Gun enthusiasts already know that their love of firearms does not come cheaply. However, our take on this is that the satisfaction gained from gun ownership is worth every cent and some. Having said this, we should all look at ways of reducing our overall costs for such a rewarding pastime. In this respect, one way you can effectively cut costs is by producing your own ammo.
It is true that you will need patience and practice to become skilled in this art. You will also have an up-front cost to consider when buying one of the best reloading benches currently available. But, this initial cost will quickly be recouped, and the personal satisfaction gained from producing your own ammunition is immeasurable.
With this in mind, here’s our take on eight of the best quality reloading benches currently available. And once our reviews are complete, we will give some helpful buying guide tips. These should help narrow down your choice when it comes to buying a reloading bench that best fits your needs.
So, let’s get to it and find the perfect reloading bench for your needs…
- 1 Top 8 Best Reloading Benches Reviews
- 1.1 1 K&H Manufacturing Collapsible Wood Top Reloading Bench – Best Multi-Use Reloading Bench
- 1.2 2 Seville Classics UltraHD Lighted Workbench Red Mart4u – Best Beginners Reloading Bench
- 1.3 3 Seville Classics (UHD20247B) UltraHD Lighted Workbench – Most Versatile Reloading Bench
- 1.4 4 Garage Workbench with Light Wood Steel Work Bench – Best Budget Reloading Bench
- 1.5 5 Frankford Arsenal – Platinum Series Reloading Stand – Best Reloading Stand
- 1.6 6 2x4basics 90164 Custom Work Bench and Shelving Storage System – Best DIY Reloading Bench
- 1.7 7 Seville Classics UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench on Wheels with Sliding Organizer Drawer Table, 48”
- 1.8 8 Olympia Tools 84-906 Hard Wood Workbench – Best Wood Working Bench for Reloading
- 2 Best Reloading Benches Buying Guide
- 3 So what are the Best Reloading Benches?
Top 8 Best Reloading Benches Reviews
1 K&H Manufacturing Collapsible Wood Top Reloading Bench – Best Multi-Use Reloading Bench
We start with a manufacturer that covers a whole range of DIY products that includes cabinets as well as tables.
A solid build for reloading…
This Homak reloading bench has a sturdy, solid frame. It is made with 1mm cold steel to give it support and longevity. The worktop is of 1.5-inch plywood that has been finished with a 3.2mm epoxy-polyester powder coat finish.
As for the backsplash, this is of ‘pegboard’ design and is ideal for hanging and ease of access to light tools.
Ample storage space…
There are three overhead drawer compartments complete with plastic handles and a grated lower storage shelf. The shelf is built for heavier item storage.
While this reloading bench has been designed specifically to store such things as ammo casings, pellets, and other necessities, it is not ideal for weapon storage. These cabinets have been designed to meet HMC High-Security Tubular Locking System specifications. However, they are not specifically designed for weapon storage.
Not just for reloading projects…
The Homak bench comes in at 4-feet 11-inches in both width and height. It has a depth of 30.375-inches and weighs in at 194-lbs.
Coming with a pair of front leg wheels can be seen as a plus or a minus, on the one hand, it means repositioning in your garage or workshop is easily achievable. On the other hand, this may affect its stability when heavier work is being done.
While it is an acceptable option for reloaders, it also doubles as a garage workbench. This makes it a reasonable option for shooters who mix their reloading activity with a fair amount of DIY projects.
- Acceptably sturdy build.
- Three drawers plus one shelf storage.
- Pegboard backsplash for hanging lighter tools.
- Doubles as a DIY workbench.
- Homak 5 year limited warranty.
- Drawers not designed for gun storage.
- Front wheels can be seen as a negative or a positive.
2 Seville Classics UltraHD Lighted Workbench Red Mart4u – Best Beginners Reloading Bench
This is the first of three high quality reloading benches from Seville Classics. The company has a very solid name in designing workbenches that fit users’ needs.
