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RCBS piggyback press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by fallout mike, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    I have the chance to buy a used one for ~$150. This is already set up with everything. Is this a good price? Are they any good?
  2. tygranch

    tygranch Active Member

    I used a piggy back for several years to load 9mm and .40. It worked okay, just couldn't get too aggressive or powder spills got to be an issue (not much different than other progressives). When I bought a Dillon 550b is sold mine for $75 without dies or powder measure. That was about 15 years ago.
  3. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I've been using a PiggyBack II on a RC since the mid '90s and it works great. I upgraded the powder drop to a Hornady case activated version and use it with a couple of Redding powder measures including a 10X and 30BR. I modified the primer collection system too. The PB II is a very smooth progressive press and you also have the option to remove it and use the single stage press that it sits on. For $150 it's worth it assuming it's in good condition. On the bright side, RCBS will send you any replacement parts at no charge. I have a Hornady L-N-L AP too and use that for the higher volume stuff. Both the PBII and LNL use primer pick up tubes.
  4. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member

    The Piggy Back 11 was mounted on a Rock Chucker that was not included, the powder measure was not included nor was the shell plates, if the Piggy back has the press, powder measure and shell plate(s) $150.00 is a bargain.

    There were two Piggy back presses as the first then the updated model, the updated had the case activated lock out, no case, no powder dump.

    The shell plates used on the Piggy Back is the same shell plate used on the Pro-2000.

    F. Guffey
  5. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    It is mounted on a RC I believe. It has the powder drop and prolly ~10 shell plates. I've been using a RC and a lyman turret. I'm thinking this would really increase my production on 9mm, .40, .45acp, .357/.38.
  6. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Big time!! Here's my PBII with a Redding BR30 and Hornady's case activated powder drop and a Redding 10X in the background. The system that RCBS uses for the powder drop is ok but this upgrade is better.

  7. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    If I buy it how hard is it to learn to use? It looks complicated to me.
  8. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013
  9. carbine85

    carbine85 Well-Known Member

    I have one and like it. I don't reload all stages progessively. Overall it's been a good press with the upgrades and it saves some time.
  10. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member


    So I tossed the idea around for this and bought lots of componets instead. Today I asked if it was still available. They said yes. Weather permitting I'm picking up 2 of them this weekend. One is set up on a RC already w/ powder thrower and appears to be ready to load. I'm also getting a second piggyback unit unused still in the box. I have a RC press I could mount it on if I wanted. Anyway I'm getting it all for $200. Ill post pics after I set it up. Think I'm getting a decent deal.
  11. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I modified a Redding 10-X with Hornady case activated kit for use on my Pro2000 and Hornady L-N-L, the powder drop die is dedicated for each press.

    Also, I swapped out the RCBS case activated system for the RCBS Uniflow powder measure for a Hornady case activated system. The Hornady system has some features that make it more convenient to use.

    I like the Uniflow for 25-ish grain charges so I cannot justify getting a Redding BR30--yet.

    fallout mike, sounds like you are getting a good deal.
  12. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member

    New in the box, there is a parts kit that came with the press, the press that is set up will be missing the kit, I would not count on RCBS having parts.

    The kit is important because there are two primer systems, one for large primers and one for small primers, while you are there ask about any miscellaneous parts, if there is anything that will give you problems it will be the primer system.

    Take note: The Piggy Back uses a primer tube system, no shield. I use a lock out die when reloading on a progressive press, the Piggy Back press tool head has 5 positions, with enough dies you can seat on one position and crimp on another and still have room for the lock out die.

    F. Guffey
  13. carbine85

    carbine85 Well-Known Member

    Mine works pretty good. I don't use all the stages at one time. It does take some time to learn it and get use to it but all progressive presses do. Make sure you have or get the upgraded powder drop system. The original powder drop system totally sucks.
    $150 for everything sounds like your buddy is doing you a big favor IMHO.
  14. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I've read a lot of reviews of the Piggy Backs over the years. I'd estimate that the negative reviews outnumber the positive reviews by 20-to-1.
  15. grandpawj

    grandpawj Well-Known Member

    10 shell plates are worth $300. Just my $0.02
  16. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    I've cleaned some rust off since the pics. I'm not sure what I've got exactly. The smaller one is obviously a piggyback for sure.

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  17. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    The rest. Maybe someone knows if everything is here.

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  18. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    The press and powder measure themselves are worth pretty close to what you paid.

    I bought a piggyback when they first came out, but I sent it back after about the 15th time I dumped a powder charge onto the empty shellplate. Maybe the improved version is better.
  19. carbine85

    carbine85 Well-Known Member

    You need the improved powder drop system. The one you have is a pain in the butt. You did well.
  20. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    One of the piggybacks is smaller than the other?

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