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RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press

by RCBS
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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  • Rock Chucker press frame provides a full four inches of ram-bearing surface to rigidly support the one inch diameter main ram
  • Handle is made of solid steel and features a comfortable ball-type handle grip
  • Outstanding strength and versatility, the Rock Chucker Supreme is ideal for the beginner and pro alike
  • Can also be upgraded to a progressive loader with the addition of a Piggyback - 4
  • Specifically for heavy-duty reloading, case forming, and bullet swaging
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Product Description

The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press has been designed specifically for heavy-duty reloading, case forming, and bullet swaging. It is engineered to handle the largest and longest magnums down to .17 caliber. The compound leverage system of the Rock Chucker Supreme Press can full-length resize cases with less effort than other presses neck size. Using RCBS Case Forming Dies this press will form .30-06 cases into many other calibers. By combining the famous RCBS block “O” frame with the compound leverage system, the Rock Chucker Supreme will develop work pressure that would spring other presses out of alignment. To insure alignment under these pressures, the Rock Chucker press frame provides a full four inches of ram-bearing surface to rigidly support the one inch diameter main ram. The compound leverage action is similar to that of a power punch press. As the handle pressure increases, the leverage is compounded, building up a maximum work pressure in the main ram as it travels the full length of the stroke. The toggle block, links and pins are engineered to withstand the punishment of heavy-duty reloading. The handle is made of solid steel and features a comfortable ball-type handle grip. The Rock Chucker Supreme Press has standard 7/8-14 thread for most popular reloading dies and accessories. Kit includes: Press, handle, primer catcher, handle nut, Primer Arm, large and small primer plugs and sleeves, and coil spring.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 7.3 x 6.4 inches ; 19.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000N8LJ22
  • Item model number: 09356
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,566 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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First please keep in mind that I have been loading since about 1975 or so, both metalic and shotshell for competitive shooting as well as hobby, custom loads for a variety of antique arms, as well as obsolete ammo and even a few nitro express cartridges, and have a tremendous amount of experience at it. I had owned a basic RCBS Rock Chucker for the majority of my low-volume loading for 35 years. The one issue I had with it was that for my 470 and 450 nitro express, both 3 1/4" cases, I had to remove the seating die to take out the finished cartridge. A bother? Yes. A big deal? Not really, I probably shoot them 2 or 3 times a year between them.
One day, a friend at the gun club said his son was looking to get into reloading, and would I sell any of my gear. I had just read about the larger-frame Supreme and decided, sure, I'd sell mine and buy one of the new ones. Big mistake. Nice looking machine but clearly not as well made as my vintage (and mint condition, never a spot of rust) RC of old. Not a big deal, the leverage it used was superior to my old machine but then I saw the "priming" device. A joke. Absolutely embarrassing. I was shocked that RCBS would put this fragile, poorly designed piece of junk on this new super-press of theirs. The old system was fine, worked well, the primer feed worked reliably for the thousands of rounds I loaded on it. From what I read in reviews, the new auto primer (another $80 and I havent' seen one in person to decide if it's worth it) is not great. If they had the old primer system on the new press, it'd have received 5 stars from me; it's rugged and strong, but again, I'm amazed that someone approved this design. I still have not used it and deeply regret getting rid of my old maching. Wake up rcbs!!!
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I wish it had been my first. I still have my Lee Single Stage, that I have used for many many years to reload 30-06 cartridges. It got the job done, but for larger magnum cartridges it cannot withstand the forces required. A buddy of mine, actually broke his Lee attempting to resize/reload a Weatherby 378 cartridge. This RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme is a HEAVY weighing, heavy duty press. At what I guess is 5 times the Lee's weight, this press is the run away winner in quality vs. cost.

-- Update --

In setting this up, I found that the locking nut for the handle was wrong, smaller and with coarse thread. RCBS was quick to respond and sent out the correct nut. 5/8-18 and now it is perfect.
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I love the press, great leverage, easy to use. A quick change bushing would be a very simple but very nice addition. The primer catcher designer must have been hungover that day or never really used it. Not very user friendly and throws primers all over. The primer catcher that is sold as an accessory is even worse, maybe 30% actually land inside the tray. Very nice press but a quality company like RCBS easily could have made this flawless.
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This press is what it should be with the reputation it has. Its beefy cast iron with solid components including the ram and ambidextrous handle which I appreciate as a lefty. I'm new to metallic reloading and am actually getting into casting at the same time so I'm learning both. So far I've used this press to resize about 3000 cast .45 bullets with a Lee resizer, deprime 400 cartridges with the Lee universal decapper and resized about 150 .308 all without fail. One disclaimer, mount this to a sturdy bench as its essential, my bench top is 3" solid oak.

Now the bad part, the primer catch on the old Rock Chuckers from what I've heard was pretty good, the new one is pathetic at best. Of the 2 plastic locating nubs that are supposed to fit into detents on the cast body of the press only the left actually fits, the right one "kinda" fits which deforms the catch a bit. Some solve this by drilling out the body, I haven't yet. My catch is lucky if it catches 1 of 5 primers, the rest collect at the base of the ram and have to be swept into one of the side collection bins by hand. Then the catch is wedged in there so tight with the 2 nubs its nearly impossible to remove when full. Its got a wonderful spring effect that sprays primers all over your shop upon removal. I plan to shave down the plastic nubs or cut them off entirely and see if that helps.

Another small gripe is that they only supply 1 primer arm with 2 primer cups for small and large primers. It wouldn't be so bad if it were an easy swap but it isn't, you'll see. I complained and they sent me a second arm. A good way for them to cheap out on a $.25 part.

If this had a better catch it would be an easy 5 stars but I can't as it sits especially when the old catch is rumored to have worked so well. It's almost as if they had a new idea but totally skipped the R&D phase and went straight into production without testing.
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I have a hand primer and no use for the one on the press. I like the speed and accuracy of the hand primer. I rigged my own spent primer catcher. The press it self is a thing of beauty. and the second best out there. Only one better is a Forster, and I will not spend that kind of money for a single stage press. This is the best buy for the money.
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I got this press in a few weeks ago and I've used it quite a bit. I've had an old RCBS Jr since the early 70's and the ram is as snug as it ever was but after tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition loaded through it, it was self polished so smoothly that the handle would fall driving the ram up which was not only aggravating but could result in pinched fingers. The handle of the old press sticks out away from the press at an angle so it could fall and was also somewhat in the way when not actively using it. The handle of this press lays back toward the press so it won't fall from it's own weight and it's out of the way. The Amazon photo shows the press leaning forward, not the way it's actually mounted so it's a little misleading. I got a Forster press a couple of years ago and it's also a great press but, without a lot of boring detail, I needed a conventional press for some jobs including some large cased cartridges. This one is well made and well finished. At least at one point, my understanding is that the casting for the press was done in China and the rough casting was machined and finished in the USA. I don't know if the casting is still made in China or not. The press was labeled made in USA. In any case mine is well finished and operates smoothly. It's a big, solid press - honestly probably overkill if you're not loading some fairly large cases. It makes for a long stroke of the handle to raise the ram. Incidentally one gripe I've heard of this press is that the casting is so sorry they have to put in a steel insert to screw the die into. Not so. That black insert is a reducer or adapter for the standard 7/8" X 14 TPI dies. Screw that adapter out and the press will take the 1 1/4" X 12 dies for cartridges based on the 50 BMG cartridge.Read more ›
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