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I was going to post this on the Weekend DIY thread but there hasn't been any activity in the reloading section for a while. Also, I couldn't find a reloading bench thread so I guess I'll get one started with this. Add you bench pics, pro tips and special features that make your bench awesome.

I'll get it going...

Whenever I could spare some time I've been working on a new bench just for shot shell work. I have three MEC 600 Jrs in different gauges so I picked up one of their mounting mounting jigs to switch them in and out quickly. If you own multiple MEC presses this thing is the way to go--well built and easy to use. The original plan was to just add the jig to my existing reloading bench but there wasn't really a spot left on it that worked and I needed some more storage too.
The hutch part is made of wooden crates that were used to transport shells for Howitzers (one per crate) I picked up a half dozen or so a while back at Coleman's Surplus for like $15 each. I think they give the bench just the right amount of high-explosive mojo. The rest is just 3/4" ply and 2x4s.

Here's some pics...

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Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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#2
I have MEC 20ga & 12ga presses and have never seen one of those mounting plates. That's an awesome idea! Cool
I like to keep everything separate as well...it avoids an "oops" that could go terribly wrong if not noticed.
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P89;149833 Wrote:I have MEC 20ga & 12ga presses and have never seen one of those mounting plates. That's an awesome idea! Cool
I like to keep everything separate as well...it avoids an "oops" that could go terribly wrong if not noticed.

They carry it at Midway but I've seen it other places. It's one size fits all so it will work with the 9001, 9000, Grabber, Sizemaster, Steelmaster, 650, Slugger and 600 Jrs.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/229747/...00gn-9000h
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#4
I finally got a chance to set up the .410 press tonight. I've been reloading 12 ga. and 20 ga. for a while but the truth is you really don't save much if you're just doing target loads. (about $4.35 per box for 1 1/16 oz 12 ga if you got your hulls for free) However, with .410 the savings is pretty dramatic. A box of Winchester AA will run around $10 a box if you buy by the case (up to $12 for single box purchases) but I can reload the same 1/2 oz load for about $3.30 a box.

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It took a little finagling but I've got the crimp looking about right.

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Anyhow, I'd love to see other folks bench setups for metallic or shotshell.
Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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#5
I've had many hobbies and extra-income endeavors over the years, and the accumulated equipment from all that left me with little room to restart my reloading. I had a small corner of my computer-repair room loaded with junk, and after a cleanout, built a corner bench that handles both my shotshell and metallic loading needs.

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2x4 framework attached directly to the walls, a 3/4" plywood top with a 3/4" melamine coated sheet above that. The top is sandwiched between two pieces of 1/2" aluminum that the Lee Classic Turret press bolts to. The MEC Sizemaster doesn't generate so much torque, so that bolts directly to the bench top.
Under-bench storage holds my wads and shot bags, along with a mini-fridge for liquid refreshment.
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#6
Nice setup. That's a lot of stuff packed into a small space and yet everything is well organized and neat. Anyone could just sit down at that bench and quickly find what they needed to make a few boxes of ammo. I like how you just built around any obstructions (drain pipe, fuse, box, etc) that were in the way.

I also noticed the cig caddy in the lower left. Do you load your own smokes too?
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Rik Bitter;150844 Wrote:I also noticed the cig caddy in the lower left. Do you load your own smokes too?

LOL. Yeah, I do! The "caddy" is actually a 75mm shell case head with a .50BMG round in the center that I made while in the service. I had it on my desk at work, along with other assorted items of mayhem, including a hand grenade. I was asked by a shop worker, "Is there anything we should be worried about?"
I've since quit smoking, and I'll post a picture of it when time allows.
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#8
Just redid my setup. Used an existing craft area that I stole from my wife in the basement and modified the bench with some extra 2x4's. Nothing fancy but it works well for me.[Image: 0718141455b_zpsde33fbf2.jpg]

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Still setting things up the way I want them. I'm a pretty disorganized person but I'm trying hard to keep my reloading bench at least somewhat organized. I doubt it'll ever look like Zeeba's above though.
RL Suehr, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Aug 2013.
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RL Suehr;150898 Wrote:Just redid my setup. Used an existing craft area that I stole from my wife in the basement and modified the bench with some extra 2x4's. Nothing fancy but it works well for me.

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Still setting things up the way I want them. I'm a pretty disorganized person but I'm trying hard to keep my reloading bench at least somewhat organized. I doubt it'll ever look like Zeeba's above though.

Any moisture issues in your basement?
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csmith;150954 Wrote:
RL Suehr;150898 Wrote:Just redid my setup. Used an existing craft area that I stole from my wife in the basement and modified the bench with some extra 2x4's. Nothing fancy but it works well for me.

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Still setting things up the way I want them. I'm a pretty disorganized person but I'm trying hard to keep my reloading bench at least somewhat organized. I doubt it'll ever look like Zeeba's above though.

Any moisture issues in your basement?

No, the rest of the basement is finished except this utility room. I do run a dehumidifier in the summer time just to be sure. It only needs emptied every couple of days. In the winter having the furnace running keeps any moisture down.
RL Suehr, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Aug 2013.
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