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Old 12-10-2009, 15:54   #1
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Reloading in an apartment

Well to keep this simple I am looking into reloading and the only thing that i feel may prevent me is that i live in an apartment. I live on my own and do not have any roomates. I also have a large closet I would be able to put a table in and work in. Are there any reasons not to do so, and if I can would it be wise to work in an isolated area such as the closet.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:14   #2
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I don't see a problem with either.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:14   #3
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Make sure you tell your super. I'm sure he'll be excited

Seriously, don't let the small space be an excuse. I reload on a desk in my office with a handpress. Everything I need fits in a tool box that I keep locked up when I'm not using it. Great skill to learn and very rewarding. Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:16   #4
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When I was in college I turned my coat closet into a reloading room. Put a lock or dead bolt on it so the manager doesn't go snooping. Also doubles as a safe place to store your guns & ammo. It's a small space but certainly workable.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:23   #5
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Make sure you have good light. If you are working with exposed lead or doing casting make sure you have very good ventilation.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:27   #6
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I can't think of a good reason not too. I wish I had a spare closet somewhere in my house that I could use for that purpose.
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Old 12-10-2009, 16:31   #7
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I made the mistake of thinking my 900 sqft place was too small for a progressive press. Reality is with a little forthought you can easily make it work. I used my kitchen table and C-Clamped the press (attached to a big board) to the table. I then attached the that board to the wall with a removable bolt (expanding wall anchor). The board had the L bracket to attach to the wall. Once the press was C-Clamped to the table and the bolt was attached to the two wall anchors the table was very solid.
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Old 12-10-2009, 17:38   #8
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My first "bench" was in a small closet. I put a set of 2x4 rails around 3/4 of the closet and set a heavy board on the rails. Worked fine for two years. Easy to take down, or leave up as needed. Close the door, and it was secure. Easy enough to put a good lock on it if needed.

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I shall refrain from making any comments on the obvious difference between going into a closet... and coming out of one.

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Well to keep this simple I am looking into reloading and the only thing that i feel may prevent me is that i live in an apartment. I live on my own and do not have any roomates. I also have a large closet I would be able to put a table in and work in. Are there any reasons not to do so, and if I can would it be wise to work in an isolated area such as the closet.
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I don't see a problem. I've heard of some folks using those craftsman portable benches. Obviously you wouldn't be able to put a huge press on it, but would probably work fine w/ a 550 or LCT, or maybe even a Loadmaster.

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Old 12-10-2009, 20:00   #11
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I don't see a problem. I've heard of some folks using those craftsman portable benches. Obviously you wouldn't be able to put a huge press on it, but would probably work fine w/ a 550 or LCT, or maybe even a Loadmaster.

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Thats the thing. It won't matter. Brace the base properly to a wall and put whatever you want on it. I doubt even a casefeeder would matter if the base is attached to the wall for additional support. Thats really the key.
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Old 12-10-2009, 20:20   #12
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Made alot of ammo on my little bench in a 9X9 room!

Reloading

I even had a trimmer and swager on there at one point. I would put the scale on a small desk by my laptop behind me! This could be built in a closet easilly.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:25   #13
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Thanks for all of the replys Im sure this is the first question of many more to come. I move next friday, and I have a table I built out of some scrap wood a while ago I will use as a bench. For some reason when I built it I felt the need to use all of the wood I had so its very sturdy, 4x4's for legs and 2x4's for support. Think I'll go buy a book tomorrow to get started on some reading. Hopefully after christmas and the move I'll have some money left to start.

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:39   #14
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Thanks for all of the replys Im sure this is the first question of many more to come. I move next friday, and I have a table I built out of some scrap wood a while ago I will use as a bench. For some reason when I built it I felt the need to use all of the wood I had so its very sturdy, 4x4's for legs and 2x4's for support. Think I'll go buy a book tomorrow to get started on some reading. Hopefully after christmas and the move I'll have some money left to start.

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how much ammunition do you need?
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:00   #15
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I started handloading in 1994. I bought a house (finally) in 2008. During all that time between (except the time I lived in an apartment that really was too small for handloading-about 400 square feet), I lived in apartments and I handloaded. Provided you have even a little spare to put your stuff, I don't see any reason not to do it. I wouldn't cast in an apartment, but handloading is no problem.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:10   #16
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When I started reloading (16 yrs old), my bedroom had a walk-in closet, which served as my clothes closet, magazine storage (lots of Road & Track and Gun & Ammo), and reloading room. I reloaded thousands of rounds of pistol and rifle cartridges on a RCBS single stage press.

I've seen some people use a Black and Decker workmate as a folding reloading table - they seem to work pretty well even with a progresive press - like a Dillion 550.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:38   #17
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If you like your neighbors, you may want to mind your tumbler running time.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:13   #18
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how much ammunition do you need?
I usually try to shoot once a week. Right now I've slowed down on the centerfire little and have been sticking to the .22's for cost. I would like to get back to shooting about 500rds .40 and 200rds 5.56 a month.

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Old 12-11-2009, 13:35   #19
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I've got a Dillon 550 mounted on a board clamped to the kitchen table. No longer keep records but it's 10K+ 45ACP another 5K+ 9MM and a couple K 5.56.
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Old 12-11-2009, 14:26   #20
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My single stage presses can be operated quietly, if not silently. My progressive presses are entirely too noisy for an apartment -- particularly if one is on some floor other than the first.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:32   #21
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Howdy jstang,

I reloaded before when I lived in an apartment.

What I did was I took a piece of 3/4" plywood about 12"x18' and using countersunk 1/4" bolts mounted the press, a RCBS single stage Partner press, to the piece of plywood. Then I took a piece a carpet that I got form a place like Home Depot and glued it to the back side of the plywood.

I then used cheap 6" C-clamps to clamp my press to the bar in the kitchen. I used this for about 18 monthes until I bought a house and during this time loaded over 5,000rds of 40cal and 45ACP with this setup. It worked great and some where in my shop, I still have the carpeted plywood base.

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:01   #22
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Really doesn't take much space at all. Here is a Dillon Square Deal setup which is 18" deep and 36" across (the 45 degree brace).

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Really doesn't take much space at all. Here is a Dillon Square Deal setup which is 18" deep and 36" across (the 45 degree brace).
nice set up. a progressive like the SDB and the 550B don't take up more more room than a single stage. and If you consider the fact that the SDB and 550 have the measure ontop of the press not taking up additional room on your loading bench.
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Old 12-12-2009, 21:52   #24
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FWIW all my reloading equipment fits in a 18"x18" box. I sit and reload while watching a movie or something.

Have a look at the Lee Hand Press kit.

BTW no need for a tumbler, I clean my brass by dumping them in a small bucket then swishing in a solution of warm water, vinegar and salt. Gets all the dirt off! Not pretty like polished brass but I haven't had any issues after about 2000 rounds reloaded.

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Another choice would be the Midway portable reloading stand, it has replaceable tables and came with a drill pattern for different tools. The top of the table is approx 24" off the floor, I've got 1 stand and 3 tables for my shotgun presses.
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