Reloading location

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  1. wmjstu

    wmjstu New Member

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    I'm not only new to the forum, but also to reloading. I must say I've been getting good advice from y'all. I've just ordered a Lee Classic Turret Press and accessories and am looking forward to it. It may not be the best, but should be good to learn on and produce the shells I need. There is one question I have, and haven't seen much, if any discussion on, and that is where to do the reloading. Inside I have carpeted areas pretty much throughout, and I've seen that I shouldn't reload there. I have a garage with room to reload, but then I work about dust, humitity, etc. Where do you reload, and any ideas for me. I appreciate you feedback.
    Thanks,
    Stu
  2. mtnboomer

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    Don't worry too much about reloading in a carpeted room, yes it can be messy if there is a spill, and defintely DON'T USE A VACUUM CLEANER TO PICK UP POWDER! I would suggest some type of overlayment under your press and work area.

    A plastic or vinyl floor protector likey they use under rolling chairs in an office would work nicely (be cautious of static buildup with these, spraying them with a soap and water solution then letting them dry without rincing with stop that).

    A rubber mat or a piece of plywood will work just as well. Even a old area rug will do the job.
  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum and welcome to the world of reloading. I have been a member for about a year but I don't post very often. You can learn alot from just reading the posts because there is a world of information here.

    I have a metal building in my back yard where I do my reloading. I have my presses mounted onto home made benches in that building. I keep the bullets and most of my dies in the building.

    I would not even consider leaving the powder in the building, I live in Georgia where we have a little heat and humidity. It stays in the house where the tempurature and humidity are controlled.

    I would say to use the garage but I would suggest that you leave the gunpowder in the house and just take out the container that you are using for whatever load you are working on. It is actually safer to not clutter up your bench with several containers of powder at a time, anyway (no chances of making a mistake)
  4. mrkirker

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    Welcome! I like reloading because it gives me total control in my shooting activities, and it's a way of doing 'gun things' when the weather is bad, or I can't make it to the range.

    I sort, polish, and deprime in an area in my garage, bringing brass into my reloading room as I need it, on loading blocks, usually in batches of 50 or 100. Doing these activities in the garage keeps my reload room much cleaner than it was when I did everything in there.

    My reload room is the old laundry room just off from my kitchen. gd has a good point in keeping your bench free from clutter and different canisters of propellant.

    Speaking of bench, you'll need a secure surface to attach your press onto, something that is not 'wobbly', so you can get good readings from your scale. I built one that's bolted to two walls, with small shelves for storage bins above, and larger shelves below for propellant storage. On one side of the bench is a large desk light with an adjustable arm for extra light.

    I don't heat my house in the winter, or cool it in the summer, so I have to be certain to keep the propellant canisters firmly sealed. The only issue that I see with having carpet in your loading area, is that primers can be hard to find if you drop one, and that the carpet might get pretty soiled from your activities. I have a relative that has reloaded for almost fifty years now, and carpet really hasn't presented any problems, other than the ones mentioned above.
  5. LDBennett

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    I converted an unused bedroom into a "gun room". I reload there and repair guns there. It is carpeted except the reloading area sits on a rubber mat. The mat is electrically conductive (an anti-static mat as used in production areas in electronic assembly manufacturing). I live in a desert area and static elctricity is everywhere and dangeous for reloading. A spark could easily start a powder fire...hence the anti-staic mat that is grounded to a grounded electrical wall outlet.

    It is no fun to reload in a hot or cold garage or un-temperature/humiduity controlled out building. I have been reloading in an unused bedroom for over 20 years. The house environment is ideal for powder/primer storage. But it probably is not ideal if you ever have a house fire. But everything is a compromise.

    If you cast bullet you must do that either outside or in an extremely well ventilated area like a garage with the main door open and that may not be sufficient ventilation. Lead fumes are extremely dangerous! That's one reason I don't cast bullets but buy cast bullets instead.

    LDBennett
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  6. wmjstu

    wmjstu New Member

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    I appreciate all the helpful advice. I'll probably use the spare bedroom now that I know how to set up the reloading station and what to watch out for. I look forward to learning more from this forum, as I'm sure I'll have more questions as I get more involved. Thanks again.
    Stu
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    One other thing, I tied the bench to the wall behind it with a stud layed cross ways and tied into the wall studs, then screwed onto the back of the bench. The reloading bench is solid as a rock and that is what you need for some of the harder to size cases.

