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Old 09-03-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
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My new to me MEC older 600 Jr. ? {not marked}

Was at a big swap meet over the Labour Day weekend and found a MEC reloader for $25.00 and had to have it for that price {last thing I need is one more loader}.
Any way the question is about the charging bar, it is not bored for bushings{I am assuming it is sold as a set powder charge & shot weight} it is marked 12 Ga. and a "0" any information on this old reloader is welcome..
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Go to the MEC website and scroll through to charge bars. Your bar should be listed with explanation as to what it drops. You can put a bushing bar in it. I converted and old MEC to 410. No problems.
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That bar is most likely older then you are..It was the first bar MEC included with their loaders. It was used when there was a very limited choice of powders and loads to use.
There is a chart (somewhere) that tells you which powders to use with it and how much of each it will drop, plus the shot drop weight. Just buy a new bar and the bushings you need.

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Here's an old MEC charge bar guide and it's listed there. Download it and study at your leisure.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4j...zOWMxZDYy/view

Basically the O bar is a 1 1/8 ounce bar that will drop 18.5 grains of Green Dot or 21 grains of PB.
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old MEC charge bar guide

Good information thanks
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:43 PM   #6
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I think I will dedicate this MEC loader to only paper target loads with the charge
bar that is in it, I just need to round up a few parts for it like a drop tube and the primer assembly..
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I'm assuming it's a 600Jr. Here are a few places to get parts.

https://www.ballisticproducts.com/60.../products/722/

https://www.mecoutdoors.com/600-jr-parts-before-1982

https://www.titanreloading.com/mec-replacement-parts
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I have my Dad's old MEC 600 from 1965. In 12 ga he loaded mucho shells over the years. So did I. I converted it to 410 2 1/2" and still use it.
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Originally Posted by The Happy Kaboomer View Post
I have my Dad's old MEC 600 from 1965. In 12 ga he loaded mucho shells over the years. So did I. I converted it to 410 2 1/2" and still use it.
My oldest is a MEC 600 from 1968. Converted it from 20 Gauge to 12 gauge and swore I'd never do that again.

I've also got one of the 600s in .410 bore and it's set up for 2-" shells but the best part is that you can pop off the shellplate in around 1 minute and be set up for 3" shells.
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Originally Posted by Flash View Post
My oldest is a MEC 600 from 1968. Converted it from 20 Gauge to 12 gauge and swore I'd never do that again.

I've also got one of the 600s in .410 bore and it's set up for 2-" shells but the best part is that you can pop off the shellplate in around 1 minute and be set up for 3" shells.
I run 4 Mec's Three 600jr MK5's and the old one. Your "pop off the shell plate" reminded me. With the 3" mk 5 I have a Mec spacer that goes under the shell plate to convert it to 410 2 1/2". Is That what you are refering to?
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