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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Dad and I are looking to get into reloading, mostly 9mm, .243,.223 and .45-70.he would also like to load for his .32 ACP, Anyways I've heard good things about RCBS kits, anyone on here use one? We're buying a few books first to get an idea of what we're doing.
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I have and love an RCBS Rock Chucker - one of the old originals. It is a great press to learn hand loading, and with reasonable care and maintenance will likely outlast your children (although I've heard some say the quality of the current made in China presses isn't as good as the older made in the USA presses.)

In general the kits are a good way to get everything you need to get started for a reasonable price, though you could likely save a bit if you were to buy used.

BTW, good on ya for getting some books to read and understand what you are getting into. I like the Lee and Lyman reloading books in particular, plus once you get started I recommend having the books from each bullet manufacturer you plan to use. (Powder manufacturer data can be found on their websites for free generally.) You'll also find videos on the equipment manufacturer's websites that can help a lot if you don't have a hand loading friend / relative that can act as mentor. And, many times local gun shops will have hand loading seminars on occasion, so keep your eyes out for those as well.

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The Rock Chucker kit was the best piece of reloading equipment I've ever purchased. I have had numerous other presses and, at one time, had several presses mounted on my bench so I could have a "poor mans' progressive" station. That phase came and went, but the RC has never moved. Mine gets used for reloading and case forming .32 Miller Shorts.

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I started with the kit and have been quite happy with it. I added a tumbler is all.
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1.) Kits are excellent, have the basics, and then some, to help you get started.


2.) Kits are economical, containing more NEW products than each can be purchased separately.


3.) Kits do not have ALL of the components necessary to make rounds. You will still have "stuff" to buy following the purchase of a kit (i.e. projectiles, cases, powder, primers, reloading dies, other?).


4.) Regardless of old or new, RCBS equipment is guaranteed for LIFE - yours, not the equipment's.


5.) If anything GREEN (= RCBS) ever bends, breaks, chips, or galls, whether you "beat it with a stick" or by itself, call RCBS Customer Service and they WILL replace it, including shipping, free of charge to you, no questions asked...and they actually don't mind if you tell them truly that you beat it with a stick.


6.) JustaShooter is correct. Used Equipment is cheaper.


7.) Used equipment should be completely functional. You should ask before you purchase. Regardless, it is still guaranteed by the manufacturer (transferable through ownership) for the equipment's life, which is practically indefinately!


8.) However, with Used Equipment you first have to know the equipment you need. That takes a certain amount of experience. You have to take time to find used parts and pieces advertised on the Net. You have to negotiate prices, often on multiple sites. You pay multiple shipping fees (more likely than not). In the end, you get exactly what you bought and no more. Better have a good Mentor to advise you.


9.) The Kit might get you farther ahead in a shorter time.


10.) Come here and ask a million questions. Perhaps you will ask some that have not been asked a hundred times before. It doesn't matter that it has been asked. It is better to ask again. We'll be kind and respond with our opinions, cross referencing, experience, and you can bet if one of us fails in our response, THIS BOARD will correct that right fast.


11.) We at GBO are ALL ABOUT dissimination of truthful and accurate information concerning our collective hobby. Some of it is insight gained from bad experience, which is good experience for the rest of us.


12.) We want you to succeed and enjoy this rather than the alternative.

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I started with a used Rock Chucker.. it hasn't aged a day in 15 years. RCBS is a great company. When I moved I lost the handle to my RCBS Trim Pro. I called asking if I could buy a handle, answer was no, it was in my mailbox about three days later at no charge. Most of my dies are RCBS and I have had zero problems with any of my RCBS equipment. Start slow, double check each operation and have fun shooting what you loaded with your own hands.
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You aren't going to get any bad reviews on the RCBS kit. I'm not a fan of any one manufacture and my bench is "Rainbow Colored" (not LBGT though!). I have 4 single stage presses, one turret press and one Co-Ax, all from different manufacturers. My dies are the same as is most of my 1.31 metric tons of assorted reloading tools (they have a tendency to reproduce). I don't care for kits as I prefer to research and purchase each tool separately, and usually as I need it.

But as others have already noted, you won't go wrong with an RCBS kit (but don't get into being a "one manufacturer is the best, all others junk" thinker, all makes will make excellent ammo)...

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All I can say is you can't go wrong with RCBS. The majority of my reloading equipment and dies are RCBS, but like mdi, I also have die sets and equipment from Hornady, Lyman, Dillon, and Redding. I also have a universal deprimer die, and a crimping die from Lee, along with Lee case trimmers.

land_owner is correct in saying, a kit is probably the best way to get started. If your like the rest of us, you will end up buying all sorts of stuff, that you'll eventually discover you need.

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My "insanely clean" reloading bench (photo from 2015) is colorful too with RED (Lee), GREEN (RCBS) presses, GRAY (Pact Digital Scale), and SILVER (PatMarlins RockDock , which I was in the process of setting up). Many of the my off-bench supporting equipment pieces are BLUE (Franklin Arsenal).

By the way, RCBS literally stands for Rock Chuck Bullet Swage http://rcbs.com/Company/About-Us.aspx and is headquartered below the tailwater of the Orville Dam, CA.

In retrospect, were I "just getting started", a kit would be my Eye Candy, knowing what I know now and wished I had known then.
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Land-owner, that's a good use of Rock Docks. I only have room for one, but the system works quite well for a few presses and one spot on my bench...

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