Agreed.If you are using a proper load and learn to adjust the machine you shouldn't need to apply band aids to your shells.
It is an Older Grabber 76. Everytime I pull the handle it will drop shot and powder.
Adjust your final crimper in the back left, take a half inch open end wrench and loosen the tightening nut, back off the threaded bolt with a blade screwdriver, re-tighten the nut.
Well that is fixable, it should not operate that way if correctly set up and adjusted.Everytime I pull the handle it will drop shot and powder.
So what change fixed it?Thanks for all the advice. I still have a ton of questions coming. The machine was set up with the six pedal pre-cramp not the eight pedal. After adjusting the cam and swapping out the pre-crimp it appears to be working well. I still don’t know how to put it into single stage mode View attachment 55889
If you go to mecs website you you can down load how to set this press up and troubleshoot any problems you may have
Once you guys are with SGW longer you will come to learn how truly poor MEC's manuals are at troubleshooting most issues and that they are not always the correct solution.A simple cam adjustment will close the shell. Read your manual or call Mec.
Sure, I agree with you. Having 19 different suggestions might not be helpful either. I’ll correct myself, I should have said…”Referencing the user manual is a good place to start when diagnosing issues”.The user manual does not explain the importance of the precrimp in the formation of a good crimp nor does it discuss the various problems that variation in shell length or internal volume of the hull can cause.
We try to give better help here at SGW instead of simply telling a member to " Read the Manual".
This is correct for a fairly new press, but once you get a little wear in the press linkage it isn't.Once you have made these test adjustments run one single shell through the press and look at the final crimp.
You don't even need to be on SGW to learn that, I've been using Mec reloaders since 1958.Once you guys are with SGW longer you will come to learn how truly poor MEC's manuals are at troubleshooting most issues and that they are not always the correct solution.
It could be several things. 1. All shotshell cases are not the same length. 2. I have found on 3 different brands of machines that closing the center hole crimp is always 95 % the pre crimper not bringing the entire outer part of the shell to touching in the center before it reaches the final stage. 3. Winchester AA comes in 2 different lengths if you adjust for the shorter length it will usually work for the longer. 4. I have found that the amount of powder or lead makes little difference to the crimp, if it is over loaded crimp will still closed and look good but crushing the shell in the middle if it is stuffed to tight. If it is under packed it will push the crump in to a concave looking finish. 5. the final recess depth is achieved by adjusting the next stage by adjusting it downward into the shell, your MEC has a bolt coming out the top with a slot cut in for a straight blade screw driver.