It’s pretty exciting to upgrade to a 7-station reloading press. I’ve often thought “I don’t *NEED* a couple more stations, but it shure would be nice!”. Well now I have that chance, the opportunity to “stretch out and move about the cabin” as it were with my die station utilizations. Following on the heels of the unboxing video for the RCBS Pro Chucker 7, in this post I’ll walk through a killer 9mm Parabellum loading setup, and will test out some of the ammunition as well in my custom Glock 19 (be sure to watch the video).
The RCBS Pro Chucker 7 is a great setup for loading pistol (and very soon I’ll find out about rifle and show that to you all). I really like the new Uniflow powder measure (you can swap out all metering inserts for both pistol or rifle without having to remove/swap the drum!). This new powder measure will hold about two pounds of powder- something I’m sure I’ll really appreciate when loading larger rifle cartridges like 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 Winchester. For pistol this capacity is very nice as well.
I worked out a really great die station layout for this setup, check it out:
Here’s what I have going on in this setup:
- Station 1: RCBS 9mm sizer/de-primer
- Station 2: RCBS expander die (can adjust bell with stem, a very nice feature!)
- Station 3: Powder charge (std. pistol metering insert)
- Station 4: Hornady Powder Cop die
- Station 5: Hornady 9mm bullet seat die
- Station 6: RCBS 9mm bullet seat/crimp die (not adjusted to crimp at all)
- Station 7: LEE 9mm Factory Crimp die
You may wonder what someone would ever do with 7 stations, but I’ll tell you: it’s really nice to have a bunch of options for die setups (and you don’t have to use all stations, it’s OK to leave one or more stations empty).
Check out this video that I put together, it was a really nice shooting session in the snow, but next time I’m going to bring glove liners to use as shooting gloves!
So far I’m really liking the RCBS Pro Chucker 7, be sure to stay tuned because there’s lots more Pro Chucker content coming!