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Thread: Steel Shot and chargeing bar Question

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    Boolit Master copdills's Avatar
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    Steel Shot and chargeing bar Question

    I just bought a mec shotshell reloader and it came with 10 lbs of #4 steel shot , I know that it takes a steel charging bar and tubes , both charge bars have the white inserts 1oz and 1 1/8 oz bars , I have always used a mark v single stage ,always loaded lead and my charge bars for it has the lead insert , grabber just came with the white , will I have to get another bar for lead , thats all I intend to load or will the bars with the white inserts work for lead, this press looks new and is very new to me

    Thanks copdills

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    Boolit Man leadhead 500's Avatar
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    Are the charge bars black or red? The red bars are for lead and the black bars are for steel, a steel bar throws a different weight than the bars for lead. Example is a 1 1/4 oz steel bar does not throw a 1 1/4 of lead

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    I load a good bit of steel for ten gauge. I donít use the powder/shot bars or bottles. For me I weigh every charge and every shot weight. My reasoning is that I use mica dusted wads, sometimes felt under shot, mythin or mythick wraps, buffer, overshot cards and the like. You will remove and reinstall the hulls from the stations too many times.
    I batch load in stages like you would with loading blocks then run them through the crimping stations.
    With lead there is no issues however. Steel sucks and I use a steel master press.
    I began loading for the sept 1 goose season this evening. My ole lab of 14 died a couple years ago and now I have a 10 month yellow lab to train.
    Life is so much better with dogs!

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    My Bars are Red Thank you leadhead 500 for that great information, larbradigger1 if I ever try to load steel I will try your method, I like the idea of stages , thats about the way I use my single stage and good luck with your new yellow lab
    Last edited by copdills; 08-08-2018 at 11:04 AM.

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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