I had been interested in reloading for a long time but figured that it would cost more to get set up than it was worth until a friend introduced me to shotgun sports and I realized how much factory loads really cost, then it became a necessity, then a hobby. The first loader I bought was a MEC 600 Jr. Mark V, once I figured it out I was able to produce 100+ rounds per hr., which is pretty good, and that was sufficient at the time. When we started shooting every weekend or so and it became apparent that I was spending more time reloading than with my family, its easy to go through 300-500 rds. a day over the weekend. The 600 worked great, and still does, but it was too slow, I still use it for small lots such as hunting loads. I decided I needed to upgrade, MEC was the only thing I knew so the choice was easy and affordable, a 9000G. Im still in the figuring process but 300-400 rds. per hr. is not hard, Im hoping for 500-600. Sometimes when Im reloading my daughter Sarah comes into my loading room and wants to help, production goes out the window, but who cares, she actually does pretty good for a 4 year old. Her job is to place the empty hulls in the loader, make sure the primer drops, take the finished loads out of the container, stack them in the EZ loader, she staggers them like they should be, and box them up, we still get 150+ per hr., which is excellent, considering her age
I have been afforded the comfort of a room 10x 14 that I utilize for my guns and equipment. I acquired a couple of old counter tops, one 6 ½ feet long, this is my Reloading bench, the other my cleaning bench, is slightly narrower than normal, only 14 inches wide by 4 ½ feet long. Its a little smaller than I would like, but will do until some remodels a kitchen. I have two reloaders mounted on my reloading bench a MEC 600 jr. Mark V, which I use for small lots of hunting loads, the other a MEC 9000G which I use for my target loads. I have a few shelves that I use for older reloaders and other reloading related paraphernalia I have acquired over the years. There are also three old kitchen cabinets mounted that I use for reloads, wads, shot, mts and extra cleaning fluids. There is additional shelving for more reloads, manuals and various books.