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    From what I can see its a typical budget issue - the more you spend the better the reloader.
    Lee Load All 2 for around R 1250 but its slow.
    What would the next step up be ? I'm assuming a progressive but which one ? The MEC 9000 looks very nice but pricey. Is there anything else I should consider ? Is anyone selling a used progressive ?

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    Default Re: SHOTGUN reloading options

    Following, might need to start soon for a 20ga.

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    Default Re: SHOTGUN reloading options

    The last few times this was raised on the forum, it was cheaper to buy cartridges by the case than to reload.

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    I picked up a MEC reloaded for a good price. Still have to shoot about 30 cases before I break even. If you are prepared to pay for the loader and "write off" the cost you load for about 30-40% cheaper.

    Lead is the most expensive part of the process and if you can get it cheap (~R40/kg) the rest is pretty easy to get.

    I load a box in about 7 minutes with the progressive. I would hate to have to load a case of Ammo with the Lee.

    If you want more info pm me and I'll send you my number we can chat. It is quite a bit of fun (I shot a 23/25 with my reloads on Saturday )


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    Default Re: SHOTGUN reloading options

    I think you have to ask yourself some questions to determine how much you should invest in a setup.

    1st would be for which gauge and for what purpose?

    2nd do you have enough free time?

    3rd is can you get components at a good price? This applies especially to shot.

    Personally, unless it's for speciality loads or lots of hunting loads, I don't think the saving on 12ga budget pigeon and clay shells make it worth the investment, unless you plan on challenging for a spot in the protea team of one of the clay games.

    The smaller the gauge, the more sense the savings makes, but sourcing wads and hulls becomes more difficult.

    I would go progressive from the start, and also look for second hand, a friend got a Ponsness 1000 recently for 12k, another a Ponsness 800b that needed some tlc for 4k, I got a 20ga RCBS Grand for 5k on the 28ga I struggled a bit, so I bit the bullet and sourced one in the USA, total cost including a proper tote and rediculous extra baggage charge was still sub 5k for a Hornady 366, the 12ga ones I have seen in SA, usually go for between 4 and 6k, depending on position, while it was making its way to SA, a MEC 600jr came up for 1.5k and it included wads, hulls, two tins of powder and shot. So I have one set up for high volume dove and clay loads and one for low volume hunting loads.

    If you can get one, I can recommend the Grand, it has some features that are very forgiving in the learning curve.

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    MEC makes several models you can use depending on budget. I currently and have for couple years (+-3) been using the Hornady 366/ old pacific. But Hornady currently not producing them due to huge production volumes on other items. RCBS makes a very nice model. I am a huge Hornady fan. And the 366 works flawless. But I would not mind having the RCBS one. As it has several small differences i like on it over the MEC and Hornady press. Pretty sure if Formalito the importers of RCBS had them in stock. I would have jumped on it. But I think they only will bring in on request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce.patience View Post
    I picked up a MEC reloaded for a good price. Still have to shoot about 30 cases before I break even. If you are prepared to pay for the loader and "write off" the cost you load for about 30-40% cheaper.

    Lead is the most expensive part of the process and if you can get it cheap (~R40/kg) the rest is pretty easy to get.

    Hi Bruce,
    Do you still reload?
    I bought a progressive loader


    If you want more info pm me and I'll send you my number we can chat. It is quite a bit of fun (I shot a 23/25 with my reloads on Saturday )


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    Hi Bruce,
    Do you still reload?
    I bought a progressive Reloader some time back, but can’t find reloading specs for shotgun, would appreciate if you could give me some direction.

    Thank you,
    Jaco

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    Default Re: SHOTGUN reloading options

    Where do you buy the lead shot or do you drip them yourself

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