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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2018, 02:19:20 PM »
Rockchucker has standard 7/8-14 threads.  Most makers dies fit.

What are you loading for?   2 die set for bottle neck rifle, three die set for straight wall cases like pistol or 45-70.

Buy a quality digital caliper similar to the one shown below.   An old Vernier or dial caliper is likely worn out, especially if has been in a weldors hands.


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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2018, 02:36:20 PM »
I just thought of another invaluable piece of equipment.  A bullet puller. 

I used one like this (link).  It works, but is a pain compared to the one I picked up a couple years ago:

grip-n-pull

It works really nice.  Sometimes you just want to pull a bullet and that tool makes it so easy.  :twocents:

Won't that grip-n-pull bugger up the bullets.

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2018, 02:42:09 PM »
I just thought of another invaluable piece of equipment.  A bullet puller. 

I used one like this (link).  It works, but is a pain compared to the one I picked up a couple years ago:

grip-n-pull

It works really nice.  Sometimes you just want to pull a bullet and that tool makes it so easy.  :twocents:

Won't that grip-n-pull bugger up the bullets.

Not really.  But I think it really depends on the bullet and caliber.  I've pulled 30 cal bullets and you could hardly tell they had been loaded before. 

Other times I tried pulling .224 dia bullets and there really wasn't much bullet exposed because of how deep they were seated.......I ended up not being able to pull some of them and the ones that did come out were kind of messed up.  For those I ended up going with the old style puller and pulled them.  But I never had a problem with .277 or .308 bullets.
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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2018, 10:38:26 AM »
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Regarding your squib, or bullet in the barrell concern.  I would offer this advice. I've now loaded for about 10 years and done single stage and progressive loading of various rifle and pistol. Eventually,  you will screw up and only prime that case,  no powder. Trust your rounds but if ot goes pop and not bang just stop. Stop and check. I have had one squib....it was in 45acp. I remember clearly.  Pulled the trigger, it went pop and did not cycle. I, by habit, racked the slide and prepared to fire. Finger on the trigger my brain registered the difference. Ejected the mag, locked the slide back, layed it down. I keep a dowl in my kit....yup...round in the barell. Drove it out with the dowl and called it a day.

Like others have mentioned,  you can assemble match grade stuff with basic equipment. Good luck and enjoy the process.

Ok roger. That would be a pain in the ass on an elk hunt or something I’ll have to make sure I’m damn careful to load powder.

I’ll be loading for 7mm Rem mag. I also have a 308 and a 338 but the 7mm was the gun I wanted to start shooting long range with.

Digital calipers sound easy to use I’ll have to look into it. Had the flu the last few days and my mind hasn’t been on anything else but laying here lol

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2018, 11:01:01 AM »
I've done a lot of 308 and am just now gearing up for 7mm rm as well. Read up on collett die to remedy case bulge. I doubt you will have issues lacking powder on single stage loading. Keep us updated.
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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2018, 11:26:19 AM »
I just thought of another invaluable piece of equipment.  A bullet puller. 

I used one like this (link).  It works, but is a pain compared to the one I picked up a couple years ago:

grip-n-pull

It works really nice.  Sometimes you just want to pull a bullet and that tool makes it so easy.  :twocents:

I like the press mounted pullers better. I use the RCBS one:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/680804/rcbs-collet-bullet-puller



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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2018, 11:39:04 AM »
I just thought of another invaluable piece of equipment.  A bullet puller. 

I used one like this (link).  It works, but is a pain compared to the one I picked up a couple years ago:

grip-n-pull

It works really nice.  Sometimes you just want to pull a bullet and that tool makes it so easy.  :twocents:

I like the press mounted pullers better. I use the RCBS one:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/680804/rcbs-collet-bullet-puller

 :yeah:

Just remember to also purchase the correct collet so you don't get home and realize you have the bullet puller with no collets.....they are caliber specific.  It is what I use and it works amazing. 

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2018, 06:59:25 PM »
I have a hornady cam lock puller, it works great especially if you need to pull a bunch of bullets at a time.
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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2018, 01:41:33 PM »
My bullet puller is a set of lineman pliers.  Might be a waste of money with having to trash bullets.  As far as dies go, I always get the Redding full length bushing die with micro seating.  Ditch the expander after first sizing to uniform dents. Depending on which brass your run, you’ll most likely end up with a .310 or .311 bushing.

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2018, 05:26:10 PM »
When seating bullets do it in steps - seat a lil - release - turn bullet a third - repeat til done.  Reduces runout.

After trimming brass and champfering  (inside first then outside)  polish brass face by putting steel wool inside 1/2" socket in your drill-driver and holding brass to it at drill speed for a few seconds.   Evens out bullet seating. 

Watch the lube consistency when full length re-sizing - the amount of lube can change things a lot.

Hand primers and de-cappers can improve your results and better tell you when brass is ready to be scrapped.

Don't worry too much about tumbling brass - your best accuracy will likely be from un-tumbled brass.  Steel pins clean well - maybe too well.  Carbon in the necks can = consistency.  Nylon brush or 0000 steel wool in neck and wipe off outside with a brass cleaner and good to go. 

Shoot at 200-300 yards initially to test loads,

Test your bullet jump !

Most load improvements on first time re-loaders come from shooting improvements not the ammo !




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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2018, 09:11:39 AM »
I've been reloading 7mm rem mag for a few decades now, and  I have pretty much  all the different tools and gauges and probably a few I don't need.  If you ever get in the Maple Valley area, you can bring some basic components and we can do some reloading.

I have lots of brass you can have, along with a set of dies I don't use anymore.

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2018, 05:26:12 AM »
I've been reloading 7mm rem mag for a few decades now, and  I have pretty much  all the different tools and gauges and probably a few I don't need.  If you ever get in the Maple Valley area, you can bring some basic components and we can do some reloading.

I have lots of brass you can have, along with a set of dies I don't use anymore.

Man that’s generous I appreciate it! Hogslayer offered to show me the ropes too. Part of me wants to dive head first into it all but the other part of me wants to just find a good load for the gun make up a few hundred rounds and call it good.

Do you guys always load off the lands or sometimes is the bullet actually in the lands? Does factory ammo always touch the lands?

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2018, 06:58:51 AM »
For hunting I would stay off the lands - start at .010 off and work out.  Factory ammo is generally well off the lands but also crimped commonly.  Pressure increases when you start getting on the lands so reduce load accordingly.

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2018, 09:05:01 AM »
I like to start around .010 off the lands, then seat deeper to tune after finding the best charge.  Makes it really easy to do a range, seat all the bullets out and bring a hand press with a seater die installed.
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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2018, 09:41:45 AM »
I've been reloading 7mm rem mag for a few decades now, and  I have pretty much  all the different tools and gauges and probably a few I don't need.  If you ever get in the Maple Valley area, you can bring some basic components and we can do some reloading.

I have lots of brass you can have, along with a set of dies I don't use anymore.

Man that’s generous I appreciate it! Hogslayer offered to show me the ropes too. Part of me wants to dive head first into it all but the other part of me wants to just find a good load for the gun make up a few hundred rounds and call it good.

Do you guys always load off the lands or sometimes is the bullet actually in the lands? Does factory ammo always touch the lands?

Roscoe offered to help me a few years ago.  Now we are still friends and have hunted together numerous times.  He has my old 7mag dies.  We live pretty close and shoot together. 

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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2018, 05:10:53 AM »
I stay away from anything that needs a battery. 
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Re: RCBS Rock Chucker
« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2018, 05:48:39 AM »
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