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Shot gun reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SJS46, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    Ok i'm about to start reloading 12 Ga shotgun shells, i picked up an old MEC 600 Jr, it's missing one of the bottles but just finished ordering one.
    I've done some research and the charge bar seems to be 22 grains of powder and i think 1 1/8 oz of shot but i need to pick up some shot up so i can be sure.

    Anybody got any pointers to hand out? would be muchly appreciated.:thumbup:

    Thanks

    Steve,
     
  2. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    I've been looking at the MEC's and the Lee load-alls for some time, but have never used them.

    Friends who have, mention that one should ALWAYS sort shotshells by mfg & type. Process thru single-stage fashion... and slow & steady gets you there, esp during crimp.

    Let me know what you think of your 600...

    Cheers!
     
  3. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    A friend of mine found this press in a box that was in a repoed house he was cleaning out, i think it's one of the first ones they made but seems to work good, judging from the manual that is with it maybe mid to late 70's.

    I was sorting and cleaning all my shells last night, i had read some were that was important.

    Thanks for the tips and i will let you know how it works.
     
  4. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    I have used them for many years. 3-4 boxes an hour but they do the job and almost never break. Should be able to get info online and some load data. I have about 30lbs of empty shells if you need any...AA, Rem,Fed and Win mostly.....cheap
     
  5. crabman21

    crabman21 Wilsonville,Ore Member

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    go to the mec reloader site on the internet and it has a lot of good info in there. :thumbup:
     
  6. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    According to the paperwork that i have with this press it was made in 1967:laugh: but it looks like it's hardly been used.
    I just ordered a diffarant charge bar for it the one that is with it is 1-3/8 shot and 23 Grains of powder which seems to be an odball, i want to load
    1-1/8 shot and 22 grains of Unique powder.

    As for empty shell i've collected several hundred so i think i'm ok for now but if i need more i'll let you know.

    Thanks :thumbup:
     
  7. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    MEC jrs are great! I've got a 28 and .410 cause there getting so expensive. I did replace the powder bar on the .410 with an adjustable one cause I got inconsistent throws with bushings for the small loads. Sold my 12 gauge to a friend. He said I can use when ever I want but I like 20 Gauge better. Would like to upgrade my 20 Ga. to a 9000 though.
     
  8. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    Where do you get your parts? i've had to order a new powder bar and bushing and a new set of wad guide fingers, just wondering if there is some place in the Portland area to get part.

    Well i did end up loading about 250 rounds up, had a few that i threw away for various reasons but for the most part everything went great.

    Steve,
     
  9. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I've always ordered from Midway, Cabela's, etc. Good excuse to drive to Lacey WA until they finish the Cabela's in Eugene.
     
  10. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    I've been ordering straight from MEC, they have been pretty prompt.:thumbup:
     
  11. SVT-ROY

    SVT-ROY Tigard Resident Beretta guru

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    Just grabbed a mec 650n 12, looking to start loading buckshot. I'm looking to try to fund the best deal on semi bulk shot. Any ideas are helpful. Can I reload 00 Buck into birdshot shells? Its the same powder but I still have to ask. Also looking for good condition spent shells.
     
  12. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I"ve read,and seen pics of,an after-market adj. charge bar for the Mec 600,it is adjustable for both powder and shot charges.Sure looks like a winner to me.Not enough coffee yet this morning to remmeber the brand name of it tho.
     
  13. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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