I started loading on a 3-station progressive press. Soon after starting my reloading career, I realized I wanted more stations. “Wouldn’t it be great to have separate stations for seating and crimping” I thought to myself. Soon I was loading on a 5-station press. Well, later on I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to have separate stations for everything?”.
Here’s an example:
- Powder charging
- Powder checking
- Bullet feed
Well…. there’s a new 7-station reloading press coming to town. This territory used to be almost exclusively owned by the Dillon Super 1050, a professional-quality 7-station press that many competitive shooters swear by (yes, swear by, not swear at 🙂 ). At the SHOT show this year, RCBS showed a pre-production example of their new press, the “Pro Chucker 7”. With prices speculated way below the Super 1050 pricing, and with a case feeder “under development” many shooters/reloaders are excited about this new piece of gear.
It looks like this press will offer some GREAT features, and I’m looking into getting a unit as soon as they are available! More info as I get it. Are you all excited about this press? Please leave a comment to express your thoughts!
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RCBS Announces new 7-Station Reloading Press
Please, do let us know how it performs for you, rounds per hour, different calibers, rifle vs pistol, issues…especially mounting base requirements, overhead clearance, etc.
And price. That is veyr important, as, with all new products, initially the price will be higher than hell…I’d like to know what the opening bell price is, so I can watch it and decide when to invest.
Keep the powder dry…
I’m hugely excited about a more modern RCBS Progressive! Please tell me they still use the APS strips though!!
Looks like they are going the route of changing out the head, so you’ll need one for each caliber change, not in itself a bad thing. But that was one of the factors that made me lean towards Hornady. Yes, I realize that RCBS couldn’t come out with a LNL 7 stage press, but could Hornady be far behind? Also I hope they (RCBS) kept the APS priming system as it is a good system.
Looks promising. There is a 6 minute video available on you tube currently.
What truly excites me is the mandrel at the bottom that must go through the shell plate for absolute alignment. The only other machine I have seen with this feature is the STAR machine. This equates to getting single stage loading accuracy in a progressive due to positive alignment each time.
I would be curious to know how the dies are changed out. The picture suggests that it may be a die plate that slips in and rotates to lock.
I think it’s great idea as long as it’s well executed. Don’t re-invent the wheel just to make it more expensive. Hope they will expand on what they have and simply add 2 more stations.
As Brian C. said, Hornady will probably be out with an LNL-7 soon.
Of course, I never buy anything the first year it comes out be it cars, computers or a re-loading platform. There are ALWAYS bugs and I never pay too beta test a product for someone.
I sure hope they put a good primer catch system on this press. The ones on the rockchucker 4 and the summit are worthless.
Been wondering when an RCBS 7 station press was coming out. Is it progressive auto indexing? Excited about the possibilities.
As long as it’s quality and precision first and all else second. Speed comes from the ability to run without having to stop and fiddle with anything or clear jams, not how fast you can pull the handle.
Accurate and repeatable depth of seating, crimping and priming are the big issues after jam and fiddle free running.
BRASS: totally agree with you there!