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    02-20-2018, 07:54 PM
    Sheesh, don't take it so personal. I never once said MEC is crappy, I never would. I'm convinced my own personal MEC is junk. There is a huge difference between loading a wimpy 1 oz load and a full blast 1 1/4 oz steel shot, or 1 1/2 oz lead load....
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    02-19-2018, 11:34 PM
    Now that is impressive. I've NEVER in 10 years got crimps that looked that good on my MEC.
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    02-19-2018, 10:57 PM
    You posted on a thread about MEC crimping problems with hunting loads. Nobody, myself included, has every said a MEC wont make good target ammo.
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    02-19-2018, 10:21 PM
    That says nothing. I can do that with a lee loader hand kit. Try that with a federal, estate, rio, chedite, remington straight wall, etc., or any 3", then you will see the shortcomings of a MEC.
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    02-19-2018, 09:01 PM
    Accurate molds has since added that mold I drew, and I have bought it. I'm still waiting, and expect it in the next couple of weeks. Since then, I've actually found some things that makes me wish I had slowed down. The main thing being, I see no...
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    02-19-2018, 08:40 PM
    How about some pictures? Remington STS's don't count.
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    02-19-2018, 12:46 AM
    I wish I could try a Ponsness Warren, before buying one. I guess there is nothing against returning it though. On my MEC, I can make crimps close to your PW pictures, but not all the time, and only with winchester or remington target hulls. My...
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    02-16-2018, 10:32 PM
    I bought a Henry in 327 federal, and like many report, the maximum cartridge OAL that will cycle is about 1.53". It's not the end of the world, but is incredibly short compared to every handgun except the single seven. Needless to say, I was really...
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    02-16-2018, 10:18 PM
    I seat an Accurate 31-120K deep, and crimp on the front driving band because the nose is too long to cycle in my lever action. I have had no problems with it, in either the rifle or handgun. It is a very good handgun bullet, with a big lube groove,...
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    02-15-2018, 02:52 PM
    That is interesting. I got mine working well enough for my purposes, but it's still not what I would call great. The pre-crimp is perfect, but the final crimp is no better than it ever was. I have to think it's the die, and not the alignment. The...
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    02-12-2018, 12:50 PM
    I'm not that worried either, and I'm not sure any machine can do that much better. The only thing I know for sure will give better than factory crimps is a Gaep crimp finisher tool.
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    02-12-2018, 01:50 AM
    Sigh... Yes I can count. That shell is a 6 point. The problem with MEC is that the final crimp does the taper first, then the punch. It works, but leaves the top of the crimp wavy, and cosmetically flawed. I purchased a brand new die, and if...
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    02-11-2018, 11:59 PM
    I've been looking for one used, but they just don't seem to come up for a reasonable price. The progressive 800's I can get for $350 no problem, but the 375 seems to be way too much. I even offered a guy $400 for one that also had a 3" conversion,...
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    02-09-2018, 02:22 AM
    Here in MN, we are facing similar issues. I'm not sure on the current status, but if the bill goes through, lead shot will be effectively banned on a majority of public land in the lower 2/3rds of the state for ALL animals (rifles and handguns...
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    02-09-2018, 01:50 AM
    I'll certainly give you a call. I currently have no shot maker, so this is all new to me. As for the bismuth price, if that $6.22 a pound is true, that's by far the best I've found, and I couldn't ask for much better. Other sources are closer to...
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    02-09-2018, 12:54 AM
    Unless I'm mistaken, this is a 50# ingot for $311.10 plus shipping. http://shop.boltonmetalproducts.com/Bismuth-9999-Ingot-50-lbs-LI700050.htm I was under the impression you were no longer making Littleton shot makers due to health reasons....
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    02-08-2018, 11:22 PM
    I was planning to get the Oasis, which has 7 drippers. Have you considered running double drippers? I heard from a number of people about the units not being to keep up. I've heard of using a pot as a feed unit, but was hoping to get away with...
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    02-08-2018, 10:35 PM
    I figured bismuth would be slower, but you are only getting 10#'s an hour of lead shot? I plan to start with lead shot to learn the process, so I have done research on it. I'm not familiar with the Shannon shot-master, but people with the Littleton...
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    02-08-2018, 08:06 PM
    megasupermagnum replied to a thread Drying Brass in Cast Boolits
    I always blow them out good with air to get the bulk. In the summer, the sun works fine. For the winter, I set them on the air duct, closest to the furnace (forced air). The fastest way is a wire sheet, and a heat gun/blow dryer.
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    02-08-2018, 04:17 PM
    Here's how I see the cost. I've found a source of Bismuth for $6.22 a pound, but I'm not sure what shipping would cost. I'll call it $6.50 per pound including shipping. I've been shopping around for tin, and remember there can't be lead. I am doing...
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    02-08-2018, 02:14 PM
    With nearly $1000 to start-up, I'm not just going to take a shot in the dark. If I can find the right people, it could pay off big time. There are a number of people who claim to have made good bismuth shot from a shot maker. I've personally talked...
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    02-08-2018, 11:23 AM
    And dozens of people, including the guy who builds little-ton shot makers says otherwise.
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    02-08-2018, 02:45 AM
    I've found one source that sells in 50 pound ingots, just over $6 a pound. This is indeed for waterfowl, else I'd just use lead. I am hoping to make #5 and #2. #5 should work fine, once I figure everything out. #2 seems to be hit and miss. Some...
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    02-07-2018, 11:21 PM
    I am gearing up to start dropping my own shot. I've always wanted to get a lead shot maker, but never found a good reason. Well, now I've found you can make your own Bismuth shot. I've been doing research for a while now, and it seems there is a...
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    02-05-2018, 03:50 PM
    I think I got everything squared away. I've decided since it's such a process to setup perfectly, to set it up for 3" and use the adapter to load 2 3/4". Once I got the main column as square to the base as possible, the rest was easy. I filed the...
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    02-02-2018, 12:22 PM
    A full-length crimping die sounds interesting, it's actually why I really want the PW 375. I'm kind of relieved someone else has gone through this. I spent a ton of time searching for people who have had problems like I have, and there are none. I...
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    02-02-2018, 02:52 AM
    I'll get more pictures tomorrow when everything is done. I cleaned everything up, and tapped the base for side bolts. I looked everything over real good and found some trouble. I totally eliminated the slop in the main column, and got it reasonably...
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    02-01-2018, 11:15 PM
    I appreciate the offer Rally, but it seems I'm making progress. With it completely apart, I can take the head, the column, and the base and slide them together. When on top of each other, they seem to be aligned perfectly. As for the bolt, I'm sure...
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    02-01-2018, 04:06 PM
    I'm near St. Cloud, there are a number of places around to find MEC's including fleet farm and guns n' gear store. I took the wad guide off because the thing is dumb. It works with target loads with smaller wads, but half of what I load is hunting...
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    02-01-2018, 01:15 PM
    Those pictured shells are the best my MEC will currently produce. What I don't get is why I asked for some advanced help, and all I get is a bunch of guys I've never even seen on the shotgun section before, coming on and insulting my intelligence....
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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