I just got back from shooting clays at the club I belong to. I have VERY LITTLE experience handloading shot shells, but have been doing it on and off for twenty years or so with a little Lee 12 gauge loader I got way back... It's very simple to use and does a great job. About a year ago, I went all out and got a MEC with all the bells and whistles and while I was at it, I ordered a bunch of once fired shells... I have always used Federal shells before, but these were Winchester and I was very upset with the way they performed. At least half split on me and need to be discarded. Also, I really need to get used to using this MEC progressive press. For the first time in over thirty years of handloading (mostly centerfire rifle and handgun) I had an uncharged shell. It did blow the wad out the end of the barrel though, but brother was I embarrassed... I also noticed what seemed to be quite a bit of inconsistency in the pressure of my loads from the MEC loader. Now, I am not blaming the MEC, it's me that needs to learn... anyone got any advice for a "fledgling" shot shell reloader? Thanks!