Bolting down press or c-clamps?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by WildcatFan, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. WildcatFan

    WildcatFan New Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    St. Louis
    How do I go here? I like having a designated area, but would like to be able to break down easily if needed. Are c-clamps sufficient for bunches of rounds, or will I have to retighten every 50 rounds?
  2. cakes

    cakes New Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I have a heavy duty workbench top. I drilled a few holes through the workbench. I use bolts with wing nuts to mount them while I load, then put them away when not loading. I think if you ask 10 reloaders you will get seven or eight different ways that they mount their presses.

    If I had more room, I would mount all of my presses permanently.

  3. myg30

    myg30 Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I bolted my presses to a 3/4" ply wood square which I clamp to the bench with two clamps 90' apart. 3 clamps would be better. The board gives more surface area and no trouble here. My bench is small. You can always use wing nuts to remove quickly if bolting is your choise.
    My trimmer is also on a clamp base.
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    I use a clamp similar to the standard C clamps, but it has 2 feet on it, a V clamp. I found them at HD, Husky brand. Done many many rounds and never had to retighten. I prefer to clamp; organizing and set up is simple and fast. Press is bolted to a 2x6.
  5. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I use 3/8"carriage bolts to fasten down my presses. I've always got a 9/16" handy for the burrs, but wingnuts will work just fine too.
    When I need more bench space and remove either press, the Carriage bolts just barely bump above the bench to but don't get lost either. I suppose I could countersink them so they drop below the surface too...but so far it works just fine.

    On our sausage stuffer, we've got it fastened down to a double-3/4" plywood spreader plate that we clamp down to another bench with C-clamps. This works just fine too...and I don't see why it wouldn't work for a reloading press either.
  6. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    My choice is to use a hardwood base and "C" clamps, this allows quick changes of presses, trimmers, etc. without the hassle of un-bolting. Also, as your loading bench and equipment evolve, it won't end up looking like swiss cheese.

    Just my thoughts..... see pic

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  7. WildcatFan

    WildcatFan New Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    St. Louis
    Wow, Freebore, looks great! C'mon and do mine like that downstairs. I'll put on some ham-n-beans and cornbread, sweet tea. See ya' in, what, an hour?

    Thanks, all, for the input.
  8. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I see that you do wordworking. Looking at your very nice bench gives me ideas. Time to break out the drill press and the forstner bits. I have a bunch of walnut to use up.
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