Ease of assembly…
You may read some reloading bench reviews that state this unit is not so easy to assemble. However, our take on this is that with care and a good read of the instructions, it is no great problem. It can certainly be assembled by one person, although with a buddy to assist and an efficient screw gun, you will find things far faster.
It will look more than attractive in a well-ordered space…
We mentioned that Seville Classics design their workbenches to please. This distinct bench has a red pegboard and red legs to give it a noticeable and attractive look. But, aesthetics need to be backed up with functionality, and there should be no concerns on this front.
You are buying into a heavy-duty work unit featuring a solid beech wood worktop. This measures in at 48-inches long, 24-inches wide, is 1.5-inches thick and stands at 37.5-inches high. As for the powder-coated metal frame, longevity of use is yours, as this is corrosion resistant.
We all know the importance of orderly storage. In this respect, the Seville Classics UltraHD lighted workbench offers plenty. There is a storage bin above the light area along with a large, smooth sliding drawer that will hold 60-lbs. This drawer has two adjustable inner dividers, which means you can customize compartment size to suit your storage needs.
You also have a cantilever shelf and a 48-inch x 24-inch back pegboard that comes complete with 23 hooks. This is highly convenient for hanging the necessary hand tools.
Why it is a great choice for beginner reloaders?
Here’s a couple of reasons why this one fits the bill for all reloaders and is particularly useful for beginners:
Included LED Light
This striplight is bright but certainly not blinding. When required, this clearly lights up the whole of the pegboard and worktop. This means you can quickly spot laid out components and relevant tools with ease.
The Power Strip
This contains electrical sockets and two USB ports. The electrical power sockets are obviously useful. As for the USB ports, these are a big plus for those who need their phone handy while at the workbench.
This function can be particularly useful for reloading beginners who are likely to need advice during their early reloading projects. It gives the option of getting convenient, voice, or video explanations from a buddy while at your reloading bench.
All-in-all, this is a very attractive, functional, and well-priced reloading bench. One that will suit experienced ammo reloaders as well as those new to the ammo reloading world.
- Attractive design.
- Functional with adjustable size storage drawers.
- Light strip, power strip, and two USB ports.
- Good choice for reloading beginners.
- Experienced reloaders may need more.
3 Seville Classics (UHD20247B) UltraHD Lighted Workbench – Most Versatile Reloading Bench
Our second Seville Classics offering is for those reloaders who want a little bit more.
Classic stainless steel design…
This workbench also comes equipped with a strip light and has been manufactured using quality stainless steel. Similar to the previously mentioned Seville Classics model, it comes in at 48-inches in length and 24-inches in width but stands taller at 65.5-inches in height.
Build to last…
Shooters can be assured that this workbench has been designed for long years of heavy-duty use. This is seen through its sturdiness and stability. Along with the heavy-duty stainless steel frame comes leveling feet. The ability to adjust to an uneven garage or workshop floor should not be underestimated.
The unit has been powder coated for corrosion resistance. As for the two lined, fingerprint-resistant, Ultraguard stainless steel drawers, ease of access is yours. This is thanks to the quality gliding ball-bearing design.
You will also find the generous pegboard with 23 included hooks highly useful for the orderly hanging of necessary tools.
Work at whatever time of day you wish…
A built-in light strip allows work to be carried out with clarity. This is regardless of whatever time of day or night you want to begin your reloading project.
This work will be enhanced thanks to the convenient power strip and easily accessible cantilever shelf above the pegboard. This allows for the storage of other reloading and miscellaneous accessories.
An all-in-one reloading bench…
The benefit of having all the necessary tools and accessories in one place is highly important. This Seville Classics model offers that along with a functional and acceptably spacious workbench.
The built-in power strip inclusion must also be applauded. It comes with six fully operational outlets, along with two USB plugs. This means cellphone charging and use is yours while you work on your reloading and gun maintenance necessities.
- Quality stainless steel construction.
- All-in-one reloading and gun maintenance bench.
- Built-in light allows 24/7 work.
- Good size work area with substantial pegboard and 23 included hooks.
- Adjustable leveling feet offer maximum stability.
- Ultra-quiet, easy slide drawers.
