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RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit

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I just purchased the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit.

I have never reloaded. If anyone has any advice or tips they will be greatly appreciated.

I plan on loading .40 S&W to start off with since both me and my son both have Glock 22s.

I don't have a Die set yet. So if anyone knows of a place to get them cheap. Please let me know. Or if you have a set you are not using and you want to get rid of it. :yup:

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Read several books on reloading basics. Load on the low end of the charts following the recipe exactly. Get someone who has experience to guide you. Double and triple Check you work and go slow to start.
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Bass Pro shop is showing they have a rebate on RCBS dies, but my computer keeps booting me out when click on it. Don't forget to order shell holders with your dies. With your set up, I would get two shell holders that way someone could size/decap and some one could prime at the same time.
I wish I could reload for my G22, but my chamber is a little generous and bulges my cases to badly. I don't even try to reuse brass from my G22 in other guns.
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Take a class, find someone knowledgeable, digest anything you can find on reloading and be patient and thorough.... and use a string on the first round :)
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Get at least two reloading manuals. Good candidates are those offered by Lee, Hornady and Lyman. The Lee book in particular has a great section on all the elements of reloading offered in an instructional style.

Start in small batches, maybe just 10 rounds, and evaluate your loads for function and accuracy. Pay attention to the overall length of your loads, as that will affect internal pressure as well as how well they feed in the guns. Go slowly, and minimize distractions (e.g., turn off the TV). Mistakes can be costly!
Out of stock :frown:
Thanks I will look into the Lee Manual.
Good advice. Didn't know there was a reloading class.
Will look into it!
Reloading isn't rocket science, but it does take attention to detail and consistancy. It's a simple procedure that must be followed to avoid accidents. Manuals are great for getting your started, but if you can hook up with another reloader as a mentor, your knowledge will gain in leaps and bounds. RCBS is great equipment, by the way. When I replace some of my antiquidated equipment, I usually opt for RCBS when available. Their CS is exceptional.
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Am I guessing you got the RCBS manual (probably 14) with your press. That is also a good source. Being that you are an former Echo Whiskey, I feel confident you will be able to follow the manuals.
... I don't have a Die set yet. So if anyone knows of a place to get them cheap. Please let me know. Or if you have a set you are not using and you want to get rid of it. :yup:

You stand the most chance of loosing fingers, or eyes, if there are any serious errors, so, unless you have too many of either, don't go looking for the "cheapest" anything.

Definitely get some reloading manuals. If you are dead (pun intended) set on going cheap, then go to your library and get reloading manuals through your library. Another source for good loading information is the manufacturer of whatever powder you decide to use. Hodgdon, Accurate and Vihta-Vouri all print very good information concerning their powder.

You said you plan to start with .40S&W. You have picked one of the most unforgiving rounds to start with. BE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE MANUAL'S LOAD RECOMMENDATIONS. .40 cal is a high pressure round and there are many instances where a very slight variation from proscribed loads can be dangerous.

Good luck, and enjoy yourself. I have been reloading pistol ammunition for a long time and I find it very relaxing.
You will have plenty of time to read, as the components are hard to find. Good luck! I have a bunch of parts, but missing many that I need to get started as well.
As it's already been said, start slow and pay careful attention to the steps and directions, and always start on the minimum charge and work up. Often times you'll find that your weapon will have a sweet spot somewhere between the min and max numbers and there's no reason to load hot if it reduces accuracy. The .40 round is a high pressure round, so it's very important to keep a close eye on brass for any signs of wear or overpressure.

Welcome to reloading!
You can also get videos from RCBS and Lee that are really good - some people learn better that way, heck get both.

Get some Hornady One Shot case lube - works great and you don't have to clean it up later. Read the directions and spray it at a 45 deg angle on each side of the cases.

After you fill up a loading block full of cases that have powder in them, take a couple of seconds and visually inspect them with a flashlight to look for any differences in the height of powder in the cases - btwn the light and seeing everything consecutively, it's easier to spot variations in powder charges, including missed and double charges.

Wear safety glasses each time all the time.

If you think you messed up, pull everything apart and start over - better to redo an hour's work than fire an unsafe round.
Yup, my wife and kid came into my reloading room to print some pictures (it's an office too). I double charged one round and forgot to put the primer in the other. I'm easily distracted and they don't understand. Good thing I caught the double charged case. If I'm loading a lot of light target rounds where its mostly pulling levers over and over it's easy for me to make a mistake from the monotony... I got to stop and realize that I'm not trying to make ammo in record time.
Thanks for all the info guys! I really appreciate it Very helpful!
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