Portable reloading box

Timnterra

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I like the idea for load development. When the range is an hour drive or more it’s a pain. A few years back I bought a toolbox to build one similar to the horse grooming box shown above. I couldn’t find a solid way to mount my press and gave up on the idea. Thinking about it again there are several things I’d do different.
1. Use pre charged powder vials instead of weighing charges at the range. They sell powder vials for blackhorn 209 powder that would be perfect to charge at home with multiple charge weights. That way you don’t have to fight the wind on your scale. This way you can have multiple sets of loads to try and the ones that don’t shoot great don’t have to be shot again and don’t waste a bullet having to be pulled later. The loads that do shoot good you can immediately shoot again and confirm instead of going home to load and try again another day.
2. Do all brass sizing and priming at home.
3. Use the smallest lightest press possible because you are just seating bullets anyway. A small Arbor press or Lee hand press would be good for this.

I’d imagine a Chuck wagon style box would work well for this kind of operation.
 

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Moose Whacker

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I used to reload at obsolete cartridge matches when we usually didn't have enough brass for the whole 3 0r 4-day event. I mounted my press on the front bumper of my truck. It was one of those heavy metal bumpers made to house a Waren wench. Worked great for many years.
 

xsn10s

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I just purchased a portable work table that I'll c clamp RCBS single stage on for sizing. I decap my brass outside and I figure I can size the brass inside, or use the portable table at the range. But mostly I'll size at home and either use Chuckrub's idea or a powder dropper and electric scale.
 
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I like the idea for load development. When the range is an hour drive or more it’s a pain. A few years back I bought a toolbox to build one similar to the horse grooming box shown above. I couldn’t find a solid way to mount my press and gave up on the idea. Thinking about it again there are several things I’d do different.
1. Use pre charged powder vials instead of weighing charges at the range. They sell powder vials for blackhorn 209 powder that would be perfect to charge at home with multiple charge weights. That way you don’t have to fight the wind on your scale. This way you can have multiple sets of loads to try and the ones that don’t shoot great don’t have to be shot again and don’t waste a bullet having to be pulled later. The loads that do shoot good you can immediately shoot again and confirm instead of going home to load and try again another day.
2. Do all brass sizing and priming at home.
3. Use the smallest lightest press possible because you are just seating bullets anyway. A small Arbor press or Lee hand press would be good for this.

I’d imagine a Chuck wagon style box would work well for this kind of operation.
Years ago my work moved me approx every 4 years so I had to find a way to reload with a portable system.
I ended up with a Craftsman tool box on wheels, mounted 3/4" plywood on top to mount my press and the drawers provided storage for equipment and supplies. This would be too large for many but might be helpful in some of your situations.
 

ccmain

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I've been thinking about rigging up a portable box to keep at my other House. I have second house near Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas where I bass fish and hunt not far from my lake house.

If nothing else would be fun to rig up a box with a press, scales etc. to load if need be before a hunt or for the heck of like most of my loading.

I bet I'm not the only one that's done that before. My guess someone has some good ideas. Was thinking getting like an action packer plastic storage box or maybe even build nice wooden box. Get like a Lyman partner press I could take out and stick in a vice or maybe a clamp on a workbench/table whatever. I've got about two of everything, maybe three. I have two beam scales, older digital scale, a lyman powder drop I probably will not use since I bought the Chargemaster Lite. I had an RCBS and Lee powder drop at one time, not sure where that went too. Might be a fun project. I'm just as ate up with reloading as the rest of you guys!!!!

May be selling my lake house as I get closer to retirement and want to rig up something portable.

Anybody rigged up anything portable to reload. I recall guys reloading at ranges in the past, but havent seen it in a while.

Thanks, Billy
Hi there, I recently bought a Mobile press from Buchanan Precision Machine. It’s a little expensive but very high quality. The one I have uses the Hornady lock and load die bushings for quick die changes. I recently down sized my living arrangement and am building a portable reloading setup as well. Check out Buchanan Precision Machine.com
 

Muddyboots

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One idea though outside is to use your trailer hitch receiver as means to anchor a small table for the press. Stable and "portable", just don't let wife take off with truck while loading!
 

Pro2A

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I've been thinking about rigging up a portable box to keep at my other House. I have second house near Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas where I bass fish and hunt not far from my lake house.

If nothing else would be fun to rig up a box with a press, scales etc. to load if need be before a hunt or for the heck of like most of my loading.

I bet I'm not the only one that's done that before. My guess someone has some good ideas. Was thinking getting like an action packer plastic storage box or maybe even build nice wooden box. Get like a Lyman partner press I could take out and stick in a vice or maybe a clamp on a workbench/table whatever. I've got about two of everything, maybe three. I have two beam scales, older digital scale, a lyman powder drop I probably will not use since I bought the Chargemaster Lite. I had an RCBS and Lee powder drop at one time, not sure where that went too. Might be a fun project. I'm just as ate up with reloading as the rest of you guys!!!!

May be selling my lake house as I get closer to retirement and want to rig up something portable.

Anybody rigged up anything portable to reload. I recall guys reloading at ranges in the past, but havent seen it in a while.

Thanks, Billy
Serious benchrest shooters have been doing this for decades. They shoot, then run to the bench in their trailer or unit rolled into the Loading Pavilion to tweak the load for following shots. Several even have their loading stations in their motor coaches they drive to matches. They have put together some ingenious designs for portability and function. I'm not a benchrest shooter per se, so don't have pics to share. Visit a benchrest club in your area or benchrest forum for ideas.. "Bench bums" are always proud to share their reloading bench designs.
 

Silent Hammer

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Or your could use a portable work bench like a Work Mate and clamp any press to it. They're very stable and you can clamp anything to them, hugely versatile. I used to use it while watching tv and prep brass and load before my bench was ready.
You only need a box to hold components and other small reloading tools
 

skipglo

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I've been thinking about rigging up a portable box to keep at my other House. I have second house near Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas where I bass fish and hunt not far from my lake house.

If nothing else would be fun to rig up a box with a press, scales etc. to load if need be before a hunt or for the heck of like most of my loading.

I bet I'm not the only one that's done that before. My guess someone has some good ideas. Was thinking getting like an action packer plastic storage box or maybe even build nice wooden box. Get like a Lyman partner press I could take out and stick in a vice or maybe a clamp on a workbench/table whatever. I've got about two of everything, maybe three. I have two beam scales, older digital scale, a lyman powder drop I probably will not use since I bought the Chargemaster Lite. I had an RCBS and Lee powder drop at one time, not sure where that went too. Might be a fun project. I'm just as ate up with reloading as the rest of you guys!!!!

May be selling my lake house as I get closer to retirement and want to rig up something portable.

Anybody rigged up anything portable to reload. I recall guys reloading at ranges in the past, but havent seen it in a while.

Thanks, Billy
Or....you could save all the packing and unpacking and continue loading at home...if you think you might shoot 500 Rds at the Lake....easier to load 500 where you are comfortable and take them instead of 40 lbs of equipment and loose components...AND YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO FISH!
 

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