- Excellent power strip includes two USB outlets.
- None for the price.
4 Garage Workbench with Light Wood Steel Work Bench – Best Budget Reloading Bench
Our next review is a more general workbench that comes in at a low price. It can still be classed as acceptable for those who reload relatively small amounts of ammo.
Dimensions are good but not for heavy-duty/vice work…
Dimension-wise, this workbench is 47.5-inches long, 23.5-inches deep, and a table height of 35.5-inches. It includes a top storage shelf at 62 inches high.
Construction is relatively easy, and it is built to withstand reasonable pressure. Those shooters looking for additional stability should be prepared to drill it to a wall. While it is fairly sturdy, you should expect only around 60-70-lbs of weight pressure when working.
It should also be noted that it is not built to take a vise. Those looking for vise use should look for a more stable workbench.
Storage and light…
This unit comes with two pull-out drawers under the worktop and a full-length bottom shelf for loose storage. There is a pegboard for hanging lighter tools, although no hooks are supplied. An electrical strip for power tool charging is also included.
As for the light, this helps, but there are other manufactured units that offer better. It should also be noted that there is no light on/off switch. You need to plug/unplug each time.
- Low price.
- Acceptable for lighter/occasional use.
- No spare parts available. If required, source your own.
- Not for heavy-duty use.
- There are better workbench lights out there.
5 Frankford Arsenal – Platinum Series Reloading Stand – Best Reloading Stand
We change the style of design with our next review, and this is much more a reloading stand.
An excellent choice for those with limited space…
We are not all blessed with oodles of space in and around our property. If this is your situation or for shooters looking at a portable reloading stand here’s the ideal answer!
This Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Reloading Stand has a foldable tabletop and frame. Not only does this give convenient storage options, but at just 30-lbs, it is easily moveable and transportable. Therefore, ease of transportation and setting up wherever you please really is yours.
Very solid build that adjusts to you…
A 1.5-inch corrosion-resistant tube steel frame design ensures rigidity. As standard, it opens out to 34-inches x 21-inches. However, to allow sitting or standing position working, the tabletop height can be adjusted between 28.5-inches and 45-inches.
This sturdy tabletop also has an adjustable width of 13-inches x 12-inches out to 39-inches x 12-inches. Such flexibility allows for all types of reloading activity to be carried out.
Do you need to mount a press?
Additionally, you have a highly durable wooden center section. This is designed to take the mounting of a press, your powder measure, and other necessary fixed position tools.
Other items such as scales, free-standing trimmers, and other reloading tools can be conveniently kept in the two easily accessible side bins.
- Versatility is yours.
- Designed to mount a press.
- Highly adjustable – work standing up or sitting down.
- Simple set up procedure.
- Ease of storage in confined spaces.
- Easy to transport.
- Convenient storage bins.
- Plastic feet caps can come loose.
- Tendency to wobble if fully laden.
6 2x4basics 90164 Custom Work Bench and Shelving Storage System – Best DIY Reloading Bench
If flexible-size shelved storage is what you\re looking for, then this 2x4basics workbench most certainly fits the bill.
What size of reloading bench do you want?
The answer here is that the choice is yours. This unit comes complete with everything required except for the lumber. Therefore, you can build your reloading bench to just about any size you wish.
You get four workbench legs and six shelf links. The solid brackets are made from heavy gauge structural resin. This means that any workbench size up to 8-feet in length and 4-feet in width can be self-constructed.
No complicated lumber cuts required…
The total package means rapid construction. You only have 90-degree cuts to work with. There are no complicated miter or angle cuts required.
Indeed, once this DIY pack is purchased, you only have three decisions to make:
- What size do you want your workbench shelves to be?
- What type of wood to use?
- Whether to cut your shelves down to size alone or to get your local lumber cutting shop to do this for you. The latter option may cost a little more, but it will be highly accurate and will certainly save a fair amount of time.
If you go the DIY route, there are easy to understand construction instructions and cut lists. With those, a good saw, and a powered screwdriver, you are all set to build.
