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    Cheap custom built reloading bench.

    Hi Gents

    I thought I would share a photo of my new custom made reloading bench, total cost zero.



    Work were throwing out some old office furniture, I had been looking for a new reloading bench for some time and had been looking on e-bay but could find nothing under the cost of a good reloading press that was ideal. When work throw out some well to be honest not that old office furniture, I decided that I could make use of it, so out with the circler saw and cordless drill and this is what I knocked up.

    My reloading procedure starts with the single stage reloading press on the left of the bench, I leave my de-capping die in this permanently, once I get in from a trip used cases are de-primed and put in the Ultra-sonic cleaner once I get 10 or so empties in the cleaner I turn it on. The cheap cordless drill has a 240volt to 12 volt DC converter under the bench with a foot operated switch, it is also mounted permanently to the bench this allows me to size, de-burr, prep’ primer holes etc with both hands free. The turret press allows me to swap between calibres when reloading without having to set up my dies each time.

    Old, cleaned, and prep’brass is stored in the plastic lintran containers on the left.

    Not sure if that gives all body ideas for there own bench or not.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Thats virtually identical to my set up except about a million times more tidy! JC

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    Smart set up mate, what are you useing in your ultra sonic??? I've been useing citric acid crystls,they come out shiny,but seem to take on a bluish tinge after a while..

    nell

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    Nice set-up, I must do the same and stop doing it in the garage, also thought about using an old drill as well. I f you get a snotty reply it will be Mrs Deerwarden, she goes under the name of anal thrush, my pet name for her, her ignorance is my bliss, now where's that Canastan tube beware. deerwarden

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    This is my basement arrangement.
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    ...Before I expanded it. I keep my powder, primers, brass and dies elsewhere.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
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    ...Before I expanded it. I keep my powder, primers, brass and dies elsewhere.~Muir
    ahh a reloading bench to be proud off , when i buy a house (renting at the moment) i have plans for some thing simlar but not on such a grand scale !

    cheers lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by nell View Post
    Smart set up mate, what are you useing in your ultra sonic??? I've been useing citric acid crystls,they come out shiny,but seem to take on a bluish tinge after a while..

    nell
    Nell have you tried putting in a solution of bicarbonate of soda that should neutralise any effect the acid might be having on the brass,i use 20% white wine vinigear and a dash of washing up liquid when the cases are clean rinse straight away under tap then into bicarb solution,i use a heaped tablesoon to a couple of pints of water and leave the cases in for about 5 mins then rinse under tap again,never had any cases tarnish.
    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    This is my basement arrangement.
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    ...Before I expanded it. I keep my powder, primers, brass and dies elsewhere.~Muir

    Now your just showing off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    This is my basement arrangement.
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    ...Before I expanded it. I keep my powder, primers, brass and dies elsewhere.~Muir
    If that only told the whole story That is one small corner of his basement, the rest of it has a lot of reloading kit in it

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawnraider View Post
    Nell have you tried putting in a solution of bicarbonate of soda that should neutralise any effect the acid might be having on the brass,i use 20% white wine vinigear and a dash of washing up liquid when the cases are clean rinse straight away under tap then into bicarb solution,i use a heaped tablesoon to a couple of pints of water and leave the cases in for about 5 mins then rinse under tap again,never had any cases tarnish.
    Neil.
    Thanks Neil, will give it a try.....

    Nell

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