RCBS Grand Shotshell Loader Part III: Preparing to Load

In this series covering the RCBS GRAND, we’ve performed an unboxing, covered mounting and press basics, and in this post will be getting ready for full-progressive shotshell reloading. The first step getting ready to load is to load is to decide on load specifics (data and components). Here’s the basic load that I decided to use:

  • Hull: Remington Gun Club 12 gauge, once-fired
  • Primer: Fiocchi 616 (209 type)
  • Wad: Claybuster 12S3 replacement (CB2118-12)
  • Shot: #8 lead
  • Powder: Alliant Red Dot
Components loaded in the RCBS GRAND - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader
Components loaded in the RCBS GRAND – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

From left, we have Fiocchi 616 (209 type) primers in the primer tray, Alliant Red Dot powder (note that it actually has red dots – handy to keep track of powders in measures!), and the #8 lead shot. The primer try is pretty neat on the RCBS grand, and very easy to load.

RCBS GRAND Primer Tray is easy to load - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader
RCBS GRAND Primer Tray is easy to load – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Notice the black “linkage” which inserts primers into the drop tube and corresponding “shutoff” pin at the left side. This is a handy feature to have! Here’s a video showing specifics for getting this press ready to roll:

I really like with this press how you can remove/replace a hull from any station at any time – they just click in and out of position in the appropriate station. That’s a big time saver when setting up the press or fixing an issue while loading.

Stay tuned, because in the next RCBS GRAND post we’ll advance to full progressive shotshell loading!

Thanks,
Gavin

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3 thoughts on “RCBS Grand Shotshell Loader Part III: Preparing to Load”

  1. I love watching your videos. I find them the best in reloading on YouTube. I am looking forward to more of them as well as watching different metallic reloading videos. Keep up the excellent work. I have learned so much from you.’

  2. I ordered “The Grand” I’m really trying to find all the listed components for my Remington Gun Club 12 gauge, once-fired Hulls. The shot I want to pull would be 12Ga Length 2 3/4_Vel 1200_oz Shot 1 1/8_ Shot #7.5 So far I have found the following Replacement Federal Style Wads for 12S3 12 Gauge / Winchester Shot Shell Primers 1000 Count / Lawrence Chilled Lead #7.5 Shot 25 Lbs but I can’t find the Powder going crazy looking for it. Any ideas of replacement power selection. I’m really tried to get what you used by it was hard to find all of the stuff needed. I could really use your help Thanks in advance.

  3. I went to order a RCBS reloading book and they discontinued it. Is this all available on the internet anyway or should I look for a different reloading book. BTW now that its hard to get powder, selecting the right Powder Bushing can be tricky. What was the number you use in the video

    Thanks

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