RCBS reloading kit? Your thoughts...


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matt33
November 22, 2006, 11:29 PM
I would like to get into reloading, and as such I've been thinking about getting the all-in-one single stage RCBS kit (the one in the $250 range) for a while. I would love a Dillon progressive, but it's not in my budget right now. I will primarily be reloading for my AR and 30-06 model 700. My shooting volume is limited to about 100 rounds of rifle ammo per month. Please share your thoughts. If this is a good buy, feel free to let me know if there are any good deals online.

Also, do I need SB dies for my AR? It's a Colt MT6731 16" 1:9 if that matters.

Thanks in advance.

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Luggernut
November 22, 2006, 11:59 PM
Matt, I bought the Rockchucker Supreme kit from www.natchezss.com for $225. I only have been reloading pistol cartridges now but I've been very pleased with the equipment. I too would like a Dillon and will likely get one soon since I shoot a lot. I'd say this set up would be perfect for your needs.

Good luck and have fun.

Bullet
November 23, 2006, 01:00 AM
I believe you couldn’t go wrong with the RCBS kit. Also you might check out this while you’re at Natchez –

http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=RC88304

I load for a Colt and an RRA and I’ve never needed SB dies. The mic is good for setting your sizing die for proper headspace.

Ol` Joe
November 23, 2006, 10:01 AM
I load 200 or so rifle rds a month and what ever I feel up to for handgun on a single stage press and have for the last 40 yrs. I started on a RCBS JR of my dads, and it still gives good service although I now use a Co-Ax. You are making a excellent choice to start!:D

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
November 23, 2006, 10:15 AM
It's good equipment, but like all kits, some things are compromises and some things aren't so great while other stuff is really nice. You can probably duplicate everything listed in the kit and get better stuff if you do a little work and buy the items individually.

Also, if you're reloading pistol, for about a bit less money than the RCBS kit, you can get a Lee Classic Turret press with all the trimmings and be able to load 200 plus rounds an hour (a lot faster than any single stage). Based on the feedback so far, it appears to be a fine press and should meet your requirements well.

Regards,

Dave

steve4102
November 23, 2006, 09:38 PM
The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme is a great kit. Nothing lacking in the quality of the components. You will also have to purchase a few items that do not come with the kit, like Calipers, Trimmer, Dies and maybe a Tumbler.

Best price I have found.

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=000449357

If you want to go with a Turret press to speed things up you can purchase this Kit.

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=0004488906

msgrep
November 23, 2006, 09:49 PM
I have a Rockchucker Supreme that I bought a couple years ago. I love it. If you shoot no more than 100 rds a month a single stage press will work just fine for you. Myself I go thru about 800 9mm and around 500 223 each month and the Rockchucker does the job just fine. Kinda gives me something to do in my spare time. For me its relaxing to sit down at the press and just start.

Only drawback I have found is that I started out kinda small, had plenty room on the ole reloading bench.............Now I need a bigger bench, LOL. Simply amazing how much stuff you accumulate. Anyway, the Rockchucker should do ya just fine.

AnyRacoon
November 24, 2006, 11:08 AM
My first press set up was a RCBS Rock Chucker starter set with about 3 foot of loading bench space. Was $150.00 from Midway. Be forwarned it is a sickness. Now at least 20 feet of loading bench, probally an inventory of at leat $5,000.00 in powder, bullets & primmers, not to mention money in several Dillons, Mecs & die sets. Than you have to buy new Guns & Rifles to go with the deal you get on brass or dies. I still use my first RCBS that I bought back then.

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