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Loading 2" 12 Ga. Shells On A MEC 600 JR

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Model32Shooter, May 11, 2011.

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  1. Model32Shooter

    Model32Shooter Member

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    SUCCESS!

    I have finally completed modifying a MEC 600 JR to load nice 2" 12 ga. shells!

    I have seen other machines that were kinda' jury rigged to load 2" shells

    but this machine with a few of my mods loads 2" shells like any other 600 Jr.

    loads 2 3/4" shells.

    Taking a hint from MEC's Short Kit (2 3/4" to 2 1/2"), I contemplated it

    until it all fell into place.

    While it is not just moving things around, some parts need to be made

    and the crimp die needs to be shortened. Nothing really hard to do.

    I built my new shell plate out of wood for my ease but it works perfectly.


    If anyone wants more detailed info on how to build one for themselves, I will

    happily email info to them.

    Just sharing my success with you guys!!

    Bob

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  2. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    Looks like it works nicely. Where there is a will, there is a way.
     
  3. BILL GRILL

    BILL GRILL Well-Known Member

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    So lets see the gun you need these for!
     
  4. esetter

    esetter Active Member

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    I run my 2" shells through the stations up until the crimp, then pull it off and lock in a shell vise and do a roll crimp. Shells turn out beautiful and it gives you more room in the hull for components. The roll crimp is super easy once you get the hang of it.
     
  5. Model32Shooter

    Model32Shooter Member

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    I can't quite get that "knack" of the roll crimp. I'm sure with enough

    practice I could get them looking pretty good!!

    Using Bullseye powder, a short WW red wad, 7/8 oz. shot and a case trimmed

    to 2.100", (load per David Garrard) leaves plenty of room in the shell for a

    nice fold crimp and results in a sweet load that is slightly less than 2.5 ton

    pressure.

    Once I got the modifications figured out and all the stations "tweaked", it

    allowed me to use it like a regular 600 Jr. with this load.

    I also have a 600 Jr. set up for 2 1/2" 12ga. And while I could have used

    the MEC Short Kit, I built this one also. (Much easier than the 2" machine

    to modify and construct!!)

    2" shells are for a 2" chambered Tolley Double

    2 1/2" shells are for a 2 1/2" chambered Damascus Francotte Double

    Bob
     
  6. seitz647

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    I'm with esetter on this, lately came into a load of federal papers and they make a great roll crimp load - I'm using PB powder and ballistic produtcs flex seal wad 072fs12,and the plastic overshot card - breaks great targets - I'm shooting an Arietta 2 inch
    John Mroczka
     
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