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WHAT RELOADER TO BUY

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by WOOG12, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. WOOG12

    WOOG12 TS Member

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    I'M GOING TO BUY A PROGRESSIVE RELOADER WHAT SHOULD I BUY
     
  2. APrice

    APrice Active Member

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    Spolar
     
  3. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    If you can't afford a Spolar ... then buy a PW 800+
     
  4. fssberson

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    SPOLAR WITH HYDRAULICS
     
  5. shootnair

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    I have a mec 9000h, p&w 800b, and a RCBS grand. All used, all progressive, all 12 ga. if your interested in one. The grand and the p&w are built like tanks,slower,manual presses, but consistent. The mec 9000h (hydraulic) is fast, made w lighter materials,and more issues. These are just my opinions of my experience.
     
  6. Border Bandit

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    One plus on the side of the P/W+ is the ability to switch to another gage. Their acessory electric drive unit is tops, and in fact the one that is used on the spolar machines. I'm loading 15k 12ga shells a year with very few problems. Sure minor things break, but a call to Whiz White has stuff on the way the same day. Speed? ...I typically load a flat of shells in 30 min. Then box & replenish.

    Bst...mike
     
  7. threedeuces

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    First choice would be a Spolar. Second choice would be a Spolar and the third choice would be a Spolar. I guess you get it. I have had them all and there is only one to load on.
    Good luck with your choice.
     
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    I've had a mec grabber, won't ever do the mec thing again.

    Now I have the RCBS Grand, and I am happy with it. Built like a tank, few small parts to wear out or break, but nothing major. Parts are free, customer tech support is good.

    Had mine since 2003, so the price is way more than I paid, but still way less than Spolar, not sure about the PW prices, but I think the Grand is a good way to go .

    My 2 cents worth.

    August
     
  10. 7mag

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    I used a mec 9000g for 20 years. Bought a spolar with hydraulics this year can't believe how hard it is to go back and pull the handle on that mec.
     
  11. thunder

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    Mec best bang for the dollar spent. Use the rest on reloading supplies.
     
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  13. DaveXT

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    I started with a Mec 9000. It made nice loads and was easy to understand. Soon after I found a PW800+ like new for $400. It makes the Mec feel like a toy. Money no object....Spolar. Great loader and solid build.....PW800+. Budget buy....Mec.

    Dave
     
  14. Perazzi_MX8

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    Hornady 366. I have had mine since 1976 and have loaded many thousands of shells with it. No problems other than wearing out a few plastic wad fingers and rubber seals for the shot and powder bushings. The whole concept of reloading is to save money and I question just how many shells need to be reloaded before a Spolar actually saves you a dime? My 2 cents.
     
  15. nanuk

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    Well,how much are you going to reload--3k or 25k year? How much would you like to spend ? If your really into it, buy a spolar and get going. If your not sure, get a mec grabber/hustler (if you can't handle the manual work) and load lots of nice shells at a reasonably fast pace and not spend a ton of money.
    regards
    Bob
     
  16. Spanky

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    I've been reloading my 12ga. shells on two MEC 9000's for years. Never thought about getting anything else. No reason to for that matter. My reloads are as good or better than anyone's out there. Have been reloading some sub-gauge on manual Sizemasters MECs but wouldn't hesitate to buy a progressive 20 ga. or 28 ga. if I thought I needed to run faster.
     
  17. Gamba Man

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  18. Hill topper

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    It really depends on your budget.

    The second concern is how many shells are you expecting to reload.

    What is your level of mechanical ability? Some loaders need some tinkering to keep them operating.

    Do you have any physical problems, like shoulder pain,
    If so you should consider a loader with hydralic or electrical operating system

    The simplist Mec progressive is the 650 but it doesn't resize.
    I use a 366 and a mec 650, in twelve gauge a Mec grabber in 20 gauge.
    All do a fine job for me.

    It would be good to test drive some different loaders before spending your money.

    ed.
     
  19. ArmyMechanic

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    PW 800+ JMHO
     
  20. shotgunner

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    If you really enjoy tinkering with your loader to fix a never ending list of issues then the Mec 9000 is the way to go. It takes the boredom out of loading. It also saves on your shot consumption since you will only get about half the shells loaded that you intended to do when you sat down to load due to hiccups. It also helps me with anger management because after loading on it for a few minutes I've cursed it to the extent that I have no negative energy left for anyone else.


    If you like the boring uninterrupted monotony of shells flowing out the discharge chute of your loader then you might be happy with a Spolar.