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MEC Wads

Postby countrygent36 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 5:57 pm

Lymans 4th Edition calls for MEC wads in the steel data. Do these actually exist? or is this a misprint? Maybe they meant the BP wads? :help:
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Postby Citori12 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:59 pm

don't know...never seen em or used em.
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Postby TheHunt » Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:25 pm

They exists... THey are 105's for a 10 gauge. I am not sure thenumber for 12 gauge. YOu might want to look at balisticSupply. They might have taken over from MEC to reproduce these.

I remember reading the topic in another thread on this site or the refuge site.
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Postby countrygent36 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:42 pm

TheHunt wrote:They exists... THey are 105's for a 10 gauge. I am not sure thenumber for 12 gauge. YOu might want to look at balisticSupply. They might have taken over from MEC to reproduce these.

I remember reading the topic in another thread on this site or the refuge site.

Thanks, I'll do some more research.
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Mec Wads

Postby rudiored » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:28 pm

Mec was one of the first on the market for steel reloading components. They made 12 gauge wads for tapered hulls and straight walled hulls. you can still find them on Ebay or other places every once in awhile. I have about 5 sacks of them and they load great.
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Postby Ned S » Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:28 pm

I have a bunch of them, around 2000. For STEEL powder recipes the 2 3/4 mec will work in 3" loads. I shorten the 2 3/4 shotcup 1/8" on a meat slicer to use in 2 3/4 hulls. They look like a MM shotcup. Ned S
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Postby Sagebrush » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:05 pm

I don't beleive you guys..........

Mec is only a reloader type company.......(metal)

Go ahead and make me a liar.

What is the net address where I can get these 12 & 10 Ga wads.

I hope they are cheaper than the Sam! wads I now have to buy !!


Go ahead...make my day !
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Postby Ned S » Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:13 am

NTC was the first shotcup made for steel. Roster wrote Mecs loading manual using these shotcups, then Mec feared lawsuits because of errors in the pressures and dropped out of Reloading. Also about this time a couple of Engrs from Hoover ballbearing started making shotcups but they never went over. I had a bag of these. Two years ago while at Gene Sears in El Reno, Ok where I buy components wholesale had found two big boxes of the Mec shotcups and were selling them for $1 a bag. There's 160 in the 2 3/4 bag and 140 in the 3" bag. I bought around 2000. The only problem is they are 1/8' to long for STEEL powder. I use a meat slicer to cut 1/8" off. The 2 3/4 works fine in the 3" hull. I should have bought all 2 3/4 inchers. Ned S the geese fed in the same field this morning. About 6 of us will go after them this eve. I'll be shooting 3" Cheddites with the NTC shotcup with steel BB's at 1640 fps in my 935
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Postby Sagebrush » Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:24 am

I rememer those !!

Yes, they were the 1st steel wads on the market.

They were also unsplit !! BUMMER !!

Had to also buy the four blade unit to split the wads, which
was not a problem. Just had to cut a hull in half and use it to
place the wad in ,to make this task a lot easier.

You HAD to split these "heavy wall" wads to get a pattern.

I tried one wad split just half way down, the result was a 3/4"

hole in the target board ( 3/4" ply ) at 30 yards at 1 oclock.

The top powder back in those days was Blue Dot, 1300fps !!


Thank goodness for the new "split" wads and powders...... :salude:


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Postby countrygent36 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:39 pm

OK, so we've proven that they did exist. And a few still do. So who makes them now, or who's wad replaced them? Lyman's manual still shows this wad in their patterns. Why is this if they aren't made any longer? Guess i'll have to give Lyman's a call and see if they can anser the million dollar question.

PS..Colder than hell here in Texas and haven't seen squat for geese yet. Guess their all booked up in the Hilton!! :salude:
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Postby Ned S » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:43 pm

Ballistic Products MM shotcup looks alot like them. I use them also. Three of us limited on mallards yessterday and five us limited on Lessers this eve plus 4 snows here in Amarillo, Tx Ned s the young 78 yr old on heavy maintenance.
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Postby countrygent36 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:48 pm

Ned S wrote:Ballistic Products MM shotcup looks alot like them. I use them also. Three of us limited on mallards yessterday and five us limited on Lessers this eve plus 4 snows here in Amarillo, Tx Ned s the young 78 yr old on heavy maintenance.


Good shooting Ned, I tried the BP MM's and they work great. And pattern nicely as well. Unfortunately all I have for steel at the moment is #2's. I have an order on the way(no one wants to carry steel supplies around my area) so hopefully soon I can get a few different loads set up before the end of season...... :thumbsup:
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