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RELOADER FOR 28GA.

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by MCKJR, Feb 5, 2010.

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  1. MCKJR

    MCKJR TS Member

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    I WON A BERETTA 28 GA. OVER AND UNDER AND LOVE TO SHOOT IT,BUT THE PROBLEM IS AMUNITION, I DONT KNOW RATHER TO BUY DIES FOR MY HORNADY 366, OR BUY A MEC PROGRSSIVE RELOADER AND KEEP MY 366 SET UP FOR 12 GA.. A.A. SHELLS FOR 28 GA ARE ABOUT $12BUCKS HERE.I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF YOU GUYS AND YOUR RECOMENDATIONS.---JIM MCKEE---SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS
     
  2. skeeljc

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    I have a MEC Sizemaster in 28 gauge. It makes excellent shells but is a bit on the slow side.

    I have a Hornady 366 in 28 gauge. Works pretty good (I have 12 gauge and 20 gauge 366's too). The wad insertion station does not allow enough room as it occasionally folds a pedal in. The shells do not always drop through the hole in the platen at the end of the cycle.

    I just purchased a set of 28 gauge tooling for my Ponsness/Warren 900. It does a much better job than the Hornady 366.

    You should try the Downrange Pattern Control PC28 wads. This is the best wad I have found for loading both old and HS AA hulls. The petals are always in good shape and they never catch on the wad ram.

    Jim Skeel
     
  3. JPM

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    I have a PW 375 set up for 28 ga. I load WW HS, WW Old Style, and Rem STS hulls on it, interchangeably, with no problems. I use the Claybuster HS clone wad with the HS hulls, and the Duster 28 ga wads in the others. I also use Herco powder - not in the mainstream of 28 ga loaders but after talking with an Alliant ballestician I have confidence in the safety parameters and I am entirely satisfied with the performance on dove, quail, 5-stand, sporting clays, skeet, and the occasional round of 16 yard trap.
    I'm loading for substantially under $4.00 per box, and my loads chrono at about 1250 fps.
    I've been loading with PW 375's for over 30 years without any problems or complaints. Yep, they are a little slow but I view reloading as recreation so cranking out high volume loads is not a priority for me. I'm always several thousand rounds ahead, so the low volume is never an issue.
    The only problem that I would anticipate for you is finding a supply of hulls. It's expensive to start from scratch by purchasing factory ammo, but you can find once fired hulls if you look for them.
    My personal recommendation - look around for a used PW 375. If you get one set up for other guages you can buy the tooling for 28 ga reasonably. In my experience they are bulletproof. Or buy a new one from a dealer or the factory already set up for 28 ga. It's a good investment.
    John Matthews
     
  4. itsnotyou

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    Spolar, One reloader on your bench and 5 min. gauge changes with no adjustments needed.

    I load 12 and 28 on mine.
     
  5. Setterman

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    Buy a reloader, MEC progressive.
     
  6. 3dram8

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    I'll second the PW 375 recommendation. You really don't need a progressive loader unless you're shooting more than 4-5 boxes a week. I can load about 125 shells/hour with mine, and they are top quality since each shell gets individual attention at each station. I can visually ensure that the wads are going in straight and uncocked, and that the precrimp is finding the old creases for a perfect crimp. Unlike the larger gauges, the 28 and .410 can be a bit fussy sometimes to reload on a progressive machine. ....Rick
     
  7. skeeljc

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    I have a P/W 375. The MEC Sizemaster is a much better loader. It is way faster than the P/W 375. It will size the rim of the hull which is important if you buy once fired hulls. The MEC Sizemaster will make a better crimp and it has a primer feed.

    Jim Skeel
     
  8. birddog1964

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    Not just because I sell mec, but a sizemaster is a great loader with a collet and turns out a great 28ga shell.

    thanks
    lee
     
  9. olddrum1

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    If you have the space, every time you buy a new gauge, buy a new PW. after four machines you will be set for life along with your kids.
     
  10. tj303

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    MEC 9000
     
  11. Bob_K

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    MEC 9000 (mine is the H model)
     
  12. Setterman

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    Mine is a 9000G. 400 Rounds in an hour +/-. Great crimps.
     
  13. bpcr

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    I got a dillon 900 i am not using i will sell.
     
  14. gun1357

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    I have a collection of loaders but the PW 375 is my favorite for 28 and .410. Ron
     
  15. Anchorsteam

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    I will send this Mec Jr 28 gage reloader to you for 60 bucks. I will also include a powder and shot bottle and whatever size bushing you want. I never used it, but it appears to be in VERY good-to-excellent condition and not used very much. It is very dusty and would clean up to look perfect.
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  16. Anti-Fed

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    MEC 9000... I can load 400+ shells per hour without hurrying, and they make great looking shells. Fellow I know who loads on a Spolar has more misfires than anybody I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure it isn't the fault of the equipment but I wouldn't shoot his shells if you paid me. Only problem I've ever had with shells off my MECs was a batch I loaded one morning after working all night. Shouldn'a done that.


    Jed
     
  17. itsnotyou

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    Thats funny the guy I know with the most misfires loads on a MEC?
     
  18. AJKohler

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    I used to load 28 on a P-W 375 and it did very nicely indeed. Then I got the gauge conversions for my 800+ and have never looked back. .410 is a bit fussy, but 28 loads just as easily as 12.

    Tony
     
  19. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    I shoot my 28 gauge guns more since I got a progressive loader. I can load 400 rounds pretty quick and they are inexpensive to shoot. When I had my single stage, I dreaded reloading and "saved" my 28 for special shoots.

    A bit of a warning however about what componants you ultimately use. It took a little adjustment/work to get the crimps right. I use Longshot and all HS AA componants. It can be like putting 10 pounds in a 5 pound beg till you get it adjusted.
     
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