looking to change from multiple MEC machines to 1 solid machine

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  1. CanyonLakeArcher

    CanyonLakeArcher Active Member

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    Previously banned somewhere for posting this thread claiming it was dribbling to get to 50 post....... so I guess I will come here and asked the same question and see if I can actually get answers before I get banned :) I have a MEC 9000H and I am looking at getting PW 800+ or PW patriot.The only reason I am considering changing is because I will load so many different types of powders between my Wife’s load, my load for sporting clays and my load for Pot Shooting. The reason I am looking at these types of orders is because you can shut the power off without having to go through the hassle of the MEC I have a 9000 H I have a grabber and I have a 9000 manual. I would like to get set up with just one load her in change powders easily. What are your thoughts on the PW or should I also look at the Hornaday? Just realizing I asked it much better here...
     
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    I went from a MEC 9000 after several years and decided to go PW 800+. I talked to several people and one friend has the Patriot, and decided to go with the 800+ since I just load 1 gauge. I added the automate and the hull feeder and have been very happy. The hull feeder needs some tweaking, but that just takes time and patience. There is a learning curve gong to the PW. I do not know anything about the Hornaday.
    On the 800+ you can change powder drop and shot drop very easy, and if you want to change powder you can empty the hopper pretty quick too. In between loading, I empty my powder hopper every time I finish. Hope this helps.
     
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    Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for!!
     
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    Ken Cerney Elite Poster Founding Member

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    I load with the Dillon SL900. It comes with adjustable powder and shot bars. Easy to unload the shot hopper if you need to. A good set up with an auto hull feeder.
     
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    What hassle?
     
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    I load Longshot for Pot shooting, international for my sporting class and promo for my wife’s Sporting Clasy shells. It is a hassle to change powder and shot on my MEC. So I have a 9000 h a 12 Ga Grabber and a 20 ga grabber.
     
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    Have a powder bottle for each. Flip the measure back, change bottles. Change the bushing and/or bar then if needed. Flip the measure forward. I don't find that a hassle.
     
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    I can Understand that some folks see this as part of the deal, but I work 70 hr a week and have a 7 and 11 year old, time is precious as well as I enjoy loading not dealing with the issues I have with the MEC system of changing powder and shot, want to buy my 3 MEC machines trap.skeet.sporting lol they are for sale
     
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    I use the MEC 9000 and installed The Adjustable Powder/Shot. Charging Bar. I wore one out. I also have The Digital RCBS Scale to Dial in my Loads, Both Powder and Shot are adjustable. They are cheaper than a PW. And they Resize Every Shell, and resizer is also adjustable.

    Gary Bryant..................................Dr.longshot
     
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    and i'm sure everyone know what site that was that banned you, its crazy they don't like something someone ask's so they ban them
     
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    I bet you will find a PW a bigger hassle.
     
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    I was asking Reloading Questions as well as posting in the hunting forum, posted some pics of a Whitetail I harvested in Missouri with my Bow, I was told I was dribbling and I was Banned......
     
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    I had a P-W and found that trying to get the exact load I wanted was tedious The bushings were always high or low. I eventually took a bushing and filled it with Marinetex epoxy and then drilled it out to get the correct volume. On the Dillon, it is a breeze.

    I haven't switched between gauges as I only load 12 but it looks pretty strait forward.
     
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    MEC 9000s cope well with steel rimmed hulls. P-Ws not so well.
     
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    That is good to know, I was not aware of that and since almost all current hulls are steel base that could be a problem.
     
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    I load with the 9000H..... No problems at all with the machine but changing powder is a task. If it were possible a powder shutoff for the powder bottle would be a change worth doing. I have several powders I "play" with..... not because I have to but its in my nature......... Larry
     
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    That I can't understand. I find it very easy. Just tilt back the measure assembly, unscrew the powder bottle, screw on a new powder bottle. East for me.
     
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    Did not say it wasn't easy, just said it was a task. A bottle shutoff would allow me to shut off the powder resulting in a sealed container without trying to find the lid and in my limited room not have to slide the machine out of position to tip the bottles back for changing. With the 9000H I run the press to the bottom of the stroke, block it down with a spacer I have made which allows the full tip of the bottle assembly for removal and installation..... Larry
     
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    PW 800+ with auto drive and the small gauge tool heads. A MEC super sizer to deal with the steel case heads when I run out of AA and STS hulls. It will be a while. Cheddite primers, claybuster wads and West Coast hard shot = a premium quality shell for $5.00 a box.
     
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    PW can be a problem at times ,you have to resize all of your steel based hulls.Also the PW seats primers by pushing up from the bottom and this could dish the hull in the rem hulls unless your using rem primers.With Mec this is not a problem as it seats by downward presure to a semi solid bottom.I Ioad on a pw with a hull feeder ,if your pressed for time as you say the pw is a production machine. Once you go through the learning curve you can realy crank em out.
     
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    Well I’m on my way, my 800+ will be here Tuesday, with 20,28 and 410 tool heads. I also am curious why you need to resize if you shoot o/u, I thought resizing was only for semi and pumps?
     
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    So my MEC 9000H will be for sale as well as my 20ga/12ga grabbers
     
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    Pay good spolar better - have hd oh and Mexico
    All load shells ok but bet I have for speed and accuracy is the spolar with th pump
     
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    Most all do load good shells if adjusted properly. A good instruction book and the willingness to follow it would probably result in an abundance of satisfaction... Larry
     
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    I am happy to report, my 800+ showed up and with a couple of small adjustments I am making very nice loads. I have never had a crimp look so nice, now I know crimps don’t break targets but damn they are pretty.
     
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    Voice text lol
     
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    I use a MEC super sizer also for the steel base hulls.
    At times found the steel base would drag in the dies and create a lot of friction ejecting from the die.
    One pass through the MEC Super Sizer and a very happy PW 950.
     

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