NEW RCBS Rebel Press: Unboxing, Overview, Loading, Comparison

There’s a new single-stage reloading press in town from RCBS, and it’s called the Rebel! I was fortunate to get my hands on the first “public copy” of the press, and in this article I’ll tell you all about it! A more massive successor to the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme, this press is built like a TANK. Let’s get straight to it!

RCBS Rebel Specs and Info

The RCBS Rebel will be available as a press only, or as a part of multiple reloading kit SKUs. Here’s the info for each!

RCBS Rebel Single Stage Press (RCBS #9353)

From the RCBS Rebel Product Page:

The RCBS Rebel Press is the next evolution in single stage press technology. Machined from tough-as-nails cast iron this press will not let you down.

    • Heavy Duty Cast Iron Frame (22% heaver than the Rock Chucker Supreme)
    • Wide Base for Extra Stability
    • Tallest Opening of Any RCBS Single Stage Press
    • Machined Qualified Surfaces
    • Extremely Tight Tolerances
    • Bottom of Ram Primer Ejection
    • Ambidextrous Handle
    • Zerk Fitting
    • RCBS Limited Lifetime Warranty

RCBS Rebel Master Reloading Kit (RCBS #9251)

From the RCBS Rebel Master Reloading Kit Product Page:

The Rebel Master Reloading Kit is the ideal kit for anyone looking to start reloading and will find a perfect home for someone just starting out handloading or has been handloading for decades.

  • Rebel Single Stage Reloading Press
  • Uniflow-III Powder Measure
  • 1,500 grain digital pocket scale
  • Hand priming tool
  • Speer #15 manual
  • Powder Funnel, Hand priming tool, fold-up hex key set, accessory handle 2 with case neck brushes, primer pocket brushes, deburring tool, case loading block and case slick spray lube

RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit (RCBS #9252)

From the RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit Product Page:

The Rebel Plus Reloading Kit is our most robust reloading kit offering extra tools over our other kits that that make handloading more enjoyable

  • Rebel Single Stage Reloading Press
  • Uniflow-III Powder Measure and Advanced Powder Measure Stand
  • 1,500 grain digital pocket scale
  • Hand priming tool
  • Speer #15 manual
  • Pow’r Pull bullet pulling kit
  • Stainless Steel Calipers
  • Powder Funnel, Hand priming tool, fold-up hex key set, accessory handle 2 with case neck brushes, primer pocket brushes, deburring tool, case loading block and case slick spray lube, six die lock rings and shellholders (#3, #4, #10, #16, #27)

What’s In the Box (Rebel Press)

The RCBS Rebel press is very straightforward, there are only three things in the box!

  1. Press main assembly
  2. Handle
  3. Instruction booklet

Mounting and Setting up the Rebel

Getting your Rebel ready to load will consist of the following:

  1. Mounting the press to a mount or directly to your bench (I’m using an Inline Fabrication Quick-Change Ultramount) – same mounting pattern as most other presses including the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme.
  2. Screwing in the handle and tightening with a 9/16″ wrench

That’s it! I found the RCBS Rebel to work very smoothly, and the positive stop (as opposed to cam-over action) was very pronounced and “solid”. The shellholder retention is positive (with a nice click) but not requiring of excessive force to insert and remove shellholders. Leverage was great when full-length sizing 6.5 Creedmoor brass, and bullet seating was super-smooth.

RCBS Rebel -vs- RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme

The RCBS Rebel is cut from the same cloth as the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme, but there are some differences:

  1. The frame on the Rebel is much more massive (22% more frame mass), and has more bench contact area
  2. The frame opening on the Rebel measures 4.590″ compared to 4.530″ on the Rock Chucker Supreme
  3. The Rebel does not have an on-press priming option like the Rock Chucker Supreme
  4. The linkage has been updated (Rock Chucker Supreme has cast, Rebel’s are machined)
  5. Spent primers are ejected downward on the Rebel as opposed to rearward on the Rock Chucker Supreme

Those are the biggest differences! Both presses show a high degree of quality, and you’ll want to check out how well the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme did in my 14 press comparison story!

That’s it for our initial installment, but there’s more RCBS Rebel content coming!

Get Yours From Midsouth Shooters Supply

These presses will be available shortly at Midsouth Shooters Supply, and you can find the related Rebel press and kits HERE:

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Thanks,
Gavin

One thought on “NEW RCBS Rebel Press: Unboxing, Overview, Loading, Comparison”

  1. I was hoping you were going to check the ram alignment. What’s up with that? No sense buying a press if a misaligned ram causes run out. I like that it’s got a hard stop.

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