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My First Reloads with my Christmas Present

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by lunchboxtheman, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. lunchboxtheman


    May 1, 2011
    Just wanted to share my very first reloading setup I received as a gift for Christmas and say thanks to everyone. I haven't asked any questions here but I've read a lot of posts and you all have helped me greatly. It's a Lee Turret Press which was part of the delux reloading kit. I'm sure you're all familiar with it. Not the best press in the world but it will do for what I need it for.

    I didn't want to drill holes in my workbench so I decided to mount it to a piece of 2x6. I'm also going to be moving soon to an apartment and I can't bring my workbench with me so I wanted my setup to be portable. I had to countersink the holes so that the board sat flush on my bench as seen in the first picture below. I just clamp it to my bench with another board for rigidity. It's not the most solid or pretty rig in the world but it works until I can find something better.

    I loaded up 50 rounds of 9mm. I used 5.8 grains of Alliant Power Pistol, 1.150" OAL, CCI 550 small pistol primers, and 115 grain FMJ boolits. I stole the load from my friend - it's a mouse fart load lol. I just ordered 2k 124 grain FMJs from Precision Delta :D

    I'm lucky enough to live about 20 minutes from Graf & Sons in St. Louis so I also picked up a Lee hand priming tool for $11 on their return rack. I seem to get a better feel for priming doing it on the hand tool rather than on the press.

    Happy Holidays!


    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  2. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    There are many others on reloading forums, including this one, that started out the same way. Take it easy, take your time, take very specific notes about what you are doing and continue to learn and enjoy the hobby.

  3. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

    Jan 8, 2006
    Tallahassee, FL
    Looks like a nice start! :)

    Definitely get a solid mount going - it really makes a difference. And as Jim said - always, always keep records of what you're doing. You *will* want to remember what you loaded last year, some day.

    Stay safe!

  4. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    The chemicals on your bench suggest you shoot black powder.
  5. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Only horny old men shoot black powder.
  6. lunchboxtheman


    May 1, 2011

    Nope, just normal smokeless powder pistol and rifle cartridges. I use the Simple Green for when I do a detail strip of my Glock. The biohazard bottle just has Hoppe's #9 in it - the tip on it is easier to use than the standard bottle.

    I just picked up the Ballistol today at Graf & Sons. I've heard good things about it so I figured I'd give it a shot. I keep an open mind about cleaning products and am always trying new things.

    The can on the right is just compressed air for cleaning the work bench.

    Thanks! That notebook in the second picture is filling up fast.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  7. There is no shame in clamps. I think it is the best way to start. You can move stff around as you settle into a routine. Enjoy!
  8. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    I didn't have a great place to mount my press from last Christmas either. I came up with this makeshift bracket to make it work until we move to a bigger house with room for a big work bench. It's mounted to a piece of plywood on a Craftsman toolbox. Not the prettiest setup, but it works. Enjoy your new hobby!

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  9. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Congratulations, and welcome to the insane world of digging in berms for lead scrap. You may not be doing it yet, but we have you now. :cowboy:

    Fixed it for you.
  10. When you do begin to mine berms, remember to look over your shoulder once in a while for incoming. :supergrin:
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO