Posts Tagged ‘RCBS’

RCBS introduces Summit single stage press – now this is different!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Single stage presses are all pretty much the same, right? There are some exceptions like the Forster Co-Ax press, but for the most part these presses have the same basic design. RCBS has recently introduced a new take on the single-stage reloading press: The Summit.

RCBS Summit

You can see in this picture how the base of the press bolts down to your bench and the die mount actually moves up and down instead of an under-bench ram moving up and down. There are a couple benefits that I can see here:

  1. You don’t need clearance under your bench
  2. The case stays stationary which makes bullets and cases less likely to tip

Here’s some information from RCBS:

Part No. Description
9290 Summit Single Stage Reloading Press
9291 Short Handle – Summit Reloading Press

Features & Benefits

  • Bench-top operation
  • Ambidextrous handle operation with compound leverage
  • Massive 2-inch diameter ram
  • Full frontal access
  • Accepts bushings for 1-inch die bodies
  • Press adapter bushing
  • Zerk fitting for lubrication
  • Spent primer catcher
  • 4.50-inch operating window for convenient access

I’m curious about this press. Anyone else have experience with it? Please leave a comment! More information is available from RCBS HERE.


RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press Sale at MidwayUSA

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Have you been eyeing an RCBS Rockchucker press or kit? Now’s a good time to check out the sale that MidwayUSA is having on these presses!

Just in time for Christmas! :)


RCBS Lube Die- Lube While You Load

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

In my last post, I gave an overview of some of the case lube products that I’ve used personally. These are the spray-on and wipe-on products that a lot of reloaders use on a regular basis. But there’s one more product that I use that’s interesting for those that want to load bulk quantities of rifle ammunition on a progressive reloading press- it’s the RCBS Lube Die.

This die will decap and lube in one step. If you’re loading on a 5-station progressive press, you can throw in this die just ahead of your sizing die. You charge the die with the supplied case lube, and it gets applied automatically as a part of the reloading process. Very cool! One thing that you need to carefully control with this setup is the quantity of lube in the die. If you over-do it, you can end up with a mess. What you won’t have is the mess associated with lubricating rifle cases by hand- that can be one of the most time consuming and unpleasant parts of reloading rifle ammo!

Here’s an example 5-station reloading setup that you could employ with this die:

  1. RCBS lube die (lube, decap)
  2. Full-length sizing
  3. Powder charge
  4. Bullet seat
  5. Bullet crimp (optional)

So, if you are reloading a lot of rifle ammo, you may want to give this product a thought…


Poll: What pistol dies do you like most?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

One of the most important components when loading pistol ammunition is the dies that are used. Different die sets offer different features and finishes, so selecting the right dies can be a difficult purchasing decision for sure! So, please take a moment and let us all know what dies you prefer, and please leave a comment describing why!

What is your brand of "go-to" pistol dies?

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Calling all RCBS Pro-2000 users!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Recently, I gathered feedback from Lee Loadmaster owners. Today it’s time to call out to all you RCBS Pro-2000 owners! You APS-loving cast iron frame equipped people know who you are. :)

RCBS Pro-2000 setup to load .223 Remington - Image copyright 2011 Ultimate Reloader

So what was it about the RCBS Pro-2000 that made you decide to buy into that system? What do you like about it now that you have it? What don’t you like? What do you load with it? Do you buy APS strips pre-loaded, or do you “roll your own”?

Here’s some things I like about this press:

  • APS priming system works well – especially when you use pre-loaded strips
  • Cast iron construction is super-beefy
  • Flex-free handle
  • Convenient bin hangers and side tray

Here’s a video showing the Pro-2000 loading 308 Winchester:

This is a great press for loading rifle ammo. The Pro-2000 does not have a case feeder, but for many progressive reloading scenarios you don’t need a case feeder. The press I have (shown here) is of the auto-indexing variety. You can also get a manually indexing version (works kind of like the Dillon RL-550b – you turn a star wheel to index manually).

Anyone use the tube priming system? I haven’t tried it.

OK guys, get your “Green-On” and tell us about your Pro-2000!