12 ga loading

Critter9a

Load Data Eligible Henry steel 357 Magnum
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Cool, Critter. I’ve never loaded shotgun. I’ll be interested to watch your progress!
Walter I'm a bit stumped. I followed instructions on setting up press and selected 1 1/8 bushing for the shot and 141 for the powder which I used Green Dot. according to the chart it was supposed to measure out to 18.3 gr but I was getting 16 gr I changed to the max bushing which should of given me 19.3 but I get 16.9. I loaded a total of 10 5 slugs and 5 steel shot. Wondering if I should call Lee for why I'm not getting the amount of powder according to the charts
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
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Walter I'm a bit stumped. I followed instructions on setting up press and selected 1 1/8 bushing for the shot and 141 for the powder which I used Green Dot. according to the chart it was supposed to measure out to 18.3 gr but I was getting 16 gr I changed to the max bushing which should of given me 19.3 but I get 16.9. I loaded a total of 10 5 slugs and 5 steel shot. Wondering if I should call Lee for why I'm not getting the amount of powder according to the charts
“Settle” the powder first to condense it a bit, since it’s a volumetric dispenser?
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
Just for info, Lee makes slug and buckshot aluminium moulds and are very affordable price.

So the cost of getting started with a "Lee Load All 2, in 12 gauge 2 3/4" and 3" shells, on sale $58.95,Lee 18 cavity buckshot mould $45.99, Lee 12 guage slug 7/8 oz mould $26.99. Total: $160 with tax and shipping costs.

The Lee has an output of 100-125 an hour. Not to bad of a cost to start loading 12 gauge. I didnt factor in the hulls,Wad's or shot cups, hull cutter, powder, primers, and whatever I missed.

If you wanted a better single stage press such as a "Mec Jr" thats about $209.99. Progressive Press is a grand.

Reb Tyree and my Merry band of Fur Buddies 🤠🐶🐩🐶🐕🐶
 
When my uncle passed away my aunt gave me all of his shotshell reloading equipment. A Mec sizemaster in 12ga and a Mec jr in 20ga. At the time I was using an old Texan and a Lee shotshell loaders in the same two calibers. I will just say this the Mec is worth every penny. I would love to have a "blue " shotshell progressive but I don't shoot my shotguns enough to justify it. My uncle and I used to quail and dove hunt fanatically back in the day and he had great dogs. So we did a pile of shooting and we both reloaded to support our hunting addiction.
 

Capper

Hand Press
Critter, looking good. I load a bunch of 12 gauge birdshot for cowboy action shooting. I have only used the MEC and Hornady loaders. So, no experience with the Lee. I will say that my experience is that the bushing charts for the MEC and Hornady are super far off. I have found that you have to run the press and measure actual drops to see where you are. I am often 3 bushings different than the charts. Also, the charts in different sources are not the same. So, drop some powder and measure it. Adjust your bushings accordingly.
 

infobros

Load Data Eligible SigSaur 1911
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I use wad filler cards also to bring the load of shot up to the top of the cup, then an overshot card if it still needs it. I still get a little twist sometimes, not a lot, but the MEC 600 Jr can be a pain to adjust that out so I just leave it. I need to get a good trimmer, lol.
 
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