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    Show us yer bench

    Saw this feature on another site, so let me start with mine (no I dont use the oil lamps to load by night, and thats red paint not blood on the bench) :)



    And also my Lee Perfect Pwder measure with improvised stand made from a Samsung LCD Monitor Base, almost makes the Lee PPM look like its worth more than $30US :)

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    Good photos! It's fun to see that hand loading is alive and well in New Zealand.

    This was not really taken of my bench but was a photo my son had me take of his "fresh baked" batch of .45 ACP he'd just loaded.

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    Here is mine, its in a room some friends and I built in my detached garage:







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    Now I'm really jealous... A WHOLE case of Federal 100's just sitting there...
    Only one place near me (42 miles) that has any SP primers and he will only sell if you buy an equal amount of jacketed bullets.

    Oh well, maybe some of my backorders will come through. (I'm not holding my breath). LOL

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    Now I'm really jealous... A WHOLE case of Federal 100's just sitting there...
    And another 1500 in the closet :)
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    How hard is it to reload your own bullets and how expensive is it?
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    Reloading is NOT hard to do. You must however follow all the basic rules and steps since you are dealing with potentially dangerous materials.

    A reloading handbook is your bible. It gives you the information on bullet weights, powder charges, primer choices and cartridge dimensions.

    A reloading kit: press, scale, powder thrower, dies and a few other things most essential for basic reloading can run anywhere from $125 up to A LOT. A setup to clean dirty brass can cost from 50 to a few hundred depending on size and volume you need.

    Once you have the reloading equipment, the handbook, the brass, the bullets, the primers and the powder you are set to reload. A set of decent calipers (accurate to .001 inches is something I think you MUST have).

    1. Clean the brass (if using fired brass)
    2. Deprime (remove the old primer) with most die sets this step also resizes the brass to unfired dimensions.
    3. Reprime with a new primer
    4. Open up the case mouth (bell it) to just enough to accept a new bullet
    5. Charge the primed and belled case with powder
    6. Seat a new bullet in the case and crimp the case to hold the new bullet.

    If you have the brass that costs 0 (zero)
    Primers (if you can find them) are about $30.00 a thousand
    Decent quality JHP bullets are about $125.00 a thousand
    Powder is about $25-$30 a pound (enough to make at least 1000 pistol rounds)

    So for under $200 you can make 1000 rounds of quality JHP ammo.

    All lead bullets are cheaper and can reduce the cost greatly, as can buying in bulk.

    8 pounds of powder for about $100

    Then there is the time it takes to reload.
    Progressive reloading setups produce a round with each press of the handle. Single stage setups require setting up and performing each of the above steps one at a time.

    While the wife is watching a soap I can knock out a hundred rounds, provided I start with cleaned brass, and have all my dies preset and locked at the correct settings. I use a single stage press. If you had a progressive, you could produce several times that many rounds in the same period of time.

    I produce rounds that have the same feel to them as factory SD rounds and have the same bullet dimensions. These reloads may not expand the same or give the exact terminal performance but they allow me to practice shooting with rounds that feel and shoot just like the rounds I carry for SD.
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    This is a temporary bench while I'm expanding my ammunition lines (I load commercially).



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    LOL!

    Here's the bench I just built after not reloading for 4 years - been too busy knifemaking! But i got the urge to mount up the 2 550B's and have been cranking out some .223 and .45acp.



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    My set-up is not very elaborate as you can see. Just a little drafting desk that I picked up from the thrift store for $10. Not a bench, but it's where I make ammo.

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    It has grown a bit since these pictures were taken, but basically the same setup.



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    My simple solution. What's missing from the picture is the big plastic tub I keep the various stuff in, like powder, primers, dies, brass etc. and the tumbler which is in the garage. I just plop this in front of the couch and go to town.


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    Here is one of my benchs...mostly .50 stuff. I built the most of the .50 tools that I use to reload.

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    My all Purpose Work Bench

    This is my home bench, It is a very sturdy bench that was built in one weekend. It is not made for reloading but could be adapted. My small tools for smithing are not really visible in this picture. I have several other tool cases and machines lining the wall.

    Anyhow, I built the bench in one weekend. It is very sturdy.
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