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scrat
January 28, 2007, 02:07 AM
Ok i have been doing rifle cartridges for some time. But never got into shotgun loading as it is so cheap to buy a box of 12 guage shells.
However seems like every time i turn around i feel like im getting jipped on my .410 Sad part is i like shooting my .410. So i have been thinking about reloading for .410.

So question is what kind of set ups do you guys use. then whats the deal with the crimping. From what i hear .410 needs a rolled crimp. tell me what i need to know.

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halfmile
January 28, 2007, 05:55 AM
You can buy a single stage used loader, Mec 600 Jr. for about 40 bucks. Ebay has them sometimes.

NO rolled crimps on .410 except slugs.

You do not need any other accessories besides the press. .410 loads very cheaply because of the small amount of shot. 2 & 1/2 inch is what everyone uses. 3 inch are a pain, and the proper wads are almost nonexistant.

Mec's website has manuals available with hhow to load info.

I reload around 15 thousand shotshells a year, and on it's less hassle than metallic.

HM

scrat
January 28, 2007, 02:18 PM
wow thanks for the info. just what i needed

Odnar
January 28, 2007, 04:19 PM
You're going the correct direction. I'm coming from shotgun reloading into metallic cartridge reloading. I'm amazed at how many tools and accessories are required to do it! So much time and money compared to how easy shotshell reloading is... Like halfmile says, go with the MEC 600 Jr Mark V. I got mine about 7 years ago for $65 from a shop going out of business. I've reloaded about 4000 shells and never had a problem. If your crimps aren't staying crimped, get thicker hulls. Have fun!

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