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Old March 12, 2001, 11:12 PM   #1
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I'm starting to reload shotshells, with pistol and rifle cartridges soon to follow.

I have an offer for a Mec Grabber from a fellow at the local club, he's the president and I've never heard anyone say a bad word about the fellow. So, I trust the source. As far as the machine goes, it's not too old and he's asking $125 for it.

What should I look for while inspecting the press? I know the price is right and the seller is a good guy, so I just want to make sure I don't buy something that needs a component or repairs in the near future.

Thanks.

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Old March 13, 2001, 10:19 PM   #2
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Sounds kinda high to me, but check with Weidners or Gamaleil or maybe precision shooting products to make sure- i tried but for some reason my computer won't pull up much tonight. is the loader you're looking at a progressive or single stage-if it is a single stage grabber then i think 125 is too much for a used one but if it is a grabber progressive it may be OK. i've got a bunch of catalogs from the places i mentioned so if you don't find anything then email me and i'll look it up tomorrow...Dick
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Old March 14, 2001, 12:46 AM   #3
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It's the progressive, Cabelo's has it for $244.99. I'm thinking that it should work out for my purposes, but I'd really like to hear some of your thoughts as to whether this press would work for a newcomer to reloading but would be a good investment for the long term.

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Old March 14, 2001, 06:58 AM   #4
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MEC has 2 presses that have grabber in the name one is the 9000 grabber which auto indexes to the next station with a shock absorber type thing. The other is a 8567 Grabber which has the collet sizer you need but does not have the auto index feature. for a starting out and long time reloader either of these presses will work great. about the only thing that wears out is the shock absorber looking thing and the wad fingers. the vender i was thinking of last nite was precisionreloading.com they carry more shotgun reloading stuff than anyone i know of and have great prices--i'm sure they'll beat Cabella every time. they carry a world of whatnots-you know the little things that made loading easier. hope this helps...Hey once you get the reloader and are setting it up-email me and maybe we can get together on the phone and i may be able to help some--because i can guarantee you will have shot and powder all over your loading bench. it is just part of shotshell loading and it still happens to me..Dick
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Old March 15, 2001, 12:00 AM   #5
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Thanks!

I'm going to talk to the fellow who has the loader tomorrow, it's an excuse to get in a few rounds of trap at the same time!

The fellow at the club who told me about this loader has also offered up his time to get me going. He actually set me up on his press over the weekend and showed me how to load up my shells. That's another reason why I feel comfortable about the source of the loader, these are all fellows who are anxious to help out a young guy get started reloading, and the seller is no exception.

Thanks again for the offer, Dick, and I'll make sure I look up precisionreloading.com since I'm sure they'd have better prices than Cabelo's. Another nice perk about living in Arizona is that from what the guys tell me occasionally they can get real steals on shot, primers, etc once in a while on the Indian reservations. We'll see!

Thanks again.

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Old March 15, 2001, 08:27 AM   #6
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trading with indians

indian reservation--i wish there was one close by and i'd take some of my wifes fake jewelry and trade it for primers and shot..Dick
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Old March 16, 2001, 12:49 AM   #7
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I was wrong when I said it was the progressive loader, it's the one where you have to advance it by hand. I'm going to take a look at it this weekend, I'll keep you posted.

As far as trading with Indians goes, I guess it would be pretty easy out here in Arizona since there are about a million and one casinos that they own!

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Old March 16, 2001, 04:14 PM   #8
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by saying advance by hand i am assuming you mean that there are six shells on the platform at once and you are rotating the shell holder. if so i would think that 125 should be ok. in fact i have one of the machines that rotates itself and i can tell you that the auto rotation is a problem when you have some minor malfunction and before you can correct it the machine trys to rotate to the next station.

a buddy of mine is just starting to load again after many years and he plans to load all four gauges and i suggested that he should get the machine that does not rotate automatically. which sounds like what you are looking at..Good luck...Dick
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Old March 17, 2001, 02:11 AM   #9
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I have had my Grabber for a week now, and it's awsome...it's not the progressive though manual 6 station..

I have almost 1000rds loaded up in a manner of a couple days, once you get going you can load some rounds, mega style..LOL...

When I load some hulls up at 4 shot I had to get the mec oversized shot feeder or funnel...(still new at this loading shotgun stuff so I may not have all the names correct)....though running 6,7,8 shot is no problem with the stock funnel...primers are sometimes difficult to load in the try, though in time I think that will get better...Make sure the sizer area stays clean when ya spill some shot or poweder for it won't go down all the way and feels like something isn't going good, and it's usally shot in the sizer cup for the hull....just pull out the base and the shot usally falls out and put it in and go go gadget...LOL...

Says in the book to run between 30-40 pounds of pressure on the wad in the stating that dumps the wad and shot....

I have loaded three different types of rounds with three different wads and found that once set I am fine and don't have to tamper with it...though I seen that when loading for the 1 1/4oz that the pressure is 5-9lbs less. Thoug it leaves me more then enough room for the crimp and a good seal over the powder......

IMHO you can't go wrong with this model...the 9000 is progressive, moves your shells for ya and dumps the loaded one, though what I like about manual that it make ya look when you advance the round by hand, kindda like a safety check, which is great to me.......

Good luck, good loading, safe shotting, and always pay attention to detail and you'll have a awsome time.....doing what ya love to do....

Take care and let us know how it works for ya....

Socom18E


Hate the wee early hours, my eyes don't see as good and the spelling gets worse....Sound like a good excuse dosn't it LOL....

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