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    RCBS RS press

    I got an old rusty RCBS RS press yesterday.
    Took it apart and it's soaking now.
    What is an RS press?????
    Looks a little smaller than a RC.
    Still looks strong.

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    Reloader special. I have a RS-5 that came in my first metallic reloading kit. I think it is cast aluminum or an alloy, not steel. Have loaded a lot of ammo on it.

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    I've got one of those. A good press for handgun ammo. Get a carbide resizing die if you'll be loading straight walled cases (.38, 9mm, .44, .45 etc...)

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    This one is metal.
    It's a little rusty.

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    I have an RS3 that I started using in the early 80s. Mine is steel/iron & still works great.

    G'luck with the cleanup! I think you will like it if all goes well for ya getting it cleaned up!


    And.... If by chance you end up not liking it, & you decide to part with this one in the future, I would likely be interested in it.
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    This must be an old one. It doesn't have the screw in bushing for the different size dies.
    Only the 7/8" hole.

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    I no longer have a Reloader Special but the last one I had was cast iron.As far as know none of the older RS's had a screw in die bushing.They are good presses for normal reloading.

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    Very good press that can be found at reasonable prices.

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    Cleaned it up some. Not as bad as i thought it would be.
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    My RS-2 is an aluminum frame and no cut for primer feed tube attachment.

    It's always good to get a neglected tool up and running again.

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    The older ones, like that one and mine, are basically a cast iron RCBS JR-3 with RS written on them, instead of JR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    This one is metal.
    It's a little rusty.
    Just a side note, pretty sure aluminum is a metal, too.
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    That one looks identical to my JR model.
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    That's because it's an RS 6 model.

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    My RS is my first press. Stamped 78 on top. It's still on my bench, next to the Redding T7.

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    I've always wondered what RS stood for.
    Now I know. Reloaders Special.

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    Reloader's Special had a better marketing ring than did Junior Reloader.

    Back when I first started loading, by buying one, RCBS packaged these presses and all of the basic essentials, including a coupon for your choice of a die set for common cartridges, in one big box. All of these years later the single thing from that big box that isn't still used and valued as a good to great loading item is RCBS case lube; which is awful, sticky, indelible, messy, and case denting goo.
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    RCBS case lube = STP rebottled. Buy in 55 gal drums, rebottle, and tripple the price. Good business model.

    When I ran out I put STP on my lube pad. Same result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Smith View Post
    RCBS case lube = STP rebottled. Buy in 55 gal drums, rebottle, and tripple the price. Good business model.

    When I ran out I put STP on my lube pad. Same result.
    A little of that stuff goes a very long way , sort of like using Imperial sizing die wax , just don't use a lot .

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