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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?
 
Posts: 163 | Registered: 21 July 2005Reply With Quote
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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
 
Posts: 2323 | Location: manitoba canada | Registered: 01 March 2001Reply With Quote
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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: 553 | 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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I brought my used 800 for $100.00 dollars from and a estate.

works well.
 
Posts: 16942 | Location: wis | Registered: 21 April 2001Reply With Quote
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I've got two PW 800s. One I got used in 28, and so pleased with that that I bought a new in 410 a few years ago. Both work great, but I've been equally satisfied with a couple of MEC progressives I picked up at times, and if I were starting fresh I'd probably go with a MEC.

As noted above, it hardly makes sense to load for the larger gauges unless you're doing something a bit 'one off'. I still have a 50 year old convertible MEC single stage I use for bizmuth duck loads. And, whether it makes sense or not, its always good to actually do something...

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I have a 375 and really like it. Had been using a MEC 650 for years, but prefer the PW 375


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Posts: 304 | Location: Arizona | Registered: 24 January 2005Reply With Quote
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The nice lady at P-W is really helpful, so if you run in to any problems help won’t be far away.

I love my 800 plus.
 
Posts: 82 | Location: NE Washington | Registered: 03 June 2002Reply With Quote
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I got to use a friends 800 for awhile. It's a real piece of machinery. However, I found that the tolerances were so tight that one #8 piece of shot would jam things up. MEC's are built loosey-goosey and don't jam as much. If you use the PW 800...pay attention to neatness.
 
Posts: 3117 | Location: Western Slope Colorado, USA | Registered: 17 August 2001Reply With Quote
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Okay guys, how many of you remember the 600 progressive from PW?
I have 3 of the beauties and I've loved them for decades.
12 ga, 20, ga and 410. My 12 and 20 self-advance but the 410 is designed to roll the head by hand.
They haven't made them since shep was a pup and they keep on spitting out my loads like butter....unless I use Gun Club cases with the steel bases...but even those after once reloaded are just fine.

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