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Have a friend with a few of these fr sale. He's more of a MEC guy, so he's selling these off. He's checking on the model number.

I'm looking to reload 12GA for trap, so nothing fancy. 7/8 or 1oz, 2 3/4".

Are there any PW models I should steer clear of?
 
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P&W are the Cadillacs of shotshell loaders. The model 375 is a single stage loader and works very well. The model 800 is a progressive machine and I wouldnt recommend it unless you are going to load a lot of shells
 
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P&W are the Cadillacs of shotshell loaders. The model 375 is a single stage loader and works very well. The model 800 is a progressive machine and I wouldnt recommend it unless you are going to load a lot of shells


I have used several of the PW 800.

Absolutely fantastic machines.

The ARE heads and shoulders above anything else.


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IMO, the only thing to watch out for is if the machine you are looking at is still in production.

I’ve got a 375 and a 1000 with the hydraulic set up.

I use the progressive infrequently because I do the target loads on it in several thousand round batches. If you get the stack height right, it will load any brand of Hull with minimal changes.
 
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I have an 800B in 12 gauge and a 900 in 20 gauge.
Great machines.
Bought the 800 about 30 years ago?
Both machines will load a case off shells in 1- 1/2hrs, not working hard and without interruptions. I have the large shot and powder tubes. Also the shovel type handle. Price of 12 gauge shells has become competitive with cost of reloaded ammo. I am thinking of converting the 12 to 28.


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Posts: 516 | Location: Texas | Registered: 04 January 2007Reply With Quote
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I probably loaded 70,000 shells on my 800 back in the day. But components are so high you seriously cannot justify the cost of reloading a box of 12 or 20 gauge shells anymore unless your time is worth about $5 an hour or so...LOL

If your shoot 28 gauge or .410 your can make sense of it but unless you are shooting 500+ shells a month you will never recover your costs. The MEC grabber is a great machine for the money that will get you down the road...without the costs of a 800.

No question...they are a superb machine. But I quit reloading 12 and 20 gauge shotshells because you can buy new for so little money theses days.. YMMV
 
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P&W are the Cadillacs of shotshell loaders. The model 375 is a single stage loader and works very well. The model 800 is a progressive machine and I wouldnt recommend it unless you are going to load a lot of shells


The reason I suggested the 375 rather than the 800 has nothing to do with how well the machine works. They both work wonderfully. Unless you plan to load a lot of shells I wouldn't recommend the 800 or newer 1000 because they cost a lot more and you will not likely see the benifit dollar wise.. But whatever floats your boat. When I sold my 800 it made room on my bench for 2 model 375's One set up for 410 and 28 ga.and another for 20 & 12 ga 2 3/4 in. I also have a 20 & 12 ga 3 in and a 10 ga with 2 tool heads set up for 3 1/2 and 2 7/8. No more adjusting Everything stays set up
 
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