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Old 05-16-2019, 11:29 AM   #1
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Suitable Reloader for Skeet

I just ordered a Lee Load All 2 for reloading my 12g Beretta 686. Planning on loading 4-500 rounds/month max to shoot skeet. My intended loads will be 1 1/8 oz #8 or #9. Is this a suitable machine for my needs? Why or why not.

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:33 AM   #2
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It will load reliably, but a MEC press will outlive and outperform the Lee loader. If you're involved in shooting and reloading for the long haul, I'd spend a bit more and buy a MEC.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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x2 on the Mec......Stronger, faster and simpler. One of mine was my Dad's. A 600 from 1963. I converted it to 410 and its still going strong. Pass on the Lee. Not the same quality. Check Ebay for good used prices on Mec's.
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Amen to the previous responses. Skip the Lee and go to Ebay to find a Mec 600. It iwiil be much easier to get a good reload and will far outlast a Lee.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:25 PM   #5
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When I first started reloading WAY back before Al invented the internet, I bought one of those for reloading some bird hunting loads; so maybe 6-10 boxes per YEAR. Once I started shooting skeet, 5-stand, and sporting clays, I went with a MEC Jr., and then a progressive. Your shells and shoulder will thank you.
On my MEC Jr with auto primer feed, I can load 4-6 boxes an hour; with a Grabber it is more like 10 boxes an hour.

So, how much time do you want to spend reloading?

The other downside to the Lee is zero adjustablility on crimps or sizing. It is a cheap plastic and zinc contraption not suitable for volume reloading.
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If you intend to pursue Skeet or Trap, you will eventually be shooting in the thousands of rounds per month. Get a good new or used progressive loader. I use a Hornady/Pacific 366 and it can really crank them out.
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If I was reloading 400~500 rounds a month at the very least I'd get a 600 Jr. MEC but I'd much prefer a MEC 9000G for that kind of thruput.
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Another vote for mec. Used grabbers are 75 to 100.00. Best investment ever.
There better and more expensive units, but ive been happy with the grabber.

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Old 05-24-2019, 11:03 AM   #9
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Have never seen a used grabber for less than 150; most are around $250. Even the MEC Jrs are creeping up in price from when they were $50-$75
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Yet another vote for MEC. I have six - four 9000G's and two 650's. MEC has tremendous customer service too - and there is a guy on several of the shotgun forums that goes by Curly No-Hair who can talk you through virtually any issue you have with MEC loaders, free of charge. He is a wizard on them.
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