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Why Should I Reload

By reloading you can save 50% or more compared to the cost of factory ammunition. This allows you to shoot twice as much for the cost of loaded ammo or the same amount for half the cost.

Through reloading you will develop a much keener knowledge of shooting technology and be able to tailor your ammo to a particular firearm. Also, you can shoot more for less, and practice makes perfect.

By careful experimentation within prescribed loads, you can improve your accuracy for hunting or target shooting. And you can match your ammunition to the type of game you are hunting or your particular kind of target shooting.

Reloading requires you to save empties, thus preventing litter in the field or on the range. Besides, the case or hull is often the most expensive part of a loaded round, so saving your empties saves you money.

Reloading allows you to stay in close touch with shooting, even during the off season. It is an enjoyable pursuit that enhances shooting knowledge and ability.

My Background

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 feet long, this is my Reloading bench, the other my cleaning bench, is slightly narrower than normal, only 14 inches wide by 4 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.


This web site is NOT designed to be a reloading guide. DO NOT attempt to reload until you have received competent instructions or have read and understand a reloading manual