There are a lot of reloading presses out there that look the same, work the same, and are essentially “variations on a theme”. And then there’s the RCBS Summit– a press that literally turns the concept of the single stage reloading press on its head! Why? Because instead of moving the cartridge and shellholder, it moves the die. Crazy? Decide for yourself!
What’s In the Box
The RCBS Summit is ready to roll- just install the handle, the spent primer catcher, and bolt it down.
Above: When you unpack the box, you’ll find the following:
- Press assembly
- Spent primer catcher and mounting screws
The setup is very simple, but you’ll need to decide what to use for mounting the press. Some options for the RCBS Summit:
- RCBS accessory mounting plate
- Inline fabrication Ultramount (standard for RCBS Summit, or quick-change with #26 top plate)
- Bolt it to the bench!
I chose to use my standard mounting solution, the Inline Fabrication Ultramount (quick-change) with #26 top plate. It takes only about 3 minutes to attach the quick change top plate, and that means you’re “ready for business”.
The RCBS Summit in Action
Setting up the Summit to load is pretty much like any other single stage press. The dies screw into the bushing that’s mounted on the die carriage, and you snap shellholders (any standard shellholder will work!) into the top of the base. What’s different is the ergonomics, and how the press operates. The handle is way up in the air- and that’s actually nice. When you are sizing brass, the “hard part” of the operation occurs when the handle is out in front if you- making it easy to “pull down with some force”- without hunching/leaning over. It took less than 10 sizings to get used to the feel of this press.
Above: Where conventional presses hold the shellholder on the top of the ram, the Summit has a “post” that serves the same purpose.
Above: Dies mount just like any other press (RCBS competition seater micrometer die from Gold Metal set shown).
After using this press for a short period of time- I’m totally comfortable with it, and everything has worked well once I made some minor adjustments (Ex: I had to tighten the die bushing after it backed out when removing a die). The fit and finish is great, and this press has a great ergonomic workflow.
If you’re looking for something truly different, give the RCBS Summit a try!