Here is a reloading calculator if it helps. I reload for the convenience of having ammo at hand and do not rely on market changes of ammo cost. Reloading Costs Calculator – Ultimate Reloader
This is spot on! Aside from clearance sales, bulk internet bullet buys are the way to go. Precision Delta, Roze Distribution, RMR, a billion coated outfits and even plated choices from XTreme are very good and far more economical.LGS bullets will never really be what you want, just "something"
Yes I didn't look closely but it seemed they mainly had more name brand, higher priced bullets. but lower quantities. Load just a couple hundred rather than buying a 1,000 or so only to find out I don' like the bullet. I didn't want to commit to bulk purchases until I know what works well, or feeds well. ie wad cutters vs round or flat nose.Good Choices.. "dies" and, believe it or not, the chances are better to order bullets online.
LGS bullets will never really be what you want, just "something". You'll find coated, cast bullets work very well in the 45 - and I suspect gas-checked (GC) cast would work well in the BO as well.
Enjoy 2nd edition - Lee's book is an excellent read and resource.
No...! I had 6 in the garage at one time and it didn't save me a dime!You are telling me the 3 motorcycle plan isn't saving me money? Uh oh.
The reason I did it this way is so I don't have to drill holes in the top until I am sure of the final location. The hardwood mounting boards are very stiff as are the brackets are very heavy. Not pictured I will have a second hardwood along the front edge to verify a perfect right angle so it is holding the press down flat on the table. At least that is the plan. I thought about the possible flex is why everything is heavy duty. And the front board is just a $3 2x4 with stain and a little bit of polyurethane not sanded or finished just waterproofed/ dirt & grease proofed. If I did my measurements correctly the the bolt hole patterns should line up so I can move it with the minimal # of holes drilled.I’m a bit curious about the “bracket” idea. If you just bolt it to the face of the bench, you will bend it and the board the press is attached to will lift upward on the down stroke of the press handle. Why not just bolt the press directly to the top? You can use removable bolts if you plan to take it off. I wouldn’t scar up the front of a bench you put so much time into. 🤷♂️
Thanks, I thought as I remember from many years ago when my Dad and I loaded mostly shotgun shells and .308 the powder was gray I thought that would give a decent contrast. Hopefully with the added overhead light will help. I have already thought of this and on the right hand wall not visible in photo is a 4 inch paint brush for dusting and sweeping up spills. I will probable add a backing splashboard along the back side a couple of inches high and maybe a couple of inches along the back half of the sides just to make sure thinks don't slip off the back etc.The only criticism I might have, is that I'd have used a lighter color stain on the top itself, to make it easier to see any spilled powder, thus making it easier to keep clean. Beyond that, it looks like a solid set-up.
LOL Well this thing is heavy as all heck, and I leveled it as I built it so it is pretty solid. But I did make provisions for that just in case. If you notice I put the braces on the outside of the 4x4 so they are closest to the wall. I will just need to fill in the small 1/2 inch off set caused by the floor trim to keep it level then can shoot some long screws straight into the wall studs.Some folks find it handy to actually screw the bench to the back wall as well. You may not need it for a SS, but a progressive can sure get the pan to fly off the scale if the bench isnt rock solid...especially when you try to ram a large primer into a small hole!! 🤓
You were right , Well we both were. The way I have it bolted to the table does hold it secured to the table, however you are right the leverage of that long stroke does want to lift the back of the table. Fortunately I do have some 6 inch screws that I will use to secure it to the wall studs along the back side today.Play it by ear! Sometimes that sticky new brass has you really riding the press arm! 😆
Looks great and sturdy.I thought about the possible flex is why everything is heavy duty.
Now you've done it!! Telling @Nitro.45 that he's right.... 🤦♂️You were right....
😁 A hilarious visual just came to mind.....someone that will remain "unnamed" with a tipped over bucket of varnish, rags stuck all over the place and a brush glued to his forehead!!You are off to a great start, nice bench.
I have resembled that remark LOL Soon am going to waterproof my shooting deck, I found a 5 gallon can of it in the shop, maybe I can rig up a brush on my ass and scoot all around it LOL😁 A hilarious visual just came to mind.....someone that will remain "unnamed" with a tipped over bucket of varnish, rags stuck all over the place and a brush glued to his forehead!!
I'll give you two guesses, and no, its NOT Gramps!