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Hi, I am new to this forum and need some help. I have a MEC 9000G 12 Gauge reloader. Everything works fine except every few rounds as I pull the handle the drop of the shot is delayed. It does not drop until after it is out of the hull. Causing the shot to go everywhere. I have tried to see if there are any adjustments-not sure?? There is no lead from spills casinf any issues that I can see. Any help is much appreciated.

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Sounds like your charge bar is not functioning properly. You may have shot or powder wedged. Tip your bottles back and remove your primers. Pull your handle down and back up. Watch the charge bar. Is it moving freely? Is your bar spring on there properly?
 

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Make sure the charge-bar/bottle assembly is tipped forward all the way down.

More than likely, though, the reprime/powder-drop tube is not adjusted far enough down. The clamp below that heavy chrome-plated spring should rise about 3/16" when the handle is fully depressed inside a hull during the reprime operation. (It's adjustable to accommodate various basewad heights.)

If you don't have an owner's manual you can download one for your press as a PDF file here:

http://www.mecreloaders.com/OwnerManual ... anuals.asp

Look at the lower right of Page 11 and the upper right of Page 13.

May be some other problem, though. Those are complicated presses.
 

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One or both of your bottles are screwed down to tight. Loosen them up some and I'll bet the problem is solved.
 

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Rem 3200 said:
One or both of your bottles are screwed down to tight. Loosen them up some and I'll bet the problem is solved.
That is not causing his problem.

Those bottles are meant to be snugged down. Loosening them will do nothing more than invite powder migration.

It's a common myth and misdiagnosis that MEC shot and powder bottles cause problems by being screwed down too tightly.

I guarantee you that charge bar spring on a 9000G is capable of overcoming any resistance created by a bottle screwed tightly down, assuming nothing is bent or otherwise damaged.
 

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Sounds to me like the shot is bridging off, using target sized shot and clean/round?? Which rammer tube are you using?
 

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Case

Thanks for your comments.

I can only relay the facts as they apply to my 9000G.
I had the same problem and found that not tightning the bottles so tight corrected it. I guess I am going to have to
look for some other reason the 9000 works so good now.
 

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Just wanted to say thanks for all your suggestions. I will give them a try and hope it solves the problem. I will look back later for more suggestions.

Thanks again to everyones help!
 

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Rem 3200 said:
I guess I am going to have to look for some other reason the 9000 works so good now.
I have four Grabbers, a 9000G, some Sizemasters and 600 Jrs. The bottles on every one of them are as tight as I can get them -- and stay that way.

They all function flawlessly.

There's simply no way under normal circumstances that tightly screwed down bottles will affect the movement of the charge bar.

But I have no idea what kind of washer setup you've got between your bottles and the bar.

Shot and powder bottles are meant to be tight. If they have to be loosened for the bar to move easily, then something's wrong somewhere else.

Or maybe you just have a strange 9000G.
 

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I had a similar problem with a 650 (28 gauge) but it wasn't that the shot was dropping too late although it appeared that way. I had too much wad pressure and the drop tube actually would stick to the wad. When I raised the handle it would raise the wad until it hit the wad guide and then the shot would come out everywhere. Reducing wad pressure solved the problem.
 

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If you are using the red PC baffle for either shot or powder, It WILL affect charge bar movement if screwed down too tightly. Check that out if you're using it...
 

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ryansmith,
Look out !! Case will tell you that you have a a strange 9000G.
 

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Rem 3200 said:
ryansmith,
Look out !! Case will tell you that you have a a strange 9000G.
That's exactly right.

Having kept shot and powder bottles screwed down tightly on many MEC machines for some 35 years, which I have, without it ever causing a problem leads me to conclude something else is at fault.

But I've never used that plastic powder baffle. I have the metal ones from Multi-Scale Ltd. on all my loaders. And I've never had a problem with those either.

I think driller's probably nailed it down to shot bridging.
 
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