The cornerstone of the majority of reloading operations around the world is the RCBS Rock Chucker Press, and if you are new to reloading, the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit may be the best way to jump in with both feet. With the kit, you get most of the materials needed to start immediately. With just the Press, you are expected to own the other aspects already or have the means to acquire them separately. Let’s take a look at each.
RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit
The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit is a reloading shop in a box and includes the following:
- RCBS Rock Chucker Press (also sold separately, see below),
- 505 Reloading Scale,
- Uniflow Powder Measure,
- Hand Priming Tool w/small and large primer plugs,
- Case Loading Block (holding approx 40 cases in most rifle and pistol calibers),
- Deburring Tool, Hex Key Set (0.050″, 1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 7/64″, 1/8″, 9/64″ and 5/32″ keys),
- Case Lube Kit (2 oz bottle of Case Lube-2, case lube pad, 2 case neck brushes for .22 and .30 calibers),
- Powder Funnel (.22 and .45 caliber),
- Chamfer and Deburring tool
- and a Speer Reloading Manual.
The kit does not include reloading dies or shell holders. Aside from those parts, the only other piece of equipment to get this RCBS reloader into action is the RCBS Mounting plate, which is the best method to mount the RCBS reloading press to your reloading bench.
It is hard to beat a Rock Chucker Press when it comes to a single-stage reloading machine. My own Rock Chucker was at least 20 years old when I got it, and it has served me well for the past 20 years. It’s our pick as the best single stage reloading press available.
To operate the RCBS Rock Chucker, you correctly mount it to your bench. I recommend a corner spot for maximum stability. Once mounted, you insert the shell plate and install the depriming die. After a few minor adjustments, you can remove the spent primers from your brass. When complete, you can use the hand priming tool to rearm the cases with new primers and add powder. This is followed by seating the bullet and crimping it in place with the crimping die.
|The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit contains everything you need to start a reloading setup. The included accessories are made with quality in mind and built to last several lifetimes. Installation is fast and easy and can be accomplished in minutes. Many helpful YouTube videos share the setup process from start to finish if you are more of a visual learner rather than from the written word. The usefulness and versatility of the Rock Chucker press ensure that it will not be a wasted purchase should you decide to upgrade at a later date. It has a lifetime warranty for home reloaders which many brands cannot compete with. The RCBS Rock Chucker Press at the heart of this setup will always be there to perform any given task, regardless of how mundane or specialized it may seem.
|If there is one downside to the Master Reloading Kit, it does not include mounting hardware of any kind nor the accessory mounting plate. Even without the plate, RCBS does not include mounting hardware, which is understandable given the size disparity between reloading benches. However, it requires another trip to the hardware store, which takes that much time away from setting up your RCBS Reloading Press. I would like to see this piece included with the RCBS Reloader Kit and would be willing to pay the extra money for the convenience of truly being ready to go from the start.
RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press
As an overview, this Press is for tough reloading, case forming, and bullet swaging. The RCBS block “O” frame that many are familiar with, complemented with the compound leveraging system, can put enough working pressure to resize cases effortlessly that would likely put other presses into a stupor. It comes with the Press, ball-type handle grip, primer catcher, handle nut, primer arm, large and small primer plugs and sleeves, and coil spring. You can expect 4 inches of ram-bearing surface to support the 1 inch diameter ram.
If this lives up to your expectations, it can also be upgraded to a progressive loader by adding a Piggyback 4. Please find out more at our full review of the finest single stage reloader here.