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Old 02-02-2015, 02:47 PM   #1
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RCBS Pro Chucker 7

This could end up costing me money:

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Old 02-02-2015, 03:13 PM   #2
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I have an old RCBS piggyback set up. It works great. It's about all I can handle.
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Do you think it's better than the Hornady?
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:21 AM   #4
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Well, all other things being equal, it's 40% better than the LNL by virtue of the seven stations vs. five. I'm really pleased with the Hornady, but it's not perfect, and there's a soft spot in my heart for the ol' Rock Chucker I started out with (and which still graces one end of my bench for certain dedicated chores).

At the very least I'm intrigued by this new press. I'll let others do the "beta testing" and work the kinks out, and I'm anxious to read field reports from the early adopters, but I'm very interested.

Maybe a gun writer and reloading expert somewhere will get one for evaluation...who knows?
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Maybe a gun writer and reloading expert somewhere will get one for evaluation...who knows?
Mike, your hints are subtle and not at all transparent.

Oh, and I share your sentimental fondness for the Rock Chucker. It was my first (and only) press. Spent countless hours loading thousands of round in my basement in North Dakota. Wish I still had it.
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If I were the reviewer, I wouldn't review it until they had the case feeder. Case feeders generally work or they don't work, and there isn't a lot of in-between. Dillion had a LOT of problems with their case feeders, and it took them a long time to get it right (my 650 & 1050 didn't have the "fix" so I don't know).

So if they get the case feeder right, the rest of the press works at least as good as a Dillon 650, and the price is competitive, they'll have a winner.
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I find their new press where the shell holder is stationary and the die moves very interesting. Not gonna get one at that price (and with no way to seat primers), but as stated above, if a noted loading authority and gun riter should test one, I'd kinda like to know how it works out.
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:26 PM   #8
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The Summit press works as advertised and is hell for stout. The missing primer seating is not a real handicap since most folks use a separate primer seating tool.

I see it as a second tool for really heavy duty stuff. It makes full length sizing a piece of cake. It doesn't seem practical for handgun ammo and the second (shorter) handle is really better for bullet seating. The original handle is long for leverage you don't need for seating.

My understanding is that the case feeder is to be a tube type probably similar to the old Phelps case feeder so popular with Star loaders.

I was told that existing powered feed pieces can be easily adapted to the RCBS if desired.

They are not shipping yet but I expect to get one when they start.
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I couldn't remember the name of the press. It initially looked interesting for possible precision work (besides being "hell for stout"). What looked like a compartively short stroke was also interesting for pistol reloading and short action rifle. Seems the trend now is to make press frames long/tall enough to allow loading of 105mm shells.

OK, I'm a stubborn (and cost concious) old coot. The presses I bought after I broke my Lyman tong tool did priming and I see no reason why I should pay more money for another gadget that does what the press can do in the first place. Yes, the dedicated priming tool works, but I see no reason to further improve the bottom line of the folks who make loading tools.

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Old 02-08-2015, 07:50 AM   #10
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My gripe about priming on the press is that you have to handle each primer and it is slow. I also think I get a better "feel".

There is nothing wrong with either method... just different strokes...
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I haven't handled individual primers (except for the occasional feeding failures) since I discovered the primer feed devices that fit most presses forty years ago.

This was prompted by 2 dead primers I decided had been contaminated by sweat duing an August loading session in a house with no AC. Haven't had the issue since.
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