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Shotshell reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by 19stang88, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    So I just bought a mec 700. I have everything I need to reload. I just have a few questions. How do I adjust how much powder and shot is going down to the hull. I don't want to blow my self up, haha. Anyways, I appreciate the help in advance.
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    You need to change the charge bar for different loads, they only drop what is needed.
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    This. You can get different charge bars for however many ounces of shot you want to throw and then you need to get the appropriate bushings for how much powder you want to throw. If you don't have one already, get a Lyman Shotshell Reloading Handbook. It is the best shotshell reloading book out there.
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    You can stick with the stock charge bar for the Mec 700 which is non-adjustable for shot and requires a bushing for each different powder/charge weight

    OR-------------

    You can invest in one of these:

    Universal Charge Bar

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    Years ago when I still shot a lot of shotgun competition I bought one of these because it always seemed like I never had the right bushing. Best move I ever made.

    Wide range of powder and shot adjustments. The cost is minor considering all the investment that one could end up putting in an assortment of bushings and/or bars.
     
  5. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Thanks! Does anybody know what the stock charge bar drops?
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    It should say on the end of the bar 1 oz, 1 1/8 oz, etc....
     
  7. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Alright I'll look. Thanks. I have to do a clean up and lube all the moving parts.
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you bought it set up for 12 ga. it is probably a 1 1/8 oz bar as that is a standard target load.
     
  9. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Yeah, that makes sense. So I took all everything apart to lube all the moving parts and the charging bar says 302 and 118. What does that mean. Also, the budging says 30.
     
  10. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The 302 means it is a single stage tool. The 118 means it will drop 1 1/8 oz. of shot.
     
  11. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Thanks! Looks like a need a smaller bushing. I am using green dot.
     
  13. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'll say it again, if you don't already have a Lyman Shotshell Handbook get one. It will tell you exactly what bushing to use for whatever powder and charge you want to throw. It's the bible for shotshell reloading.
     
  14. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    I'll do as told. Thanks for all the help!
     
  15. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Be sure and check your powder charges with a scale. At least until you've verified that the bushing is actually dropping the correct charge according to the chart.

    Don't assume that everything is OKIE DOKIE, be sure and verify.
     
  16. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Yeah, I need to invest in a scale. I am dropping 18 grams of powder and 1-1/8 oz shot.
     
  17. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    grams or grains. There's a BIG difference. There's a little more than 15.4 grains per gram.
     
  18. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hehe. Can I be there to watch (from a distance) when he touches off 18 grams of Green Dot? Just kidding. :laugh:
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    In an armored bunker:laugh:
     
  20. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Grains!!!