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    Holy smokes, the spent hull is better than I expected! I hit what I was aiming at, and the spent hull is perfect. I won't have to condition the hull to accept a wad or sabot, won't even need a wad guide. I wish I had done this when I first considered the Slugger. When you consider the tools I've bought and the wasted hulls, I already paid for the Slugger. I'm going to box up everything else and put it on ebay pronto.

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    The original Lee Shotshell Loader used a variation of the same direct press method to apply a "roll turn over" crimp as the MEC Slugger. The Lee system worked well for paper hulls, but lacked the leverage needed to apply an RTO crimp to plastic hulls.

    See post #3 in the following thread:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...r-instructions

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    Thanks, RMc!



    I have a 3" 12 Gauge kit that I haven't used much as a majority of my effort has been with 2 hulls. I would be interesting to see how well the roll crimp effort works with my K&M Arbor press. I will give a report back.
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    Here's a pic of my earlier Lee Loader

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    The Classic Lee Shotshell Loader, in 12 and 20 gauge, is still a valued adjunct to my shotshell handloading bench.

    - The shot dippers are the perfect size for dipping proper Black Powder charges for cartridges otherwise assembled on a shotshell loading press. Loaded in my favored 12 gauge Federal Paper hulls as an obvious indentifier.

    - The bevel function of the 2 3/4" sizer/crimp die does a beautiful job of increasing the crimp radius after separate roll crimping is completed on 2.75" or 3" loads. Using a Rockchucker press with an old loading die inserted as a stop, insert the finished roll crimp shotshell into the lee die and use the press ram,* (w/o a shell holder), to press the shotshell into the Lee die. Lower the ram and remove the Lee die and eject the roll crimped shell - now sporting an exceptionally well beveled radius.

    Talk about smooth feeding shotshells!

    * The center of the ram is open so there is no possibility of primer ignition.
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    RMc: Most people aren't aware of the reason for loading Federal Paper Hulls.

    It is simple really.

    They smell better when you fire them.

    NO ship!

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.R.Buchanan View Post
    RMc: Most people aren't aware of the reason for loading Federal Paper Hulls.

    It is simple really.

    They smell better when you fire them.

    NO ship!

    Randy
    With my loads, fired Federal paper hulls have a delightful hint of sulfur!

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    gotta love the smell of gunpowder in the morning!

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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