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i have been reloading with a mec 650 for over 20 years,the past 4 years i have been shooting more and reloading more.now i have started to get a pain in my right wrist. and i am thinking its from pushing the reloader handle down,most of the down push is from my right wrist. anyone else have this happen???
 

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I got RA about three years ago and I had thew Mec 9000. I had pain in my wrists and then I saved up and got the automate! Best thing I ever did. No pressure on the wrist perfect reloads.
 

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One glance a the MEC handle will tell you that it was designed to inflict pain on its user. It forces the wrist to move through just about every unnatural position possible. You should be able to modify the handle easily to eliminate the lack of concern for user comfort. Remove that useless bicycle grip and bolt on a home made "shovel handle" made from a couple of bent pieces of flat steel or aluminum, a piece of wood closet pole and a couple of long wood screws to allow the wood "grip" to rotate in the handle.

You will be able to move the handle through its complete range and never bend your wrist.

Here's a 2-page thread from another forum with photos that illustrate exactly what I'm talking about: <I>MEC shovel handles</i>

I took that worthless bicycle grip off my MEC Super Sizer. I bought a couple 2" wood balls from a woodworking supply company for a few bucks and drilled adjacent holes into one of them to form an oval slot in the ball and then used epoxy to attach the ball over the end of the handle. Gave me something properly shaped to push on with my palm.

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I put a long MEC wooden handle on my MEC 650; also added a square handle and mounted it (just below and in front of the wooden handle) where I can also use my left hand when reloading. It speeds up the process a little since you can be pulling the handle down with your left hand when placing the wad in the guide fingers, then finish by using your right hand on the wooden handle along with your left hand handle. I made this myself after my bright idea of working with pullies and a foot pedal didn't work. Thomas Edison didn't get it right the first time. All I can say it has worked out for me. Hope this helps. BT100dc
 

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I also want to thank you guys for the fixes. I have tendonitis in both of my elbows and forearms and working the reloader inflames the heck out of it. Will definitely try the ball fix.
 

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Do you have a big bump on the back of your wrist? If so, it could be a ganglion cyst.....not a big deal however! Look it up.
 

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i tried using my left hand to reload tonite,totaly weird. i started a shovel handel at work to day,will be done tuesday. a friend of mine says its probely the start of carpal tunnel syndrome,wonderful.
 

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Go hydraulic or electric and forget about your elbow and wrist problem. Life is too short to be pulling handles. My tennis elbow and sore wrists went away after I put Hydraulics on my loaders. Daryl.
 

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i am gonna try the shovel hand first,came out real good,just installed it.if that dosent work ,i guess i will go to the doctor and get a motorized mec.
joseph
 

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I like the idea and look but my question is are you still centering your body for a straight pull down or are you off to the side now? With the straight handle, I am always centered and when I get towards the bottom, I open my palms and push down on the handle.
Just curious as I'm trying to understand how the improvement works.
Happy reloading,
Kurt
 

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i tried the new handle last nite, i like it.the wrist is in a completely different position,lots of leverage,i think i will shorten it a bit cause now i am sittin too far from my bench. joseph
 

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I had to finally hang up the hammer in favor of pneumatic nailers for all my projects.

That stopped the wrist pain, plus I had carpel tunnel surgery after the doc told me to quit swining a hammer, but told him heck no.

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i all ways use both hands,but with the new handle the wrist is deffinatly in a better position,plus a litte more leverage. joseph
 
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