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Mec or Spolar

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joen, Sep 11, 2009.

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  1. Joen

    Joen Member

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    Looking to start reloading this winter way is a spolar worth more money than a MEC? Every one that has a spolar love it and every one that has a MEC loves it
     
  2. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Yes it's worth the money, if you have the money to spend.
     
  3. cottondoctor

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    Spolar makes a super loader so I am told - so does RCBS, Dillon, PW etc. I have used MEC for a long time - and I do not think I have had a missed target directly caused by the loader. - So ultimately it is up to you -
     
  4. wivanr

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    If you are looking for a quality loader without the price of a spolar i would highly recommend the P/W 800PLUS.Every bit the quailty of a spolar at half the price.I went down this same road before i got my 800PLUS.Just my opinion.
     
  5. sliverbulletexpress

    sliverbulletexpress TS Member

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    That's like asking should I get the Escalade or the Trabant?
     
  6. Baber

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    Thats Triblant.... The East German car that made Yugo's look great.... I have a MEC and if I could afford a Spolar I would buy one.

    Tom
     
  7. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    If you are starting to reload get a low end Mec press like the Sizemaster. When you get things figured out you can upgrade to a progressive Mec like the Grabber or 9000G. Then you can use the progressive as you main press and the single stage press as a backup and to prepare new loads. HMB
     
  8. Patrick Haskins

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    How mechanically inclined are you? I have loaded on many differant presses from the Lee loader I used with our bathroom scale, many differant MEC presses, Texan's, P/W's and Hornady. I now use a Spolar hydraulic. It is the easiest to load on, has the fewest glitches, and is the best on the market in my opinion. I believe that even someone with limited mechanical ability can load successfully on a Spolar and have no trouble. See if you can get someone to show you how their's works and if you can afford it, go with the best.
    Pat Haskins
     
  9. Baron23

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    shot410ga said it best...yes, ABSOLUTELY YES, THE SPOLAR IS BETTER, and its worth the money if you have the money to spend.

    I have had a Spolar for 12 years now. I load three gauges with it. I have had zero problems with the reloader and everytime I call them they are extremely responsive (of course, so was Hornaday, especially for being a much larger company).

    Spolar is the best, if you laid hands on one the difference would be obvious to you , but you can reload successfully with other and less expensive reloaders.
     
  10. goose2

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    Get the P/W 800+ and never look back. Mine has been great in every aspect. I cant wait until I get to add the electric drive for it.
     
  11. Remstar311

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    If your just starting out buy a MEC 600 jr of off someone you know for 50 bucks and get the basics down and make sure you enjoy doing it before you go the long dollar. But if you've got money to spend get the Spolar.
     
  12. timb99

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    Here's the big question anybody who buys a Spolar has to ask themselves. Is it worth it?

    A new Spolar Gold Hydraulic with all the bells and whistles will run upwards of $3,000, if I read their pricing sheet right.

    Break-even on cost is not everything, but its a big factor.

    How many shells do you figure you have to make with your new Spolar to justify the cost?

    If you save two dollars a box over factory STS's, that's 1,500 BOXES of shells, or 37,500 individual shells made before you even break even.

    Now some, who have more resources than I, will say that's not important. They just want to have the best, easiest reloader available. And that's fine. But not everyone can afford $3,000 just because.

    The MEC will make shells that look just as good, and perform just as good, and it'll cost a whole lot less. Is that good enough? For a lot of people, it is. a wise man once said, "'better' is the enemy of 'good enough'."

    Your situation may vary...
     
  13. Bluerock1

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    I had a Mec 9000 Hydro and a Spolar Hydro (both in 4 gauges) at the same time thinking I'll keep the one I liked best. I sold the Spolar.

    BR1
     
  14. Didreckson

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    Having used Mec, P/W, Spolar let me toss this in for consideration. It is the journey, not the destination that might be important to some.

    All made a great reload for me. There is no question the Spolar is the smoothest and slickest of the group. It should be for the price.

    There are just many small differences that might be important to some, to others, no value. Just depends on how you like to get there, but all will get you to a good solid reload when all is said and done.
     
  15. grntitan

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    If you are just starting in the reloading world i highly doubt you want to start with the top-of-the-line which is the Spolar. Start with a basic low cost single stage MEC and learn to load first. After a year or so of loading and learning or learning and loading then you can answer your own question. I use a Pacific 366 that i wouldn't trade for anything except maybe a new 366. JMO----Matt
     
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    With the cost and limited availablity of components here (western Canada)...it's just not worth the bother for as much as I shoot....that's why my PW 800C hasn't loaded a shell since '92.
     
  17. WoodsonEnt

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    Here is my opinion......you are comparing a Ferrari (Spolar) to an Escort (MEC). Yes, the MEC will load you great shells. So will the Spolar. You also get what you pay for. A Spolar is built like a tank. Where as the MEC is built a liitle cheaper, and doesn't cost as much. The Spolar carries around a $3000.00 price tag. You can buy three MEC Hydros for that. If you have the money, buy the Spolar. If you want to load shells and save some money, buy a MEC. I currently use neither. I have Hornady 366's.

    Matt Woodson
     
  18. Baron23

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    timb99 - what monetary value do you put on your time spent? My Spolar loads great, loads fast, and loads without time consuming problems, and allows me to load multiple gauges without having a factor floor worth of equipment and for a small incremental price to add a gauge set. To me, well worth it and I'm sure I have loaded over 40K in shells....but since I do reload 410 and 28's which are cheaper on components and more expensive as factory, I think my break even point is perhaps lower than you calculate.

    But back to the original poster, you have received some good advise about maybe getting a cheap used reloader and see if you even like reloading (stick with it for a while). My first reloader was a Hornaday Apex, cost me ab out $150 bucks, and I reloaded a lot of shells with it before I decided to get a Spolar.

    Cheers
     
  19. mrskeet410

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    Use the Reloading Cost Calculator at this site and run the break-even calculation.
     
  20. warren

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    I have recently sold both my loaders and purchse my shells at the cheapest place I can find, usually WalMart. When you take into consideration the spillage and waste not to mention your time I still don't see how reloading can be justified unless you just like to do it as a hobby. I did at times enjoy going out to my shop and loading my own formula that's the only thing I can't do now, I can't tell the difference in my scores though.

    warren
     
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