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My reloading bench is complete thanks to ya'll

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kwesi, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Kwesi

    Kwesi

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    If I determine it needs to be 2" lower I'm not sure if I want to un bolt it and cut the legs vs stand on a 2" piece of those header beams. For cleaning my guns the bench height is fine. Standing on the board & pulling the handle felt real good. Gotta spend more time loading before deciding.
     
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    Very nice. I like how it looks extremely sturdy, open, and simple. If it were me, and I determined it to be too high, I would be inclined to take the time to unbolt it from the wall and shorten the legs. You might like that solution a bit more in the long run.

    I am working on plans myself to relocate from the garage, and into the house. There are about 3 weeks in the fall, and 3 weeks in the spring where it is pleasant to load in the garage where I live. Otherwise hot or cold.

    I have a lot going on right now, but I will post photos when I get it all put together. It might be after the new year.
     
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    Looks great!




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  6. F106 Fan

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    Don't forget the possibility of putting a floor mat down. That will take up 3/4" and do your back a world of good.

    http://www.grizzly.com/search/search?q=mat&cachebuster=96988547450441.17

    Richard
     
  7. Kwesi

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    Thanks Richard. I'll look into those.
     
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    Where is the TV. :supergrin:
     
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    In my opinion, a bench can be too high. I use a craftsman 2 drawer workbench, metal top, lower shelf - it was a closeout item at about $80.

    It is a good height for working on "stuff", cleaning guns, etc.

    I reloaded on it a long time before I realized it was much faster, and less fatiguing (for me) if the height was of the press (550 with strong mount) was just high enough that I didn't have to drop a shoulder at the bottom stroke of the press, that way my hands are as low as possible when handling cases, bullets advancing shell plate - faster, less fatigue, better view into case for powder check.

    I stacked some boards an 1" at the time until I found the correct height; then build a step about 18" wide by 25" long to use with the 550. The (standard) bench height is good for my (45 year old) RCBS and MEC shotshell press, both of which are lower than the 550 w/ strong-mount.
     
  10. Kwesi

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    I measured the distance to the top of my arm/shoulder at 60". The handle is at 56". My shoulder definitely does NOT dip down. Does this give you any more understanding of why I feel I have to muscle the handle down in station 1? I have not loaded any shorter cases yet. Could the longer 45 Win Mag be part of the issue?
     
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    Yes. You will notice longer cases engage sooner in the process. The 550 strong mount is pretty high. The shorter one would make a difference.
     
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    Are you using Hornady One Shot lube? If not, it's really important that you do - even with carbide dies. It makes the process easier on the press, the brass and you.

    Richard
     
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    F106: I do not use One Shot because the Nu Finish that I add to the corn cob leaves them silky smooth.
     
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    4wheel: I've considering that since you mentioned Dillon has the shorter strong mount. Hmmm now I'll need to confirm the handle will clear the edge of the table top if the press is 2 1/4" lower.
     
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    4wheel: the shorter strong mount will not work with out modifying the table top. I positioned the SM so that the handle in the down position clears the edge of the table top by just 1/4".
     
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    Just move the press forward a little and the arm will clear. You want it towards the front of the bench.
     
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    Or, just onbolt it from the wall. Stick a block under a leg and jack it up enough to take some tension off the leg. Cut it with this backsaw. Shim it to level it if needed. Not a big deal.

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    Your choice, of course. But the NuFinish doesn't provide ANY lubrication. My brass, with Dillon polish, is also very smooth and shiny. But, in terms of resizing, there is no comparison between an polished, but unlubed, case and a case with One Shot.

    And, you don't need to remove the One Shot. Just load and go!

    Richard
     
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    4wheel: thanks for the suggestions. I only have two inches to move the strong mount forward and I guess I could notch out the table top if necessary. Basically I guess I don't want to hack up the bench. It should be clear after some sessions.
     
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    My good buddy that taught me reloading has preached One Shot since the beginning. I did try some once. How do you apply it?