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 Post subject: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:21 pm 
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Hi all,

I am new to the forum.
I just purchased a 410 shotgun and I am planning to do some occasional clay shooting and bird hunting with it. I did know that the ammo prices are way out there, but because I reload for my 12 and 20 gauges for several years now I would have no problem reloading for the 410, that is till I realized that it will not be an easy task to begin:
1. Lee has nothing for 410 reloading.
2. I cannot find a used set of Lee's Load all for 410.
3. I do not see anybody else out there to make an inexpensive set of dies for 410.

I am not that serious of a clay shooter so I do not want to spend $$$ on some fancy multi-caliber press.

I would like to know what means I have out there to start reloading for this caliber without spending some major bucks.

Thank you so much.
Cheers,
Mad


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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:03 pm 
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I bought a used Hornady 366 for the 410 recently for about half price of a new one. I'm well experienced with the 366 machines, and the 410 version is just fine. The biggest difference is the shot drop is a little slower than the 12 ga & 28 ga.

There are MEC single stage reloaders that some of my shooting buddies use, but they are much slower.

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO $PEND THE MONEY TO RELOAD THE 410, BUY WAA NEW AND SELL THE HULLS. The Winchester rebates are back, and if the rebate is still $2 per box that means you will pay no more than a net cost $2 to $4 per box. Of course there is the hassle factor of rebates, selling and shipping the hulls. Here's how the numbers look after rebate - $9 per box and perhaps as low as $7 for new WAA. Then the hulls can be sold for at least .20 each or $5 per box of 25.


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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:26 pm 
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Look at Ebay or Craigs List for a used MEC 600.
Research the costs / prices in the other post before
you believe them. Win. AAHS shells here are $14.00/box
and with research and time I can buy 410 AAHS hulls for .15 ea.


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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:58 am 
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Buy some Win shells and shoot your 410, save your hulls. Be patient and find a used Mec 600jr. I purchased one just lately for 60.00. They are out there and a used 600 jr in the 410 will pay for itself very quickly. The HS hulls will load at least 8-9 times each so if you shoot a flat you'l have hulls for the next year. Start looking at the nearby gun clubs for deals, shooters post items for sale at the clubs I shoot at. Also when you load 410 you'll need to use 8.5 or 9 shot, bigger shot sizes bridge in the 410 drop tube.


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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:16 am 
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I'll second the 600jr. I paid $40 for mine. I've also got a 410 Grabber. I think I use the 600jr more often...

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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:57 pm 
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I was foolish, I bought my 600Jr new, paid right up for it too. I think it was just under a C note after taxes. I have a Lee Loaderish Mequin or something-or-other brand, 410 hand loader too. Don't waste you time or money on one, get the 600Jr. Unless you want to run several hundred shells an hour the 600 Jr will do you nicely. I've never really timed myself, but I can shag right along with that little machine.

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 Post subject: Re: .410 reloading equipment
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:40 pm 
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Another vote for 600Jr....they just simply make wonderful reloads. Don't pass up a SizeMaster either.

i have 2 MEC 9000 410 loaders...one will now really crank out usable shells, but not as pretty as the 600. The other 9000 is a working PITA...it has issues...some even caused by me!

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