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Old 09-05-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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I have a mac 650 and im reloading 11 guage, whats a good powder to use and can i reload any type with what i have. I obviously know i can reload bird shot but what about buck or slugs

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Old 09-05-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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I am presuming you have a MEC 650 and are loading 12 ga. For starters there are MANY variables in loading shotshells. Hulls, primers, powder, wads, shot weight, just for starters. NEVER load anything but lead with lead shot data. Get a good loading manual (The ABC's of reloading, shotshell version). Never substitute ANY component for another. If the "book" load calls for CCI primers, use CCI primers. If the "book" load calls for Winchester WAA-12 wads, DO NOT substitute WAA-12F1 wads. They are different. Very diferent.

Loads for Remington RXP hulls should never be used in Winchester AA hulls or Federal Gold Medal hulls. You need to know what an RXP hulls is, what a AA hull is and what a Gold Medal hull is. All the major manufacturers use several different kinds of hulls. Some are very innappropriate (even dangerous) to reload.

There are so many variables you really need the book.

FWIW, I like Red Dot for a powder. My 1 1/8 oz load patterns very well and is easy on the shoulder.

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Yea, it came with a manual i look at it. I didnt know it was so complicated. Its kinda like brewing a recipe i guess.

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I find it easier than making home made beer. Satajet.

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There are similarities and differences from metallic reloading. Primer, Powder, Projectile, Crimp. You must also understand "wad pressure". It is adjustable on the MEC loaders. Most MEC loaders use set shot weight charge bars and interchageable bushings for the powder charge. There are adjustable bars available as well.

In my experience, adjusting the crimp can be a PITA until you get the hang of it.

My MEC 650 does not work well with shot larger than #6. With #4's it sometimes allows the shot to hang up in the drop tube. I load mostly 7 1/2 for field loads and feed the pellets by hand for my buckshot loads.

My "pet load" for 12 ga field loads is;

Win AA hull, CCI 209 primer, 17.5 gr Red Dot, Win WAA12 wad or Claybuster equivalent (30 lbs wad pressure), 1 1/8 oz lead shot and an 8 point crimp. Shoots pretty gently, patterns VERY well and is economical.

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Like i said,"easier than making good beer".

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There are similarities and differences from metallic reloading. Primer, Powder, Projectile, Crimp. You must also understand "wad pressure". It is adjustable on the MEC loaders. Most MEC loaders use set shot weight charge bars and interchageable bushings for the powder charge. There are adjustable bars available as well.

In my experience, adjusting the crimp can be a PITA until you get the hang of it.

My MEC 650 does not work well with shot larger than #6. With #4's it sometimes allows the shot to hang up in the drop tube. I load mostly 7 1/2 for field loads and feed the pellets by hand for my buckshot loads.

My "pet load" for 12 ga field loads is;

Win AA hull, CCI 209 primer, 17.5 gr Red Dot, Win WAA12 wad or Claybuster equivalent (30 lbs wad pressure), 1 1/8 oz lead shot and an 8 point crimp. Shoots pretty gently, patterns VERY well and is economical.
ya see i dnt understand any of that
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Basic Reloading 101 was last semester...

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Basic Reloading 101 was last semester...
Ill figure it out, hopefully i still have both hand and all fingees
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I went to B&N and got Reloading for dummies...it helps "ABIT" thank God for pictures... Satajet.

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