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I see a MEC reloader on here that would be great for my son from member atadams77. However, I do not have enough post to PM or respond. Am I just out of luck?

I posted in here because I have a youth shooter that shoots Trap, Skeet, and Sporting.


 

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Yes, you are out of luck.


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Thanks for the reply. I see several out there in the price range so maybe there will be some when I qualify.
 

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If you live in SE Pennsylvania there are presses available at most clubs. Check ur local clubs someone may be selling one!
 

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Thanks for the feedback. My struggle with the decision is cost - buying retail box of shells vs. reloading a box of shells. I have seen that this is a highly debated subject in here so just gathering information and talking to folks that do it.
 

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Also considering that reloading may make the 14 year old shooter more invested in it and have a better appreciation for the work and cost that is involved in what he loves.
 

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Definitely check your local gun clubs. There’s always somebody hanging onto an old reloader that is probably willing to sell. Helping get/keep the next generation interested will always motivate one of the old times to let something go for a fair price. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Will wait to send a message so I don't appear to be going around the rules. Plus still learning about it.
 

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Which mec reloaded are you looking for .?
That is a great question. I like the MEC product so leaning that direction. My struggle right now is trying to determine if it is worth it or not. I like the idea of doing our own so I don't have to worry about finding inventory or a "good price".

If I were to just pick one I like the 9000GN for the fact that it is progressive. However, I would also consider any of the other models just to get my "feet wet" with reloading. Like I started the thread with my 14, almost 15, year old is our primary shoot so he will be doing a bulk of the reloading.
 

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There are several threads on this forum regarding the economics of reloading. I won't try to summarize those here other than to say if you don't buy supplies in bulk and shoot a lot, you won't save any money.

In my opinion, reloading is a good education for a shotgun shooter and I applaud the notion of a youngster having to put some effort into the activity. You might consider getting started with an inexpensive loader that wouldn't cost you much. I started on a PW single stage and loaded many shells on that machine. It gave me a real feel for the process having to work on one shell at a time. After a few years my brother bought a PW progressive and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

I don't reload anymore because the economics of reloading don't make it worth the time for me. Having said that, I do look back fondly on that activity and may do it again when I retire.
 

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First, I think having your child do the reloading, at least for practice ammo, is a great idea. By the time I was 15 I was loading almost everything I shot, mostly due to cost and availability. Stress the responsibility of loading correctly as “you will be shooting it.”

Second, For a person new to reloading I say you need a MEC single stage press. They are inexpensive and well built, but more importantly they are simple. I’ve been loading a long time -36 years- and recently got my first progressive shotgun loader. There is a learning curve with one! Especially if something gets out of alignment or adjustment.

Third, find a mentor to teach the system or rhythm of reloading. It takes 6 cycles of the press to load a round on a single stage, and that is 6 places to stop and look to be sure things are right. There is no such option on my 9000’s.

Fourth, Pick a load and stay with that until you are experienced and know how to adjust things. If you only buy and stock one powder, wad, primer, then you can’t mix it up. Sticking with one hull, I’d suggest a premium one as they load easier and last longer, and one wad and shot weight means few if any adjustments to the crimping process after you get it set up (see mentor above.)

Lastly, there will be failures. The critical thing is they never include a double charge! Messy crimps, spilled shot or powder are easy to remedy.

Even if you only break even your child now has time invested and and should be on their way to a lifelong hobby that can save money and ensure they can shoot no matter how bad the ammo hoarders get.
 

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I've got a 650 you can have. It's a progressive you have to rotate by hand, but it's simpler than a 9000 the moves on it's on. The 650 is my personal favorite and very usable. If interested, I'll get back to it and finish checking it out. Was donated by @Curly N himself.

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