Category: RCBS General

RCBS Chargemaster Lite: Unboxing and Overview

If you reload ammunition for precision rifle applications, you’re probably familiar with manually trickling powder. You dump a charge, and then trickle the last 1/2 – 1 grain until you are “exactly” on your desired charge weight. Trickling can be fun- it makes you feel like you should be wearing a white lab coat, or […]

Hands-On: New RCBS Vibratory Case Polisher

Cleaning cases is where the ammunition reloading process starts. Cleaning, sorting, and final brass prep are critical activities if you want great results with your ammunition. However fundamental these processes are, they are seldom characterized as the “fun part” of reloading- more like chores to get to the more satisfying activities. Having the right tools […]

RCBS Full-Length Competition Die Set in .243 Winchester

One of the great things about reloading ammunition is the wide variety of tools, equipment, components, cartridges, and firearms that you get to work with. Just when you think you’ve tried everything, you learn of a new powder, cartridge (Ex: 22 Nosler, sounds interesting!), press, rifle, or bullet. That’s what makes shooting and reloading a […]

Reloading Essentials: RCBS Vernier Ball Micrometer

If you demand precision from your rifle, you need precision from your ammunition. If you need precision from your ammunition, you’ll need the proper precision measurement tools to “dial things in”. A good ball micrometer is an example of one of a handful of precision measurement tools you should have in your tool chest in […]

RCBS Powder Checker Die

There’s one more powder check system that we’re going to look at on our reloading safety series- the “RCBS Powder Checker Die”. This unit is very simple, easy to setup, and works well. It’s comparable to the “Hornady Powder Cop Die”. This system is quite versatile, and intuitive to setup and use. Let’s take a […]

RCBS Lock-Out Die Part II: Setup and Maintenance

In the first RCBS Lock-Out Die article, I discussed how the RCBS Lock-Out Die works. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to setup the die, and also how to disassemble and reassemble the die for cleaning and maintenance. There are multiple ways to skin a cat, and likewise, there are multiple ways […]

RCBS Lock-Out Die Part I: Theory of Operation

Most reloaders have heard of the RCBS Lock-Out Die. This device will allow the reloading press to cycle normally when there is a proper powder charge, but will “lock up” the press if there is too much powder in the charge, or not enough powder in the charge (including no powder – a “squib load”). […]

Reloading Safety