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wahoo
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:52 pm  Reply with quote



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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.

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1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
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skeettx
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:56 pm  Reply with quote
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Which reloader are you currently using?

For LOTS of ammo

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1013172512/mec-9000gn-progressive-shotshell-press-16-gauge-2-3-4

For less lots of ammo Smile

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/440418/mec-sizemaster-single-stage-shotshell-press-16-gauge-2-3-4


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fn16ga
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:40 pm  Reply with quote
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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.
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wahoo
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:45 pm  Reply with quote



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Skeettx Iím currently only reloading center fire rifle ammo using a single stage RCBS loader. I also have a Hornady progressive loader for pistol ammo. No shotgun shell reloading anything yet.

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1929 Thomas Bland 16ga SxS 28"
1947 Browning A5 16ga 28"
1948 BRNO 16ga SxS 27.5"
1950 Stevens 311A 12ga SxS 30"
1952 BRNO 12ga SxS 28.25"
1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
1968 V Bernardelli SxS 12ga 28"
1972 Rem 1100 12ga Auto 26"
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wahoo
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:55 pm  Reply with quote



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What are your thoughts on the Ponsness Warren machine?

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1929 Thomas Bland 16ga SxS 28"
1947 Browning A5 16ga 28"
1948 BRNO 16ga SxS 27.5"
1950 Stevens 311A 12ga SxS 30"
1952 BRNO 12ga SxS 28.25"
1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
1968 V Bernardelli SxS 12ga 28"
1972 Rem 1100 12ga Auto 26"
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skeettx
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:44 pm  Reply with quote
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Which one?

The 375 is good but SLOW

The 800 Plus is good but pricy

https://www.reloaders.com/collections/new-machines/products/800plus-w-metal-ez-seal-top-plate-16ga-28ga-410ga

The 800/LS is good but pricy but convertable to 3 inch + hull lenghts

https://www.reloaders.com/products/copy-of-800plus-ls-16-20-28-410ga


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BigCreekMI
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:51 pm  Reply with quote
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I would look for a good low use MEC Grabber.

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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:15 pm  Reply with quote



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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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skeettx
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Be careful, the 650 was made for 2 3/4 inch ammo ONLY

To go to 2 7/8 or 3 1/2 might be beyond the capabilities of the 650


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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:43 pm  Reply with quote



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The post positions are there. I set my 12 to load 3" when I need it. The 650 appears to share the exact same post and frame hole adjustment options as the single stage presses.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:27 am  Reply with quote
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fn16ga wrote:
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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byrdog
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:28 am  Reply with quote
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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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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:09 am  Reply with quote
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I keep dreaming of one of these, they are just so dang pretty!:

https://spolargold.com/spolar-gold-premier

Load mostly on my MEC Sizemaster, but I don't load enough to warrant a progressive. I have a PW 375, but have not messed with it too much yet... seems to be very nice so far.
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I like my sizemasters, all four of them.
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sneem
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:37 pm  Reply with quote



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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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