BENCH CONTEST WINNER!
"Hello, I believe I have a unique reloading bench. Throughout many years of reloading, I have modified it to encompass many features that make reloading more comfortable for myself, and can get a faster production rate. I can reload 9mm, 40cal, .45acp, .223, 30-06 and .308 with the two presses. I have adapted them to be very comfortable and easy to use, even when changing presses!!
"The right side is a 3'x'5 galvanized topped work bench. It will pull out to extend to 7' if I need more room. I use it when cleaning and maintenance on firearms. Mostly it ends up being a catch all. You know, any flat surface tends to collect crap!!!
"The counter top is sandwiched between the mounts. The strong mount is made of 1/2" x 6" steel with 2" square tubing mounted to the floor and wall studs. Nothing moves with this solid mount!!"
"The shelf on the left side [of the strong mount] actually has a duplicate for the right side (right photo). I removed it when I built the milk jug bullet container (described later). Originally, the left side would hold the box of bullets to keep it close to the press when loading, since you would have to pick up each bullet and place it on top of the case in the press. It then became a mount for the tool holder (yes, Dillon) and, a place to rest my left hand when loading."
"I have 2 Dillon 650 presses. One is set up for small primers and the second is for large primers. Each press is mounted to a 1/4" steel plate (left photo). The presses can be changed out by removing 4 bolts. I have a spent primer tube attached and primers fall down the tube to a 2" diameter piece of PVC tubing for easy disposal (right photo)"
"I have also included the pic of my press storage rack, and yes I have several other Lee Presses that I started out with and then moved up to Dillon. They are all mounted on a 1/4" steel plates for my own 4 bolt quick change system."
"I have my tumbler mounted on a custom shelf in the cabinet of my bench (left photo). It pulls out, dump clean cases and media into the separator, spin it several times. When all the media is out, pull out the little hopper/drawer on the bottom left and dump media back into tumbler. I built into the wall a timer that powers the receptacle for the tumbler (right photo). When cleaning cases and after I close the cabinet doors I can only hear a slight hum from the tumbler. I set the timer at max, which is 4 hours. Being in the cabinet not only reduces the noise, it also keeps the dust to a minimum. I replaced the cracked plastic lid on my tumbler with a custom wood with rubber seal and a large hand knob for easier use"
"A Hornady bullet feeder is installed in Station 3 (left photo). The thin-wall clear plastic tubing (bullet magazine) was bought in 36" lengths. I believe you can order other lengths. At first I cut them shorter to fit, but then realized I could just cut a hole in the ceiling (see right photo) and not loose any capacity. I was just looking around my shop and saw a simple PCV adapter and thought, I have a hole saw the correct diameter and this will thread into the drywall to give it a more finished appearance. It was just going to be a temporary fix until I found something else, but I stopped looking!!
"I have a mirror attachted to the ceiling so I can see the amount of cases in the case feeder (right photo)."
"My milk jug is my packaging!! I do some custom reloading for friends. It seemed like I was always looking for a box or container to put the rounds in for delivery. I gave up on large Zip Loc bags after I picked one up and the bottom split open. Then it was a 500 round pick up game that I was not interested in playing. I fabricated a short tube from a piece of electrical PVC, a plastic bottle and some electrical tape. I built the cradle to hold the jug in the correct position (left photo). I put 1000 rounds of 230gr 45's in one jug."
"Yes, the primer tube rack is something I built myself (right photo). I didn't like them just laying on the bench taking up space. After I load the primers in the press, I place the empty tube on the other side. It also helps me keep track of how many rounds I have loaded. I use a Vibra-Prime primer tube filler to load my primers."
"The LED lights came from In Line Fabrication.com. The kit came with 2 sided tape that didn't stay sticky very long. I couldn't find "just the right spot" to place the light where I wanted it. Because I moved the case feeder and mounted it to the back of my strong mount, I was able to utilized the mounting already on the press. I cut a short piece of 1"dia aluminum stock to fit in the same mount of the arm of the case feeder. Drilled a hole in it and used a longer bolt. The bracket was fabricated from another piece of aluminum angle, cut down to the same width as the LED light strip. I can just unscrew the finger tight nut to remove and place it on my other Press. I built it before someone came up with the light that fits in the center hole of the toolhead!!!"
"I used to have 2 long adjustable arms on each side of the press with the same bulbs [PAR20] but they would get very warm only being a foot away. That's when I went to the LED's on the press. The 3 other lamps [in the ceiling track lighting] are directed on top of the work bench.
"I also have the UniqueTek Toolhead Clamp Kit™ and installed thrust bearings under the center bolt and above the shell plate on both of my Dillon 650's. I changed the spring under the shell plate ball so it wouldn't "slap".
"I put a small piece of clear tubing at the end of the primer catch tray (left photo)."
"The photo on the right is the device I use to check AOL. Its a test plate. Precision ground steel plate with a dial indicator. I set the indicator to zero on the correct height and every 10 or so rounds slide a loaded round under it to check AOL. The bullets with black on them are my "zero's" That I use to set my dial indicator when setting up a different caliber. I have 2 earth magnets on the steel plate for locating case in the same exact place."
"I built everything myself in my shop. Several years ago, I got the welding bug!! Bought a wire welder and taught myself how to to use it. After high school (many, many years ago)!!!! I worked in several machine shops. Then landed a job as a Pattern maker (wood working) then, a finish carpenter installing commercial and architectural mill work. Changed careers again and now am a Security Officer and Reserve Police Officer."
"With over 12 years and 25,000+ rounds I am very happy with my Bench!!"