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    I to have been wanting to get into reloading but I was worried I would mess something up like my face or hand and with this ammo scare the way its been trying to find ammo its been crossing my mind even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camo View Post
    I to have been wanting to get into reloading but I was worried I would mess something up like my face or hand and with this ammo scare the way its been trying to find ammo its been crossing my mind even more.
    It's really pretty safe. I have held myself to one type of powder per load (HP38/W231 for 45 ACP and 38 Special, H335 for .223, W296 for 44 magnum) to reduce the chance of using the wrong powder for the wrong load. I use a turret press specifically because one operation happens at a time, front and center, and I keep a close eye on the powder drop and primer set.

    Important to be fresh when reloading and stopping when you get tired or distracted.

    Maybe get hold of a reloading manual and read through it to see if you want to explore further.
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    On the subject of work benches. When I built the one I'm using, back about 100 years ago, an old guy told me when you build the bottom shelf to be sure and recess the front edge of it back behind the front legs. In other words don't let the shelf come out even with the table top or it becomes a shin knocker. That way you can sit in front of the bench and you have room to put you feet and legs on the floor without them being up against the bottom shelf. I've thought about that several times over the years and how glad I am that I took his advice. Simple things can make life a lot more pleasurable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    There's a couple of "wildcat" cartridges with the name Ingram. They were based on the .223, necked up to 7mm or .30 caliber. Kind of an oddity.
    That's interesting. This gives me some direction to do some careful measuring and investigating. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishinkeylargo View Post
    If you are building a bench consider how you will be working at it. Sitting, stool, standing? Build the work bench to a height that will work the best for you. I like the fact that I don't have to stretch or bend while working at my reloading station.
    Good points. Counter height would lend to sitting and standing. Good idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by volfan View Post
    Google "reloading bench plans". There are lots of free designs & ideas. Accurateshooter.com has several designs that can be adapted to different work spaces. Most of them are 36" high, which is about right for the way I work - standing or sitting on a stool.
    You will always wish you had made it bigger and that you had more storage space.
    I didn't even think to do that specific of a search. Nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Burks View Post
    Wouldn't be bad to place stuff on the floor and get an idea of the bench size you need. Check for reaching distance, items getting in the way (really want to knock 50 rounds over that are half done?), and so forth. A mock setup if you will. This is what a buddy did for his custom metal work station, worked very well!

    Plus if you make your own, you can cut reliefs to prevent trays from tipping/slipping/sliding/etc. Doesn't take much to do that.
    I'll have to think about the reliefs. Thanks. Good tip on laying things out too. I'm still trying to visualize how I'll be using everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camo View Post
    I to have been wanting to get into reloading but I was worried I would mess something up like my face or hand and with this ammo scare the way its been trying to find ammo its been crossing my mind even more.
    This ABC's of Reloading book has been real good so far at educating me of all the dangers. I'm only a few chapters in but I'd say if you're smart enough to be concerned then you may enjoy the read too. I've learned a thing or 2 and actually feel better about what I'm going to do. Plus the help here on TA has been great.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rook49 View Post
    On the subject of work benches. When I built the one I'm using, back about 100 years ago, an old guy told me when you build the bottom shelf to be sure and recess the front edge of it back behind the front legs. In other words don't let the shelf come out even with the table top or it becomes a shin knocker. That way you can sit in front of the bench and you have room to put you feet and legs on the floor without them being up against the bottom shelf. I've thought about that several times over the years and how glad I am that I took his advice. Simple things can make life a lot more pleasurable.
    Great point!

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    Read carefully and reload safely. Always double check everything
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    I was hanging Sheetrock all weekend. Barely had time for the project but I got a good start on the bench top. Should have some legs under it this weekend. That 18" bump out feels great when sitting there. I just clamped down the equipment to get a feel for things. Trying to keep one end open in case I ever expand on things.
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    Looks really good. Are you going to laminate the top surface or seal it in any way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    Looks really good. Are you going to laminate the top surface or seal it in any way?
    Thanks! It's a red oak veneer so I'll end up sealing it. Maybe even stain it. I always start out strong with the wood working projects and end a little lazy. Might have to force myself to do the details on this one.
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    Scales..

    I'm looking and I see everything from cheap to expensive and mechanical to electronic. I wouldn't mind going mechanical but there's really no cost savings over an inexpensive electronic. Is there advantages to mechanical or should I flow with the 21st century and get an electronic scale? I'd like to cap this at $125. Is that doable for something reliable? Is that way too much?

    All input appreciated, thanks!
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    I have an electronic and it works fine. Having said that I would prefer/also like to have a good beam scale.

    I don't have any practical experience with a beam scale but I just feel that I would have more faith in its repeatable accuracy over the digital. That may be unfounded but that's what I feel.
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