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Shotshell Reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TxAg, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. gab909

    gab909 Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    I have PW's in 3 gauges (12/28/410), I am just waiting on an old 20 gauge to show up. You used to be able to find them from $150-350. I also have mecs is all 4 gauges and use them for special shells. My MEC 12 gauge is set for my pigeon/crow/pheasant loads. The PW is set for trap and sporting and for volume reloading. I can put out around 400 per hour on the PW by myself, and 550 or so with my wife loading the hulls. The MEC is around 300-350 rounds per hour when it is all dialed in. Instead of fooling around with changing the gauges, I just keep my eyes open and wait for a cheap one to show up. Guys will buy the PW and have problems with it, and offload them for cheap. I just hang around the range waiting to hear the horror stories.

    The way to save money reloading is BULK! Just bought a 1/2 ton of reclaimed, a few kegs of powder, a few cases of wads and primers are still semi available. Internet shopping can be very good to you if you make the commitment and order powder 48 pounds at a time (Promo) works good and is cheap. Cheddites are cheaper than winchesters, If you are a name brand type of guy, you won't save much by reloading.
  2. TxAg

    TxAg New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Moffat, Texas
    Thanks for all the input

    About the time I started this thread I ordered some manuals from BPI. I have the lyman book on order so I'll have a couple of sources to draw from.

    From the input on the machines (most mentioned)it sounds like their great when they work and suck when they don't. I expected that.

    I think it would definitely be prudent to start with a single stage and get the basics down before moving to the progressive.

    Does anyone know if on the P/W 375 if you can adapt a press between case lengths. i.e. 12 ga 2-3/4", 3", 3-1/2"???
  3. John3921

    John3921 Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I load 12, 20, 28 and .410 on a PW 800+. It's great.

    If you want a PW I suggest you contact Jim 'whiz' White at www.swsupply.com he is a PW distributor - and he's been working on them for about 30 years. He is a great asset to PW owners. There are several PW maintenance and 'how to' documents on his website also. He even has a document I wrote on PW history and their various machines and how they evolved.

    There is a simple fix for the stuck hulls mentioned above. On the 800+ there is a sizer die cleaning accessory - essentially a bore brush - that mounts directly above station 1. When you actuate the press the bore brush cleans the dies. No more problem. I've loaded close to 50,000 rounds through mine and have never had a stuck hull - except on the.410 which is a tricky little bugger. The cleaning brush is mandatory on the .410 IMHO.

    Shot does not drop through the wad ram - it's the next station. If you have mangled wads they can be an issue. If you have wads that are crunched or flattened, put them in a mesh bag and throw them in the clothes dryer on high for about 15 minutes, dump them into a laundry tub to cool and they will be as good as new. Make sure the mesh bag is securely closed (ask me how I found that out!) Never had the problem with 12 gauge - but I had serious issues with Winchester AAHS 28 gauge wads. I won't use them.


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