It’s been fun working with the new RCBS Pro Chucker 5, but things are about to get even more exciting. Yes, it’s time to add the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 into the mix! This 7-station progressive auto-indexing is the “big brother” of the RCBS Pro Chucker 5, and is built on the same frame. While it shares most of the same “internals” – there are a few differences:
- A 7-station shellplate and sub-plate and related components.
- 7-station die plates (toolheads- instead of 5-stations on the Pro Chucker 5)
- Slight differences in the priming system
- A larger (much larger) powder hopper (more capacity for powder measure)
Except for these differences, the presses are basically the same. In this article, I’ll walk through the unboxing and setup process for both the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 press, and the “Pro Chucker 7 Die Plate with quick change” caliber changeover kit.
If you are curious, the RCBS Pro Chucker 5 unboxing post may be good reading (these presses are largely the same, so most information applies between the presses). I also split some of the bench integration and setup content into multiple posts/videos for the Pro Chucker 5:
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Integration with Ultimate Reloader Bench System
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Press Assembly Part I
- RCBS Pro Chucker 5: Press Assembly Part 2
For the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 I have put together a single video covering both unboxing and setup:
As you saw in the video, here’s what’s included for both the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 press, and the “Pro Chucker 7 Die Plate with quick change” caliber changeover kit:
To summarize, with the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 Press you get:
- The press itself and related parts
- Primer changeovers for both small and large primers
- High-capacity case-activated powder measure with all parts needed for common rifle and pistol cartridges (including two metering inserts, one for pistol, and one for rifle)
- 7-station die plate
With the “Pro Chucker 7 Die Plate with quick change” caliber changeover kit you get items #3 and #4 from the above list.
So what do you need to add to start loading ammunition? You’ll only need dies and a shellplate (excepting the “other” consumables and equipment not related to press setup).
Now that I have the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 setup, I’m really looking forward to loading some ammunition with it, and comparing it to the RCBS Pro Chucker 5. More stories coming shortly!