Subscribe via RSS Feed

RCBS Pro 2000

Filed in Articles, Choosing a Progressive Press, RCBS Pro 2000 by on June 20, 2011 1 Comment • views: 6790

In the “Which Progressive Press Should I Buy” quest, today we look at the RCBS Pro 2000.

I really like this press and it is currently my second choice, with my first choice being the Hornady LnL AP. It is a simple press.  It is a strong press. It’s frame or body is cast iron, while both Hornady and Dillon use cast aluminum. The RCBS Pro 2000 is priced more than the Dillon 550B and Hornady LnL AP but less that the Dillon 650.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dies mount in an inexpensive Die Plate, designed so that you would have one for each caliber with the dies mounted in it.  Changing calibers then consists of pulling two pins, sliding out one die plate, sliding in the other, and dropping the pins back in.

The powder measure is pretty bullet-proof.  It’s the same one I currently use with some added mechanical linkage and a micrometer adjustment.

PROS:

  1. Five Stations. The more stations available, the more flexibility you have.  For example, reloading pistol cartridges can easily consume all five stations:
    – Station 1: Size and de-prime
    – Station 2: Powder
    – Station 3: Lockout die (to verify proper powder charge)
    – Station 4: Case neck expansion
    – Station 5: Bullet seat and crimp
  2. Simple press with a small footprint. Using the Accessory Base Plate (about $50) it’s easy to stow the press when not in use.  For those of use with limited space, this is a big plus. And unlike of of the other progressing presses, the Pro 2000 is compact enough to actually make this feasible.
  3. APS Priming System. Inarguably the safest system available today. Primers are first pressed into little plastic strips referred to as APS strips. The strips are then fed into the Pro 2000 one after another.  Each strip holds 20 primers.  Multiple strips can be snapped together.  The Pro 2000 comes with a neat little tool for loading primers into the strips.  You can also by CCI primers preloaded in the strips, usually without paying a price premium, After reading numerous forum messages about other presses and the troubles with flipped primers, missing primers, jammed primers, primers inserted sideways, etc,  The APS system seems very attractive.
  4. My current press is an RCBS Rock Chucker, so there is some brand loyalty and product familiarity. I’ve called RCBS Customer Service multiple times and they are super helpful.  They have a no-questions-asked replacement warranty.  Several times I’ve called to order a part and offered to pay for it because I felt that it was my fault.  They always sent the parts at no charge.
  5. Optional Bullet Feeder. I don’t know if my reloading volume would ever get to the point where I would need it, but it’s nice to know it’s available.
  6. Inexpensive easy caliber changes. Shell plates and die plates are cheap and swapping them is easy. Changing primer sizes is about three easy steps.

CONS

  1. Though it is a five station press, the powder station is fixed and is on the press instead of the Die Plate. This reduces the flexibility somewhat.
  2. APS Priming System.  Yes, I  know this was a ‘pro’ too.  My impression is that having to load up the primer strips is a somewhat tedious process.  Note that this could be a false assumption on my part, as I’ve never actually done it.
  3. No Case Feeder.  If I need to step up to a higher volume, I’ll probably go with a case feeder long before a bullet feeder.

SUMMARY

This is a solid, well-built press from a company I have lots of experience with. Before I make a final decision I want to actually try loading some primers into APS strips.  If this task turns out to be far less tedious than I imaging then I could easily end up buying a Pro 2000.

Here is a report of one reloader’s experience with the Pro 2000 after reloading 150,000 rounds with it.

Here is a great forum post about some really useful modifications to the RCBS Pro 2000

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. taoist53 says:

    Con #1. You can mount the powder measure where ever you want. You are not limited to just the press die hole.

    No case feeder is available for the RCBS 2000 AP that I am aware of regardless of manufacturer.

    Bullet feeder is available from RCBS and others.

    How much faster do you think the auto case feeder would be over you hand placing it?

    The bullet feeder would definitely speed things up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *