Shell Lifter Height Adjustment

It is necessary for the shell lifter to be level with the track in which the shells ride around the machine. To adjust shell lifter height:

1. Make sure the reloader is at the top of its stroke.

2. Loosen the wad guide mounting screw slightly (enough so you may turn it on the wad guide rod).

3. Using a 1/z inch open-end wrench, loosen the lock nut, Figure 52.

4. Put a straight edge in the track above the shell lifter, Figure 53.

5. Raise or lower the shell lifter as required by turning the wad guide rod in or out of the fork until the top of the shell lifter is level with the surface of the track.

6. Tighten the lock nut, Figure 52.

7. Reposition the wad guide and tighten the mounting screw. Refer to Wad Guide Replacement/Adjustment on page 26.

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Mec Reloading Chart
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Mec 9000 AssembleMec Reloading Chart
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Mec 9000 Adjustments
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Mec Reloading Chart
Figure 56
Mec Reloading Chart
Figure 57


The only adjustment is to raise or lower the reprime tube, Figure 54, to accommodate different base wad heights. With a shell in this position, the reprime tube clamp should lift 3/w inch off the turret assembly at the full bottom of the downstroke, Figure 55. To adjust, loosen the reprime tube clamp and slide the tube up or down to the required position and retighten.


Wad Pressure Adjustment.

When loading with modern one-piece plastic wads, it is usually not necessary to have wad pressure show on the Wad Pressure Indicator, Figure 56. However, the wad should be pushed down tight against the powder. In addition, some wad manufacturers have specific recommendations for wad pressure.

Wad pressure is set by adjusting the height of the rammer tube, Figure 56. The wad pressure may be raised or lowered by loosening the reprime tube clamp. Move the tube to the desired position and tighten clamp. See the recommended settings of the rammer tube in the table on page 32.

Wad Guide Replacement/Adjustment.

The wad guide is removed or adjusted by loosening the clamp screw and removing or adjusting the wad guide, Figure 57.


Top of wad guide should be flush to Yw inch above clamp.

When installing or adjusting the wad guide, leave the clamp screw loose and slowly apply a full downstroke to the reloader. With the shot tube through the wad guide, tighten the clamp screw using care not to move the wad guide with the wrench. The rammer tube should pass through the center of the wad guide.


It is important to crimp all shells with their original crimp, either 6 point or 8 point. If you are reloading paper shells, a smooth cone crimp starter is available which will do the best job.

To remove the Spindex™ crimp starter from the reloader, simply cock it to one side and pull down. To install the Spindex™ crimp starter, simply snap it in place.

The crimp starter may be adjusted up or down by first loosening the nut, Figure 58, located on top of the turret. The nut under the turret may be turned either up or down to give less or more crimp start.

Remember - giving more or less of a crimp start will often improve the final crimp.


As your loader comes from the factory, the crimp close adjustments should be correct for most shells. However, two adjustments can be made in the crimp close station. They are the cam adjustment and the punch adjustment.

Four common problems that can be corrected by crimp station adjustments are shown in Figure 59 and described below.

Shell No. 1 - Crimp not deep enough. Correct by lowering the crimp punch.

Shell No. 2 - Crimp too deep. Correct by raising the crimp punch.

Shell No. 3 - Opening in center of shell. Correct by lowering cam adjustment approximately V&. inch as shown by direction of arrows.

Shell No. 4 - Swirl in the crimp. Correct by raising cam adjustment approximately 1/s2 inch.

Crimp Punch Adjustment.

1. Using a V2 inch open-end wrench, loosen lock nut, Figure 60.

2. Turn the slotted screw at the top of the crimp punch clockwise to increase depth of crimp or counter clockwise to decrease depth of crimp.

3. Tighten the lock nut.

Mec Final Crimp
Figure 58

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Cam Adjustment

Cam Adjustment.

1. Loosen cam adjusting lock screw, Figure 60.

2. Adjust cam. See description for Shell No. 3 and Shell No. 4 above.

3. Tighten cam adjusting lock screw.


This station puts the "lead" or radius on your shells for easy feeding, especially in auto loaders and pumps. This can be lowered or raised to get the desired "lead." It is important not to have this station adjusted too deep or you will crush the shell just above the brass. This is very critical with paper shells, and straight wall cases. To adjust, loosen the lock nut on top of the turret with a 1/2 inch open-end wrench, rotate the slotted screw at the top of the finish die to adjust, and tighten the lock nut.

