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Attention RCBS Rock Chucker Owners

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by deadshot2, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Probably one of the most widely used and solid presses out there has been made better by, believe it or not, a competitor.

    Hornady makes a conversion kit to allow the use of their LNL Die Bushings.

    All that one needs to do is unscrew the large steel bushing from the top of the frame, insert the LNL adapter, and a great press is even better.

    I stumbled on the kit one day and since I've installed it I wish I'd gone looking sooner. I can now leave all my dies preset and change from sizing, expanding, seating, or even a collet puller die in a quick "unlock, remove, insert, lock, movement. Literally no more "screwing around".

    044099-LNL-conv-kit-pkg.jpg

    Best $20 I've spent lately.:cool:

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  2. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:
     
  3. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    Thank You
     
  4. TKevlar

    TKevlar Eugene, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    I have a Hornady LNL Single stage and just recently bought a used Rock Chucker press. This was the first thing I did to it.
     
  5. tdocz

    tdocz Beaverton Member

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    Thanks for the info. I have an old RC have recently started using. I will look into purchasing this conversion kit. I also have an xl650 I have used for years, but I wanted to get back into single stage loading. This kit seems to be a way to streamline the die changing process. Is it that much of an upgrade on the classic?

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  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Not familiar with the "Classic". This conversion kit works with any press that has the adapter bushing in the top of the cast frame that reduces the hole from 1-/14" to 7/8" like the threads on the die. The bushing was used to reduce wear on the threads of the casting as one is always threading in, and out, the dies.

    For my press the "upgrade" consisted of finding a wrench large enough for the hex on the bushing. That was the biggest problem and in the end I just opened the jaws of my Vise Grip to remove the bushing. To install the new bushing, with the locking lugs, just insert a die in a quick change bushing, tighten the lock nut, then put the removable bushing about half way into the new adapter in the top of the press. Tighten both with the wrench used to tighten the die lock nut.
     
  7. tdocz

    tdocz Beaverton Member

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    Hmm. My old rock chucker doesn't have a bushing on the top of the frame. It already accepts 7/8" dies. I will do more research before I commit to buying this conversion kit. I had assumed that the kit allowed for rapid changing of dies.

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  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    According to the RCBS Parts Diagrams, both the RC and RCII use the bushing to "make" the press accept the 7/8" dies.

    The old Partner and Special presses, some had the bushing, some didn't.

    Here's the "Parts Drawings".

    http://www.rcbs.com/downloads/Parts_Book.pdf
     
  9. tdocz

    tdocz Beaverton Member

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    Since the press was given to me, honestly I don't know if it is a partner model or otherwise. I just assumed it was a classic base model. Wow, I have some homework to do.

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    tdocz Beaverton Member

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    According to the diagram, I have the classic press press. But my press accepts 7/8" dies. Strange indeed.

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  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    If you can't use the quick change bushings, then just invest in some Forster split lock rings or something similar. When you adjust your dies, the split rings lock tight into the threads and don't allow for any change in adjustment until YOU want to. Then just put a little anti-seize on the die threads. They'll spin in and out of your press with little or no effort after the initial effort to loosen.

    Maybe you could swap it with a "collector" for a later model RC with the removable threaded bushing.