Loading Bench: Section 2 done.

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  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Once I got the Dillon mounted and started using it I found that my RCBS single stage was now in a physical location that would only be improved by completely changing it. So, out went the 50 year old rollaway bench and in came the new built-in. Now my single stage RCBS has a home and I have a ton more room in the garage. Next step is to build a powder magazine cabinet and storage shelves. Right now it's looking like I'm going to line the inside of my existing cabinet with drywall and add some drywall insulated shelving to it. Next month I'll install the final 8ft on the other side of the Dillon so I can mount a CH 444 press and a shotshell press.

    All that's left for today is to clean the living shit out of the place.

    Pics, more or less in order during construction:

    Pack every damned thing on top of the last one and removed the old roll-away bench. Added 2x4 to the wall and starting to extend things.
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    Sharpies and construction adhesive along with 3" long screws and a good reliable, repeatable design.
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    Because this beast needs to have its contents cycled.
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    Add a work surface and a back splash
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    Add legs and a mounting block for the Rockchucker. They wanted 17 bucks each for the fancy legs so I used 2x4's for now. When I can get them cheaper I will. The last 3 were like 1 dollar each in the scraps bin at Home Depot.
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    A little closer view
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    Drop on the wire rack to hold little things and keep them off the bench.
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    Closer view
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    I'll be putting some shelving and the powder magazine cabinet above the RCBS press.

    Rifle on the wall is an M95 Steyr that I re-mil'd from a parade rifle. New barrel, bolt head, firing pin. I'm eventually going to turn it into a 500S&W rifle.
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  2. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Got the last 2 sections of table done. Now to clean up and reorganize things then I can start mounting additional presses.

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  3. TK1 New Member

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    I have always enjoyed seeing what other folks are doing to make their Loading/Work area. And, it looks like your doing a nice job.

    I started with an empty work area and installed the walls/electrical/lighting. The benches were salvaged from large hardwood countertops. Made the angled supports to prevent having legs on the floor. The benches on the other side are Harbor Freight wood benches I purchased on sale with a 20% coupon (I think they were $90.00 each).

    Keep the pictures coming so we can see the finished product.

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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    It's just a mess right now. Between pistol training, instructor training, work and starting a business things have gotten truly disorganized. On the upside, I got my new rifle dialed in with a fire forming load I can use for match shoots. Grouping .25 for 3 shots repeatedly. 5 seem to stretch things to .6 but from shot 5 to shot 20 it stays there. Then it's just too bloody hot to shoot.
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    Notice that I didn't post pictures of my work in progress. It was very messy and I hated dealing with insulation, it seemed to get everywhere.

    My buddy has a .257 Roberts AI and he is always fire forming, at least when he can find the .257+ Roberts cases. I have never gotten into doing the wildcat thing, but I can appreciate those that do. Out here in Wyoming, we have a saying, "There is the month of August and then winter." The temperatures are starting to drop especially at night it gets quite cool, you need to wear a hoodie or sweatshirt at night.

    Once the cold weather sets in I'll spend time reloading and bedding a few rifles. There is the chance that I could even continue phosphating since the garage is heated. It will be interesting to try. The problem is water, you need to rinse the metal prior to and after phosphating and I don't have running water in the garage. So I'll have to figure something out.

    Again, keep up with the pictures.
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    Got a chance over the weekend to wring out my .243AI a little more. Groups are really sticking tight. SD's dropped down to 14 on the latest batch which required zero'ing my scale between charges. Added about 30 minutes to the time it took. Looks like the optic is turning in about 2-3% short of full indicated dope. Figures I hadn't noticed before. It was basically inside the group size. Need to do another zero'ing and get that nailed and then re-do the tall target test. Latest load threw 20 rounds into 4" at 550yrds rapid fire. Most of them landed inside a 2" circle.


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    Tall target test? Is that the one with a bunch of targets to see how well your scope is tracking?


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  9. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    The one you're thinking of there is actually the box test though some of that comes out in the tall target test anyway. The tall target test really tells you your click value and helps find signs of scope cant and horizontal drift inside vertical adjustments. The tall target test is susceptible to a number of external factors so interpretation is the real challenge. The red line is one I drew parallel to the vertical reticle line to see how the vertical tracking was doing. No signs of cant but there's 3% of click value not coming in when you do the math. Knowing that exact click value makes it easy to adjust my ballistics spreadsheet and apps to match so I'll be dead on when I reach out really far. I can get to 1000 inside 7.5mils but 2 clicks out there is about 7" so it's important that I have it accounted for.

    The 4 inner crosshair looking circular aim points are the box test. Shows the scope tracks cleanly enough and that my zero is off by .5MOA down and .7MOA right which was deliberate and that I pulled a good few shots badly. I didn't want to destroy my aim point on return to zero and holes in black don't show up well in pics or video, that was the reason for the zero offset.

    Video time (it's a little corny):



    BTW, you can get those targets at https://www.boxtobenchprecision.com. Get a pack of them. You'll thank me later.
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  10. Keith Moderator

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    I'll need to look into those and thank you for the video. I'm already subscribed to your channel but I'll need to bookmark it and a few other things to make sure I don't forget.


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