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).
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:
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:
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.
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