Shotgun Cartridge Reloading Press for sale

Discussion in 'Shooting, Hunting and Fishing' started by Pigshyt_Freeman, Nov 8, 2011.

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  1. MEC 600 Jr. Mark 5 Single Stage Shotshell Press, currently set up for .410 but can do all gauges with the correct dies. Brand new and boxed, ex-display model never unpacked.

    Here's the item at Midway UK:
    Midwayuk - MEC 600 Jr. Mark 5 Single Stage Shotshell Press 410 Bore 3"

    Full price £270, to clear at £200 including shipping to mainland UK.

    NOW REDUCED TO £165.00
  2. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I dont think that shotgun reloading here will take off in the same way that centre fire rifle has, at least until cartridges reach £10 a box of 25 then it will look attractive.
    Mec is a very good make and I dabbled with reloading shot shells (as our cousins call them) a few years ago swinging between a Lee and some old bench tools I inherited to make 12 bore slug loads. In the end it was quicker, simpler and cheaper to buy in CBC even if you spend 3 weeks scrubbing the bore after each shot!
    Sounds a bargain though good luck.
  3. I still use an old Lee Load-All for my own shells, if you shoot a lot it's quite a saving.
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I didnt like mine and its still in its packaging!
  5. It's a right bugger selling reloading stuff since ebay banned it, I've got various dies and odds and ends, and nowhere to advertise them.
  6. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Advertise them on here then!
  7. I have a MEC JR set up in 12 & 16 and use it quite a lot. I bought it initially for loading 16 as the price for these cartridges is stupid.

    I got a set of 12 bore dies and use it for loading BP carts, which are also a silly price. I load the powder with a flask and just use the press for shot and crimping in this mode..

    I think the MEC are about the best you need for this country. Ponsness Warren and Dillon presses are the Rolls Royce solution, but are not really economic given the price you have to pay for components. Unless you are loading something strange like 8 bore steel or 16/32 bore or serious amounts of .410 I would not bother.

    £200 is a fair price though..
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  8. Those who don't take to reloading soonish will be feeling rather pissed-off when lead shot is banned from sale in a couple of years. Fortunately, I've got enough in stock to last me until I'm too old and doddery to shoot any more.
  9. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I used to recycle cartridges and give the shot to a muzzle loading friend. Pay back was some walked up days with an ML.
    I still have cartridges from whhen they were less then £2 a box bought by the box, problem is not selling them as there is no mark up at RFD level on cartridges.
    For a guide to future costs look at 16 and 28 bore!
  10. T'is mightily cheaper to load your own - I would recomend any shotgun owner to consider it. If I was in the UK I would have it off you as I need one in the near future for a specialist 12 bore project.
  11. Dunno about this..

    I get the impression that with the change in government, the lead thing has gone off the boil a bit. Even the lead shot/waterbirds was a very restricted phenominon - only certain species in certain locations.. never enough to justify the ban that came into force..

    If they do impose this, then effectivley we can kiss vintage shooting goodbye...
  12. It will come, and it will come through the EU and some Environmental legislation, there will be a scare story about it getting into the human food chain and turning rosy-cheeked kiddies into helpless windowlickers. Anyone who opposes it will be accused of wanting to poison infants.

    See the 'leaded petrol' debate if you want a foretaste of how it will go.
  13. Regarding the MEC, I use one for reloading the 10 bore. Paid for itself after three weekis of goose culling. Good bits of kit, easy to use and produce a good finish on the cartridge. As for lead shot, I have had several attempts at making a shot dribbler, similar to the Littleton shotmaker with varied success. I think that I have the various problems ironed out and intend to have a go at building another when time permits next year. The lead shot ban on wetlands is a load of bollocks anyway. More birds are killed by plastic, cans and other general rubbish than were ever poisoned by ingesting shot yet we haven’t seen the woolen clothed lentil crunchers bleating about that. Come to think about it there are more songbirds killed by stinking cats that by those of us who shoot. Haven’t seen a call to ban cats yet.
  14. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Flawed science thanks to the ******* sceptics again!
    Maybe if the Eu implodes financially we can get back to doing what we did before with all the bent bananas available!
  15. Reduced to £165 including Postage.