When a lot of people get serious about hunting or marksmanship they start to get themselves a number of tools that can assist them, more accurate. This can include such things as a reloading press, a series of dies, and are reloading press. The more they can do on their own the better off they feel.
One particular product that could make a significant difference in their success is a reloading workbench. This is an important piece of furniture which is often ignored because it is in a particularly exciting part of the gun enthusiasts life. But it should be.
The truth is that slapping a piece of board over two sawhorses is not going to help you to be more efficient. You need the best reloading bench, where you can store your materials, have a place to work, and be able to create your rounds without being interrupted. Just as a carpenter has a quality workbench, you need one for your reloading as well.
How to Choose the Best Reloading Bench to Buy?
Before specifically discussing particular reloading benches for you to purchase, I thought it would be a good idea to go over some key elements to think of when you are considering the bench for yourself. This will give you a little bit clearer idea of where to start:
- How much space do you need?
Space actually takes on two forms here. The first is what kind of room you have available for your workbench. You want to get something that fits perfectly within your garage, work area, or other location so that you don’t have to make all kinds of alterations to get your workbench to fit.
Secondly, you want to consider the amount of space you want made available for you through the workbench. What kind of materials do you intend to use and store on your workbench? How much space do you need? Do you intend to use the workbench for something else? These are all the kinds of questions to ask yourself because they all relate to the amount of space you may need.
- How Detailed Is the Bench?
What this means is how do you want the workbench to look? You may find that you are looking for specific types of shelving and drawers, you want space to be able to store cases. Maybe you even want your weapons safe to be attached to the workbench. You want to workbench that fits exactly how you intend to organize your reloading location.
- What Is the Bench Made of?
You also want to consider the kind of material that the workbench will be made out of. There are several different options available to you, including such things as wood, steel, aluminum, even brick. Some are made with a combination of these materials, so you have the choice of getting a material that works best in terms of look and functionality.
- Is Portability a Concern?
Maybe you want something that allows you to be able to take with you or to be able to collapse and put away. There are workbenches that are designed to be able to neatly fold and put away, allowing you to take them out as you need them.
- How Much Work Do You Want to Do?
If you are a person who is not particularly handy with a crescent wrench and hammer, you may want workbench that comes at least partially assembled or requires a small amount of work on your part.
While cost is always an important factor when buying any product, consider that you want to get a workbench that is comfortable for you to use, that fits into the location where you intend to install it, and gives you the kind of stability you need to create accurate cartridges. This can make you a lot more efficient in the creation of your cartridges, and give you another space that’s all yours.
14 Best Reloading Benches & Stands on the Market
Now that we have looked at some keys to finding the right workbench for yourself, I wanted to spend a little time giving you some suggestions of benches that I have found to be particularly exceptional. I will not only provide you with some information on what made each one good, but if there are concerns you should have about a bench, I will be happy to tell you about them. I want this to be a comprehensive review.
#1 Seville Classics (UHD20247B) UltraHD Lighted Workbench
The pegboard comes with 23 hooks included, allowing you to set an assortment of tools you need for your reloading or other needs. A small shelf at the top of the pegboard is perfect for storing various supplies you may have, and is a powder coated finish, giving you a great look and a durable workstation.
The workbench is 48 inches long by 24 inches wide, by 63.5 inches high, and weighs 113 pounds. It will easily fit into most locations, but gives you plenty of space to be able to work and store items you need.
I really loved that this workbench was actually ideal for multiple uses. Not only can I store my reloading equipment, but I was able to put a number of tools attached to the pegboard, so I could perform many different tasks at the workstation. The instructions on how to put together were easy to read, and I didn’t find that it took me a long period of time to put together. A fantastic workbench that really is hard to beat.
- Durable construction and great design
- Bill to provide you with fantastic amount of storage capacity
- Drawers are built with stainless steel
- Solid build makes it stable making use with the press easy
- Great look and polished to perfection
- The overhead light can be a little intrusive, almost overwhelming. Requires much smaller wattage bulb
- Really no other complaints about this workbench
#2 BenchPro Workbench With 1″ Chemical Resistant Phenolic Resin
The table allows you to set the height between 30 and 36 inches, making it ideal for those who want to choose a height that works for them whether they are sitting or standing. The length is 48 inches and it has a depth of 24 inches, giving you plenty of space.
