Built a little bench

Discussion in 'Ammunition and Reloading' started by Marneaus, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Marneaus Moderator

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    I moved to Reno nearly 2 years ago. I spent a year in a rental with all my reloading stuff in a box, then I bought a house about a year ago. We picked one bedroom to be our office, and I picked a wall for my gun crap. It clearly used to be a closet before we moved in with a shelf on one side. It was the perfect depth for my safe, and I knew it would give a small but usable reloading bench.

    I took the NRMA plans that have been around forever because they reportedly built a bullet proof solid bench. I didn't have the room for a 6' long 34" deep bench, and given the storage I had on the side I didn't need to make the storage shelves in the plans. Anyway, built a little bitty 4' by 2' deep bench, and man it is sturdy.

    I added a Masonite top that osneasily replaceable if I beat it up too much. Bolted my Main press to the left, then my baby press to the right. I just need a stand for my powder charge and will get that bolted down too.

    Only thing left to do is trim the bottom shelf surface and put it on the lower frame, then find a stool and start reloading! I'm psyched i haven't loaded in over 2 years.

    Where do you all locate your powder charge?

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  2. wood chucker Moderator

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    On a stand so I can pick it up put it out of harms way when it's not being used.
  3. Marneaus Moderator

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    Yah i was thinking about mounting it to like a 12"x12" plywood base so it's mobile
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    So I considered securing it to the wall to increase stability buttttt....It's not secured to the wall but it is super securely wedged between the safe and the shelves. And I mean wedged. It's like a freaking press fit.

    I went ahead and added the backy splashy type part, and also the aluminum edge protection anti roll dohickey.

    Currently just kissing the bottom shelf and the paint....if I paint it.

    For some reason this whole picture looks warped. Everything is straight and square lol.
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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    My powder charger sits on top of my press. The other ones sit in a drawer and behind my press mounted via cantilever to a post. When I need the one behind my press I just swivel it a bit to provide access. I'll take some pics today.
  6. Marneaus Moderator

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    I ordered a tall stool/chair on amazon, $75 bucks wasnt too bad, its comfy and its the perfect adjustable height too. I finished it up on sunday (added the lower shelf, and then cleaned everything up) and got to loading.

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    Spent some time loading last night. I've loaded up 150 rounds since Sunday. I'm planning to go through allll my brass and boolits.

    I also decided its not tight to call shooting a 405gr projectile, even at low power and only about 1100 FPS "plinking" and henceforth will be calling these "Plunking" rounds!

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  7. Marneaus Moderator

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    cheapest off the shelf .45-70 ammo would be the Hornady stuff with the gummy tipped bullets that uses the STUPID short hornady brass that is usless for reloading anything other than hornady gummy tipped bullets. this stuff costs about $1.35 per shot.

    Cheapest NORMAL .45-70 ammo off the shelf is $1.45 or $1.50 per round.

    My 1100fps 405gr plunking rounds cost about $0.45 to load. So, lets say they save between $0.90 and $1.00 each.

    I have Long since paid for the reloading equipment, but since building the bench I've loaded 150 rounds, already paid for the bench. As of tonight I will have loaded 200 rounds, and will have paid for the bench and the chair.

    Thats not even talking about the full power loads I'll whip up to save even more monies.


    And after this weekend all my .45-70 components should be used up (I think I have a solid 300+ cases?) and I'll move on to loading .38spl and .357mag.
  8. Keith Moderator

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    That looks like a nice little setup. You are right about the cost of the rounds. .45/70 is a fun round to shoot but spendy with store bought ammo. I like the Hornady bullets but bot the loading or the cases. The round just kicks too much in a Guide Gun.

    Enjoy!


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  9. Marneaus Moderator

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    I load 405 grain projectiles to about 1100FPS. super soft recoil. Can shoot them all day from my guide gun.
  10. Keith Moderator

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    I think the factory stuff is supposed to do 1400 out of a 18" barrel. Better than the loads Hornady or Winchester Super X have. That stuff hurts and is no fun to shoot. Black Hills and a couple other loads I shot feel about the same as a .30-30, roughly. I can shoot that all day long and have fun with it.

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