Rolled my first! RCBS master kit...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by grit, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    I got the rockchucker supreme kit for christmas. Yesterday the wife was off on erands all day. In the morning I bedded two actions. Then I built a reloading bench, and set things up.

    The press:
    Press was exceptionaly easy to set up. Bolt it down, attach handle.

    Redding Dies:
    Extremely easy to set up, no problem.

    Powder measure:
    Required a thorough degreasing. Took me a minute to figure out the adjustment screw fell out the feed tube. I used varget, for a 223. I set the drop about 27.3, then trickled to 27.5. Seemed to throw consistent charges. One could probably forego the trickling. I didn't see much correlation between the numbers on the adjustment screw, and the amount that dropped. Just in the neighborhood.

    Hand priming tool:
    There's a little shelf inside the tool the push rod hung up on. Took me a minute to figure this out. The redding shell holder didn't fit. There's a chamfer on the bottom of the shell holder. The redding's chamfers are smaller than the rcbs chamfer. I opted to buy rcbs shell holders, as I wasn't sure if they were the same thickness.
    Once I got it put together, it worked very well.

    Scale: Couldn't get any easier than this. The magnetic dampening is very nice. I was able to set the charge on the scale, and trickle up to 0 without a pause.

    I didn't get the first batch finished until after dark, but I had to try them. Off I went, with target and little brother to hold the spot light. It was raining sideways. I set the target at 100, rested on a coat over the hood, and squeezed the first me- made round off. Maybe just a tiny flinch (I've never been so aware of the proximity of a chamber to my face!!). 50 grain v- max hit about a 1/4 high. Next shot hit about a 1/4 low. Then I settled down, squinted at the rain, and put the next three in the same hole! Didn't measure, but maybe 1/4".

    Anyways, it was a lot of fun. Time for some ladder tests. Anybody do ladder tests for handguns? Or are the barrels short and stiff enough to make this pointless?
     

  2. Jimm

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    Hot dog !!!

    Grit you are officially ruined /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif Great Christmas gift as well !

    I laughed at the part about the " Grit " reloaded rounds proximity to your face .

    Well, good loading and better shooting are on your way , May the Lord bless ,

    Jim B
     

  3. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    I loaded first handloads for my .357 today. Good hell, what's all the space for? Three charges? A fella could get killed.

    All went well. Loads grouped well.
     
  4. Jimm

    Jimm Writers Guild

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    Grit ,

    I don't know if others do it but I use a flashlight to look in each and evey freshly powder chargerd case to verify proper charge before /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif I seat a bullet .

    Good shooting ! , Jim
     
  5. tylercleary

    tylercleary Well-Known Member

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    This should be on everyone's reloading bench (over 40)...


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    Inspecting cases and adding light where you need it...


    Tac


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  6. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    The light's good advice. I seated a bullet as each case was charged.
     
  7. sniper2

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    Choose a powder that will fill the case more! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif