Well, looks like if I am gonna shoot much 16 ga, Iíll have to add another reloader to my bench. Iím not averse to finding a good used one and even send it off to be rebuilt if I have the right machine. Seeking recommendations on what I should start shopping for. Primarily for 16ga but might move into 12 later as well.
_________________ 1929 Thomas Bland 16ga SxS 28"
1947 Browning A5 16ga 28"
1948 BRNO 16ga SxS 27.5"
1949 Stevens 530 16ga SxS 28"
1950 Stevens 311A 12ga SxS 30"
1952 BRNO 12ga SxS 28.25"
1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
1968 V Bernardelli SxS 12ga 28"
I own 650's and 600 jr's. I need to load some 10 ga. goose ammo today and really wish that I had a 10 ga. progressive press. It goes so slow after whipping out 16 ga. stuff on the 650. I may have to build 10 ga. dies for a 650...
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I really like my MEC's I have progressive and single stage , if buying a single stage get a sizemaster because it has the collet resizer , I dont like the ring type.
Ditto, if new to shotshell reloading I'd promote learning on a single stage. Reference, for target and hunting these days I load ~1k+ shells a year, 28,24,20,16 & 10ga, mostly 16 & 10. The Sizemasters keep up with that throughput very easily. A 600 would do as well but the collet resize in the SM is worth the uptick. I promote MEC in part due to the (employee owned) customer service is tough to beat.
Enjoy your new hobby and don't be shy, there is a wealth of generous reloading experience hanging around this forum.
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I used Mecs for about 10 years. Then I got a PW for 10 ga goose and crane loads.Never looked back. Now I have 8 PW's some single stage some Progressive. Have used them for 30+ years and can make perfect like new ammo with perfect crimps in all gauges.
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I have MECs in all the gauges except 10. Unless loading a huge amount of ammo, I like the single stage. I know progressives are faster but I had one and I always seemed to mess something up. Unscrewing a progressive in the middle of reloading is a PITA. The singles aren't that much slower once you get rolling on a run. Get one with the collet resizer.
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