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Old 01-23-2010, 09:58 PM  Geek is offline     #1 (permalink)
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Here’s a great do-it-yourself project for the winter. Texan Robert Lewis made himself a great portable reloading bench from plywood mounted to a Black & Decker Workmate. The bench, roughly 22″ x 19″ on top, folds up to fit easily in your car’s trunk or behind the seats in a pick-up truck cab. Four recessed bolts hold the wood top section to the collapsible B&D Workmate.The sides and back of the unit are attached to the base with small nails. There is a small shelf (also nailed in place) which can be used to clamp a powder measure or hold a scale. Shown in the photo is a Harrell’s Benchrest measure and Harrell’s single-stage “C” press.



The whole unit can be built for about $65.00 with pine, or $80.00 with oak (as shown). Robert explained: “The Workmate was $40. If someone bought a 2′x4′ sheet of 3/4″ oak plywood, I think it is around $30. Using pine plywood would be about half that. Fasteners were $3. Spar Urethane would be $5.”

Robert told us: “I used a couple ideas I found on the web. The Larry Willis website gave me the idea to use the Black and Decker Workmate as a base. I found the Workmate on sale for $40 and the top is made from oak plywood I had in my shop. I sealed the wood with three coats of Spar Urethane. The whole thing folds into a nice package for transportation to and from the range.”











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Old 01-23-2010, 11:13 PM  Kappy is offline     #2 (permalink)
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Very cool.
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These things are all over the Benchrest circut, guy's love them so they can load their ammo at the shoot for the specific conditions and taylor their ammo to the day, they are very neat though. I wouldnt mind haveinbg one for when at the range with a new rifle.
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Interesting question... is there any point in reloading at the range if you're shooting iron sights? I have great vision (20:15), but I can't see well enough to be good enough a shot to be that accurate. Would you agree that it's mostly for scoped rifles?
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Not really, it is mostly a Benrest deal, where guy's will load ammo based on weather and other factors, to get the most out of their 1,000 yrd and even 600 yrd guns.
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Not really, it is mostly a Benrest deal, where guy's will load ammo based on weather and other factors, to get the most out of their 1,000 yrd and even 600 yrd guns.
600-1000 yards with iron sights?
 
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How can you load rounds based on the day's conditions? I'm 99% inept to reloading so I have no idea what can be modified. The amount of powder, weight of the round. Is there anything else?
 
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I know people who go out specifically on rainy/windy days so that they can play with "doping the wind."

Here's an article: From 1911's favorite, Smith & Wesson.

I was practicing with it for a bit with my .22, then I got into centerfire more.
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How can you load rounds based on the day's conditions? I'm 99% inept to reloading so I have no idea what can be modified. The amount of powder, weight of the round. Is there anything else?

Differnt powders, different seating depths with the bullet, different charge weights, all these things can be played with to make a round shoot better in different conditions, from hot and humid to cold and frigid.
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Cool. It's funny how many people see gun owners as being from the back woods and having no intelligence at all. Far from the truth...
 
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