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03-18-2006, 02:08 PM
I bought an RCBS Rock Chucker at a gun show today for $45. It appears to be in good shape. It was an impulse buy as I was buying some other stuff from this guy and he just casually mentioned he'd give me a good deal on my choice of the used rock Chucker presses he had. So the question is how good a deal did I get? And no I don't want to sell it.
03-18-2006, 03:09 PM
A new one will cost you about $115 .
If in good shape I would say you did good .
I have 2 mounted on the reloading bench .
1 is 15 years old and the other is ?? I bought both used and they both still work great .
If you take care of it , your grand kids can use it to teach their kids to load ( if they leagaly still can )
03-18-2006, 04:31 PM
Mine has seen heavy use all of its life, it still just as good as a new one. Under the die bushing is the year of MFG. Mine is 1970, thats 36 years and still humming right a long. 45$, Thats a good deal for a quality tool!.........Buck
charlie / sw mo
03-18-2006, 08:50 PM
i have one i think i picked up around 70. my house burned down on it in 87--i cleaned it up and it is still giving good service. (its black now) i converted it to the hornady lock and load system. im allways amazed at what i learn on these lists--didnt know there was a mfg date on them --ill have to check that tommarow
charlie in sw mo
Four Fingers of Death
03-19-2006, 04:19 AM
Guess what I'll be doing when I get home from work tomorrow? Standing on my head looking for the date. I bought it new in 1981 from memory, so probably then or a year earlier. I had a bit of paper with the ladies name that checked it, I can't remember her name, it will be back home somewhere I never throw that sort of stuff out.
We will all be posting our dates tomorrow no doubt! :-)
Good luck with a top tool, mine has had heavy use all the time I have owned it. I keep the ram lubed with graphite grease and it looks like a new machine when I clean it off. I wouldn't mind a few grease nipples though (probably not necessary).
If you load a lot of pistol rounds on it, keep your eyes open fpr an old 'case kicker.' I bought one of these after reading a test report in a yankee gunzine. I rushed off to the shop and siad order me one in pronto! Old John King just smiled and took one down from the shelf. I didn't like it at first and put it away and pulled it oout a few years later. It is excellent on short pistol cases and really speeds up the process.
03-19-2006, 07:24 AM
50 bucks is the going rate for all the used RC;s I've seen so you did good.
Mines from the early 80's and never even hinted at a problem. Wish I couls find another RC for 50 bucks...
03-19-2006, 08:36 AM
I was at a garage sale several years ago and was leaving when I happened to spot some green boxes on a table with clothes. It was RCBS stuff---cant remember what all but there were some dies(I think 2 sets),a powder trickler,primer feed tube attachment kit,reloading blocks and it was $7. It was all stacked and tied in a bundle. I was paying for it and noticed on top of the bundle were the instructions for a Rockchucker. I mentioned to the GUY(don't want folks thinking I took advantage of a widder) that he must have already sold the press. He said I forgot to bring it,it is at my house(he had stuff in his friends garage sale at friends house). He said he only lived couple of blocks away and would have his wife bring it if she could find it. I asked how much? He said I'll just throw it in. Shortly she arrived with the press and I was a happy camper.
03-19-2006, 08:37 AM
Nice pluck, Nelson!
Not only a good deal, but, in my completely biased opinion, the best single stage press made. Mine is well over 30 years old, with several hundred thousand rounds through it, and I'm about to do 40 more on it this afternoon. It's up to right around freezing in the shop for the first time since late October. :-D
03-19-2006, 09:09 AM
At the Big Reno Gun Show there is a table where the seller specializes in used reloading equipment and moulds. It is always my first stop. Usually there are three or four Rockchuckers priced at $60-70. Not bad, considering new price and RCBS's forever warranty.
I'm waiting for a report on the differences for the new RC Supreme with its longer stroke. Its appearance has tempered the enthusiasm for the older ones just a little.
04-08-2006, 06:05 PM
bough my rockchucker press in mesa az. 1979 vintage
been married 27 years both going strong:-D
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