


  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Next size up from 1/4" is 5/16". 3/8" is pretty dang big.

    I just installed the Dillon strong mount for my 650 the other night. It came with 1/4" hardware, I thought that was too puny so drilled out the mount hole to a 5/16" and bought appropriate length bolts. That is plenty sturdy.
     
  4. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    Just make sure you attach you bench to the wall.
     
  5. WiskyT

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    And the floor too if at all possible.
     
  6. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    I am only renting this place, so I don't want to drive any lag bolts into the floor. I could get a 1x4 strip screwed to the studs in the wall and attach the bench to that with straps or something.

    I will post a photo when it's all set up.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  7. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    Thanks for the heads up!
     
  8. A throw rug is a good idea under your bench if you are loading on carpet. It is much easier to clean up powder spills if all you have to do is pick up the throw rug and take it outside. I once spilled a full hopper of powder on the floor. I was thankful I had the throw rug to get rid of the evidence before Mrs. Norton could see it.
     
  9. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    :whip: :whistling:


    Jack
     
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    If you shoot sheetrock screws like you are toenailing the legs to the floor, they will go right through the carpet and not damage it. The wall should be good enough though if your are being cautious. I made the back of my bench flush like a "nailer" on kitchen cabinets and just shot right into the studs with sheetrock screws. It will leave nothing a little spackle won't fix.
     
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Just watched your video, (didn't notice it was there when I read your original post).

    When you run out of your musket caps switch to number 11 percussion caps. If your nipple is too tight just relieve it with a few swipes of a file. You'll save money, get exactly the same reliable ignition and avoid cutting your fingers on the sharp wings.

    You probably already know that you should give that Pyrodex crap to some liberals and tell them it's black pepper... that's the best use for it.

    If you haven't tried FFFG Goex in your guns you might want to give it a shot. Much less fouling, (less swabbing between shots), more consistent ignition and pressure which equates to tighter target groups.

    FFG ig great for shotgun, (trap and skeet), little less recoil with the same load and accuracy isn't a problem. If you're on you can break 'em loadin' baby powder and pebbles.

    (How come you had that creepy looking, criminal type hosting your video? :dunno:)


    Jack
     
  12. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    No antlers or hot chick calendar... not that there's anything wrong with that.








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  14. BK63

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    Must have some hot Dillon women posters on the wall and all will be complete.
     
  15. njl

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    Am I the only one worried about primers on a hung shelf? Sure, they probably couldn't go off if the shelf and all the primers fell...but why even risk it?

    I keep my primers in a locked cabinet...keeps 'em secure, and they can't fall anywhere unless the house falls down first.

    I keep all my powders locked up too...and only ever have one can/jug out at a time...and leave out the one that's in the press while I'm loading (and never leave powder in it when I'm done). That reduces the chances of pouring a hopper of Universal Clays into a jug of H110.
     
  16. jmorris

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    If the shipping process didn't set them off, I bet they are safe on the shelf.
     
  17. fredj338

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    Seriously, although I am sure the UPS guys handle the stuff marked explosive a lot nicer than the rest.
    Glad to see another newb reloader enter the fold. DOn't cut the legs of that bench, you may find like many of us, that you prefer to reload standing so you can see. As to carpet, the onlt issue for me is getting crap stuck in the carpet. There will always be a primer go wild, dead or live, & hit the flooor. Spilled powder, etc, so a big piece of indoor/outdoor carpet under the bench will help keep things cleaner.
     
  18. jmorris

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    I was being serious, I have crushed live primers in a vise without them going off, back when I couldn't see how you could blow up one inserting it into a primer pocket.

    After that I was at a friends house when hit lit up a tube, still don't know exactly what he did but am quite certain that it can happen.

    On a shelf in a box...do you keep your loaded ammo at ground level at all times?
     
  19. unclebob

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    Yep I have set off a single primer a couple of times myself. And a friend of mine has set off the whole tube 3 or 4 times.