Following-up on my unboxing video for the RCBS Pro Chucker 5, it’s now time for the important task of mounting this new press to the reloading bench. Since many of you have asked about my “Ultimate Reloader Reloading Bench System” I thought I would provide more details and information about how this system works in this article.
When I put together this bench system, there were some important design requirements:
- The ability to position any press or piece of equipment (including trimmers, vices, etc) at any location along the length of the bench
- Extremely solid support for the press under hard use (think: using a small base sizer on military 308 brass, or sizing 50 BMG cases)
- ~60 second press lockdown or removal time
- Affordability: for the bench itself and for the required parts/materials for each press or piece of equipment that works with the bench system
The design I arrived at included T-Tracks embedded in the bench (based on 3/8″ hex bolts), baseplates made out of wood, aluminum plate, or [future] steel plate. I ordered a bunch of 3/8″ bolts, washers, and “speed knobs”, and have been very pleased with the resultant system. I’ll elaborate more on this system in future posts and videos.
For the Pro Chucker 5, I decided to use a 1.5″ thick (double 3/4″ hardwood plywood) baseplate that I had on hand, and the RCBS Accessory Base Plate #3 for this press.
This baseplate provides tapped mounting holes for a variety of RCBS equipment including: RCBS Pro Chucker 5, Pro Chucker 7, the Grand shotshell, Rock Chucker Supreme, Summit, Trim Pro-2 Case Trimmers, Trim Pro, Powder Measure Stand, Lube-A-Matic-2, Reloader Special, Rock Chucker, Pro 2000, Turret Press, AmmoMaster, Partner Press and the APS Bench Mounted, Automatic and Priming Tools. You can read more about this baseplate on the RCBS website.
Here’s a video showing the entire process of mounting the RCBS Pro Chucker 5:
As you can see in the video, this press is mounted VERY solid on the bench, just the way I like it. It’s great to “feel” exactly what’s going on with each stroke of the press. A solid press support will also help your press run more reliably as things wont wobble and shake while loading.
Here’s an up close view of the RCBS Pro Chucker press frame – in the Pro Chucker 5 portion of this series we’ll continue with press assembly, so stay tuned!