In my small town, the shotgunning event of the week is the “Thursday night trap shoot”. I think it’s time for me to join in on the fun, and if I’m going to do well I need to do some SERIOUS practicing. And that means I need a LOT of 12 gauge shells. I have a couple new pieces of gear that should help me “get serious about my game” – one of them is the MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate. It’s going to take my 12 gauge loading to the next level because this press is motor driven, and is a 6-station full-progressive. I can’t wait! In this post, we’ll go from unboxing all the way to a fully setup press. The next post will cover fully progressive 12 gauge shotshell reloading. Let’s get to it!
What’s in the Box
The MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate comes with everything you’ll need to load shotshells except the components themselves, and some common reloader’s tools like a digital scale. Here’s what’s “in the box”: (click/tap to enlarge)
- MEC 9000E press assembly (not shown, see overview)
- MEC Auto-Mate motorized actuator base (not shown, see overview)
- Instruction booklets, loading manual, MEC catalog (not shown, see video)
And the parts shown in the picture above:
- Reservoirs for shot and powder
- Shell slide (discharge chute)
- Spent primer tray
- Primer tray with 200 primer capacity
- Spent primer box (for use with Auto-Mate)
- Hardware for primer try, press mounting, extra Auto-Mate fuses
- Primer post assembly
- Powder bushings
- Truss rod
In about 30 minutes, you can have your MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate out of the box and ready to roll. That assumes you aren’t looking for your 1/2″ wrench for 15 minutes! The assembly is straightforward as outlined in the video.
One note- there is one additional step that entails fitting a rubber ring and metal washer that helps prevent powder spillage, see the steps in my MEC 600 Jr. Mark V setup blog/video for more details (also covered in instructions that are included with this press kit).
All Ready to Load
When you’re done setting up the MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate, your press will look like the picture above. It’s a super-nice looking press, and I think it’s going to really streamline my shotshell reloading- and make the process more fun at the same time!
Here are some specs for the 9000E with Auto-Mate:
- Stations: 6
- Drive: motorized
- Primer capacity: 200 primers
- Fully automated except wad placement
- Available Gauges:
- 12 Gauge, Model# 1009000E12
- 16 Gauge, Model# 1009000E16
- 20 Gauge, Model# 1009000E20
- 28 Gauge, Model# 1009000E28
- 410 Bore, Model# 1009000E410
- MSRP: ~$1450.00 USD (varies slightly by model)
- MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate Product Page
I’ll tell you it’s kind of strange not having a press handle- the 9000E with Auto-Mate doesn’t have one! This is my first automated press drive system, so I’m really excited to give it a try (stay tuned for the next MEC story!). I’m anticipating loading many thousands of shells on this press. Do you have a MEC 9000E with Auto-Mate? I’d love to hear your impressions, experiences, and any tips/tricks you want to share. Please leave a comment!