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RCBS Summit Press. Good deal?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ess45, May 2, 2014.


  1. ess45

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    Did I mention free shipping. :supergrin:
     

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  2. Steel Head

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    Really good deal:wow:
    I've been thinking of getting one.
     

  3. unclebob

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    I have not looked into this press, but what is the story about it.:dunno:
     
  4. F106 Fan

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    There is an interesting video taken at the SHOT Show on YouTube.

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97_iFx70TU8"]NEW RCBS Summit Reloading Press -- SHOT Show 2013 - YouTube[/ame]

    The fact that it doesn't overhang the front of the bench and block the top drawer is a significant feature.

    Priming has to be done elsewhere. No big deal, I use one of the hand priming tools anyway when I load on my T7 turret press. I would do the same with the Summit.

    Very good price!

    Richard
     
  5. PCJim

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    I'm sure it is a good press, although I'd still prefer an "O" framed single stage as there is much more strength in the design. You can't beat the price though for a new press.
     
  6. ess45

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    Here is another video of the press.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoDgBdGYd4"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoDgBdGYd4[/ame]

    When I got this press, there was a slight side to side play of the die plate (white colored part), but this was easily fix by tightening the 2 guide screws at the back of the die plate.

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    Primer disposal is a big plus.
    Can be use like an arbor press with arbor die conversion kit.

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  7. Colorado4Wheel

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    My buddy broke his in less then a week.
     
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    Plus you can get back $10.00 with the RCBS mail in rebate.
     
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    Let us know how it works out for you.
     
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    If it was Zombie it don't count. He breaks everything.
     
  11. ess45

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    I agree that the O frame single stage is a better design.
    This press is not meant to replace the Rock Chuker but as an option for those who doesn't want an overhung, those who wants an open front design (like the T7), those who wants the dies that moves up and down, you can look at this press as a single stage version of the 1050. :supergrin:
    If I were to choose between the Summit and Rock Chuker II, I would still choose the Rock Chuker II despite it's primer disposal problem.
    I don't really need another single stage press (I have 2), the deal is just hard to pass. :supergrin:


    What part of the press broke? Very interested to know.
     
  12. Steel Head

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    Please post a follow up after you use it a bit, I'm looking for a compact SS to replace my lee hand press for 223/5.56 rounds and maybe a 308 based round in the near future.
     
  13. ess45

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    Will do, but give me some time. I have yet to mount this press.
     
  14. PCJim

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    Come to think of it though, it may have a useful purpose in being a somewhat portable press. Using "C" clamps, it may be more suitable than a standard "O" frame for taking it to the range for some reloads "on the fly" so to speak.

    Regardless, will be interesting to get your feedback.
     
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    Apparently he broke the handle to press junction. Some sort of insert in that area. I would be curious to see a more detailed picture of that area.
     
  16. ess45

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    Another video.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i9phIfc0SE"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i9phIfc0SE[/ame]
     
  17. F106 Fan

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    I can't imagine loading either of those rounds in any quantity on a SS press. Nevertheless, you might want to look at the Redding T7 Turret Press. It is a SS press that just happens to hold 7 dies on the turret. I suspect the toolhead could be arranged to hold the dies for both calibers along with a powder measure.

    Early on, I bought a Ponsness-Warren MetalMatic P200 turret press for loading .38 SPL and .45 ACP. It worked very well. But it was just too slow to keep up with competitive shooting.

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJWWxWzm0Rc"]Ponsness Warren Metalmatic P-200, an uncommon pistol reloading press - YouTube[/ame]

    Never underestimate the utility of having all the dies mounted to a toolhead and pre-adjusted.

    Richard
     
  18. ess45

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    No insert in this area. Anyway, was it replaced by RCBS?

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    Interesting. Yes, they replaced it. I guess he broke that big piece it goes into.
     
  20. ess45

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    To those who are interested in getting this press.

    Something to consider in mounting the press.

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    A is 10.5 inches

    B is 23.5 inches

    Probably more comfortable to use this press in standing position.