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Shotshell press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MattB000, May 22, 2007.

  1. MattB000

    MattB000 New Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    I am looking to buy a shotgun reloading press, but have no idea what to buy. Shotgun loading doesn't look like as much fun and would rather get something that does it with as little effort as possible. I would also rather spend a little more money now and not replace it later. I will also need to swap between 20ga and 12ga often. Any recommendations? I am particularly interested in details of why you may recommend one over another, not so interested in "You should get one of these, because that is what I have"
  2. jmorris

    jmorris Mentor

    Sep 30, 2005
  3. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

    DaveInFloweryBranchGA Participating Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    NE Georgia

    This is a question you also want to take over to the shotgun forums where a lot of skeet/trap etc. shotgunners post. I've found that to be very useful to get more feedback related to the various types and options, including some that are no longer being manufactured.


  4. fecmech

    fecmech Active Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Buffalo NY
    IMO the most bang for the buck is the MEC grabber. It resizes the brass and does an excellent job of reloading quickly at a reasonable price. Once you are familiar with the machine 8-10 boxes of shells per hour is a comfortable rate. Shotshell presses unlike metallic cousins do not lend themselves well to caliber changes. Most serious shotshell shooters have a press for each gauge. BTW if you are loading for your own fixed breach gun (o/u or s/s) and you start out with your own new shells resizing is not really necessary. In that case the MEC 650 has the same loading rate as the Grabber but it does not resize and it is much less expensive. Good luck however you go.
  5. Steve C

    Steve C Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    The MEC presses are durable. I have a 27 years old MEC JR that still produces shells today though I don't shoot shotgun near as much as I used to.

    The question is how much shooting do you do. Its would be foolish to spend $250 to $300 for a progressive press if you only burn a dozen boxes of shells a year. Where reloading saves money is with higher performance loads like heavy field pheasant loads and with the right attachments, Steel Waterfowl loads. You can also save money on trap loads but its mostly depends upon how many rounds you shoot as the delta on trap loads is usually less than $2 a box vrs case quantity purchase.

    Calculate your break even point and see if its even worth reloading.

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