reloading Bench

reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:45 pm

this is being roughed in as far as putting pieces on, legs are doweled at top, table top doweled also to legs. Then dado some 2x4's to go around between legs, insert threaded rod through legs and dado slots in 2x4's and tighten rod nuts to pull all together tight. top and legs should stay together and if need to disassemble later just loosen rod nuts and take apart. Bench top will be 30" to floor, good for a standard chair. Top is laminated maple 2.750"x 22" deep x 46" long. will be making levelers for legs out of large washer with 9/16 nuts welded to them, and bore legs to let bolt/rod go up into legs for adjusting level of whole table. Also will be building a shelf/divider about 8" deep closed on ends and back to put on back section of bench top to keep jars of poweder, primers,shell holders, scale, calipers and misc stuff in/on.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: labman On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:06 pm

It sure should be sturdy enough! Mine is not nearly that stout, and I reload quite often. Everything from .338 Lapua mag down to .17 Hornet and have not had any problems with the bench. Back 40 years ago we got military surplus desks to use as benches. Now I have a room dedicated to my reloading operations.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:10 pm

Bench bolted together, started to set up the press on bench, and set dies up. Lamp on table is temp for now, have a 4' flourescent lamp that came off a catalog rack from auto parts store that i will mount over bench attached to wall. Need to get boards to make shelves for top rear half of bench. 3 die set, full sizer/decapper, neck sizer/decapper, powder measure, bullet seat die. need to get primer feed tube for the press that matches up with press primer seater.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:58 am

NOW you're showin some progress :)
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: nuthcuntrynut On: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:57 pm

That's a fine bench. Sturdier the better. I made mine of the wall in basement. But made it to long. Now all my other hobbies are invading it. I just can't keep anything cleaned up.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:05 pm

Little more done. Need a case trimmer, i decappped, full sized once fired brass, its over max cartridge length.Several were at or below, most over. Guess they have not so good qulity control.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:46 pm

I might have an extra case trimmer, I'll try to remember to take a look tomorrow.

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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:57 pm

What is it you are reloading? .223?, .308? 22-250?

One thing I highly recommend to everyone who is reloading for their own rifle, is to buy some Cerrocast I think that's correct.. it's a metal that melts below 200*, you can melt it in a double boiler.

Use a cleaning rod to plug the rifle's bore about 1" ahead of the chamber, Make a pouring ladle from a soda can. with a sharp pouring spout..
Heat and melt the cerrocast metal, pour it carefully into the chamber, stopping before the chamber is full, you don't want to overfill and have to whittle the excess off the cast you just made.

The casting of your chamber you just made is good for looking at the rifling, the wear on the rifling, how centered the camber was cut.

But relative to your need for a case trimmer, what I look for and measure is just how long the neck of the chamber is, and just how long the neck is on a 'correct' length case. Often the SAMMI spec is VERY generous about providing a lot of clearance between the end of a SAMMI spec case and the actual neck length of your chamber.

I've found that most non-custom chambers can accomodate a lot longer than spec case. Safely.

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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:20 pm

Loading winchester .243, the reloading manual says 2.045" max brass length, with a trim to length of 2.035". the winchester brand brass is 2.047 to 2.051 with one firing, the federal brass is better with 2.041> 2.045, once fired factory loads either brand. I want to reload to consistant length brass for getting better groups, and possibly do some competitive(amatuer) shooting. But first i need consistant repetitive loads, and then practice a whole lot. Of course experimenting with powder types/loads, and style bullets and weights to find a load thats right for this rifle and its quirks.
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the powders i will start with.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: mozz On: Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:02 pm

H380 is "the" powder for 22-250. I shot a few thousand rounds of 243 out of a Remington 700 bdl varmit. Used to use IMR4350 a lot. Not the greatest for velocity but that's not what i was looking for. What twist is your rifle, will determine what grain bullet to use.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:37 pm

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First rounds loaded, new remington brass,CCI 200LR primers,36.2 Grains varget,Honady 87Gr V-max bullets, OAL 2.62". Used new brass, until i get trimmer to trim used brass to same lengths. Hopefully this weekend will be a bit warmer by noon sunday to go to range and see how this load groups.
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:52 pm

Figured I'd piggy back off of this thread.

Got my bench all setup. I haven't reloaded anything yet but I have processed (decapped and resized) about 200 .45 ACP and 9mm. Tomorrow I'm going to swing by Cabela's and see what they've got in the way of powder, primers and bullets.

I've got three manuals, Lee, Lyman and the Hodgon 2014 annual. Not sure if I should also pickup any others. Should I?
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Re: reloading Bench

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:22 pm

Bench looks good!! As far as reloading manuals 3 you have are a good solid source of info of all sorts. I get a lot of actual load data directly at powder manufacturers websites. Plus i look at some web reload info data sights. I look locally for powders, primers and such. But i mostly buy off internet siights, because of sporadic availabilty locally. Cost is more with hazmat fees, but i buy enought powder per order to do either about 500 rounds .243 or 850 rounds of 5.56. Primers i have enough for 5K reloads of either caliber (Sm-rifle/Lg-rifle).

I'm On Fire wrote:Figured I'd piggy back off of this thread.

Got my bench all setup. I haven't reloaded anything yet but I have processed (decapped and resized) about 200 .45 ACP and 9mm. Tomorrow I'm going to swing by Cabela's and see what they've got in the way of powder, primers and bullets.

I've got three manuals, Lee, Lyman and the Hodgon 2014 annual. Not sure if I should also pickup any others. Should I?
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