rfwhatley
rfwhatley
41 posts
Joined December 2007

BL900 ???

I've owned a 550B for my metallic cartridges for years and love it. I recently got into skeet/trap and wanted a shotshell reloader too. I'm a casual clay shooter, so there was no way I could justify an SL900 for a starter machine (I can hardly afford the shotgun!).

I found a used MEC 9000 at a bargain price, and got one of those instead. My first evening with the MEC I have spilled more powder than in the previous 5 years with the 550. Additionally, there is so much shot on my reloading room floor that it is dangerous to walk about. And I won't even mention the 30 crushed hills or lost primers. This MEC reloader is a joke. And at its price point, it's a very CRUEL joke.

So my question for my friends at Dillon is this: Has Dillon considered offering a "basic model" 900 similar to the BL550? An inexpensive way to get into shotshell loading and then add on as you go. I would buy a $500 basic model in a heartbeat. I'd be happy if it came with a frame, primer feed, powder measure and a funnel for "scoop-your-own" shot measurement. Hell, leave off the powder measure. I'll move the trusted PM over from my 550B !!! Since the pay-back on shot shells takes so much longer than metallic reloading, this really makes sense.


lcb
lcb
291 posts
Joined September 2007

RE: BL900 ???

I recommend you put a cookie sheet under your shotshell loader.  It will capture the shot and powder.

Dillon makes a top of the line loader.  The MEC is a good low cost entry loader.  I used one in my early days.  As with all new equipment you need to slow down the loading steps until you feel how each stage works.  You did not mention which MEC version you got.  The people at the shotgun club will know about MEC reloaders and could probably give you some pointers. 

2@low8, /Larry
www.blountshooting.com  <- the daughter and you will see why I loaded 50,000 shotshells a year for 5 years.
dillon
Administrator
dillon
3,095 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: BL900 ???

At this time we have no plans to offer a 'stripped down' variant of the SL-900.