MEC Goes Metal

MEC Marksman

Well known for its shotshell reloading equipment, MEC Shooting Sports announced it was branching out into metallic reloading. Leading off its new line of reloading gear is the Marksman press.

The MEC Marksman is a single stage press made of cast iron. According to the company, the press is good to load cartridges up to .416 Rigby. Standard 7/8-14 dies are used in this press, so all of the existing commercial dies from Lee, RCBS and the rest should work fine.

According to the company, the press has a patent pending shell holder that is self centering.

MEC Shooting Sports made plain its intentions to grow an entire line of metallic reloading gear. While specific product announcements have not yet been made, the company stated it will offer a powder measure, powder trickler, case prep tools, powder scale and other tools.

The company also stated it will offer components. It will be interesting to see if the company introduces MEC branded cases or bullets, or will just sell components from other companies. Due to the incredible costs associated with setting up and running a manufacturing facility for powder and/or primers, I doubt the company has plans along those lines.

The SHOT Show is in January. Expect to hear more announcements from MEC at that time.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Kyle_D

    As long as its a quality product I can’t see any detriment in another company outfitting reloading gear and brass. Competition is always good for the consumer

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    That looks like a big beefy solid design. VERY interesting!!

  • Noah Tahl

    A press release, but nothing on their web site about the press, dies, and shellholder. Vaporware until it happens. I guess they are not yet ready to roll.

    • Corwin Bos

      Please read below….

      “The MEC Marksman is a single stage press made of cast iron. According to the company, the press is good to load cartridges up to .416 Rigby. Standard 7/8-14 dies are used in this press, so all of the existing commercial dies from Lee, RCBS and the rest should work fine.

      According to the company, the press has a patent pending shell holder that is self centering.”

      Shellholder will be a universal style, similar to a Co-Ax perhaps? Dies will be bog standard 7/8-14 dies that you buy everywhere. You can see the pic of the press. Yes, its early, and this is a press release. Stop jumping to conclusions and actually read the article.

      MEC makes pretty decent stuff. I really like the open front on it, and Im sure it will be plenty strong.

      • Noah Tahl

        So, I am mistaken exactly how?

        • Corwin Bos

          Reading is hard I know.

          Self centering shell holder. I’m betting a universal type that self centers ala CoAx.
          Normal dies. 7/8-14 would be normal dies.
          Cast iron construction, and a pic.
          What else do you need? Use your mind, read the article, fill in the blanks.

          • Noah Tahl

            Sorry, if MEC cannot provide more details, then why should I speculate? They are the ones making the claims. Details, son, I say details, preferably with pictures and demonstration.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      It’s already up and listed at Midway.

      • Noah Tahl

        A press release, a press release on the MEC site, and three items (press, powder measure, trickler), all with “coming soon” at the Midway site. It still has not happened. Works out to “we’ve got some great stuff coming, so don’t buy anything from competitors while waiting for our stuff to make it to market.”

  • Jim_Macklin

    Mayville Engineering Company tools last forever. A single strage press is the most versatile tool for a loader who is just beginning or is experienced and wants to develop something new and different..
    MEC has always offered value, I wish them luck.