Rock Chucker owners


March 14, 2013, 06:14 PM
Hey guys, I picked up a RCBS rock chucker press. I just got it installed and I am having an issue. When I try and put a shell holder in, the spring that holds it in place pops out. I have to hold the spring and wiggle the shell holder for it to go in. On my lyman, I just push it in and pull it out. Is this normal or is the spring broken?


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March 14, 2013, 06:18 PM
The spring is either broken or has been stretched out of spec.. I've had the same issue with from time to time, and all I had to do was re-shape the spring a tad. But if it's broke just contact RCBS and they'll ship you a new one, probably for no charge.

March 14, 2013, 06:19 PM
Never mind. It seemed to be in the wrong way. I pulled the spring out and reinstalled it. Working great now. I never had to bother with both my Lyman's, so I had no idea what was up. I really like the press though.

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GW Staar
March 14, 2013, 06:51 PM
Never mind is a very common RCBS press problem. :D Enjoy you Rock Chucker! New one or used....if used which model?

BTW, I like my spring fairly loose so the shell holder will self center on the die as long as I don't try to break reloading speed records.

March 14, 2013, 07:19 PM
RC owner here. Just feed it cases, and it'll work till you die. You're done with buying presses.

March 14, 2013, 07:36 PM
It will take years to wear that spring out. I've been using the same Chucker for over 10 years. Shell holder still clips in and stays in like a new Chucker right off the manufacturing line.

March 14, 2013, 07:36 PM
I bought a new one. I have a lyman T-Mag turrent and an orange crusher. I am giving the crusher to my nephew and I don't care for the turrent. I have always loaded single stage anyway. I have been going green lately, so I decided to go with a RC. The press is very smooth and strong. RCBS customer support is top notch.

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March 14, 2013, 07:37 PM
32 years on my first RC and still going.

March 14, 2013, 07:38 PM
The Rockchucker is an excellent press. Have had mine for 35 years.

March 15, 2013, 12:20 AM
A little oil here and there and it will last so long your grand kids wont wear it out

March 15, 2013, 12:33 AM
Bought mine used 7 years ago and it still works as good as it did then. Over 8,000 rifle rounds loaded with it and still running strong. I use it for all the heavy jobs.


March 15, 2013, 01:11 AM
I can't even begin to imagine how many times that press has been cycled in the last 25+ years. Never had an issue.

March 15, 2013, 01:33 AM
i bought mine new in 1969 39.50 300,000 rounds later it still works just fine have 2 dillons but still do most of my rifle loads on it

March 15, 2013, 04:33 PM
My RC is nearly 40 years old and can do now what it could new then. Show me ANY Lee press that has lasted more than a few years of daily use! I keep hearing of working Lee LoadMasters but have yet to see one. The publisher of RIFLE Mag said the same thing in print too. Like Big Foot, you hear of them, but when push comes to shove it goes up in puff of smoke and is never seen or heard from again.

March 15, 2013, 05:45 PM
Well said Legion, I have a RC that was used when I bought it back 20 years ago and it is just like a Timex, "takes a licking and keeps on ticking." I have a few friends who bought lee's and have nothing but hiccups all the time. I load on the RC and a Dillon Square deal, I will never wear them out, but I keep trying to. My grandkids won't wear them out.

Flatbush Harry
March 16, 2013, 11:50 AM
I had a similar prob with my RCBS Turret press. Called Customer Service, had two new springs, AT NO CHARGE, in 3 days. Press works just fine now...I use it for all my pistol calibers.

RCBS Customer service is as good or better than any in the industry.


March 16, 2013, 12:08 PM
I have the predecessor to the RCBS Rockchuker the older RCBS A-2 press from the 1960's. It has functioned perfectly for more than 40 years.

March 16, 2013, 12:19 PM
"A little oil here and there and it will last so long your grand kids wont wear it out "

That's true. But it applies equally to any other iron-steel press. I have a 26 year old RC 2 that's in perfect condition. But that's also true of my 48 year old Lyman Spartan. I've had too much good service from all reloading tool brands to think any of them might be unique by color.

IF Lee had made their Classic Cast single stage when I bought the RC my rifle main press would be red - it's really a better press, with much better user features.

March 16, 2013, 08:17 PM
I hear Lyman customer service sucks. I haven't experienced it first hand though.

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March 16, 2013, 09:43 PM
The rockchucker is about the only implement that I can't destroy. Close to an anvil for durability.

March 16, 2013, 10:40 PM
just FYI, some folks like to remove the spring and use a properly-sized rubber o-ring to hold the shellholder. just roll it down to remove the shellholder. it allows the shellholder to self-center a little better.

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