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From the moment I took my MEC 600 out of the box I became fascinated with every aspect of it and shotshell reloading as a whole. I have since collected a few things that deal with shotguns such as various types of loaders, bench mount as well as handheld, several different publications on the subject, old empty shell boxes, powder containers, hulls, cleaning equipment and a true appreciation and love of shotshell loading. I hope you enjoy looking at and reading about my small collection as much as I do.

For some this might be a stroll down Memory Lane!

Things I have collected

Lee 16 ga. - 1964

Lee 16 ga.
1964

Imagine reloading shells for a weekend of trap, skeet, etc. by hand, seems like a lot of work, but would be handy in hunting camp if you ran out of ammo!

Alcan powder keg




Alcan powder keg - Swedish
Not sure if it is made any more.
Circa ?

Herter's






Herter's
Super 93
12 ga.

Savage hulls



Savage 12 ga. Hulls
Never loaded
Circa ?

Lee powder dippers

Lee Powder Dippers - 1966
Not much accuracy here, but would do in a pinch. I bet there are some big differences, in ballistics, with different types of powder.

MEC 20 ga.












MEC 600 Jr. Mark V
Set up in 20 ga.
Not used very much but very handy for
those odd lots of hunting loads


1st. ed. lyman shotshell handbook

1st. ed.
Lyman
Shotshell Handbook
1969

Rem. Blue Magic

Remington-Peters
Blue Magic
Shotshell Box
(empty)

Shotshell Reloading Handbook









The Handbook Of
Shotshell Reloading
1984

1940 Shooters Bible






1st. ed.
Shooters Bible
1940
(formely Stoegers Catalog)

1st. ed. Handloaders  Digest






1st. ed.
Handloaders Digest
1962

2nd. ed. lyman shotshell handbook




2nd.ed.
Lyman Shotshell Handbook
1976

3rd. ed. Lyman Shotshell Handbook.jpg









3rd. ed
Lyman Shotshell Handbook
1984

47th. Ed. Shooters Bible 1956





47th. ed.
The Shooters Bible
1956

A Brief History of Lee Reloading Equipment
The Lee reloading business began in the home workshop of Richard Lee in 1958 with the invention of the famous Lee Loader for shotgun shells. Lee Loaders, for rifle and pistol ammunition, were invented in the early sixties. These highly effective and economical tools introduced over one and a half million shooters to reloading.
The seventies saw the first lathe turned aluminum bullet molds along with melters and sizers. These make casting bullets easy and more precise than ever before possible. The molds are so precise that most Lee bullets do not require sizing. Toward the mid decade, the enormously popular Lee Load-All for shotgun shells was invented.
The huge following of Lee Loader users enthusiastically upgraded to new Lee presses and dies when they were introduced in the eighties. Many owners of other brands of dies and presses where easily won over because of the innovative features offered only by Lee. During this period, tens of thousands' of reloaders enjoyed the speed and fun of reloading with the Lee Turret Press and the most popular of all progressive presses the Lee Pro 1000.
Initially, every Lee product is distinctly different from products offered by other companies. Soon however, other companies imitate our inventions and offer products almost as good, but at higher prices. Dies, presses, crimpers, powder measures, priming tools, scales, bullet molds, melters, bullet sizers, lubricants, turrets, trimmers and many accessories are all inventions introduced by Lee and copied by others.