Reloading workbench Aug 18, 2019 7:40:38 GMT
Post by bazooka on Aug 18, 2019 7:40:38 GMT
A couple more things. If you're going to build a bench make sure it's sturdy and can hold some weight. Make it bigger than you think you'll need. I think I'm up to 23' of benches with shelves behind them and under them just dedicated to loading, brass prep and storage. You probably won't need near that much but go bigger than what you think you'll need. like agedwarrior said, when you figure out a system you like stick to it as consistency leads to safety. Start saving plastic container like coffee cans, ice cream tubs, nut containers etc for brass storage. plastic trays like gladware also come in handy for doing brass prep to keep cases in different stages separated. When loading single stage try to do 1 step at a time for all brass you plan on loading at that time so you don't have to keep switching dies around. I see guys who are loading 200 rounds do 50 at a time and then start over for the next 50. There is one exception though. If you're loading more than 50 round only charge one loading block and then seat the bullets. Having several tray laying around with powder in them can easily be bumped and knocked over. Or if you have to leave you don't want them sitting there like that. Keep only one can of powder on your bench at a time!!! Keeping more is how fatal mistakes can happen. Load your hopper of your powder measure and keep the powder can right next to it. As soon as you're done seating your last bullet empty the powder hopper back into the can and put it away. I actually break this rule once in a great while as i have several machines set up and sometimes (like right now) have them all going but the powder is right next to each machine that's using it and i don't move them. Right now I'm on a loading tear because i recently had back surgery and this is my therapy. I also had to move a ton of stuff on the bench because i can't do too much lifting or bending so here is my organized chaos....Got one machine doing 9mm, another 45acp trying to do a little each day and doing a batch of 50 rifle too most days.