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Advantages and Disadvantages to adding a Reloading Press Riser Mount ??

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by John Gault, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So while on the internet looking for good ideas on best way to mount my RCBS press to the table I ran into this sight ( Reloading Mounts )and a couple others like it in which people are raising the press 6-10 inches off the table top. I can see how this could put the die in a better field of view and I think I could build a riser with scrap metal and skills I have..... However there must be disadvantages to this or I'd think I'd have seen more of them on the reloading bench pics I've seen.

    What say ye guys?

  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Some guys like to reload standing up. But that probably doesn't really answer your question since most that do need a bench that's pretty high even with a riser to do so.
    It probably just boils down to preference relative to ergonomics.. me, I like to see each powder throw (pistol) with my eyeball and the ergos while sitting suit me just fine.
  3. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have to sit with a bar stool positioned "just so" to keep the handle of my Dillon from running into the stool. It might not be the case if the press was located farther up. I've wondered the same things as the OP, but this is the only thing I think the risers would do for me.
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  4. My 3 sons

    My 3 sons Bonney Lake Active Member

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    I have the riser strong mount for my Dillon 650 and no riser for my Lee turret press. Now that I really think about it having the riser when running a progressive and standing works better for me with the fast repetitive motion. Sitting down and running the turret while weighing each charge makes me go slower and pay closer attention.
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    As others have said I think it is a personal preference. I built benches that were the right size for me when sitting in a chair. No need for risers for me. If you had a low bench or wanted to stand using a standard height counter risers might be nice.
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would think the presses height should be determined by how you place a case into the shell holder. I have mine setup so it is slightly lower then my elbow so I am not reaching up at an odd angle to feed the press.

    The press mounting set I think is cool is when they have the bench top cut with a tapered dovetail section to make swapping presses into the same location as easy as a single bolt.

    shown here in its simplest form:


    another variation using an over lapping section

  7. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have the strong mount (riser) on my Dillon 550B and just love it. I reload standing up and it puts it at the perfect height.
  8. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I load standing, and at a towering 5' 8", a 36" high bench put the press too low. I built 9" mounts out of 13 ply baltic birch, figuring they wouldn't last, but would at least let me get a feel. 100s & 100s of rounds later and they're holding up strong.