When we moved out of the dilapidated, spider-filled old farmhouse some twenty years ago, we wound up in a house in a subdivision of half-acre lots. They frown on shooting off your back porch in such places but that wasn't particularly troublesome at first because there was so much undeveloped land around that finding a place to shoot wasn't difficult. Unfortunately, that changed.
I don't do as much loading or shooting as I'd like because Its a pain in the butt to load up a bunch of different combinations of components, drive an hour to my shooting place and hope one of them turns out to be a decent load. What I needed was a way to take the loading bench to the shooting place. I got around to making that possible today.
Ruth, the old Jeep, has become my portable reloading bench. Big surprise.
I have a few different presses and most are mounted on pieces of 2 x 6 that are drilled in a common three hole pattern so I can put any press I want on my loading table. The length of the 2 x 6 varies with how much overhang the specific press needs but the hole pattern is always the same. That gave me a starting place. All I had to do was adapt the 2 x 6 to the Jeep and I'd have a portable loading bench.
What I came up with was pretty simple. A piece of angle iron bolts to the back end of the 2 x 6. It anchors the back of the 2 x 6 to the winch.
This positions the board cantilevered over the top of the bumper. The U-bolts secure the board to the bumper. Wing nuts make it all easy to remove or install.
When its all installed, it places the press at a comfortable height.
The press itself is an old C-H press that I got at a
A second part of the plan is to make a little platform with adjustable feet for a powder scale. I can use a powder scale because Ruth has a hard top and wind won't be much of a problem. The adjustable feet will make it possible to level the platform as long as the Jeep isn't parked on too much of a slope. I looked at electronic reloading scales but I don't really need one to make this work. I'd be done with the little platform by now but I bought two different sizes of the nuts that make the feet adjustable so it only has two feet right now. I 'm not going to make a special trip to get the right ones so finishing that will have to wait for tomorrow.
In the mean time, I suspect that I have the only reloading bench in town that gets eleven miles to the gallon.