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MEC Sizemaster on Ebay

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AFK, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    Well, I pulled the trigger on what I thought was a good deal on Ebay. A used MEC sizemaster for $129, with shipping, $143 and change. Judging by the pictures and the sellers feedback, it seemed like a pretty good value. I have been wanting to add a 12 gauge reloader next to my LNL. Now to start reading and learning about shot shell reloading. :D
  2. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Congrats. Your enthusiasm is contagious...now you have me wanting to go dust off my MEC 650 Jr. and crank out some shells. I haven't touched it in three years...I think I'm due.
  3. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    Oh it sounds like you are due after 3 years. I've been getting the itch to go to the Sporting Clays range. Have funn and maybe find some reloadable hulls at the same time.
  4. rockn30809

    rockn30809 Well-Known Member

    That was a good buy. Just make sure you keep the collet well lubed and clean. Those two things make a world of difference in how smooth the press runs. Also, mount the press in a shallow cookie sheet for baking. That way when you spill some shot and you will the cookie sheet catches it all and you can scoop it up and put it back in the shot bottle.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  5. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    Great advice and a great idea THANKS!
  6. tlen

    tlen Well-Known Member

    I have had a sizemaster for well over 25 years and it is a great machine.
    Best check the price of components before you start cranking out shells. The current price for lead shot is through the roof. After my calculations for 3 1/4-7 1/2-1 1/8 12 GA loads I found it was cheaper to buy comparable ammo at Cabela's on sale and not bother dusting off my Sizemaster.
  7. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I did some priliminary calculations and came to the conclusion that I would not save any money by reloading my own shells. If anything it will cost me more, but I really enjoy reloading for my pistols. To me there a certain satisfaction when you shoot your own reloads taylored to your liking. Great stress reliever as well.
  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    The Size master is really nice to use! I had one for a while but sold it when lead got really expensive. But now that reclaimed shot has hit the market I'm loading with the 600 Jr. which is also a great press, just not as fast as a Size Master, among other features the SM offer's.

    Enjoy your good find!
  9. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    +1. And that's what reloading is all about.

  10. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    See my response to this on the other forum. To it I will add - if you buy components in bulk, you can reload for almost 60% the cost of the wally world ammo, so it does pay. And if you start to reload 16, 28, 410 or similar, your savings are double that

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