A Nice Winter Project

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Freebore, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    At a gunshow yesterday I picked up these four RCBS "A" series presses, they date from about 1949 on up. there are two "2A's, an "A", and a pre-A model with no designation. All are fully functional. The second press I ever purchased was an A2 and I still regret selling it, but I guess this makes up for it as the A series are getting harder to find. I find it hard beleve that one guy had four of them...?

    These will be completely rebuilt and refinished over the winter

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  2. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Press on the far right; is the "attachment" on the left side a part of the mounting system or ??

  3. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    thats pretty cool! cant wait to see them refurbed.
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I know you will do a beautiful job on them!! Be sure to show the finished results.
  5. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    The mounting bracket on back of this press is actually part of the press itself and not an add-on, This is the first RCBS press I've seen with this kind of attachment. In the pic below, look at the toggle assembly (also a first for me). This press has a reversed stroke whereas pushing down on the handle lowers the ram.

    All four of the presses have Orville, Calif on the front of the castings, the only reference to RCBS is found stamped into the top of this one (RCBS Pat. Pend.).

    My guess is that this is a very early version of the "A" series and somewhat rare, because of this, I may not refurbish it, but rather just give it a good cleaning.

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  6. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    Other picture of mounting assembly

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  7. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    Just completely finished rebuilding the RCBS A press.........the old girl never looked so good

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  8. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    Absolutely awesome work Freebore keep it up! Someday you 'll let us in on your "secrets" to such fine rehab work? Very nice.
  9. Lee C.

    Lee C. New Member

    Feb 3, 2010
    Antigo Wi.
    Very nice work Freebore, it looks like new.
  10. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    That looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! Nice Job!
  11. bucksnducks

    bucksnducks New Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Great job Freebore! Looks like a new one.
  12. jdon72

    jdon72 Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    wow...that is amazing. If I see any in the future, I will send them to you to refurbish.

  13. Man you do great work. I'd love to find some old presses like that. I really like old equipment of almost any kind.
  14. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Chouteau, Oklahoma
    Thanks for posting, I always enjoy seeing your handywork, keep the pics coming!
  15. Suicide*Ride

    Suicide*Ride New Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Golden, Colorado
    You're an ANIMAL!! :D How many hrs. do you have in this last refurb? & what kind of paint do you use?

    I've got a thing about rescuing old presses too & this next week I'm thinking about having a go @ that old Rockchucker I was telling you about. I tried to get it from my Brother, but as soon as I showed any interest in it, he figured that it's got some sort of hidden value :rolleyes:, & now will have it buried w/ him. As it sits now, it's only a rusty paperweight.

    I would have to agree! IMHO, someone wanting to build a period era display would pay more for an un-restored press.

    Speaking of displays..... when are you gunna post a few pictures of your collection? That's me assuming that you have them all set up & ready to use. Whenever you show off another finished 'project', I save the pictures in my "Reloading" folder. ;)

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
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