RCBS rebel plus reloading kit review

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Rebel Plus Reloading Kit is a great product that you can get right to work with. Its main advantage is that it contains many items in the kit, even such as six die lock rings, a case loading block with a case slick spray lube, primer pocket brushes, an advanced powder measure stand, case neck brushes, a hand priming tool, deburring tool and more. Let’s take a closer look at this RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit.

The RCBS Rebel Reloading Press

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  • Heavy Duty cast iron frame with wide base for extra stability
  • Biggest O-Frame opening of any standard size RCBS single stage press
  • Machined qualified surfaces for tight tolerances
  • Bottom of Ram Primer Ejection, Ambidextrous handle

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Simply taking the reloading machine out of its box is an easy exercise. The frame made of cast iron is stronger and comes with a bigger mounting platform, which makes it more durable, stable, and resistant to flex, but at the expense of being heavier.

The weight is around 22 pounds which is 22% more than its predecessor RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press. Similar to its predecessor, the new press comes with an O frame with an open-access opening of approximately 4.5 inches.

The simple comparison of the presses in a row illustrates the strength that the press has.

Base

Another great feature is the wider and lower base, in contrast to other Rock Reloading Presses that have chuckers. The flat base is wide enough to provide plenty of hand rest space to allow for easy case switching and improves the strength and stability of the machine.

Primer

If you initially look at the press, you’ll be able to see that it doesn’t have an on-press primer system. It’s a very thoughtful exclusion because many like we hate the hassle to insert a primer by hand on the primer arm, eventually end up using the bench primer or a hand priming tool.

Also, the primer that has been ejected is now pushed down the ram beneath the press. A small space to collect all the primers that have been ejected directly behind the ram could be perfect. This is a significant improvement over Rock Chucker’s primer-catching system, which was not very efficient.

Hand grip

The ambidextrous hand grip has great leverage, and in conjunction together with the fitting of zerk to the ram to make it easier to lubricate making use of the handle to reload bulk is not difficult for strength.

Bushing

The bushing is standard 7/8 14 that can be removed and substituted with Hornady’s Lock-N-Load or Lee Breech Lock quick die changing system.

This RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Press is a durable piece of equipment and this RCBS rebel press can teach your kids the fundamentals of loading.

RCBS Rebel Reloading Kit

The RCBS Rebel press comes in two different Reloading Kit. It is available as the Rebel Master Reloading Kit, and the Rebel Plus Reloading Kits are the most robust reloading kit that includes more items priced higher but also some essential items.

The items shown below are included in both the RCBS Rebel Master Kit and RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit.

The Reloading Press.
Uniflow III Advanced Powder Measure. Most updated and the tight tolerances ensure consistent loads.
Hand Priming Tool.
Reloading manual.
1,500 Grain Digital Pocket Scale for those accurate charges.
Universal Powder Funnel.
Two case neck brushes and Primer Pocket Brushes for both small and large cases, which are attachable with a handle (included) for easier operation.
Deburring tool.
Universal Case Loading Block.
Case Slick Spray Lube.
Fold up Hex key set — accessory handle.
Powder Trickler.

Apart from the mentioned items above, in addition to the items mentioned, Rebel Plus Reloading Kit comes with additional items. Below are the items listed:

An advanced powder measure stand, for the Uniflow — III.
Pow’r Pull kit — containing collet for all sizes of bullets. This is one of those must-have tools for beginner reloaders.
Stainless steel Calipers — 6-inch stainless steel calipers for precision reloading.
Six die lock rings.
Shell holders set containing #3, #4, 10, #16 & #27.

This RCBS Rebel Plus kit is one of the kits that come with a nearly complete set that can be used to begin the process of reloading. The only items lacking are the consumables (projectile powder) and dies, as well as the case trimmer and an encase tumbler.

Setting up the Rebel Single Stage Press

Before setting up the press, ensure you have the following products prepared.

2 3/8” bolts long enough to cover the entire thickness of the bench press and the nuts as well as the washer.
9/16 open-end wrench was used to fix the handle in the correct position.

After you have your product set up, you’re now ready to start making the press. It’s quite simple actually.

Determine the distance between cutting holes for the mounting. and drill holes into the bench by the measurement.
Make use of the bolts of 3/8 inch to hold the press in the correct position.
Fix the handle by screwing it on and holding it in place. Tighten the nut beneath with the 9/16 wrench.
Slide into the shell holder into the ram.

Then you’re all set to utilize the press for refilling.

RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit Review in summary

Your children will claim, “this is the same press my granddad used for precision reloading”.

Pros
  • The durability of any reloader will outlast its lifespan.
  • A larger base means greater stability and more hand rest space.
  • Lifelong guarantee on the part of the buyer.
  • Standard O Frame with 4.5 inches with clearance.
  • The handle is ambidextrous, and it’s designed with every Reloader.
  • The system can be upgraded using Lee or Hornady’s fast bushing system.
Cons
  • Relatively Expensive.
  • There’s no on-press priming.
  • No quick die-changing system.
  • Relatively heavy (22 lbs).


WARNING: This Rebel Plus Reloading Kit can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.


Author - Hans Wimberly
Hans-Wimberly - the owner of Gearsadviser
When I`m not spending time with my beautiful wife and great 3 children, you will find me reloading ammo, doing sport shooting, or talking with my friends about (oh, yeah!) guns.

Read more about me here.

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