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Mec 600 Charge Bar is very Hard to Slide

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Lou Tenant, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. Lou Tenant

    Lou Tenant Active Member

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    I have recently started reloading shotgun shells on an older Mec 600. I purchased a new charge bar to load 1 oz. This and all of the bars I have seem very difficult to slide from side to side. I have not noticed this on loaders I used over twenty years ago while helping friends load on their machines. The bracket which houses the bar and the bar are clean of any debris or buildup.

    I have read Lyman's manual and the Mec instructions, but I don't see anything which addresses this issue. Is there a trick to making the bars slide easier? I have loaded over a flat of shells hoping it would free up.

    Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  2. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    One suggestion, which I do with my charge bars is to take it out and use a file and make sure there are no burrs or sharp corners on them.

    Slide it back and forth by hand and use the file if you get any hangups.

    Hauxfan!
     
  3. mike campbell

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    "all of the bars I have seem very difficult to slide from side to side."

    I had one bar that was a bit tough. Eventually wore a streak of the anodizing off and it was better. But if it's more than one bar, sounds like the issue is the with the bracket it slides in. Seems you ought to begin to see wear spots on the bar that you could match up with the inside of the slide, then file/sand that arae for more clearance. Or just call MEC. I hear they are helpful over the phone.
     
  4. Lou Tenant

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    I haven't seen a wear spot yet. I thought it might be either the rubber bottle grommets or the bar rubber bushing on the shot tube. Long time metallic reloader , new to shotshell loading, and I'm all ready looking for a progressive. The wife burns through the shells ......

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  5. sbag

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    Try loosening the powder and shot bottels. worked for me.
     
  6. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have the metal spring washer under the powder bottle your charge bar will stick if the bottle is too tight.

    Bryan
     
  7. RunGunIPSC

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    Yes,loosening the powder & shot bottles may just solve your problem. Only about 1/16 of a turn at a time. Also if you are using a tall bottle for shot,try using a short bottle. Might be pressure on the bar. Then see if the bar housing is clear of nibs & flash,also see that it is square. I have an old 600. The top is not welded to the front of the bar housing,allowing the top to be lifted a hair. Try that,it may help.
     
  8. hmb

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    Lube the bar with a little resizing wax from your metallic reloading days. HMB
     
  9. tinylo

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    You may have the older charge bar without the polymer insert. The old ones try and shear shot whereas the new ones glide easily. Either live with slamming the thing or buy one of these...


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  10. BIG JIM IN BAKERSFIELD

    BIG JIM IN BAKERSFIELD TS Member

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    Try rubbing candle wax on the areas that touch other surfaces. I use that on my 366. Works great. BIG JIM
     
  11. Pull & Mark

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    Lou, If you want a progressive go for it. If there are two of you shooting you will need one. Now if you bought a new charge bar with the rubber in it and your bar is still hanging up!!! More than one bar is hanging, It has to be the housing the bar travels in. You can try lube on the sides or buy a new housing from Mec. Or Sell the loader as is, and get a progressive. Good Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  12. Lou Tenant

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I tried several of the suggestions and I found the housing appeared to be the problem. I put the bar in a really old rusty 600 I was given an it slid like it was on grease. A little tweak with the screwdriver and it was as slick as I remembered from years ago. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.

    Thanks again.
     
  13. Remstar311

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    Number 8 shot runs a lot better through mine than 7 1/2's.
     
  14. yellowjacket

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    I bought a charge bar on ebay one time and it was very, very tight. I had to use a file to relieve the problem. I would file a bit and put it back in to test the results, then repeat again. It works great now. Jim
     
  15. craby boy

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    It seems like your all set, I had a tight charge bar on my 600 JR. it would come & go.It was a string from the shot bag stuck halfway down the bottle.
    Duh !

    Craby
     
  16. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I called MEC about that condition years ago and they told me to adjust the fit of the bar in the chrome charge bar housing by tipping the housing over and tapping the rivets with a punch and mallet to free up the bar travel or hold a heavy object against the head of the rivet while doing that to tighten one up. It works!

    Ed
     
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