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Basically, I am wondering if anyone has modified or attached a hull hopper to a MEC? I know there are other minor modifications you can do to a MEC, but this would seem to be pretty trick if it can be done.

What else have other's done to improve the MEC's functionality?

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Bryan--I think most of the time it would be much cheaper and easier to switch to the machines that offer that option. Just my opinion though.

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Probably, It was later in the night when I wrote this post. After reading this I kind of figured the MEC would need one extra station to drop the hull in. But I do think it would be pretty trick if a device could be made to drop the hull in the resizer die on the up stroke, but there is a hull already there. DOH, never mind gawd I feel like some of the long winded posters on here that have nothing meaningful to say..

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My primer feed chain would break every so often. I finally put a chain coupler where it hit the primer tray, at the end of the down stroke, and it hardly ever breaks now. I also can use up smaller pieces of older chains. I was loading about 30,000 shells a year then.

I also wax the bottom of the primer tray so the primers slide down easier.Ray
 

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We have the new style primer tray on a 9000e. Adn twice have allowed a primer to lay on its side and enter the tube drop area. And had to dismantle the tray to extricate the horizontal primer. But now we have a automotive magnet to drag it out if that happens again.

NO shell hoppers for us. We like to inspct the hulls at insertion.
 

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MIA, I understand which is best, but inspection can be done while putting them in the hopper.

I am curious how the P/W inserts the hulls into the turret. I have tried to find photos but none of them are large enough to see the details.

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I drilled a hole in the bracket that the shot and primer bottles screw to in order to remove the powder bushing without removing the shot bar. Makes bushing change a snap. Did the same thing for a couple buddies and they like it also.Jake
 

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j2jake do you drill the top and cover the hole with something ? got a photo you could share I like your idea as a matter of fact a person could fix some sort of gromet to plug the hole for saftey precaution without any problem at all.
 

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I bought a used 20ga grabber from Pap Charlie with the holes drilled in the powder bracket, I used 2 quarters to cover the power hole, works great. Joe
 

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No need for a plug guys, there is no powder in it. I will post picture next week sometime. The hole is drilled above where the bushing is when the charge bar is to the right. Its a little tricky to get it centered but I used a air grinder to fine tune. Jake
 

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Well I think I disagree -- On my gragger when the charge bar moves to the right some powder is left on top of the bar/bushing due to the snaping action of the bar. I found the quarters keep the powder from sloping out the top.
 
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