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!
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:
So, if you are reloading a lot of rifle ammo, you may want to give this product a thought…
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!
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.
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:
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!
For a while I have been wondering about the RCBS Rifle Bullet Feeder – and now that I’ve setup and used the 22 caliber kit on the RCBS Pro-2000, I know a lot more about how this tool works, and what it is capable of. Setting up the unit is fairly straightforward, with a requirement for attention to detail (as is always the case with any progressive reloading equipment). The setup of the mounting system and collator (bowl where bullets are fed from) is straightforward, and very similar to the RCBS Pistol Bullet Feeder.
Setting up the bullet feed die requires that you replace a bracket on the powder measure, and that you place the bullet feed die in the station directly following (after) the powder measure. This is the case because the powder measure has a plastic actuator which in turn activates the bullet drop linkage on the bullet feed die. One of the lessons I learned while setting this unit up is that every time the powder measure is case activated, a bullet will drop into the placement collet (inside the bullet feed die). I didn’t realize this, and ended up feeding multiple bullets without placing any of them while I was working up a powder charge. The problem was that I had filled up the collator and drop tube and didn’t realize that this would create the multiple feed condition. When I attempted to feed a bullet, this caused the bullets inside the rifle bullet feed die to jam, which in turn damaged the seater plug.
I could have avoided this by taking one or both of two precautions:
So- if you follow proper procedure, you shouldn’t have this type of problem.
Another issue I worked through is getting the proper bullet run-out for the type of loading I’m doing for the AR-MPR project. Since I’m loading match-grade ammunition, bullet run-out is to be kept to a minimum. For progressively loaded ammunition, my run-out goal is +/- .001″ as measured on the Hornady Conentricity Tool. This lead to using a two-stage bullet seating arrangement.
As you can see in the picture above, I’ve got all of the stations utilized except one (station #2).
Here’s a breakdown of the die stations:
For this setup, I adjusted the RCBS Rifle Bullet Feed Die so that it would seat the bullet only deep enough to keep it from falling off while the cartridge was indexed between stations 4 and 5. The Redding Competition Seater was then adjusted to seat the bullet to the optimized depth (magazine length in this case).
The resultant concentricity for ammunition loaded with this setup was quite impressive! Most cartridges met the +/- .001″ run-out goal. I did not feel the need to check every cartridge for this setup, but did check a sampling of 10 or so to validate the setup.
I loaded up quite a few cartridges for myself and a friend with this setup, and was quite happy with the way it performed, especially with Speer 52 grain Varmint Hollowpoint bullets. The APS priming system performed very well, and I enjoyed not having to fill any primer tubes or trays!
The RCBS Pro-2000 equipped with the RCBS Rifle Bullet feeder is a great setup for loading .223/5.56 ammunition.
Next, let’s see how it does on the Hornady Lock-N-Load with a case feeder as well!