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ageingstudent

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A lot of nice set-ups here guys, but when I look at the pictures, I wonder how some of you load with any speed or consistency? It looks like a lot of hand switching and none of the scales are at or even close to eye level. Do you guys think to set up your loading stations for good flow or transition from one stage to the next? Just something that is not really talked about here. A reloading bench doesn't have to be big either. Keep it more compact and a good flow can be obtained. Keep your beam scale at or close to eye level so you can accurately measure your charge weights if you want to load anything precise. Not that my set-up is the best, but look at how the powder measure is offset (in the direction I sit) and the handle is on the left hand side. This is so I can use my right hand to transfer the powder pan over to the scale without having to switch hands. From there I trickle in the rest of the powder, then that powder gets dumped into the next case in the loading block. When every case is charged, the bullets get seated:
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Loading isn't rocket science, but it should go smoothly and as easy as possible from one stage to the next. Just a thunk...;)
Well here's the wide angle shot and you can see I have that scale with the angle-up screen so I don't have to crane my neck to see it. I just use the Lee safety scale to keep the digital honest from time to time. I also have a Hornady scale and all three agree when calibrated so I feel confident in my measures. The Lee safety scale is not the best scale but I find mine to be surprisingly accurate. I haven't set up my Progressive or single stage in the trailer yet, but the Lee classic press has proved to be very versatile in the situation I'm in presently. I totally agree it should be an enjoyable experience and have some flow when you get down to cranking stuff out. I don't load any benchrest stuff, but most of my rounds (handgun or rifle) perform better than factory made stuff in my guns. I did order a 4in quick change riser from In Line. It raised the press a little bit off the table and made it more comfortable to throw rounds in the cramped space without having to shift position.

Nevermind the motor oil boxes in the background. I'm still unpacking haha.
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ageingstudent

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I never liked having my scale on my reloading bench proper.. I mean it's a precision instrument and you're slamming on the table all the time.
I don't like having mine on the portable setup in the trailer but there's no where else to put it. At first each pull of the handle made the scale #s change and that's no good. So I went and got several full boxes and containers of those heavy lead bullets I cast and stacked them on top of some foam rubber on the base of the workmate, and made a stout bench top out of 1 1/4" sub floor. It soaked up most of the vibration and deflection and the scale doesn't fluctuate anymore.
 

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