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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by buyobuyo, Jan 21, 2010.


  1. buyobuyo

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    I've been off work for the last two weeks because of a hand injury, and I thought I would share pictures of my bench since I mounted up new goodies and organized it some.

    I have a friend that runs a small machine shop and I made the mounting plates for the LNL and small Lee press on the far right yesterday from scrap he had. Until now, the Lee Challenger in the middle was my only press. The LNL will be dedicated to 9mm for now, and I'll continue to use the Challenger for my rifle loading. The small Lee press on the right will be dedicated to my decapping and universal flare dies.

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    I also tumbled 9 lbs of brass today.

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  2. Hydraulicman

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    cool set up. I hope your hand heals up.
     

  3. PBKing

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    Nice..
     
  4. JohnW1963

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    Nice setup. I just found a potential bench from Menards in another thread on benches for only $39.95! It's prefab and 72" x 22" and even has a shelf underneath the bench. The top is made of 2x6's and the only thing I might add is a 5/8ths sheet of plywood on top of the 2x6's.
     
  5. Hydraulicman

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    those rifle cases look huge:wow:

    why decicate a press like that to just 9mm

    if i had a rifle i would load it on my progressive press to try it out
     
  6. dudel

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    Nice equipment on that bench; however that bench doesn't look very sturdy from the pictures. Is it anchored to the wall? Looks like my first bench (without all the nice equipment). Mine flexed enough that I had to rethink the bench.
     
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    Ahh, delicious gun-paraphernalia porn. Succulent.
     
  8. 31F20

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    Right between the bathroom and the kitchen. As you walk by lift and press a few levers. Smart thinking. :cool:
     
  9. buyobuyo

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    Thanks for the compliments. I loaded up a few rounds on the LNL to try it out. I had to adjust the pawls because it wasn't rotating far enough going up or down. I missed a couple primers before I noticed, so I lost a bit of powder and made a mess. Once that go shorted out and got a rhythm going, it worked great.

    The bench is a lot sturdier than it looks, especially with all the weight on it. The top and legs are 1-1/8" laminated particle board and the back is 3/4" laminated plywood. All the joints are glued and screwed together with 3/4"x3/4" pieces of wood. It was a larger desk but too big, so I cannibalized it. The top measures 50"x18", and the corner cut off on the right side is 12"x12". The leg at the angled corner is 3 pieces of the 1-1/8" material cut, glued, and screwed into a triangle.

    The LNL is dedicated to 9mm right now because that is the only pistol cartridge that I load. It is also what I shoot the most (~3000 rd/yr). I may load .30 Carbine on it, but I won't have to load any for awhile. I shoot .30-06 in hi-power matches and walk the bullets in while seating to get it exactly where I want it, which is easier on a single stage.

    Hydralicman: Those cases are just you standard .30-06. The ones in the pan on the bench are 2x fired R-P and the ones in the other picture are 1x fired R-P and HXP. The other case in the other picture are 9mm and .30 Carbine.
     
  10. buyobuyo

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    Good spotting, but sadly that was the only empty wall in my place. :crying: I've either got too much crap or need a bigger place. :dunno:
     
  11. dudel

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    Yep, sounds sturdier than it looks. Good job beefing it up. Weight does indeed help.

    Keep an eye on that particle board top. I've seen them give way under stress. And being laminated, it would be hard to see the stress fracture before it happened. Sounds like you've got the skills to reinforce the top.

    Good work.