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Reloading out of an apartment: Thoughts or suggestions?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Ocean_glocker, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Ocean_glocker


    Sep 21, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga
    Hey everyone,
    I'm getting more and more into shooting and I was crunching numbers and I realized that I could save some coin, and have some fun with reloading. And my wife actually agrees and is partially on board.

    I'm looking at the Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press kit in 40 S&W, but the thing is I've seen a lot of your set-ups and I don't have that kind of space (apartment). Do any of you have a closet set up? or a set up that you pack away once your done?

    I appreciate the thoughts and help.

  2. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    Someone here has a pic of a set up on a bar stool. I started on a small table. If your only loading one caliber you can do it . Now I have a whole room, not sure I could go back to a small setup now.

  3. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Mitch will chime in sometime. He was reloading in an apartment.

    When I started I had everything in a wooden box. My press bolted to the top and I set in on the kitchen table when I wanted to reload. Your reloading space is only limited by your creativity and ingenuity.
  4. xxlarge


    Mar 15, 2009
    If you signed a rental agreement or a lease check it for mention of gun powder and the like (also renter's insurance policy) before you invest money in a very worthwhile hobby. Neighbors can be snoopy and nazis when it comes to squealing like little piggys.
  5. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    You mount a press to a board, then clamp it to a table. Thats what I did. I had a Lee Classic Turret like that for a while. I could just have easily done a 550 like that. Width is the same, Height is the only difference. Besides that you can store most things in a small box. You do need a sturdy table. I had a way to attach my kitchen table to the wall to keep it from wobbling. LCT is not as picky about some wobble on the table. Load Masters and Pro 1000's can be really problematic with out a very sturdy bench.
  6. NMG26


    Jul 24, 2010
    I have been using this one for a year now.

    All my dies, scale, casings, bullets are in a small end table that I drag where ever I want to load. I also have my powder and some other stuff in a tool box. It does not take up much room at all. I load while talking to the wife of watching TV.
  7. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I had the room issue as in not a lot, but did have a spare bedroom corner to locate my bench.


    If it needs to be out of sight when not in use. I suggest building a closet bench set-up with 2x4's lag bolted into a couple wall studs and a 2x3 foot 3/4 inch plywood top.
  8. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I used a coat closet in my apt for my reloading setup in college. It was all of 24x36. It was fine, plenty of room to work, & some add'l. shelves for storage, it was fine. I also put a lock on it to keep my landlord from knowing what I was doing. Like Boxer notes, a bench top is easily built in w/ some 2x4s along the wall & a solid top of some kind.
    The other option is a workmate & C clamps. Fold it up & put it under the bed. I would still put a lock on a coat closet & store my stuff in there. Screw the neighbors.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  9. crsuribe

    crsuribe 10mm Auto

    Jul 3, 2010
    I reload in a coat closet. Made a couple thousand rounds in there so far.
  10. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

    Jan 8, 2006
    Tallahassee, FL
    The problem with apt living isn't just space to set up/clamp the press down... it's to have a space that you aren't constantly having to tear down in order to load. Setting up the press, work area, bullets, cases, scale, etc etc etc repeatedly gets old after a few weeks.

    So - keep that in mind, in case you decide to mount your press on a Black&Decker portable bench. ;)

  11. Absolutely no need for a progressive press. My Lee Hand Press does five different calibers and everything needed gets put back in a medium sized plastic bin next to my recliner.
  12. Ocean_glocker


    Sep 21, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga
    Thanks for all the responses.

    As much as I would like to have a progressive press, I think for space reasons I'm going to try a hand loader. Maybe once I get more space I will get the progressive.

    Chris, how many round are you able to produce in an hour with your hand loader?

    Time vs production was the biggest reason for me considering a progressive press
  13. Jayman

    Jayman Big Dummy

    Nov 3, 2002
    Chantilly, VA
    I've got a Dillon 650 on a wheeled cart. I pull it out weight it down for when I want to reload, and reverse the process when I'm putting it up. I've probably reloaded 100,000 rounds on this setup. (Boxes of bullets make good weight to hold it down, FWIW.)
  14. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Buy a house.

    I know a great agent. :whistling::supergrin:
  15. Ocean_glocker


    Sep 21, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga
  16. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    Lee makes a stand and also Midway sells one. Also Lee makes a mount so it is very easy to pull the press off and hide the press if need be. Also a steamer trunk would be great for storing powder etc. and even the press in and the trunk is also lockable.
    Me I would get the Lee stand, mount, and Lee Classic LCT press.
  17. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    That dude must have a LOT of spare time on your hand. For a single stage press, I think it's 100 rounds per hour, whereas it's 10 minutes with my Dillon 550B. Even faster with 650 and case feeder. And I'm going to be getting a new press 650/1050 come Christmas, because my 550 is too slow.

    I don't HATE reloading, but my love is shooting. I want to get in to my garage, reload, and be done. The more ammo, the quicker, the better.

    That handpress... can't even imagine how much time it would take to reload the 15,000 or so rounds I shoot a year with one of those.
  18. bdhawk


    Mar 18, 2000
    a guy i used to know had a very efficient set-up in an amorie/wardrobe he picked up at a used furniture store. he had all kinda shelves and cubby holes built into it, making it very efficient. the rockchucker was recessed just enough to allow the doors to be closed. when he was finished handloading, he shut the doors, and locked 'em. it was a bit bigger than a fridge, looked nice [he sanded it down and refinished it], and it did the job, very well.
  19. back in the mid 70's i build a bench from some ply wood mounted on a black and decker work mate. still use it today.