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I do not like pouring shot out of a bag into bottles in the basement so I do it in the garage.

This is not elegant or rocket science but I made up a shot bottle caddy to hold four empty small MEC shot bottles to get them filled in the garage and back to the loading area in the basement. A bag of shot divides readily into four bottles. There is a handle on both ends for easier carrying and holes in the bottom plate to keep the bottles vertical.

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Hello: here is another tip. Pour your shot into a Simply Orange, orange plastic bottle with a handle. It makes pouring shot into the hopper a lot easier. I have 4 that I use for 4 different shot sizes. Your idea looks good for those using a Mec. Thanks, Eric
 

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I empty a shot bag into a coffee can, and then use a metal cup with a handle and a funnel to fill my shot bottle while it is on the press.
 
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Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice work on your shot caddy. It may not be for everyone but it works for you and that is what counts. Nice job.
 

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Make sure each bottle has a cap on the threaded end before filling!!!

I too use a coffee can, metal cup and funnel to fill my MEC bottles on the reloader. -Ed
 

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LOL thats exactly what I do. Stand on my step stool and transfer product.
Holy bench height batman, how high is your loading bench where ya gots to stand on the stool to reach your bottles? I am like some others here, bottle never leaves the loader, use a funnel, but I dip out of a 5 gallon bucket filled with reclaim with a good sized cup (one the the wife unit let me have never to return to the kitchen) and it only takes a few cup to fill it, all from a sitting position. I don't like the tall bottle, if something happens, it's too much to handle or empty.
 

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coffee can , use a tin snipes to cut a spout , open bag pour shot in , use a funnel to fill bottle while attached to press , works great
 

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Holy bench height batman, how high is your loading bench where ya gots to stand on the stool to reach your bottles? I am like some others here, bottle never leaves the loader, use a funnel, but I dip out of a 5 gallon bucket filled with reclaim with a good sized cup (one the the wife unit let me have never to return to the kitchen) and it only takes a few cup to fill it, all from a sitting position. I don't like the tall bottle, if something happens, it's too much to handle or empty.
LOL, Dirt Stirrer, well I have a PW 800+ on top of an old MAC tool box, which I made a frame and 4" casters that the box sets on. next to the PW is a Dillon 650, and I sit on a bar stool and press the switch to make the motor spit out a shell, but to comfortably load powder and shot I use my small step stool while dipping shot out of my coffee can. When I had my MEC, I did have the tall bottle for shot, and would put the MEC funnel on it and again stand on my step stool and fill it, LOL Take care, Steve
 

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I have the old style (tall) shot tube on my PW. I transfer the full bag of shot to a plastic UTZ snack container. From there I dump half into a quart deli container. I can squeeze the opening into a spout and pour the shot into the press without the use of a funnel. I can do it quicker than I can explain it. And I don't spill any shot.
That used to piss me off quick when I spilled shot.


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I use Rubbermaid 2 gallon drink pitchers, have one for each size shot. They hold a 25# bag with room to spare and the built-in pour spout makes it easy to fill/refill your shot bottle through the funnel and the lid makes it easy to store and refill.
 

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Like jacksback, I just empty the shot bag into a plastic pitcher, then I can easily pour the shot into the MEC bottle. I just use my hand over the opening to make sure nothing spills.
 

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You fill them in the garage in case you spill? or is it the lead dust ?

I pour it in the bottle right on the loader,
I use the bottle supports and dislike tipping the rig back.

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I load on a 366 with Jim Skeel's large shot/powder tubes. I take a full bag of shot, open it, and insert the whole bag upside down into the shot tube. Then lift the bag out. It will hold more than a bag of shot so it's no issue. I have a small mark on the bottle so I know when a full bag will fit again. To give ya'll some amusement, I have to stand on a stool to fill my shot and powder. It's hell being vertically challenged.
 

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DGH,

Lead dust is the worry. Most likely not a big issue just want to be as safe as possible.

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DGH,

Lead dust is the worry. Most likely not a big issue just want to be as safe as possible.

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I had figured so..

I wonder about the number of cartridges I have loaded over all the years with hard cast lead, Handling each bullet, Didn't smoke, and always wash hands after loading,,

who knows right...
 
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