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Not long after I wrote this review, and having shared the same concerns over the negative aspects with RCBS, I was contacted by one of their people. ...
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RBCS SUMMIT

by John Leho, from United States, OK Written on July 21, 2014
Received press and set was so easy, my son and I couldn't be happier. This press gives new meaning to decaping and sizing. Bullet alignment perfect. I cant say enough about this new press. NO PROBLEMS and we have loaded 5000 308 and 2500 223 not to mention several thousand 40- 45s . Not tired and able to go shoot in the afternoons....
Would recommend: Yes
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Update to my earlier review

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 2, 2014
Not long after I wrote this review, and having shared the same concerns over the negative aspects with RCBS, I was contacted by one of their people.

Some of the issues with the setup instructions have been acknowledged. A new manual may be included with newer production. They are addressing the lack of QC on factory assembly
I expect some new parts soon to address the "slop" issues with the top casting and column fit.

After using the press for several hundred more loading sessions I've found this press to produce the STRAIGHTEST sized .308 cases. Straighter than any other press or die system (hand dies) I've used in 40+ years of hand loading. The last 100 sized cases measured LESS than .0005" TIR. That works.

I cut the bottom out of the primer catcher cup, added a long piece of vinyl tube to it, and now the primers all fall into a collection can under the bench.

This is one fantastic press now. I've raised my rating on all but the setup. It's a little more time consuming than an old Rock Chucker but worth the time spent.
Pros: same as before
Cons: fewer than before...
Would recommend: Yes
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RCBS Summit Press-Great Press lousy assembly.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on January 20, 2014
I was totally excited when I ordered this press. At last a press that was built like I thought a solid reloading press should be. No "Knee Knocker" under the bench, no primers spread over the floor, and the shell holder is easily accessible and visible.

The unit I took out of the box took me half a day to do the work that should have been done in the factory before shipping. Every nut, bolt, and set screw was loose. The machine work itself was beautiful but the center column, where the upper pivot casting is mounted, was undersized. Had to finally shim it in order to stop the flex that was causing the bolts holding it to loosen up during operation.

I have the skills and ability to cure this so I won't waste the money sending it back to RCBS. I merely added some shim stock to fill the gap. For those that don't have any shim stock then just clean out the casting with laquer thinner, wipe the mating surface of he column with wax and use some J-B Weld to fill the gap. When it hardens there'll be NO gap or movement and if the pivot has to be removed the wax will keep it from bonding to the column. Hopefully RCBS will recognize this problem and "tap the machinist on the shoulder so he can stop turning the column so small.

I love the press, just don't care for the carelessness that was apparent when finishing this one before shipping.
Pros: Solid construction, Easy to use, Produces Straight Cases, Easy to maintain, Great Primer Catch feature
Cons: The Facto...
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