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Reloader question.

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by 2str8, Jun 20, 2008.

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  1. 2str8

    2str8 TS Member

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    I have a MEC 600 Mark V reloader that I have used for about 10 years not more than 50 shells a week. The question I have is about resizing. I see some shells have copper colored steel bases-not real brass. Does steel make the resizer wear out faster? How can I tell when it wears out? 2str8
     
  2. BDodd

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    2str8, I've had a Mec running since 1975 with just one sizing collet; same with the hydraulic since about 1992. I don't think I'd worry much about how soon it's going to wear out. I've never loaded steel-base hulls but I'd not worry much about wearing out before possibly breaking a finger or two when stray shot gets in the wrong place.....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  3. highflyer

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    There isn't much to wear out. I have been using one of mine for over 30 years. I like to reload steel hulled shells as well as the brass ones. I don't think the resizer will ever wear out.
     
  4. Jawhawker

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    Yes I would say that in time the shells you speak of will wear quicker on the type resizer a 600 has. I would suspect that a collet sizer where fingers come together and compress the steel back to shape would last longer with less wear. But I've bought 600's for aslittle as $10 at garage sales so Iam sure you can find some inexpensive parts to rebuild yours within the area you live too.
     
  5. highflyer

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    I like the resizer on my little Mec better than the finger type resizers on my larger Mecs. After thousands of reloads the shells come off as precise as the first day I used it. I have never had a shell jam in any gun because the resizer failed me. I have had shells fail with the finger type when they needed cleaning.
     
  6. Recoil Sissy

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    2str8

    The resizing station on your 600 Jr. uses a hardened steel resizing ring. If you resize and load 50 (or 10,000) brass headed hulls (STS, AA, and/or Gold Medals) every week, the resizing ring will last until the end of time.

    Hulls with steel heads accelerate the wear and tear on that resizing ring. As a result, it will definately NOT last as long. At the same rate of 50 (or 10,000) steel headed reloads per week, the ring would need to be replaced about a week BEFORE the end of time. If its any consolation, the full retail price of a new resizing ring is two or three bucks.

    sissy
     
  7. ricks1

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    cant you turn them over? rick
     
  8. maclellan1911

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    anyone take a magnet to the Remington STS any time in the last few years?
     
  9. maclellan1911

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    Why not just give it a tune up. New resizer ring, primer seat spring or assembly. Or is not haveing problems keep loading. I have bought many loaders to rehab and fix. Very few had worn out sizer rings, checked by mec gonogo gauge.
     
  10. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    maclellan1911:

    I have a small horse shoe magnet from an old crank telephone. I just put it on a half dozen or so STS hulls and two Nitro hulls. There was a definate magnetic attraction until I knocked out the primers. Then there was no attraction.

    Was this a trick question?

    sissy
     
  11. maclellan1911

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    no just wondering if they where still brass and not gold colored.
     
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