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
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.
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!