IMR Legendary Powders announced a new family of propellents that should appeal to a range of hand loading enthusiasts. The new powders are suitable for both shotshell and handgun cartridges. IMR states that the shotshell powders were designed to match the existing bushing charts so your current gear should work fine with the powders.
MEC Shooting Sports, better known in the shooting community as just MEC, announced it was moving into metallic reloading starting with its first single stage press: the MEC Marksman.
MEC is well known for its high quality shot shell reloading equipment, but has not really attacked the metallic reloading market.Â That seems to have changed.
The MEC Marksman appears to be a sturdy press. It is made of ductile cast iron and has a seriously beefy appearance. According to MEC, the press is suitable for loading everything from .22 Hornet to .416 Rigby.
Standard 7/8-14 threaded dies are used in this press, and it should be compatible withÂ any of the dies currently being made by Lee, Hornady and others.
The press uses a floating shell holder that helps to properly align the case with the die. It seems this self-centering shell holder is unique as the company has obtained a patent for it. I have to admit ignorance here and say that I’ve never loaded shotshells. So, I do not know if this floating shell holder uses any similar technologies that MEC might use on its shot shell machines. Can anyone help me out?
MEC does not list a suggested retail price for this press. However, a quick check at Midway USA shows the press listed at $179.99 and an expected arrival date of 11/20/2016.
In addition to the press, the company has plans on introducing a complete range of reloading gear to include:
a powder measure
a powder trickler
case prep tools
I expect we will see a range of products at the SHOT Show in 2017. I’ve already seen a number of reloading products from other companies announced, such as the CFE BLK powder from Hodgdon.
Right now the pistol and rifle loading market is represented by several quality manufacturers including Hornady, RCBS, Lyman, Dillon and Lee. MEC is already established in the shotshell market, so it will be interesting to see if the company can gain a foot hold with metallic loaders. Competition is good for us consumers, so I hope MEC does well.
If you are looking for a .308 caliber rifle bullet for subsonic use, you might be interested in the new projectile from Lehigh Defense. The new bullet is a 176 grain projectile that is specifically designed for subsonic use when loaded in a .308 Win and 300 BLK cartridges.
Hodgdon announced a new product that might be the best new powder for loading the 300 BLK cartridge. Called the CFE BLK, the new spherical powder was formulated to provide reliable functioning of an AR-style rifle regardless of the bullet weight used. Both super- and subsonic loads are said to work very well with the CFE BLK.
So…is reloading steel cases possible? Â Conventional wisdom says you can’t reload steel case ammo, but reality says you can.
Sure, reloading brass cases are much easier, but you can reload steel cases. Â That cheap Wolf 7.62×39 and the surplus 7.62x54r can both be reloaded if you take your time and add a few extra steps to the normal loading process. Â Since I believe there is a bit of a tinkerer in every shooter that reloads, this would prove to be an interesting exercise for all of us to work on to improve the existing processes.