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    Looking forward to a progress report
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    me too , sounds like alot of fun getting them together

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckiller View Post
    Some one better recheck prices. Maybe me. These are 600JR.,they sell for less than $100.00 new.
    I'd like to see a Mec 600JR for under $100 new

    Most places charge nearly double that for a new Mec 600JR

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    I just checked, a new one is at $200
    a gauge change is at $100

    If all you gonna shoot is the standard Walmart type shells, ie 12ga 1oz 7.5 or 8 shot, then it just as cheap to buy the shells

    Same with 20ga 7/8 oz 7.5 or 8's, cheaper to buy the shells

    However, if you want heavier loads, you can load them cheaper.
    Price out a box of 12ga 1 1/4oz and see the price !!!
    same for 20ga full 1oz load, they are pricey

    likewise if you want anything heavier than 7.5 shot, it would cost you a lot more just to buy #6 shot at the store.

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    I just bought them today. They ended up being;

    model 400 in .410 -needs the most parts
    two 600jr's- one is rusty, one is perfect, 20ga and 12ga
    a versamec in 20 ga, perfectly good condition
    and a model 250 in 12ga

    The one that was supposed to be frozen freed right up with a little kroil. I need to look at a parts diagram to make sure I know what is missing from each model, I am not well versed in shotgun loaders. I have not had time to really get into them as I had to take the kids trick-or-treating as soon as I got home. I will put some pics up tomorrow when I get into them.

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    As far as I know, the only difference between the old 600 Jr and the Versamec, was a small angle piece (pro-check) that bolted on to the charge bar. I think it was to keep you from double charging a shell. The Versamec was discontinued, and the newer version of the 600 Jr. included the pro-check.



    https://www.mecshootingsports.com/700-versamec-parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsrocket1 View Post
    I'd like to see a Mec 600JR for under $100 new

    Most places charge nearly double that for a new Mec 600JR
    Dealer cost for a new 600JR in 12 or 20 is about $140-150 now . I bought new 600's in 10 and 16 in the last 5 or so years and they set me back about $180 each and that as I said was dealer cost NOT retail .
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    Here is the 400 super speeder in 410.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-...EhhamRiSHU3VkU

    Anyone familiar with these? I thought it would have some shell holders like the 600's etc. But the few pics I have seen dont seem to show anything, cant find an actually parts diagram (have not tried very hard yet).
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    You will need to use one of the other presses primer seating assembly.
    And I think the crimping sleeve was in the bunch of stuff
    you got in the yellow box.
    What fun
    Mike

    GREAT READING
    https://www.mecshootingsports.com/Co...uments/400.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastingFool View Post
    As far as I know, the only difference between the old 600 Jr and the Versamec, was a small angle piece (pro-check) that bolted on to the charge bar. I think it was to keep you from double charging a shell. The Versamec was discontinued, and the newer version of the 600 Jr. included the pro-check.



    https://www.mecshootingsports.com/700-versamec-parts

    The 700's are a different beast. They take different dies and the press frame is taller. I've got one of each at home in different gauges. Mine has the Pro Check as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeettx View Post
    You will need to use one of the other presses primer seating assembly.
    And I think the crimping sleeve was in the bunch of stuff
    you got in the yellow box.
    What fun
    Mike

    GREAT READING
    https://www.mecshootingsports.com/Co...uments/400.pdf
    Wow, great resource, some of those pictures saved me hours of trial and error, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ateam View Post
    Wow, great resource, some of those pictures saved me hours of trial and error, thanks.
    Have you called Mec yet?
    I got a couple old 600Jr from fleabay, and Mec was quite helpful for me.

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    I have not really gotten into them to know what is missing yet. I cleaned up the versamec in 12 and the 600jr in 20, and they are complete and functioning well (loaded a few shells with the versamec lat night). Pictures are being a pain, I will try to get some before and after pic on here soon. Busy in the shop these days.

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    I'm wanting to get back into shotshell reloading. Could you please direct me to these new <$100 machines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Duckiller View Post
    Some one better recheck prices. Maybe me. These are 600JR.,they sell for less than $100.00 new. Gauge changes are considerably less than $50.00. Reguardless the OP got a good deal. Would suggest that you get adjustable charge bar instead of a bunch of fixed bars and sleeves. Not worth if you only shoot one or two loads but if you shoot trap.skeet, grouse rabbits woodcocks and an occasional trip to southern MI for phaesants you definately need an adjustable charge bar.
    Last edited by 762X51; 11-03-2017 at 11:01 AM.

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    When I got my first MEC it was missing a few things. I called MEC and the tech walked me through checks that the online instruction manual didn't cover. He was very patient while I set down the phone to go through an operation and check that required 2 hands. Great help.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check