I’m getting a Coyote Cap IAC Winchester 1887 lever action shotgun and it requires the use of 2-1/2″ shells so I started loading up some. The first thing I needed to do was to trim down some of my 2-3/4″ hulls. In order to do that I made a jig which works in conjunction with my compound miter saw to trim the hulls.
It’s a pretty simple jig which holds the shell and allows it to be cut by the saw to a length of 2-1/2″. I constructed the jig from some MDF scraps. You can see it in operation in the below video.
What you cant see in the pics is that the jig is simply clamped to my CMS. For subsequent trimming sessions alignment is achieved by simply butting the jig up against the blade and then clamping it down.
I have decided to try switching from the plastic wads I’ve been using to fiber and after some trial and error I realized that I needed to trim my filler wad by about an eighth inch in order to have enough room to use my current load. I found that I needed a jig to perform consistent trimming. I came up with this jig which is simply a 1/2″ hole in a piece of plywood.
Next, in order to load 2-1/2″ shells on my Mec which is set up for 2-3/4″ shells I had to make a spacer (riser) to fit under the shell holder for the charging, pre-crimping, and final crimping positions. There is no need to adjust the de-capping or priming positions. This spacer is a simple piece of 1/4″ tempered hardboard but it could be made from any 1/4″ material. To make one simply remove the screw that holds the shell holder to the jig and remove the shell holder. Use the shell holder as a template and trace and then cut out your spacer. Reassembly the shell holder and the spacer onto the MEC.
So once I had the hulls and wads trimmed I loaded up a few.