MEC MARKSMAN ?

WYOHTF

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I had Rock Chucker and gifted it and most of my stuff(20 yrs plus old) that he grew up learning on, I noticed he was very sentimental too it all. So I became a wedding gift.
I have an old Lyman I picked up at a garage sale that’s gonna be a dedicated decapper.
Bought a new RCBS Explorer Plus package for a price I couldn’t turn down. But it’s not my old Chucker for sure. Kinda like comparing the old Crossman 760 to the one available today.
I’m loving the idea of being able to use Hornady’s Lock n Load system with the MEC press.
Local sports store can’t get it so I’m forced to order on-line.
 

venatic

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The MEC is a solid press I like mine. I own or have owned Forster/ Hornady Iron/ Rockchucker/Redding T7/CH and Zero
 

Pointman

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Like several of those who have commented, I use my M.E.C. strictly for bullet seating. I have relegated my trusty "Chucker to prep duties. Yes, there is some debris from every case prepped, mostly primer residue. My 'Chucker is a vintage early '70's so it does not have the new paint which is more easily cleaned. Yes, I believe the M.E.C. produces finished rounds with significantly less run-out issues. Before I got it, I spent hours "tweaking" my rounds to have less than .002' of run-out. Now for a box of 50, OI may "elect" to tweak 1 or 2 into submission. My good wife found a cloth blender cover that keeps the M.E.C. clean as the day I first unboxed it. As far as priming, I prefer hand priming s, o I can feel the seating. One day I may finally retire my "'Chucker" for a coax press but at age, the 'Chucker will probably outlive me. I also like the ability to load long rounds, lime my 338 LM.
 

RYEWSKY25284

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Am looking at a press to expand my setup, does anyone have one of theses?
Pros and cons ?
I recently purchased an RCBS SUMMIT because the MEC's where all on back order.
I should have waited...I believe the MEC is a much better press.
If you boil it all down, the Summit is nothing more than a heavy duty C-press and ultimately it will get some slop at the bottom of the ram causing loss of concentricity. I've had to retighten ALL of the assembly points MANY times since I purchase it.
As long as you keep things TIGHT it works fine.
Also the grease zert on the rams collar is a needed feature. To keep it operating smoothly it needs a couple of shot of grease every couple hundred rounds of reloading.

From where I sit, I think the MEC is hard to beat.
Then on to the RCBS Rock Chucker or the like.
Hard to beat the reliability of a good solid O-press

my.02 cents
 

Bear62041

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What caliber of straight wall are you reloading ? The 350 legend for example is not straight wall.
 

venatic

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Does the Zero produce less run out than the other presses?
First time I used it I basically had zero runout. 😍
I have since loaded two more cartridges and while runout was fine it was similar to what I see on my MEC or Forster so need more time but I can say it’s a well made awesome looking press..albeit expensive.
 

Sharpshooter97

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I'm new to LRH, and I'm looking at buying a MEC Marksman press. I have a question for Pointman. The Marksman isn't advertised to take 1 1/4" dies, so how do you reload 338 Lapua on it? I've only seen 338 LM dies in the larger diameter die sets. Thanks!!
 

nksmfamjp

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I'm new to LRH, and I'm looking at buying a MEC Marksman press. I have a question for Pointman. The Marksman isn't advertised to take 1 1/4" dies, so how do you reload 338 Lapua on it? I've only seen 338 LM dies in the larger diameter die sets. Thanks!!
It has an insert for dies. I’ll bet when you remove it, it is 1-1/4”...I removed to change to LNL bushings.
 

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