    LDBennett
  8. JohnK3

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    Heck, don't use a vacuum cleaner to pick up powder, don't even use a vacuum cleaner to clean an indoor range!

    GLOCK has an indoor range near their offices in the Atlanta area. Not too long ago, they had an incident where someone cleaning the range with a vacuum cleaner found out what happens when the unburned powder residue ignites in the vac. OOPS!!!
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    Heck, I don't even use a vacuum cleaner to clean my house, I rake the carpets every few months or so!
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    I built a 12x24 building in my backyard, I do all my own smithing and reloading there, it gets so hot and humid here in Oklahoma I put in air conditioning, since I'm a plumber I put a sink in and ran compressed air from my garage to my shop so I can have air outlets at both my bench's. I store all my supplys there powder included, I do my reloading on one side and have my metal lath and mill on the other side and it's all protected by Saiga and Sig..
    Tim
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  11. Dirtypacman

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    I reload in my basement with a concrete floor for easy cleanup.
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    I reload in the garage because the boss, I mean wife doesn't want me to reload inside. It's not bad because my furnace is tied into the garage also so I can control the temp in there. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the classic turret. I have been reloading on one for two years and it's a very solid press.
    Rusty
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    I converted an unused bedroom into a gun room as well. When I spill powder on the carpet, I use the vacuum hoze nozzle to vaccum it up. That way there is no chance of the roller brush creating a spark from static electricity and starting a fire. Just use common sense and have at least one 10 lbs. dry chemical fire extinquisher on hand, and you will be fine.
  14. BigJakeJ1s

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    Something to think about... Woodworkers use shop-vacs to vacuum up sawdust all the time. And believe it or not, sawdust is more flammable and explosive than smokeless powder at atmospheric pressure. But that is on hard surfaces with no agitator brush, not with vacuum cleaners used on carpet. So while vacuuming smokeless powder is fine, using a carpet vacuum with agitator brush may not be. I would also use a vacuum that does not run the debris through the impeller on the way to the bag (the way a lot of old uprights do). I use one of those cordless floor vacs, but leave the brush turned off to vacuum up spilled powder from my tile floor.

    Andy
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    I did the unused bedroom for reloading and gun storage for years while we were renting. Now that we bought a house it is done in the basement with the concert floor. It was really nice to be able to spread out a little.
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    Hey I have a question. I recently moved to florida and don't have a room to reload in. I was thinking about setting up a reloading bench on my carport. My concerns would be the humidity causing the press to rust. Any thoughts on this.
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    Just the debris running through the vacuum hose is enough to cause static. I work in a chemical plant and several years ago a co-worker was burned while vacuuming up dust form one of our products. During the investigation they found the cause to be the vacuum line was not grounded. this same vacuum line had been used for years with no problem, every one had done it. Just because you get away with it today what will happen tomorrow
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  18. GMFWoodchuck

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    I'm thinking about building a 3 legged table to put into the corner of my basement. I figure 3 legs would be good because I would never have to worry about a wobbly table.

    I'm guessing I will make it just below chest height or a little lower so I don't have to bend over. I will also put a 6 or so inch back on it so stuff doesn't fall off the back. The dimensions will be about 8 feet on the front edge and the two back edges will be about 5' 7.8". I will be also be putting a shelf under the table top.

    It will be all made of oak. (I have a lot of it around) and I'd like a clear epoxy finish. But the cost will determine the finish.

    How does this sound?
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    GMFWoodchuck New Member

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    I don't have any reloading equipment. But Hopefully after christmas when I do I will also be setting up shop in the basement. I was already planning on buying WD-40 or something like that to rustproof it and some sort of brakecleaner/gun scrubber to clean the oil off if need be. And yes, I will be doing the spraying outside.

    Hope this helps.
  20. LDBennett

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    Unless you make it massive it needs to be tied to the wall behind it. The forces required to size some cases can be large and a light weight table doesn't hack it. But tie almost any table to the wall and it is tremendously stronger for reloading.

    I use one of the steel benches (lighly made) made as a tool bench for the garage but it is tied to the wall behind it with a horizontal 2x4 that is lagged into the studs. Strength is not a problem for my setup.

    LDBennett
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