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i like mine, i have the 20 and 16 ga convesion kits for it. in 12 ga all my special load go through it, the mec does the high vol stuff. did have some case flex issues with the cheap winchester hulls. remember if you get any thing but american huls to get the same brand primers,stanard 209's are smaller that rio or cheddite primers. puling the wads, depending which ones ya use can be a pain and a bit messy. most of the one i have to unload just get the shot unloaded and become training blanks for the dogs.

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I have a 20 and 12 model. Used to load my own shotshells all the time. When I did it lead shot was 15 dollars a bag. I used Activ all plastic hulls. They were good shells.
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After crunching the numbers it is costing me $6-$7 to load high brass 1-1/4oz loads. All the top shelf high brass loads are around $15 locally. High brass Herters can be had for $8 and cheap low brass for $5-$6. It will take a year to recoup the cost, but I enjoy loading my own shells.
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If you enjoy doing it that's all that matters! If you save a few dollars doing it that's a good bonus.
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I may not save any money by loading my own but I find it a relaxing hobby for those cold well below zero winter days. Beats stamp collecting or sorting coins way I see it.

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Darn right! I will never save enough money on reloading to justify the money I have already spent on components and equipment. But it's money well spent keeping me in good spirits and out of trouble.

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I have the Load All II for 16 gauge. It doesn't get used a lot, but I have had MEC presses for 20 and 12 for many years. That means I had primers, powder and shot. I only had to come up with wads and hulls.


16 gauge ammo is hard to find here and most that is on the shelf is bottom end loads. The cheap stuff is loaded with cheap soft shot and does not give good penetration. I find I can load premium shot for about the same price as the cheap Walmart ammo. And I bought the Load All II for $25 used. My friend bought it and found he was getting lousy crimps with it. He bought a MEC and found he was still getting lousy crimps. It was the cheap hulls he was using. So I got a good deal. I ordered 100 Cheddite hulls and have been doing fine.
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16ga is definitely one to save money by loading. I was getting some lousy crimps then I weighed my shot. The bushing was throwing the shot a little light. I then used an .030 over shot card and it made perfect crimps.
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I have a Load-All in 16ga as well. I really don't use it as much as I should...I got it as a gift and loaded a few boxes right away, since then it has been sitting on the shelf. I even bought a bag of #2 steel shot to load my own waterfowl loads, but haven't tried it yet.

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I may have to unload the shells I loaded. I realized Hodgons website gave me some bad data. I am using cheddite hulls and they recommended WAA12-F114 wads. That is a tapered wad in a straight shell.
I think you will be OK. A wad for a tapered hull will be looser in a straight hull. Flip that around and you get PSI problems. I trust the powder makers data over the others for hot loads.

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Personally, I'd like to see them re-issue the Loadall Jr.

Has all the good features of the Loadall... but not the complication of powder and shot reservoirs.

Appeals to me as being halfway between Lee Loader Classic and the standards Loadall.
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