Washington Snow Man
Washington Snow M...
3 posts
Joined February 2017

Bench top height

Greetings,

The wife and I started shooting a year ago and now find ourselves going through ~ 600 rounds of 9mm per month. I've been saving brass and have a large enough supply to start reloading and plan on purchasing a 550C. We're a bit older than most starting reloading so will probably be sitting on stools more so than standing at the press. Question: How do you determine the proper bench top height for the bench?
dillon
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dillon
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Joined July 2007

RE: Bench top height

Sitting on a stool, figure a 36" tall bench should be about right.
Washington Snow Man
Washington Snow M...
3 posts
Joined February 2017

RE: Bench top height

Would that 36" height apply if using the strong mount with the 550C or should the height of the strong mount be subtracted from the 36".
Bucolic_Buffalo
Bucolic_Buffalo
49 posts
Joined June 2016

RE: Bench top height

Everyone is going to be a little different. I have an American Work Bench reloading bench. It can be customized, but I got the 36" bench height. It is adjustable a few inches. However, it works for me with the XL650 mounted to the bench. No strong mount. I usually sit in a slightly shorter stool. But I can stand. My height is 6'1".

A bit taller stool with a 8 1/2" strong mount would also work. I could still use it standing. Probably better in fact. It is not a critical thing. As long as you are not bending over a lot, or having to stretch your neck to see, it should work well. The strong mounts have some advantages over mounting directly to the bench. A place to mount a tool holder and bullet trays. If you use an after-market spent primer device, it will route better than I can do with the press mounted directly to the bench.