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RCBS Grand reloader

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dale58, Apr 23, 2011.

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  1. dale58

    dale58 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about buying a reloader. Don't know much about this machine. It is up around $1000.00. How does it compare to a p/w? Thanks. Dale
     
  2. kraiza

    kraiza Active Member

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    Get the PW. I have a friend that has a Grand RCBS and had nothing but part that broke or worn out parts. RCBS will replace everything for Free, but the down time and constance repair made him get a PW.
    I have a PW and a MEC. No trouble with aether one.
     
  3. ABH

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    I have two Grands and am very pleased with them. Rarely does a part break and RCBS is tops in customer service. I have never owned a PW, but I have owned two Mecs. There is no comparison between Mecs and the Grand. I think that the Grands are up to about $750 now.

    ART H.
     
  4. Proofdoubles

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    Had one once and it was very difficult to adjust when changing hull brand, etc.
     
  5. b12

    b12 Well-Known Member

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    I bought a used one. I called rcbs and told them what I bought and some parts I needed.Man I had the parts in a few day and some also that was suggested along with what I asked. I was willing to pay they said no the loader is good for life regardless who owns it. Once I got everything going I don't have enough shells to reload. I run out to quick of empties. Left with to much time on my hands so I go shoot more just to reload. 1000.00 is way to much. I love the one I got. Wild Bill
     
  6. Barkingspider21

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    Got mine from Midway USA a few months back for $699.00 plus shipping. Great loader love it. Woody Sullivan
     
  7. Bill Hom

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    I have 2 Grands now. I got the first one not long after they came out. had some minor problems and found out that no company has better service. After the learning process of any new tool, I find it extremely easy to do any minor adjustments. I also have 3 MEC machines collecting dust. The only MEC that is kept busy is my 410 Grabber. I have had a PW 500 machine that I found to be a back breaker and the primer feed was always screwed up. I hated it. My friend has a Spolar that impresses me, but way out of my price range. I personally believe that for the money,the Grand can not be beat. Bill
     
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    Got mine at Gander Mountain for 599 plus the $50 rebate. Have had it for six months and love it.Really not that hard to adjust and easy bushing changes. Made a bushing adaptor to use mec powder bushings also. So far no broken parts.
    Ken
     
  9. John55

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    Have used one for almost a year now, got everything running nicely after intitial problems. I'm happy with it and doubt seriously I'd ever go back to a MEC.
     
  10. Jim Porter

    Jim Porter Well-Known Member

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    Had one since the beginning. Also have three PW's in various models. Load on all three but if I had only one loader, it would be the grand. they give far more flexibility when working up loads. Have absoutely no problems when changing hull brands. In fact that is one reason I would choose the Grand over the PW's. You can bet that if someone had problems with one, it was not properly cleaned. Re-claimed or over graphited shot was probably the problem. After about 3000 rounds it is a gooid idea to give it a wipe down and blow out. They hate dust and grit just like the PW's. Mec's are great but are set up with more forgiving tolerances than the Grand, Pw's and Spoilers. The broken part usually spoken of is the shot and powder shut off gate and I think they are $.60 each. I had problems when trying to load re-claimes shot (yes it was cleaned) and there was still enough grit to bind the shutoff plate. I bought six extras and went back to new shot. Have loaded about 15,000 rounds on the current parts with no problem at all. CLEAN!!!
    Primer feed can be assured if you cycle the drop bar by hand to preload about five primers in the tube. Like every loader I have ever seen, get in the habit of looking to see if the primer dropped. On the Grand at least it is in a location where it is easily seen.
     
  11. late bloomer

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    I have an RCBS Grand that I bought the first year they came out. The only problem was very early the wad guide fingers broke. They changed the wad guide and I haven't had a problem since. Once you get it set up correctly, it just goes and goes. I have a MEC that I bought before the grand.The MEC is good, it just isn't the quality of the Grand. The ability to remove shells from any station is a godsend. The service is outstanding. Even when I did something stupid and said it was my fault and I would pay for the part, they refused to charge me.

    Terry Sandlin
     
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