reloading bench rebuild

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Past month,I've been laying out,buying,building a re-configured reloading bench.

this pic is what I've had since the mid 70s',originally set up for 38sp/357m,44sp/44M,17Rem, & 6mm Rem. Based on my current needs,a lot of wasted space.


this pic is my re-configured setup.

The top very narrow(heightwise) shelf is for reloading info/books,the bottom shelf is for trays of 'common stuff' and digital scale,the shelf above that is die sets,the four empty shelves are for brass in various stages of rework(tumbled,sized/decapped,tumbled,trimmed/ready.
Primers,powder and bullets would not be there as I would need double that space/area for that stuff.

handgun calibers added since the 70s',9mm,40S&W/10mm,41M.
current rifle calibers added since the 70s',223/5.56,300AAC,35Rem.
have die sets for but no longer reload for,17Rem(had a Rem 700 bolt action),6mmRem(had a Rem 700 bolt action),243Win(was for a friends bolt action,7.62x39(was for a mini-30),308Win(had a AR and a Savage bolt action),30-06(had a Rem700 bolt action),358Win(for a future AR project).

Still have to move the vise on the right a little over to the left as it's too close to the wall,move the reloading press about a foot to the right,add a power outlet box at each end of the bench.
Hope to start reloading soon.
 
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Moved the vise to the left,moved the press to the right,still gotta mount/wire receptacles at each end-get to that this week.
pulled all my brass out to see what I've got to work with.
got plenty of 9mm,40S&W,10mm,41M,44sp,223/5.56.
should get more of 44M and 300AAC.
all that brass you see,I've got more than enough of primers,powders,and bullets for them.



Edit. Since I had all the empty brass out,I inventoried.
9mm-1532
38sp-462
357M-449
40S&W-594
10mm-967
41M-250
44sp-308
44M-104-need more
223/5.56-1461
300AAC-279
35Rem-144

6550 total empties
 
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Well that sure makes a basement wall worth looking at. Sure the hell beats looking at paneling or block walls. Oh I think your a little on the light side in the brass department.:rofl:
 
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Yes,brass is where I'm light at when you consider my other components.

my bullets for reloading
9mm-2000
38/357-3700
40/10-1250
41-1000
44-1300
223-2800
300-150

12,200 total

Primers 25,000-40,000
Powder 40-45 lbs

In times of 'frenzy' and shortages,I'm well stocked. I've even 'pay forwarded' to reduce my stock.
 
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Started. Finished SS wet tumbling 38sp brass where I left off last winter,tumble 357M next and work my way thru the brass,handgun brass will be SS wet tumbling. Rifle brass will get conventional dry tumbling as the tiny SS pins can/will get jammed in the case and not come out the neck.
Still need to mount/wire electrical receptacles,currently using extension cords.
 
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Finished,except for electrical.



trimming corner


case length trimmer. was mounted horizontally and rotated with a drill motor,had to push it in and pull it out. now mounted vertically and powered with a Black&Decker screw driver. Bungee cord,attached to a rafter,retracts it but is weak enough to easily push down to trim the case.
 
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Hmmm...I see some new modifications I need to make to my bench now. DAMN IT!:mad:

Just noticed the vise in those pictures. Any suggestions for one to purchase?? I need to get one for some of my projects.
 
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that vise goes back to the 60s'(so it can't be a Harbor Freight item),nothing major gets done with/on it. I have a similar/slightly larger one(again back from the 60s') on the garage's workbench for heavier stuff. I want to replace that one with a larger one but it hasn't been a priority.
a future project for the vertical case trimmer is to fabricate up some 'master' cartridge cases made of steel to set the trimmer instead of having to adjust-trim-measure-adjust-trim-measure. when I make one of those,I'll post up about it.
 
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I'm gonna backtrack on the trimming scenario,actually back to the 70s' !
After using the Lyman manual trimmer after a while,this sucks ! Working in a model shop that had machining facilities,I duplicated the shaft for use with a drill.


Then came the scenario of why am I doing all this changing/adjusting in the press mode for 38/357 and 44sp/44M. So in changing the die setting for crimping/bullet seating from 357M to 38sp,there's gotta be a method more efficient. I made a spacer washer to fit in between the shell holders holder and the up-moving part of the press. The .135" spacer/washer moves the shellholder(for 38sp) further up into the crimping die so the crimp(for 38sp) will occur properly(as it did for 357M) without having to screw the die down further.


Now also that spacer can be used on the trimmer shaft(trimmer shaft and shell holders holder are the same .562" dia). Trimming 38sp cases then trimming 357cases is accomplished by adding that spacer on the trimming shaft which keeps the shaft going only into for what's necessary for 357M.


Over the years,I've been accumulating washers/spacers with an ID of .562 and the proper amount of spacer/washer dimension on the trimming shaft allows me to trim a different length case without having to adjust.


I can trim 9mm(which is the base scenario-no spacer-as it's the shortest case I reload),40S&W,10mm,38sp,44sp,357M,41M,44M,223,308,30-06,300AAC,35Rem by changing the cutter pilot and shaft spacer.
It would be great if some reloading manufacturer offered this method BUT it's all based upon the shortest case you reload. The spacers I used when 38 sp was my shortest case no longer applied when I started loading the shorter case of 9mm. Everything WAS based on case length dimension found in reloading manuals,now I'm going to be basing them on SAAMI dimensions.
 
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First off great job on making your reloading and trimming easy for your self. I work for a material handling company so making things comes easy for myself.:flag:
 
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Fabbed up a 9mm master case for trimmer setup. Started with a 7/16 grade 5 hex bolt. Cut the threaded portion off,mounted the hex part in the drill press vice,drilled a hole thru it. With a hole thru it,cut off the hex head. Ended up with a piece of round stock,short and stubby,with a hole thru. Mounted it in drill press chuck and spun it against a flat file on the drill press plate to rough finish one end. Then spun it onto 180 grit cloth to get a good true finish on one end.
SAAMI spec for a 9mm case is .754" -.010". If cases are made to SAAMI spec,they could be .744-.754".
I worked the other end down to .744" as the same procedure the get the other(1st) end true. Ended up with a .744" steel master 9mm case. While it was spinning in the drill press chuck,used a 'half round' file to simulate a 'rim'.


Put it in the trimmer chuck,moved the cutter head(with pilot removed) against it and locked the adjustment collar on the shaft. Cut some 9mm cases and they all ended up .744" Success.
Gonna pick up some 1/8 pipe,steel and heavy wall to make future ones to eliminate the drilling thru and the wall will be less than the one I made to facilitate easier truing of the ends.
 
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Had to re-configure the trimmer from vertical back to horizontal, the 'cuttings' were falling into the shellholder and causing a bind in holding/grabbing the case.

Works the same,bungee cord pulls it out. The trimmer master steel cases work great,no more adjusting/measuring.