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MEC 10 gauge 2 7/8" press wanted
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Gents:
I just added a 10-bore double shotgun and a 10-bore double rifle to my gun safe and hope to begin reloading before winter.

Any of you have the simple single stage MEC press for the 2 7/8" 10 gauge you wish to part with? I don't know the name of it, but the low-end one-shell-at-a-time press.

If it's reasonable, I'll take it and any paper, plastic, or brass cases you want to sell.
Cal

email is: papas@mtaonline.net


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Posts: 6678 | Location: Willow, Alaska | Registered: 29 June 2009Reply With Quote
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MEC 600 Jr?

I think Snowman was setting one up to do the same, last summer. Might be worth checking with him.

2-7/8" isn't a standard height for the MEC, but may work by drilling new mounting holes, spacers, etc.
 
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Cal I went through the same exercise a couple years ago. Picked up a lovely old LC Smith 10 ga 2 7/8 in gun. Had an old Mec 250 press.Found a partial set of used 10 ga dies, bought some parts from Mec and McGivered everything together. You are not likely going to find 2 7/8 in cases. I picked up a supply of 3 1/2 in cases and cut them down. I have a couple low pressure loads that work well. Shoot me a PM if your interested and I will share them with you.
 
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Like Snowman, I cut down the long shells to 2 7/8 to make duck loads with Bismuth.

I used a roll crimper from BPI and it worked great, if a little slow.
 
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All the 10 ga 2 7/8 shells I have seen have been roll crimped.

A hull vice and roll crimper are cheap. Look at Ballistic Products web page. Get the hull reconditioning tool and you can keep using those hulls.
 
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The 3 1/2 in cases I have been cutting down to 2 7/8 in are being crimped with a folded crimp in the MEC press. During the first crimping operation I pay close attention to ensure the 6 pie crimp goes nicely. After that they crimp like a dream. I prefer a folded crimp but if a roll crimp floats your boat......go for it.
 
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Thank you, gentlemen.
Cal


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www.CalPappas.blogspot.com
1994 Zimbabwe
1997 Zimbabwe
1998 Zimbabwe
1999 Zimbabwe
1999 Namibia, Botswana, Zambia--vacation
2000 Australia
2002 South Africa
2003 South Africa
2003 Zimbabwe
2005 South Africa
2005 Zimbabwe
2006 Tanzania
2006 Zimbabwe--vacation
2007 Zimbabwe--vacation
2008 Zimbabwe
2012 Australia
2013 South Africa
2013 Zimbabwe
2013 Australia
2016 Zimbabwe
2017 Zimbabwe
2018 South Africa
2018 Zimbabwe--vacation
2019 South Africa
2019 Botswana
2019 Zimbabwe vacation

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Here is a good place to get a press, they have 3 1/2 10's in stock.
http://www.ballisticproducts.c...oaders/products/696/

You can buy brass cases here in the length you want. They are pricy but never wear out. I use them for my 10 gauge in cowboy Action Shooting with black powder.

http://rockymountaincartridge....%20Kits%20Prices.pdf
 
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Originally posted by buckeyeshooter:
Here is a good place to get a press, they have 3 1/2 10's in stock.
http://www.ballisticproducts.c...oaders/products/696/

You can buy brass cases here in the length you want. They are pricy but never wear out. I use them for my 10 gauge in cowboy Action Shooting with black powder.

http://rockymountaincartridge....%20Kits%20Prices.pdf


I've ordered from both. thanks
Cal


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Cal Pappas, Willow, Alaska
www.CalPappas.com
www.CalPappas.blogspot.com
1994 Zimbabwe
1997 Zimbabwe
1998 Zimbabwe
1999 Zimbabwe
1999 Namibia, Botswana, Zambia--vacation
2000 Australia
2002 South Africa
2003 South Africa
2003 Zimbabwe
2005 South Africa
2005 Zimbabwe
2006 Tanzania
2006 Zimbabwe--vacation
2007 Zimbabwe--vacation
2008 Zimbabwe
2012 Australia
2013 South Africa
2013 Zimbabwe
2013 Australia
2016 Zimbabwe
2017 Zimbabwe
2018 South Africa
2018 Zimbabwe--vacation
2019 South Africa
2019 Botswana
2019 Zimbabwe vacation

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Posts: 6678 | Location: Willow, Alaska | Registered: 29 June 2009Reply With Quote
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happy to help.
 
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