And not a single picture.....geez
Yes, 12 gauge and 7.5 shot. Thanks for the pointersMaybe a couple thousand to get the feel of the machine... Your call of course. I am assuming this is a 12 gauge. 12 gauge is super easy on the machine. Make sure the dies are lubed as they recommend. Get in the habit of always and I mean always watching the primer drop. One flaw in the machine is if you miss the primer and drop the powder it can drop the powder into primer the track. You may need to remove all of the primers and clean the track. My area is a tad dark and I keep a small light shined on the primer cup so I can see that the primer is in the proper location on the down stroke. I also keep some primers handy and some long needle nose pliers.
On the back left side of the machine there is a lever and it will allow you to raise or lower the machine without advancing the shells. This can help you.
Try using 7.5 shot at first. If you spill shot, 7.5 is big enough that it does not get caught in the machine.
Good luck and this thread is almost useless without pictures (j.k).
It is not hard at all to spill shot or powder. You are correct, it ain't no Mec. Their machines turn the powder and shot on and off for you. If you died in the wool Spolar owners can believe it, there are some things Mec has done much better.Spills? this aint no mec.
Once you go hydraulic, you won't go without itI'm on the waiting list right now. No hydraulics right away for me, but perhaps I'll change my mind while I'm waiting. Last I heard I should be happy by October.
Buy once, cry once. I look at it as something that will last me the remainder of my time on Earth.