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    MEC accessories

    Are the MEC bottle supports and funnels a great accessory or is there something better?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
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    I like the funnel as it makes filling bottles easy. I just use the standard short bottles so I have never needed a support, if your going to use a tall bottle then a support is a good idea as a tall bottle of shot is a lot of stress on the small screw end. A cut up soda bottle also works as a good funnel.

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    I had a old MEC- I think #600 that the bottles had gotten old & cracked.

    I figured out a Coke bottle has the same threads and will make a decent substitute even though its smaller.
    To fill or empty them, I 'borrowed' a plastic funnel from the kitchen.
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    Yes, check out dollar stores or Goodwill for kitchen gadgets that can be repurposed.

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    I made some “Budlite” alcohol stoves. The, left over, top 3 inches of the aluminum beer bottle makes an excellent funnel for filling the MEC bottles. These are heavy aluminum, not the topical beer can material.
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    Yay! Another good reason to drink beer! Honestly babe, I just need it for the top of the bottle, but it would be a shame to waste the beer. Right sweetheart?

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    Left over from making these. Still questioning if bud lite is actually beer??? The neck fits the MEC bottle perfectly and has a big opening, so testing was in order.
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    Like most things, you can make your own. For $10, I like my MEC funnel, it works well. I never used the bottle supports. I would rather use the standard size bottles and just refill every so often. Even in production mode, it takes some time to empty the standard shot bottle.

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    The MEC bottle supports are great but pricey. Despite the cost, if you use the large bottles, they would be a worthwhile investment. Having the neck of a large full shot bottle, accidently tear off, or the bottle threads on the press strip, it would be quite messy. I don't see any real need for them if you use the regular size bottles.

    I do have one of MEC's bottle funnels. They are pretty nice, although you could make up a substitute. I think I paid $5 for mine several years ago.

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    Try using a cut off 2 liter bottle as a funnel to fill you bottles on the press.

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    (I actually wrote this on authors other thread about component storage)

    What I do is use those large plastic bolt/component storage bins to hold a good supply of wads and cases at my reload table. The big ones from the box stores will hold 100-300 wads and cases. I also use red coffee cans for shot but I found one of those multi size vacuum adapters work great for putting powder and shot into the newer MEC bottles. I use a lid off a spray can of window cleaner to scoop my shot out of the coffee can.
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    Thank you all for your input. These are great ideas.
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    I have the supports for the bottles on all the MEC presses in the room!! And the funnel?? Love it!! Purpose made and doesn't move in place. Just my opinion.
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    The supports are great if you use the tall bottles. I put my shot in Gatorade/powerade bottles so I can pour it one handed into the cut off 2 liter bottle funnel which you need to keep a hand on. Larger dollar tree funnels work good.

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