Each shelf has been designed to hold 1000 lbs. This means you engineer a workbench to exactly the loads required. Although not included, it is also possible to attach a set of heavy-duty wheels. This will then allow easier workbench repositioning as and when necessary.
Put this reloading bench through its paces…
Once constructed, the solvent-resistant and impact-proof heavy gauge material design is ready for heavy use. You can be confident it will withstand rough wear and tear. An added bonus for the price is a limited, 2-year warranty.
It also scores highly for those with multiple projects in mind. The flexibility of build means it can be used ‘in situ’ or taken apart and reconstructed at other locations.
The included six shelf links allow for ease of expansion or contraction of your storage and shelving needs. The components can be re-engineered dependent upon the project in hand and available space.
- Excellent flexibility in terms of size and shelving.
- Fast, easy assembly.
- 1000-pound load per shelf.
- Solid construction.
- Everything except your choice and size of lumber included.
- None apart from the completed unit is heavy.
7 Seville Classics UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench on Wheels with Sliding Organizer Drawer Table, 48”
We make no apology for returning to Seville Classics. Their innovative and quality built workbenches really are worthy of note.
A mobile workstation that is built to last…
This workstation has been built with durability in mind. It measures in at 48-inches wide, 24.7-inches deep, and a maximum height of 37.4-inches. It weighs in at 83.6-lbs and will take a weight of up to 500-lbs when evenly distributed.
A word of note to keen reloaders…
Those shooters who need tools at hand and work ‘out of hours’ on their reloading and weapon maintenance duties should consider the “lighted” version of this workstation. With that model, you get additional storage and a pegboard complete with pegs for hanging tools.
If those features are not deemed essential, here are some key qualities of this model:
A Solid Frame
This is heavy duty and made from industrial-strength steel with a long-lasting, tough graphite finish.
Very Solid Wooden Worktop
This is manufactured from 1.5-inches of solid wood and then finished in UltraDurable polyurethane. Thanks to this finish, it will accommodate mounts, clamps, and power tools as required. It also offers flexibility through the ability to adjust from a sitting to standing position at the push of a button.
Steel Organizer Drawer
This robust steel drawer comes with handles made from quality stainless steel and commercial-grade ball-bearing sliders. It also includes a pair of adjustable dividers along with seven mounting points.
Such a design allows you to create non-slip compartments to the size that suits your working style. This multi-functional drawer can hold up to 60-lbs of tools, parts, and accessories.
Four quality casters
The four legs each come with 3-inch long, 2-inch wide hard rubber wheels and steel hardware. Two of these lock firmly into position, and all give stability during your reloading or other weapon maintenance work. Once unlocked, you can move the workstation over a variety of surfaces as required.
A limited warranty included…
While you should expect this quality workstation to last for many a year, there is additional peace of mind. Included in the purchase is a limited 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. This protects against any original material or workmanship defects when used under normal home or office conditions.
- Quality construction.
- Sturdy worktop.
- Stylish design.
- Adjustable drawer sections.
- Four wheels – two being lockable.
- Additional storage space may be required.
- Not specifically for reloading purposes.
8 Olympia Tools 84-906 Hard Wood Workbench – Best Wood Working Bench for Reloading
Our final review from a selection of the best benches for reloading comes from Olympia Tools. We feel its major plus is down to the simplicity of design.
While this bench is classed as a wood-working workbench, don’t let that put reloaders off. It offers some excellent features for reloading that we will shortly touch on. In terms of design, this wooden workbench has a clear lacquer finish. It measures in at 4-feet in length, 2-feet in depth, and has a weight capacity of 330-lbs.
Don’t underestimate the reloading benefits…
The reloading features that should not be underestimated include a convenient storage shelf, a rear work trough that will hold necessary tools and accessories, and a large, woodblock vise with adjustable machined guides.
However, it is the raised edges of the table design that makes it a worthy reloading bench. This sloped edge design will prevent any tools or materials from accidentally rolling off the table and is particularly useful for ammo casings. As all reloaders will be aware, these casings have a tendency to roll if knocked over. The heightened edges prevent them from dropping to the floor.
