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 Post subject: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:37 pm 
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Hi all!

I am purchasing a .410 Sporting shotgun and figure reloading is the way to go (once components become available again) as we're looking at 1/2 Oz and smaller amounts of powder.

What is your favorite reloader for .410? And while we're at it, favorite hull (thinking Win AA)?

I have the Lyman book and lots of reloading data.

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:49 pm 
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Limiting your powder charge to less than 1/2 ounce is a good starting point.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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Haha! everyone is a wise a$$. 1/2 ounce of shot and smaller powder charge relative to other gauges.

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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How much are you going to be shooting the 410 each week will have something to do with the type of reloader to look into buying. If not too much then I suggest a single-stage


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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Probably 1000 to 2000 rounds a year. Let's call it 100 at a time +/- every other week. Maybe more.
Hope that helps. I am fine with a single-stage reloader.

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:25 pm 
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I have the one down from a 9000 where you rotate the plate yourself. Very happy with it for the volume of 410 i expect to shoot.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:26 pm 
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For that small volume, a Mec Sizemaster.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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I shoot a .410 for casual skeet practice. I can sit down and reload 50 without a strain using a MEC 600 Jr. Mk V. If I want to load more, I take a short break and then reload 50 more. I can do all of this in under an hour to an hour and a half depending on the break. Running a single stage like the MEC Jr, you can be sure that all of the shot has dropped before moving the shell to the next station. Having said that, I'd love to try a Grabber 8567 if I can find one at a good price.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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A 600 Jr V is probably the way to go. Simple, and can produce.
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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:13 pm 
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Warren11050 wrote:
What is your favorite reloader for .410? Spolar!

And while we're at it, favorite hull (thinking Win AA)? Winchester AA HS!

HEY - he asked what MY favorites were. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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I'm with Dubob.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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“Best” can mean different things to different folks: fastest? Most reliable? Most expensive? Least expensive? 2 1/2” to 3” easy to do? Most portable? Simplest? Most complex? What is important to you?

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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I use a MEC 9000G with the gas piston linkage disconnected...like a MEC Grabber. Otherwise I get the occasional shot hangup in the drop tube and a mess. I typically tap the shot drop tube for each drop with a plastic screwdriver handle which cures the hangup. Great fun shooting the .410 but the slowest to reload. Well worth the effort as you cut your ammo cost by about 75% or more. I like the Winchester AAHS cases for my Winchester M42 pump, and will use Federal or Cheddite/Challenger in the CZ Bobwhite SxS if I find a bunch...but still like the Winchester cases the best by far.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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No matter what machine that you finally purchase, shot bridging can be a messy problem because of the small diameter of the shot drop tube. Eliminate this problem completely by polishing the shot in a vibrating case polisher for about 30 minutes. Do this outside. Give the shot a short squeeze of dry graphite and vibrate for a couple of minutes. Your shot will now flow like water

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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just an observation.
but I hear a lot of guy's talk about skeet type loads patterning better up near the higher end of the velocity spectrum.
it might be worth that other couple of flakes of powder to find out.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:51 pm 
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Patterning a .410 is a lesson in frustration

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:54 pm 
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casonet wrote:
Patterning a .410 is a lesson in frustration


It will also destroy any confidence you have. You just know you'll never be able to break birds with those patterns...

:wink:

Edit to stay on topic: I load .410 with a MEC 600 Jr. The amount of shooting you intend to do might be better served with something more progressive.

Winchester AAHS hulls are my favorites (and H110 powder.)

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
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Back to the original question: the best .410 reloader that you can buy is the one that fits your needs best

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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:10 pm 
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I like my 9000H and the Winchester HS hull, I have hydraulic loaders for 12,20,28 and 410.
Having both hands free to tweak the hull and wad makes loading very easy.


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 Post subject: Re: Best .410 Reloader
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:24 pm 
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Warren11050 wrote:
Haha! everyone is a wise a$$. 1/2 ounce of shot and smaller powder charge relative to other gauges.


Even that isn’t correct. My 410 loads take almost 17 grains of powder. That’s more than my 20 and 28 loads, and almost the same as some of my 12 ga loads.

You save on shot, but everything else is the same or more.




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