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RCBS jr. 2 press question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SPU, May 17, 2014.

  1. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    I picked up a used RCBS Jr. 2 a while back and I'm doing a rustoration. I got the set screw unfrozen that (I am pretty sure) holds the primer cup and spring in place on the arm. I need to find a small primer cup at some point to complete it. But my question today is how do I get the large primer cup off. I know from some research the Jr's were all basically the same, but some primer cups pulled out and some screwed out. This one doesn't seem to want to do either. Is there a trick or am I missing something obvious?

    Thanks.
     
  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    If you push back the guide collar the lines up the primer, there should be a hole that goes sideways that allows you to unscrew the primer stuffer-inner. If you call RCBS they will usually send you free replacement parts.

    In all honesty, I've found the priming arm to be one of the slowest ways to prime brass imaginable. Get a hand priming tool, or a ram-prime.
     
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  3. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Thanks. As I said I'm just doing a rustoration to preserve some old machinery. Maybe my kid or somebody else's grandkid some day might be able to use it. Currently it is my third press and counting in a short personal history of reloading. I prefer priming with my safety prime, and I picked up a hand primer in this deal I'm going to try. But since the jr. came with the primer arm and a tube feed kit, I thought why not?

    I'll try your suggested procedure today. Many thanks.
     
  4. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i used the jr 2 priming arm for years until someone told me to get a hand primer. hand primer is waaaay faster. i keep my priming arm set up on my press just incase i need to prime like 1 case real quick or somethin
     
  5. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  6. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    The old primer cup is frozen and I can't get it out. Can I ask the advantage of the universal primer arm over calling RCBS and getting another stock item from them? Just curious if there are advantages. And thank you for the idea.
     
  7. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    According to the parts manual, 09550 is used with several RCBS presses, hence the label universal.
    If RCBS sends you another one, you are golden.
    If not, my link to sportsmans-depot is a source for the RCBS parts.
    BTW, my RCBS primer arm un-screws.
    Regards
    Rick (another old fart):D
     
  8. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Thanks Rick,

    My primer cup mechanism on the arm is frozen. I found a neighbor who owns one, and he couldn't get it out even after I soaked it in penetrating oil, so it isn't just me using the wrong method to get it out. I'll call RCBS and see what they say, and my backup plan will be the universal arm. I did not know about that part, so I'm grateful. Sportsman's Depot was out of stock, but a quick Google search found another. Many thanks, old fart.

    :)
     
  9. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    RCBS customer service is sending me a new universal arm kit 09550 free of charge.
     
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  10. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Yep, I like RCBS too!