The bench also includes two rows of pre-drilled holes placed down the center of the table. This gives you options in terms of mounting ammo reloading or gun maintenance appliances.
Humidity issues to be aware of…
The one point we feel must be pointed out is that of humid locations. Due to some molding issues, this bench should only be used in non-humid, dry settings. Otherwise, there is a risk that the clear lacquer finish will show signs of damage.
- Offers some excellent reloading features.
- Raised edges mean ammo cases, and accessories will not roll away.
- Choice of pre-drilled mounting holes.
- Back work trough for ease of storage.
- Wood surface and lacquer finish are prone to mold in damp conditions.
- Some shooters may require additional weight bearing.
Best Reloading Benches Buying Guide
What is important to you?
It is clear from our best reloading bench reviews that you have a wide choice of features and functionality. Many are multi-purpose workbenches. This may be exactly what some shooters are after, particularly those who are keen DIY-ers!
But, to put things in context, let’s take a look at some major considerations you should take into account before committing to a reloading bench that fits your needs.
Stability is an absolute must!
It will come as no surprise that the stability of best reloading benches has to be a top priority. A wobbly work surface will get you nowhere and could bring unwanted danger.
This means your chosen bench should be sturdy enough to remain stable during your reloading exercises. Do check the leg design and go for units that have slip or skid-proof legs.
One other consideration in terms of stability:
Is your reloading bench likely to remain in one place once built?
If so, then you can consider using heavy-duty fasteners or screws to attach it to a solid wall. By doing so, you will certainly be enhancing stability.
Is it fit for your purpose?
There are a host of different reloading bench designs. These range from small to large, and some have shelf space only; others have cupboards and a pegboard for hanging tools.
Also consider the benefits of a power strip and the number of available sockets, a good light (light strip/spotlights), and USB ports.
Just as importantly, figure out the number and size of tools and accessories you will regularly use. You need ample storage space for these. Having everything necessary in one place will save a huge amount of time. This is regardless of the task you are carrying out.
This should meet your needs. This will be based around such things as the amount of reloading you carry out and how active you are in terms of weapon(s) maintenance.
Size-wise, look at benches that comfortably fit into your available space and still give you ample ‘elbow room’.
Those who are short on space should consider the many benefits of Foldable or DIY-build benches. The best portable reloading benches come with quality fixings, and they also allow you to choose exactly the size of lumber that fits into your available space.
Moveable and Transportable
We touched on this, but it is worth reiterating. If you are certain your chosen bench will remain in one position while in your workshop or garage, then consider screwing it to a solid wall for extra stability.
However, the opposite is true for shooters who regularly want or need to move their bench before use.
If this is the case, then consider the weight of your chosen bench. Is it easy for you to move around? Do you want to choose a unit with wheels? If so, ensure these wheels are of very sturdy construction and are lockable. They should also be able to withstand the wear and tear of regular movement.
A final consideration here is for those who like to work in different areas of their property. Examples being in the workshop or garden or on your patio. It also stands for those who like to work with friends or perhaps have two properties they split time between.
In such instances, a foldable reloading bench is an excellent choice. These models are light enough to carry and will also fit comfortably into a vehicle.
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So what are the Best Reloading Benches?
Combine regularity and type of use with available space and a sensible budget. By doing so, you are sure to find a suitable reloading bench that is fit for your purpose.
Those shooters who have limited space or require flexibility and mobility should take a long look at the…
This is a top choice in terms of versatility, adjustability, convenient storage bins, and the option of mounting a press. It is simple to set up, foldable, and weighing in at just 30lbs is easy to carry, store, and transport.
As for a more permanent option, one that sits well in any garage, outhouse, or workshop, you will not go wrong with the…
It is quality made and comes with adjustable leveling feet. Excellent features include drawer and shelf storage, a pegboard with 23 hooks, a built-in strip light, and a power strip with six power outlets and two USB ports.
This unit really can be seen as an all-in-one reloading and gun maintenance bench.
Happy and safe shooting.