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"
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"
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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