MEASURE ASSEMBLY. Checking the Measure Assembly.


The containers need not be in position to check the action of the measure assembly, and we suggest they be removed or that they be emptied. The measure assembly must be tipped forward in an upright and level position, and the charge bar positioned to the left as shown in Figure 61.

The measure assembly is controlled by the MEC Auto-Cycle Mechanism. The Auto-Cycle is activated by the compression of the reprime spring, Figure 61, at the time that the primer is being seated. To position the charge bar for auto-cycling, the charge bar must be moved to the left either manually or by applying a downstroke to the reloader to allow the bar lock to hold the bar in the extreme left position.

When the carrier is empty and a downstroke is applied, the charge bar remains locked to the left as shown in Figure 61. At the bottom of the downstroke, the trip rod bracket engages the retaining ring at the lower end of the trip rod, maintaining the compression of the trip spring.

Mec 9000 Series


Figure 61


Figure 61

Upon inserting a shell in the carrier and moving it to the reprime station and applying a downstroke, the spring compresses and the trip rod bracket no longer engages the retaining ring at the lower end of the trip rod. This relationship no longer holds the compression of the trip spring. Its expansion causes the bar lock to drop down. An upstroke of the reloader causes the charge bar to move to the right and drop powder in the shell. When the shell is moved to the wad ramming station without a shell at the reprime station, the trip spring is again compressed by the engagement of the trip rod bracket with the retaining ring at the lower end of the trip rod. The lock spring lifts the bar lock to again maintain the position shown.

Charge Bar Travel.


It is recommended that powder and shot charges always be checked with a reliable scale. When checking these charges, do it during the normal operation of the machine.

A properly adjusted charge bar will operate as follows: at the bottom of the downstroke, the bar stop screw should just contact the left side of the measure assembly slot, Figure 10.

To adjust the travel of the charge bar, turn the charge bar adjustment nut up on the operating rod so that the bar stop screw just contacts the left side of the measure assembly slot when the reloader reaches the end of the downstroke. If the charge bar travel is too far, a complete downstroke of the reloader can not be made. To correct, lower the adjustment nut.

If the charge bar does not move, check for a bent charge bar actuator, No. 8054. It must push the charge bar to the left when a downstroke is applied to the reloader.

Charge Bar Replacement.


Because of the increased use of hard or often called magnum shot we strongly suggest the use of our charge bars with the soft insert to prevent the shearing of shot. Using our bars without the insert may cause shot shearing problems which could result in damage to the machine.

MEC offers a complete assortment of "quick-change" charge bars for any load or gauge. See the Powder Bushing Chart and Charge Bar Selection Guide packed with each loader or write to MEC for a complete list of bars.

Your 9000 Series was designed as a high-production machine. To prevent the lodging of large lead shot in the rammer tube, we recommend the use of our Adapter Kit, No. 8581-12, designed for large shot. This kit is available in 12 gauge ONLY. Our charge bars with the soft insert allow you to reload with virtually any shot size up to BB.

To replace the charge bar:

1. Tilt the measure assembly back, remove the shot and powder containers from the measure assembly. Tilt the measure assembly up in place.

2. Move the charge bar to the right by holding the charge bar in place with one hand and releasing the bar lock with the other hand. Slowly allow the charge bar to slide to the right.

3. Disconnect the bar return spring from the spring anchor attached to the charge bar.

4. Remove the bar stop screw from the center of the charge bar.

5. Slide the charge bar to the left and remove it from the reloader. The brass washer in the powder side of measure assembly may drop out when the charge bar is removed.

6. Remove the grommet from the powder side of the measure assembly.

7. Remove the bushing, bolt, and spring anchor from the charge bar. Note the position of the anchor.

8. Install the spring anchor, bolt, and bushing in the new charge bar.

9. Slide the charge bar assembly into the measure assembly.

10. Install the bar stop screw in the charge bar.

11. Connect the bar return spring to the charge bar.

12. Install the brass washer, with dimples facing up, into the powder opening of the measure assembly.

13. Install the grommet into the powder opening of the measure assembly.

14. Check the charge bar travel as described previously in this section.

15. Tilt the measure assembly back and install the powder and shot containers.

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