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Shot reloading, to bother or not to bother?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hey_Allen, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Hey_Allen

    Hey_Allen Well-Known Member

    So, in an odd situation due to a co-worker moving to another country where he won't be able to shoot, much less reload, I ended up the somewhat befuddled owner of a nice MEC 9000 reloader (which his wife then told me he'd used once before it got put aside and forgotten, for some reason).

    The confusion on my part is due to the low volume of shotgunning that I do in the first place, as I only bought the one that I own as a home defense gun, with interest in possibly doing some sporting clays or the like, and maybe finding a 3 gun match or two to play in for practice.

    Can anyone suggest reasons to persue more shotgunning opportunities?
    I'm also considering either trading it, or possibly selling it to foot the bill on a metallic cartridge progressive setup, such as one of the offerings of Dillon, Hornady, or RCBS.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure anyone can convince you that shooting shotguns are just as fun as shooting handguns or rifles. I enjoy spending a day at the range running through various shotgun drills with my shooting buddies. In fact, I've got a 4 day shotgun course coming up in two months.

    If you don't find yourself shooting your shotgun very much, I guess there isn't much of a reason to reload for it. If you can sell it and use the coin for a different reloader, go for it.
  3. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I have tried it and don't shoot shotgun enough to reload either. I do however reload 444 Marlin brass for custom reloads in my .410. I would sell it unless there is a lot of shotgunning in your future if I were in your shoes.
  4. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    If you are not into a shotgun sport(skeet, trap, or sporting clays) and shoot 100's of rounds a month, it would not be economical or wise to keep the MEC loader. Sell it and buy something more to your interest. :)
  5. Hey_Allen

    Hey_Allen Well-Known Member

    Ok, thanks for the comments, and confirming what I was somewhat thinking already.

    The point of economy for shot loading seems to be well into the hundreds of rounds, and I have seldom ever lit off more than a dozen or so.
    (This is what kept me from looking into buying loading gear for shot when I first got into reloading, as well.)

    Happy loading, all!
  6. rick300

    rick300 Well-Known Member

    I shoot handguns and started reloading in April this year, my stuff has about half paid for itself, and I'm loving every minute. Last Sunday I went shooting sporting clays with one of my customers and had a ball. I came home and told the wife "I gotta set up to reload shot" Go shoot some sporting clays before you sell that stuff. Rick
  7. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Well-Known Member

    It's always good to try it out to see if you like killing those skeets, but for the occasional shotgun shooter, it's usually not worth it unless you're committed to developing a load that patterns better than factory shells.
  8. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    For someone like me who shoots thousands of rounds a year, the MEC 9000 is a nice machine, since you can reload shells for half or less the cost of even the wally-world shells.

    Sporting clays is some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
  9. BullsAndClays

    BullsAndClays Active Member

    There are numerous clay games out there, so take your scattergun out and play as many as you have time for. I am a terrible shotgunner, but have so much fun doing so that I reload as well. If you shoot with the 'right' people, you will only improve your game. Personally, I like the feeling of breaking a clay with my own shotshell.

    That MEC 9000 is a great press; if you end up wanting to sell it, you will have no problem doing so.
  10. bigjoedodge

    bigjoedodge New Member


    if you want to sell please let me know if you still have it

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