LEE Load all 2 vs mec 600 jr

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  1. rbernie
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    Every. Single. Step.
    This.
     
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  2. jcerillo70

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    700x is in stock at brownells right now - i just scored 4lbs
     
  3. MEHavey

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    $220

    There is nothing that cannot be bought more cheaply in haste :scrutiny:
    ...and regretted later at your leisure. :uhoh:




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  4. unwashed

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    Yea but to add an auto primers feed it will cost you an additional $107. Also more $$ to convert to another gauge. IMO all that to get the same results from a less expensive machine.
     
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  5. Barbaroja

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    No need for the auto prime on either machine. If you have used both presses then you would know that they do not produce the same results. Yes they both Make shotshells, but one does a better job and does it more efficiently and precisely.
     
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  6. George P

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    Not if you look for used from various sources.
     
  7. MEHavey

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    At two rounds/min w/o the primer feed, I don't need it.
    As to less expensive/non-adjustable -- repent at leisure (but I said that :cool:)
     
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    Just an example. If you want a tighter crimp:

    Mec- adjust the precrimp and final crimp dies

    Lee- push harder on the handle. I’m my experience this leads to bulging around the crimp that can cause trouble chambering a round.

    both work, you get what you pay for.
     
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  9. George P

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    On my MEC Jrs, I have the old lamp chain primer feeds that work perfectly; they should be fairly inexpensive on Ebay or similar.
    My Grabber has the newer 200 primer feed; works well also.
     
  10. unwashed

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    Why the rush, have somewhere to go, handloading is suppose to be enjoyable. Primer feeds are most desirable, ask all the metallic loaders, seems like cover for the short falls of the MEC. Same results.
     
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    If you have to press down that hard, you're doing something wrong, never had that problem. Maybe I'm old school and not into all these new fangled devices.
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  12. jmorris

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    Used shotshell presses don’t seem to hold their value the same as metallic reloading machines. The 600 jr are a great press for what they go for used. The one I have was given to me but have seen many of them over the years in the $50-75 range used.

    In the >$300 range a used 366 will run circles around the Lee and the MEC, wouldn’t ever pay that much for one when used better equipment is available.
     
  13. George P

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    Except none of those crimp are identical
     
  14. George P

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    You haven't priced things lately, have you?
     
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    Side bar question here (that I should probably ask of the manufacturer), can the 12 or 16 MEC be adjusted to reload 2.5in shells? Got a Drilling to feed.
     
  16. jmorris

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    No, I don’t buy during panics. I prefer my money to have as much buying power as possible. Right now is the time to sell things one doesn’t want though as there are people that are more than happy to pay the current inflated prices.

    There are some people that might have kept them despite trying to sell them in the past. I can’t to all the work for the OP but joining and contacting this guy that had two to sell for $75 and see if he still has them sitting around, might not be a bad idea. If he’s in that part of New Jersey.

    https://www.njwoodsandwater.com/forums/topic/11111-wtt-2-mec-600-jr-12-ga-reloading-machines/

    Prices on eBay for them start at $9.99 a number of them under $100 with 0 bids.

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2510209.m570.l1313&_nkw=mec+600+jr&_sacat=0
     
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  17. jcerillo70

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    Just wanted to update you guys. I won a mec grabber 76 on ebay for $250. Hope I did good!
     
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    Enjoy!
     
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    Real simple.
    How do you put components away after reloading?
    With the MEC, you have 2 separate bottles for powder & shot.
    With the Lee?????
     
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    Go to Shotgunworld forum reloading sub forum read the stickies. Shotgunworld.com • New Reloaders - make it easy on yourself
    I am 70 I have been reloading with a mec 600 jr since 1976. I have acquired a total of 4 Mecs. They are common you can find them used, parts readily available. save your self lots of hassles. get WWCF or WWHS hulls, or remington hulls.(Hull available for free in trash at most shotgun ranges) makes reloading much easier. Lyman Manual you ordered is the bible of shotshell reloading . You can ask questions here or on Shotgun world forum reloading subforum.

    Good luck,

    Bull
     
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  21. George P

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    https://www.mecoutdoors.com/short-kit
     
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