One of the most popular handgun cartridges in the world is 45 ACP. It has a controversial place in the concealed carry debate, and is a lot of fun to shoot at targets as well. In this post I’ll cover setting the RCBS Pro Chucker 5 up to load 45 ACP as well as full-progressive reloading of 45 ACP using this press. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to check out the posts leading up to this article:
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Unboxing
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Integration with Ultimate Reloader Bench System
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Press Assembly Part I
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Press Assembly Part 2
- Cleaning Reloading Dies with an Ultrasonic Cleaner
With five stations at your disposal, the RCBS Pro Chucker 5 is a great option to load pistol cartridges with. Below you can see the setup that I show in this article (be sure to check out the video below) while in full-progressive operation.
And here you can see the “heart” of the reloading operation here, the dies, the press frame, the shellplate, and the cartridges in the 5-step process of progressive reloading.
The RCBS Pro Chucker 5 utilizes a “standard” clockwise rotation of the shellplate. This is opposite the counterclockwise shellplate rotation that is utilized by the RCBS Pro 2000: the press that has been essentially “replaced” by the RCBS Pro Chucker 5. Here is a diagram showing the die stations that are used by the RCBS Pro Chucker 5:
There are many ways to use these stations, but here I’m showing the classic “everything separate, separate seat and crimp” setup. In this case, I’m using the following die station layout:
- Size/De-Prime (RCBS carbide sizer die)
- Prime (bottom of stroke), Case mouth expansion (top of stroke, RCBS expander die)
- Powder Charge (new RCBS Uniflow powder measure improved for the Pro Chucker 5)
- Bullet seating (RCBS seater die, backed off to seat only, no crimp)
- Lee Factory Crimp Die
In the following video I show the entire process of assembling the dies (following the cleaning I did in this post), installing and adjusting the dies, running up to progressive reloading, full-progressive reloading, and rundown (emptying the press).
As outlined in the video, I used the following components and load recipe for this loading session:
- Previously fired and cleaned 45 ACP brass (no lube)
- 45 caliber 230 grain round nose Speer TMJ bullets
- 6.0 grains Hodgdon CFE Pistol
- Winchester Large Pistol primers
- COL: 1.200″
Note: This load data is for reference only. Always cross-reference with manufacturer’s load data. Ultimate Reloader is not responsible for errors or possible issues you may have when using this load data. Use at your own risk.
I think it’s time to take the 1911 out for a shoot. The only question is: paper targets or water-filled cans?
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