Welcome to Northwest Firearms
Join our community, sign up for free today!
Sign Up

Stand up or sit down while reloading?

Messages
221
Reactions
91
For all you reloading veterans, I have this basic question about how to mount a reloading press. My instinct says that I want to position my press so that I can sit down while reloading. But I noticed on YouTube that many people have mounted their press using things like the "strong mount" for their press which elevates their press such that they have to stand up while reloading. And so I started to wonder if it's easier to stand while reloading & pulling that lever. What is your preference that you've decided over the years? Thanks in advance for your answers.
 
Bench was setup to accommodate standing, when sitting is desired I have a stool, this way I can work between the two. Sometimes I want to stand for the additional leverage when resizing rifle cases. Other times sitting is more efficient, like when powdering and seating 9mm projectiles...


My thoughts exactly! ;)
 

bbbass

Messages
8,180
Reactions
17,462
Bench was setup to accommodate standing, when sitting is desired I have a stool, this way I can work between the two. Sometimes I want to stand for the additional leverage when resizing rifle cases. Other times sitting is more efficient, like when powdering and seating 9mm projectiles...
^^^ This is what I was going to write. I have my press set up to stand, because you can use a bar stool to sit at standing height, but sawing off my legs at the knees to stand at sitting height = not good! ;)

My thoughts exactly! ;)
#MeToo :)
 
Messages
472
Reactions
523
My preference is standing for progressive press re-loading.
To sit, I can park my butt on the edge of a tall stool, but a press mounted for sitting has no standing option.
I built my bench top height for standing but a riser for a standard height bench for standing need not be an expensive "strong mount", and can be fab'ed out of 2x8s or other scrap framing lumber and costs nothing.
WoodenRiser.JPG

And if it's built tall enough so the press linkage clears the bench top, it can be mounted further in on the bench, away from the edge for rigidity.
:D
 
Last edited:

Capn Jack

Messages
2,801
Reactions
4,615
Using a powder thrower at my bench, in the garage, for pistol, or rifle, I stand.
My powder thrower isn't accurate enough with the powder I use for my .458, so
I sit at the kitchen counter to weigh powder and fill the cases. Then, I take them
out to the press and seat the bullets. With the AR's every case is checked in the
chamber die after sizing and after loading.:D

I know, it sounds anal, but a stuck case can ruin your life.:eek:
 

Caveman Jim

Messages
13,938
Reactions
36,875
I have a bad back so I can't sit not stand for long periods of time. I have to figure out the perfect height for my soon to be completed benches in "the room". I did find a HD drafting chair that will be used a lot like my old stool had, it will work either sitting or standing height.
 
Messages
2,078
Reactions
1,972
Inside the house, I sit down.

Out in the reloading area outside the house, everything is set up for standing, though I have an adjustable height chair too.
 
Messages
520
Reactions
1,004
Been in this discussion before elsewhere. I've been handloading going on 40 years, started out being shown doing it in standing position. So that became a habit. The years went by, and I thought about doing it in the sitting position. Tried it, doesn't work for me. I find that I need more total body mobility range than sitting allows for most operations. Even using a tall stool as a butt rest. Some phases lend themselves to sitting, like seating primers. Which I sometimes do at a table in front of a TV. But for most functions, I use my benches which I built years ago to be convenient for standing work.

Having said the foregoing, in later years I've had foot problems. First, plantar faciitis, which has largely cleared up. Lately, metatarsalgia, which I'm dealing with now and may lead to left surgery soon. The rubber anti-fatigue mats at the work stations help. Special shoe inserts help. Take my advice, don't get old.
 

HighlandLofts

Messages
336
Reactions
743
I built my bench to stand, but a bought a Craftsman stool to sit on occasionally when my legs and or ankles start to get sore.

It is nice to have the two options.
Mounted at sit down level you only have one choice.
 
I do both. My progressive presses are booth stand just cranking out rounds. For single loading I sit as the focus is on each round.
 

Dyjital

Messages
8,733
Reactions
16,338
Stand. I have a 42" bench height.

The extension to the bench that will be built this fall will be lower for sitting height for tinkering and not so much reloading.
 
Messages
520
Reactions
1,004
Lately, I've been thinking about one of those big, rolling tool boxes with a wooden top that they sell at Home Depot (or similar). It would be nice to have all those nice little drawers to hold all my various equipment. They are standing height. The ones I've looked at cost about $700, they are set up with electric power connection and all. Since the wooden top doesn't have a lip, I'm not sure how I'd mount stuff. The draws close pretty close under the top, at first glance anyway don't appear to be too adaptable to bolt-through.
 

NEW CLASSIFIED ADS

LATEST REVIEWS

  • Rangemaster Gunworks
    5.00 star(s)
    I have done business with Jeff for many years,he is trustworthy and honest
    • grpolarbear
  • Rangemaster Gunworks
    5.00 star(s)
    I've known him from the beginning. I trust him completely. His prices are fair. He is technically competent in all aspects of gunsmithing and...
    • OLDMANWINTER
  • Country Line Shooting Sports
    5.00 star(s)
    If you like a good mom and pop, country store, County Line only lacks the cracker barrel and chairs to be damn near perfect. They try and for the...
    • CptPh0t0n
  • Brimstone Gunsmithing
    5.00 star(s)
    David is kind, considerate and a true professional as are the rest of his staff ! Thanks
    • LuLuBelle
  • Brimstone Gunsmithing
    5.00 star(s)
    Back in April, I had Brimstone do a Tier 1 trigger job for my 10/22 race gun build. After months of use and a handful of speed steel events, I...
    • Mister Bisley

Staff online