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How big is your reloading room?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Mechaneck, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Mechaneck

    Mechaneck NW Oregon New Member

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    How much room do I really need to set up a reloading room? I searched this forum and didn't find the answers I was looking for. Although I did find lots of good info on bench design.

    I am getting ready to section off part of a 12 foot wide attic storage room to set up my future (hopefully very near future) reloading room. I've never reloaded before and I want to make sure that I have plenty of room but don't want to give up any more of my storage than is necessary. This will be strictly a reloading/guncleaning/tinkering room. My safe is in another location.

    I know I'll need room for a good bench and some sturdy shelving. Would 10'X12' or 12'X12' be sufficient?

    Also, Can anyone point toward a good site for info on room layout?

    Thanks,
    Keith
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My "Toy Closet" is 5.5' x 8' in it I have a 6' long reloading bench. A 5.5' long rifle rack with ammo box storage shelves below. On the oppisite wall is a shelf 5.5' long that holds my range box a couple of large wood rifle travel boxes and below a bunch of misc gear for photography and camping. Under the reloading bench is a cabinet with 4 drawers that holds my camera collection. The balance of the area under the bench has my tumbler and media storage. On the remaining short wall I have a floor to ceiling storage shelf with a 15" x 36" gun cleaning bench.

    SO you 10x10 would be plenty. Unless you have more then 50lbs of powder 5000 bullets 20 sets of dies 30 rifles and 10 handguns and 30) collectable cameras and all the crap that goes with them from tripods to cable releases.

    My telescope and all its gear also store in the room.

    Organization is the key and is an armored door with multiple anti theft features built into the room,
     
  3. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    You really don't need much room at all. When I was single I loaded out of a footlocker used for storage and a B&D Workmate for my "Bench". The first law of Reloading is that your "Setup" will expand to take up all available space. I now have mine set up in an entire bedroom of my 4 bedroom house. Since there are no kids in the house anymore it just seemed natural.

    It really isn't how much space you have for reloading, it's how well you use it. In between my Workmate and Bedroom "shops" I had some space on a garage workbench I used to use. All of my equipment that needed to be bolted down was merely bolted to a piece of 3/4" cabinet grade particle board (High Density). Then, when I needed a press I attached it to four securing points consisting of some T-Nuts on the bottom of the bench. Changing presses was a matter of removing the four bolts, putting the one I wasn't using on a storage shelf on the wall, installing the other press, and reloading. My Presses (single stage, progressive rifle/pistol, and shotshell progressive, each had a base that matched the securing points (I drilled them all at the same time and used one of the bases for the pattern to drill the bench. That insured that the holes would all fit). Even my case trimmer had it's own base. With a system like this one can even store their unused items in a Garden Shed or Storage Locker if they have absolutely no room in the house.
     
  4. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You've got plenty of room.
     
  5. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    12X12 and I have 3 presses on only one side. To the left of them is the supply store shelves that are 24"x36" with all my bullets,brass and dies.
    To the right is a 10' bench for smith work (that I think I can do myself)
    My safe and a file cabinet are in there also.
     
  6. Mechaneck

    Mechaneck NW Oregon New Member

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    Thanks guys. That helps.

    Keith
     
  7. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    Mine started out with only using a part of my bench in the garage. Now it's the whole bench, which is 12 feet long. Who knows what it will be a few years down the road.
     
  8. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    Currently a 3 level, 5' long, 3' deep, bench. But will be upgraded here shortly to a whole wall of the garage.
     
  9. kev350

    kev350 Gresham , Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm just getting set up myself I have a 5 foot wide by 10 long area. I use the old cabinets and counter out of my kitchen so lots of storage.
     
  10. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I always had a set up in my main shop but I would find I slowed down in the winter due to the time involved to get a fire going to get it warm. I set up a desk in a corner of my bedroom but now I am outgrowing that. I am going to remodel a extra outbuilding on my property to be the dedicated gunshop/reloading room and It will be insulated and finished on the inside with a gas stove for quick warmup!
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    That will depend on the size of your garage:cool:
     
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  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Kinda like gold fish,they grow to the size of their pond.
    So do you have enough parking outside the garage?:thumbup:
     
  13. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    hahaha Yeah definitely good for one rifle hobbyist/hunter or maybe a one pistol and one rifle.
     
  16. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes you need extra parking for when the friends come over to either load or kibitz.

    I wonder if anyone ever thought of opening up one of those shops like they have for pottery? One where you bring your own primed brass, bullets, and powder. Rent dies and go to a "loading station" that has a single stage press, a scale, funnel, and a caliper.

    Coffee and sandwiches available for after you're done (and washed your hands). No Booze though.

    For the "operator", they could offer special services like Chronograph and pressure testing in a test barrel for a fee.
    Might even become a good source for powder/primers/bullets/brass.

    Apartment Dwellers might just love something like this.
     
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    HotRod61 Happy Valley Active Member

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    Albany gun club has something like that if I'm not mistaking. Maybe someone from the club could chime in who knows more.
    HotRod
     
  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The local cowboy shooters let friends bring their own brass and bullets and just pay for the powder and primers.The press is all set for cowboy action loads.

    I have offered my shop to a couple friends.All they have to do is leave me some ammo.No takers yet
    Don't really want unknowns at my abode either
    I would ASSume the insurance for a business like that would be kinda high. Selling it would be one thing,playing with explosives might draw a red flag.
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Probably wouldn't be any more than that of a gun range, maybe even less because they really wouldn't be firing the ammo. Waivers would be a given as to personal injury.

    Just to be accurate, smokeless powder isn't really an explosive even though it carries the 1.3 Explosive ID under UN recommended guidelines. It's actually a solid propellant that undergoes deflagration instead of detonation.

    Black Powder on the other hand explosion.jpg

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