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  • Question about shotgun shell presses

    Posted by james on November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I’m in a sort of bind. My girlfriend recently bought be a MEC 600jr Mark 5 for 12 guage shell reloading. Before she did this, I had placed a bid on a MEC Steelmaster also in 12 guage.

    Is there a possibility of converting one to a 20 guage reloader? Do I have her return the new press and keep the older Steelmaster? Do I try and flip the Steelmaster to a new owner?

    james replied 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • CapitalFlatulence

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    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    2 presses and a girlfriend or one press. Your choice.

  • Revolutionary_Age987

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Just some pro advise after 30 years with my wife:

    Mount the press she bought you and fawn over it. Spend the weekend using it. Thank her for it over and over again.

    Get a 20 ga 600 mark 5. Replace it on the counter in the exact same spot. Never say a word. Save the factory box and sell the 12 ga.

    Never speak of it again.

    If you say a single word about a double purchase of the 12 ga loaders she will never buy you a reloading item ever again.

  • MedicineStick4570

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I’d convert the 600 to 20 guage.

  • ScottyBoy75

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    the cost to convert will probably outweigh the cost of a used 20g press..

  • Sinky2086

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    You can get the parts to convert one of your presses to 20 guage.

  • marcuccione

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Keep both, convert the one you shoot less.

  • DonBosman

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    A Steel Master will load lead better than a 600 JR will load lead free shot.

    Pre panic, 600 Jr’s in 12ga often sold for $25. 20ga often for $75.
    The conversion kits used to run $70. Current price, IF you can find one in stock is about $125.

    Can you find out how much she paid for the 600? If it’s under $100 you might just want to hang on to it for a while.

  • TexPatriot68

    Guest
    November 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Can she tell the difference between the two presses? If not, keep the one you like best and sell the other (or keep it it storage as a spare)

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