RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Unboxing

They day has come: in this post you’ll get a look at the new RCBS Pro Chucker 5 reloading press. This post is the first hands-on post in what will be an extensive series on the new RCBS progressive reloading press platform (shared by the RCBS Pro Chucker 5 and Pro Chucker 7).

The subject of this post: what's in this box? Read/Watch to find out!
The subject of this post: what’s in this box? Read/Watch to find out!

I won’t make you wait to find out, check out the video here where open the RCBS Pro Chucker 5 box for the first time and show you what’s inside:

That was fun: I’ll admit that I get a rush out of unpacking a new machine, and this press looks really great! I can’t wait to get it all setup (with the Ultimate Reloader bench system of course) and fill you all in on the details. Here’s the contents of the box after I organized the parts into groups:

RCBS Pro Chucker 5 box contents
RCBS Pro Chucker 5 box contents

Here’s what’s in the box:

  • Press body (including sub-plate, the base for the shellplate)
  • Owner’s manual
  • Powder measure (very similar to Pro-2000) and powder measure parts
  • Press handle
  • Primer tubes and pickup tubes
  • Spent primer drop tube
  • Completed cartridge bin and drop chute
  • 5-station toolhead
  • Priming system parts
  • Indexing parts (spring and ball bearing)
  • Screws and small hardware parts

And here’s a closeup of the small parts:

RCBS Pro Chucker 5 small parts
RCBS Pro Chucker 5 small parts

One of the surprises I got when examining the parts is that RCBS has upgraded the Uniflow powder measure with a quick change metering insert system! This is awesome as it makes changing metering inserts easy. What’s more: the large and small metering inserts use the *same* drum: so you don’t have to tear down the powder measure to switch from pistol to rifle. This means you really only need one powder measure.

We’re just getting started here, make sure you have subscribed to the blog to follow along with the action. Looking forward to all of your comments and input as well.


14 thoughts on “RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Unboxing”

  1. Gavin,

    I really enjoy reading your posts. I am gearing up to begin reloading myself and find your information invaluable.

    Thank you,


    1. Thanks so much! I really enjoy sharing info and insights with you all, and hearing all of your thoughts and feedback as well.

  2. Hello gavin.
    any thoughts comparing the rockchucker and the hornady LnL AP?
    I would be interested in a comparison and any of your thoughts.
    thanks for the great video. 🙂

  3. Hi Gavin,
    I’m with Allen… Three years I took the leap into a Hornady LNL, but you inspired me to Frankenlöder it. Yeah it’s a Hornady press & shell plates, but there are RCBS, Lee and independant (bulldog bullet adapter for one) parts used on it. Yet I’m willing to chuck it so to speak if the Seven stations are worth it. I’m waiting to find out about case feeding, since bullet feeding should be pretty straight forward. Of course since I said that what monkey wrench just appeared?

  4. Gavin, what are the flat trays that you have the parts spread out on? Looks like a nice way to keep things neat and tidy.

  5. Hello Gavin. Here is a quick question. Do you know the height of the Pro 5 or 7 with a bullet feeder? I tried to look up on RCBS and they don’t have it listed. I also tried to download the instructions and they are not available on the website yet.

    Thank you


    1. Please disregard my last question posted November 04, 2015. I have done as much research as I could and asked many questions. I have since bought a Dillon X650.

      Thank you

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