The treatment of this workbench also prevents issues with corrosion. In fact, the company guarantees the life of this bench for at least 25 years, and it has a weight capacity of 1200 pounds, putting it far above most others in its class. It is extremely simple to put together, taking no more than a few minutes, and is billed for you to be able to add metal shelves should you so desire.
If you are looking for a simple workbench, where you can adjust the height and feel safe when working there, this is a fantastic option.
- Chemical coating ensures that you can safely work with chemicals and gunpowder without them being absorbed by the table
- Scratch resistant and corrosion resistant
- Easy to assemble and durable
- Can handle large capacity loads
- Packaged extremely well for shipment
- This is just a standard bench with no perks to it
- The frame is lightweight, meaning it may wobble at times
#3 Seville Classics (UHD20271B) UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench
The steel frame comes with a graphite finish, and there are two drawers that are made of stainless steel that come on commercial grade ball bearing sliders. This gives you plenty of space to store items that you have for reloading as well as other items you may need, and it can handle up to 500 pounds of weight placed upon it.
If you are a person who likes to do work sitting in your garage while watching TV or in another work area, then put your workbench away you will love this option. It is fantastic in the way that the wheels can handle the constant moving with heavy weight on it. I love this feature in particular, as it made it easy to sit on a stool and get work done before returning it to a corner of my garage.
The durability and look you will truly love and find this to be one of the most simplistic and easy to use workbenches.
- Able to handle up to 500 pounds of weight and still move easily
- Easy to store in a corner and use as needed
- Two sliding drawers that are durable
- 1.5 inch butcher block top came coated to ensure that the top remain protected
- Not much storage capacity available
- One of the wheels did have a little shimmy at first, but a washer fixed that up
Most Frequently Asked Questions
I am often asked questions when people talk to me about weapons and reloading, so here are some of the more common questions that I receive.
#1 How much does a reloading bench cost?
It really is dependent upon which product you are talking about. You could spend under hundred dollars and still get a quality workbench, even some in this list cost less than that. The more expensive models could reach his highest $500 or above. The most expensive model on this list was just under $500 while the least expensive was about $80.
#2 Does a reloading bench need a lot of space?
Most of the benches we saw here were about 48 inches in length and about 24 inches in width. Some were larger. Some allowed you the ability to create a larger length if you so desired. What you will find is most easily fit into the same space that your average dresser would take.
#3 What height should a reloading bench be?
This is really dependent upon one factor – whether you intend to sit or stand while you work. If you are sitting in a chair or stool, then you may want to look at something that is between 30 and 36 inches tall. If you are intending to stand, you are likely meaning something between 36 inches and 40 inches. If you find that you are likely to be switching from one position to another, the adjustable workbench may be the right pick for you.
#4 What is the best material for a reloading bench?
There really isn’t a material that is better than others. The important thing for you is that you get a material that can take up pounding and still keep on going. It should be scratch resistant, be firm when positioned, and hold in place win using your press. Most of the best reloading benches use some form of stainless steel, but don’t believe that a wood or other type of metal option can’t be just as good.
#5 How do I know my reloading press fits the workbench?
This is an interesting question. Most people will screw holes drew their workbench to attach the press in place. In this case, it doesn’t matter how the press is designed, because you are creating the space where it will be attached. There are some benches with specific slots that are intended to place your press and you will have to see if the workbench works with the kind of press you have.
#6 How reloading benches are special from ordinary workbenches?
For the most part, they are not. You can still get the same kind of quality with any other kind of workbench in terms of pegboards, shelving, and stability. Where you are going to find the big difference is in the tabletop itself.
What you will find is that the top you need for reloading is different from what you would use for a standard workbench, primarily because of the materials you are using. You can’t afford to have gunpowder, cleaning fluids, or other residue soak into your table. This would be extremely dangerous. So, it is the coating that is the big difference.