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Those have been there a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $40 for a MEC
My last score was two new old stock MEC presses. I believe it was the 650. One and 12 gauge and one in 20 gauge. $50 out the door.
Good for you. I'm still in good shape for primers, but I like to replace as I use them to keep a safety stock. I'm still searching.now that I know where to get primers
Well your gonna have to pack it sooner or later when it’s time to move. God knows if you didn’t stash it away you would get some Snowflake come to see the house and ask what that is and when they find out would probably think you were some kind of Madman! “Who would make their own weapons/ammunition!!” and by the time they left the ATF and what ever federal agency they can remember would be knocking on your you door,..Lol!!
I reloaded a bunch of steel cased 223 and 45 acp just cause....it all worked fine. I even made clone of Hornady Steel Match and stuffed some 77 grain match bullets on them. shot fineStill resizing/depriming the seemingly endless 223 bins while while watching Rambo Last Blood tonight. Cause 'Merica.
Thought I'd post a tip for anyone doing steel and brass. You can process steel cases exactly the same with no changes. Tulammo steel works great. There are others that are boxer primed as well. You'll get about half the life as brass
Be careful to sort out any blemished steel. Here's a pic of good cases to process on left and ones to NOT process on right. If you pit a blemished case in a resizing die there is a 90% chance its not coming out without a hammer. Even if you can't feel anything when holding it.
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When you tumble steel, sift it and then spray it down with your preferred case lube before storing it to prevent corrosion if you're like me and it will sit there for a while before you get to the next step.
I like those lights. What are you using?Loading 9mm on an xl650, and the shell from the casefeeder into station one wouldn't go up into the de-capper as I raised the shellplate.
I've learned not to force things on this press, that's how you break indexing rings, (among other things). So, I stopped, and was rather shocked to see the old primer on the decapping pin.
Think about that for a second. That old primer should have been on the other side of the flash hole, in the primer pocket, or PUSHED out.
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The batch of 9mm I loaded; part of what I'll need for practice this week and next weekend's match.
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Clean your barrel between each change of bullet profiles. Especially in the throat/lead area. It helpsI finally got around to loading my first batch of ammo. 25 rounds in 5 round batches of Federal once fired brass, Federal SRP, Hornady 55gr VMAX bullets over Varget, starting at 22.8gr up to 25.6gr in 0.7gr increments. Then another 25 rounds for Accurate 2460, starting at 21.2gr up to 23.6 in 0.6gr increments. In both cases, I want to stay well away from max load according to the Hornady manual. These loads were also tailor made for my Savage bolt action in the sense I used a Hornady OAL gauge with a modified case, bullet and headspace comparators to calculate CBTO for the bullet I am using - 0.020" jump for starters.
Tonight I will load up 50 more using Sierra 69gr Match bullets and the appropriate powder weights for this bullet and these 2 powders.
I love their bullets but I'll tell you the wait sucks. I was able to source other bullets for roughly the same price while waiting.sent another email to blue bullets last night and got a reply this morning.
"Our best estimate at this time would be by the end of October through mid November.
We appreciate your patience.
god damn, are these made with a gold core? so her timeline she gave me is 12-14 weeks, for my order. so i'll continue on waiting.