Quick reloading bench question

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  1. 1in9twist

    1in9twist New Member

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    How high off the floor is the top of your reloading bench? 36", 38", etc. :)
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap that sig smiley is awesome... And hes using a LEE press :thumbsup:

    My benches are 28" up. One is an old office desk (like starsky and hutch police chief desk) and the other is a plywood table built to match.
  3. The Duke

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    Mine is 42", but I reload standing up or sitting on a high stool...Ive found 42" easier on the back..

    Yeah, like JLA said, that smilie is great!!!!
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  4. JLA

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    I sit in a comfy office chair with wheels.
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    I just moved my loading bench up from 30" to 42" last week. I also got a higher stool so that my upper body is at the same height whether I'm standing or sitting, and I like it much better now. The lower height meant I was really reaching down to operate the handle.

    That said, my "cleaning and repairs" table is still at 30", and I still sit in an office chair at that table. Since I'm never reaching below table height, it's quite comfortable for me.
  6. American Leader

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    I use a 30" high desk for my progressive and a 38" high bench for my rifle press single stage and gunsmithing. Office chair with the desk as well!
  7. BobMcG

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    Both my progressive and single stage benches have the same dimensions; 8' L x 2' W x 3' H.
    Although I've spent over three and a half decades loading while standing up, I'm thinking more and more of incorporating a stool into the works these days. It might be easier on the bones than just the floor pads.
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    Mine is in the front bedroom, and space is limited, 29" high, and I use a folding chair, with a coushon.
  9. dbach

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    42", I think a little lower wouldnt hurt, say 36".
  10. Bindernut

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    My new bench is 36". It works good with either a bar stool or standing.
    My old TV console "portable bench" is about 30" tall and it works good with a regular wheeled office chair.

    Either height is perfectly useable to me.
  11. Claudius Valarium

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    I work mostly standing and made mine 43" high above finished floor and added rubber mats to stand on, so I'm at 42 1/2" for a working height. I also do some of the work from a stool with cushion to keep the backside happy. The height will vary depending on how tall you are.

    If you will be working from a standing position, measure the distance from the floor to your elbow with your forearm level to the floor and subtract 2" - make sure your shoulders are relaxed. The same formula can be used if you will be seated - no matter the height of the chair.

    You can always build a mock up for height if you are unsure. You can also have multiple loading stations with varying work surface heights. I just made mine all the same and haven't had any issues with any of the loading processes.

    Good luck.
  12. LDBennett

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    My bench for my Dillon RL550B is 34 inches while the stool height is 24 inches. I reload sitting on the stool. I use a standard height bench for gunsmithing work (30 inches) and the same stool.

    My reloading bench where I progressively reload with my Dillon RL550B sits on top of a rubber mat. But this is not an ordinary rubber mat but an electrostatic mat that is conductive and is electrically tied to ground. I live in the very dry desert and static buildup is a real problem. Having a thousands of volts spark jump from me to the powder canister is probably not a good idea! When I set up my current reloading area when I moved to the high desert I made sure this could not happen. The bench is nothing more than a metal work bench with a wood top from Sears. But it is securely tied to the studs of the wall behind it. It does not move even a fraction of an inch as I operate the press handle while reloading.

    I also reload 50 cal (50DTC) but from a different press and bench but the same stool. The bench is 30 inches high and the press is the hugh RCBS AmmoMaster-2. I also reload with this press seated (seven decades requires I do almost everything sitting down!).

    LDBennett
  13. Zhurh

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    My bench is 42 high, and I stand or usually sit on a high stool which really gets to my back after an hour or so. If ya have a bad back, consider a lower bench and use a good comfortable office chair on wheels.
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