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RCBS rocks!

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Ironbar, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    It figures....

    After getting my press finally set up, six rounds into prepping my very cases, the de-capping pin breaks. Call RCBS, explain the problem, and with no questions asked they're sending me a new mandrel assembly and a few extra pins to boot!
     
  2. bullethead

    bullethead Orting, WA Member

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    this is typical RCBS support. I have called them on issues that were my fault, and they still sent replacement parts free of charge. Their customer service is hard to beat.
     
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  3. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    me too, totally my fault and they sent replacement parts:thumbup:
     
  4. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    Here also. I've called a couple times, and before I can even finish telling them what happen they say, "no problem, give us your address." I bought a used powder drop and it was missing the flat metal piece that allows you to mount it to the work bench, and I was going to buy it, but they said no biggie and sent me a new one of those. And every time they don't even charge me the shipping charges. I could go on and on. Totally awesome service. :thumbup:
     
  5. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Yes, RCBS customer service is hard to beat. The only problem I have ever encountered with them is with their electronic products. The electronics are only covered under warranty for one year from date of purchase. I have had RCBS replace broken parts etc.. on tools that I have used for 20 years or more even after I've told them that I've used the heck out of it. Good company that stands behind it's products and knows that it is easier to keep a customer than to go find another one.
     
  6. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've been running a Rockchucker for about a year and had no issues at all. I would say something about RCBS dies that bothers me. If you're loading HPs in .45acp you don't have a seater plug that will seat without crushing the hollow point on the bullet, some more some less depending on headstamp of the brass.

    My Lee dies in 9mm, .40 and .44 have the seater plugs cut so they contact the shoulder of RN OR HPs, not the tips of a bullet. The used Hornady dies I bought for .38/.357 ALSO have a similar seater plug as the Lee. RCBS DOES include two seater plugs in the .45acp set, for round nose AND semi wad cutters, though the wad cutter plug is too shallow to be used with bullets such as Hornady XTP OR Raineer Balistics HPs.

    I contacted RCBS and was told they would cut my seater plug to conform to my choice of bullet that I would send to them, for $21.00. This means I would need to puchase a new plug + $21.00 + shipping. That would put me over $30.00 when I could buy an entire new Lee die set for that, which is what I will likely end up doing.

    Mike
     
  7. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Can't argue about RCBS Customer Service.

    One question though, what caused the pin to break????

    In all my years of loading, I've bent one pin and it was when I tried to deprime a berdan primed case.

    For me it's not the fact that I can get free pins and de-capping rods, I hate not being able to use the die until the mail arrives.

    For any questionable brass (range pickup mostly) I have a Lee Universal Depriming Die. Solid pin, almost like a punch. I deprime all brass that hasn't been through one of my guns first then give it a good cleaning in SS Pin media. Less crap buildup in my dies that way too. The depriming pin on the Lee Die is strong, strong enough that it punched a third hole in some crapco berdan brass after I tightened the locking collet down as much as I could:cool:
     
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    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Yep, they repaired my 30 + year old 5-10 scale with new parts & calibrated. Works like new.
     
  9. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    This is the reason I recommend everyone start out with RCBS stuff... when you first start reloading you're going to break a lot of stuff, if they charge you money for all the replacement parts that adds up quick if you go with dillon, hornady or anyone else.

    As for the nose punches... honestly, nobody does a nose punch that works 100%, You can make your own using a drill press and a file and sand paper, or a lathe. The other trick, is you can use JBweld to make your own punch noses also.
     
  10. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I believe it was because I forgot to tighten down the lock ring on the mandrel assembly, thus leaving the entire assembly somewhat wobbly in the die.
     
  11. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    RCBS is good kit. But I have a little trick for you that will save money and time. Steel pop rivet pins are perfect decapping pins when cut off, buy a bag :cool:
     
  12. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I like them but Lee decapping pins are far from unbreakable and they have stopped advertizing them as such. I have broken several and have a bag full of spares, now
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Unless you crank the locking collet down to "squeak when turned" the pin/rod/expander will merely climb out of the die when encountering berdan or crimped primers. Not like the dies where the pin is in a blind hole either a chuck or a t-pin with a cap. With those, just going too fast can bend them while the lee has a safety release in the form of the slip joint at the collet. BTW, Hornady New Dimension dies are also similar although they use a "flat thread" so it can be adjusted yet still slip under excess pressure.

    I find that by just not forcing things when resistance is felt, things don't break. Now if my Son was doing it --------;)
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Maybe but mine broke on Boxer 7.62 NATO brass.. yes they were crimped and I don't remember it feeling any different since resizing and depriming those cases takes some force, anyway
     
  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yeah they need great customer service cause their dies are crap.
    I went to Redding and have done 2-3 times the rounds with their dies and guess what?
    never had to test their customer service.

    RCBS Rock chucker rocks
    RCBS dies suck.

    YMMV