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when did they come out with the P.W. 800+

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  1. Mr Lewis

    Mr Lewis TS Member

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    Just would like to know the year P.W. came out with the 800+. Thanks Mark
     
  2. locdoc

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    I think 2004 but just to be sure give the folks at P/W a call.

    208-687-2231 or 800 -732-0706

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
  3. kd185

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    i think they stopped making the 800B in 1979


    anyone else have more of a time table on these while were on the subject
     
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    320090T Well-Known Member

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    Here is an old post from Jim with good info but too early for the plus.

    Subject: RE: How old is your PW reloader????
    From: Jim Cunningham
    Email: james.cunningham@prodigy.net
    Date: Sun, May 25, 2003 - 06:51 AM ET
    Website Address: http://jimsearneye.com
    When I first started working with P/W back in 84 the gentleman that then ran the factory told me that the first shipment of 800B's to leave the factory was hi-jacked never to be seen again. The insurance company ordered that they start over again with a break in the ser.#s and begin again at 500. Since then I have worked on a number of the "Stolen" machines at the PA state and other shoots here on the east coast. The earliest machines are easy to spot as they don't have the handle "Stop block" and the owners manual says to put a 1 in. block of wood there. The base is smaller and they are much heavier as the under sides of the tool head, cross head and base weren't hollowed out. The best way to estimate the age of your machine is to figure that P/W makes about 1000 machines a year in the 800/900/2000 type so starting at 64 work your way up to your ser. #. That isn't exact but it will be within a year.
    Just realized that my above should have given the start dates for figuring the age of P/W's. For the 800B and 800C use the 64 date. For the 800 Convertable use 84 as a start date and for the 900's use 88. The 1000's use 89 and for the 2000 use 2000. Sorry about the oversight but I think of the 800's whenever I think of P/W and while I see the later models as (Mostly) improved modifications, the 800's are the heart of the company and I am glad to see the reintroduction of the 800 (2003) and the demise of the 950.
     
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    <blockquote<I>"Here is an old post from Jim with good info but too early for the plus."</I></blockquote>Doesn't the last sentence indicate that the 800 was re-introduced in 2003 and wouldn't that have been the Plus?

    MK
     
  6. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    Check my website, as I have for download a ""history" of the P/W.

    It is NOT my document, but a narrative in progress done by one of my customers in Missoula, MT. I provided some info for it, as have others. It is not 100% accurate, but gives some fairly good info.

    Help yourself to it.

    Whiz ... and Happy Holidays
     
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    The document is still alive - I update it when I get information that clarifies things a little.

    I don't have information as to serial numbers when things changed within a given mmodel. I'd add it if someone has anything like that.

    John
     
  8. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    Thnaks, John for the work you've done on the history. Keep at it so we all can learn its history.

    Jim: fixed the http thing, and if I don't have the history up there, I'll get to it in a day or two.

    IT'S UP NOW! 6:09 PM MDT.

    Whiz
     
  9. Smithy47

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    Thanks Whiz, the information was enlightening. I also appreciate your web site.

    I have 5 MEC's (2)9000, (3)grabbers, and a Super 600 and have been reloading shotgun hulls for quite some time.

    I always wanted to see what made the PW such a highly thought of machine so I bought one off Ebay last week. I did not know the simple design on the MEC was so good until I started getting the PW set up to reload hulls.

    I have been to Whiz White's site and followed his directions on getting the 800B properly set up. I have actually loaded 4 boxes of AA's with it, am waiting for new wad fingers as the old one fell apart.

    It looks like I have one of the really old ones SN 3XXX. I did not want to spend too much and looks like I got what I paid for although after cleaning it up it is not very worn at all. I am missing the powder baffel, not sure if I need it. It is an interesting piece of machinery. Very well made, just complicated.

    Thanks again WhiZ !!!

    Bob
     
  10. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    Bob: I have a top of baffles... and cheap.

    Whiz
     
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