August 28th, 2007

Portable Reloading Bench–Free Plans

portable reloading benchHere’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.

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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.” Click Here to view a set of plans.

portable shooting bench

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August 28th, 2007

Multi-Caliber Brush Kit on Sale

The Tipton 14-piece Bore Brush set is now just $6.99 at MidwayUSA, marked down from $15.79. This kit, MidwayUSA item 761025, is great if you have a large selection of firearms with many different calibers. In our regular gear review section, we’ve recommended the MidwayUSA Multi-Caliber Jag Kit. It offers 12 different jags, and is very useful when you want to switch between a tight-fitting patch and a loose-fitting patch (use the .22 jag on a 6mm bore for a looser fit). The new Tipton Brush kit offers the same kind of utlility and convenience at a price that is hard to beat. At a gunstore you could easily spend $7.00 on just four or five brushes. At the sale price (good through 9/30/07), buy two Brush Kits — one for your loading room and one for your range kit.

MidwayUSA bore brush kit

The Kit includes brushes for 17, 22, 243, 25, 6.5mm, 270, 7mm, 30, 8mm, 338, 375, 416 and 45 calibers. Brushes are made from premium phosphor bronze for long life and cleaning power. All brushes have standard 8 x 32 male threads except the 17 caliber brush which has 5 x 40 male threads. The brush kit comes in a durable, hinged plastic box with marked slots.

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