I am trying to locate a reloader that can reload 2″ shells for a 12 or 16 gauge and be used to load 2-3/4″ also. I have been told that there are no reloaders for 2″ shells.
Please help me if you can.
2″ reloaders? Darned if I know. I get the same question about 2-1/2″ shells too. I have never seen a manufacturer advertise a reloader for 2″ 12s, much less 2″ 16s (???).
Here’s what I’d do. I would first contact Mayville Engineering Co., 715 South St., Mayville, WI 53050, tel: 800-797-4632, <www.mayvl.com> and ask them if one of their reloaders can be adapted to 2″ 12s. The reason that I would contact MEC first is that they make the cheapest reloaders that actually do a good job. If you aren’t going to reload a huge amount, their single stage loader will be fine. Price is a factor because you are going to want one reloader in EACH configuration. You may or may not be able to switch shell length in all the MEC reloaders, but you don’t want to. It’s much simpler to get a modestly priced reloader and set it up for your short 12, 16 and then get a faster carousel reloader like the MEC 9000G for your high volume standard loads. Trust me. It’s worth the extra money.
If MEC doesn’t do a 2″ ( I am sure they don’t) and cannot recommend a machinist to convert one of their 2-3/4″ to a 2″ 12, then I would try Ponsness/Warren, 768 Ohio Street, Rathdrum, ID 83858, tel: 800-732-0706, <www.reloaders.com>. PW makes an excellent single stage called a 375 Duomatic, in addition to their expensive progressives. A PW progressive costs about 3X what a MEC progressive does, but they are nicely made. I don’t know what the price difference in the single stages is. PW may be able to set up a 2″ die set for you because some of their models hold the hull in a die during loading. This may work better for a 2″ hull, especially if you are trying to make 2″ hulls from cut-down 2-3/4″ hulls rather than buying new hulls or using hulls from fired 2″ shells. A lot of 2″ stuff is roll crimped and that will take a separate step with a roll crimp die in an electric drill. Crimp closure uses up a great deal of space, something that the little 2″ hull can ill afford.
You might also contact Spolar and Dillon, but my guess is that you will have the best chance with MEC and PW. It might also be helpful if you post your question on the <www.shootingsportsman.com> forum. They have a lot of threads on light weight game guns and I am sure that this topic has come up before. Consider also the forum at http://www.gunshop.com/HyperNews/get.cgi/gunshop.html. Sometimes they turn up some useful stuff.
Frankly, I think that no matter what you do, you are going to end up trying to convert a 2-3/4″ loader into a 2″ by replacing or altering the dies. There aren’t a lot of customers for 2″ shells so you are pretty much on your own. The thing that I want to recommend most strongly is not to commit yourself to trying to find one machine that will do all gauges and lengths. I believe that Spolar, Dillon and PW (though I could be wrong here) offer either complete or partial gauge interchangeability among standard lengths and gauges, but it is seldom worth the hassle. It is generally a far, far more economic use of your time to leave one machine dedicated to 2″ 12, 2-3/4″ 12, 16, etc. That’s what makes the inexpensive single stage reloaders so nice for low volume production.
As to components for your 2″ 12 and 16, you might try Ballistics Products, Inc., 20015 75th N., Corcoran, MN 55340, tel: 612-494-9237, <www.ballisticproducts.com>. They carry all sorts of that stuff and may just have reloading information too. Worth a try.
There it is. Once again 250 words of infinite wisdom on something I know absolutely nothing about.
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC