Calguns.net  

Home My iTrader Join the NRA Donate to CGSSA Sponsors CGN Google Search
CA Semiauto Ban(AW)ID Flowchart CA Handgun Ban ID Flowchart CA Shotgun Ban ID Flowchart
Go Back   Calguns.net > INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES > Ammo and Reloading
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Ammo and Reloading Factory Ammunition, Reloading, Components, Load Data and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-25-2020, 7:19 PM
Brad H Brad H is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 46
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default RCBS Rockchucker Ball Diameter?

I know that this is an odd question but could someone measure the diameter of the black ball at the end of your RCBS Rockchucker Press?

I have an older model with the shagadelic green handle instead of the ball and I would like to retrofit it with a ball.

I contacted RCBS and the will sell me one for $35 (New handle with ball), but the shipping would be an additional $38. That seems like a lot just to have a new handle with a knob. I don't fault them I am just cheap.

I looked online and I can get tool handle knobs from 1" to 3" for a few bucks. So my thought is that I will buy one and thread the end of my shaft to accept it. But I don't know the diameter it should be.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-25-2020, 7:42 PM
rg1 rg1 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ky.
Posts: 253
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

1 7/8"----1.875" Same size knob on my Rock Chucker and Big Max presses. Must be a standard size.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-25-2020, 7:45 PM
smoothy8500's Avatar
smoothy8500 smoothy8500 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,372
iTrader: 16 / 100%
Default

I had an old pool table ball and installed it. That little RCBS ball is kind of small. You'll need a 3/4" drill bit, the green "bicycle handle" isn't threaded.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg RCBS Press.jpg (38.7 KB, 30 views)

Last edited by smoothy8500; 03-26-2020 at 6:47 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-25-2020, 7:56 PM
rg1 rg1 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ky.
Posts: 253
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Didn't check the threads. McMaster-Carr has a lot of "ball handles" cheap.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-25-2020, 8:40 PM
bigbossman's Avatar
bigbossman bigbossman is online now
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gone.......
Posts: 3,990
iTrader: 119 / 100%
Default

I put billiard balls on all my press handles. Needed to drill and tap the balls....but all the handles are already threaded.
__________________
Always looking for vintage Winchester and Marlin lever action rifles. Looking to sell? Know of one for sale? Drop me a line!

"Give a conservative a pile of bricks and you get a beautiful city. Give a leftist a city and you get a pile of bricks."
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-25-2020, 8:56 PM
Brad H Brad H is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 46
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Thanks for the replies I really appreciate it.

I think that I will start with the 1 7/8ths ball and see how that works.

McMaster is where I planned on getting it. They are my go to for this type of stuff.

Thanks again for the help guys!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:31 PM
alland alland is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Hanford
Posts: 432
iTrader: 16 / 100%
Default

I bought a 1 7/8 ball with a 1/2-13 threaded brass insert on ebay. Chucked the handle in my lathe and threaded it. It is now much more comfortable in use.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:32 PM
sigstroker sigstroker is offline
Calguns Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: not in CA
Posts: 8,547
iTrader: 7 / 100%
Default

I got a roller handle for my Dillon. More comfortable than a ball.

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-26-2020, 10:29 AM
RNE228 RNE228 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,557
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Aftermarket roller handles are available for Rockchucker

https://inlinefabrication.com/produc...eloading-press

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012768618

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-Rock-Chucker-!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by sigstroker View Post
I got a roller handle for my Dillon. More comfortable than a ball.

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-26-2020, 11:04 AM
'ol shooter's Avatar
'ol shooter 'ol shooter is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SoCal
Posts: 3,646
iTrader: 88 / 100%
Default

Weird, a couple years back they sent me one for no charge, postage included.
__________________

Bob B.
(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-26-2020, 11:29 AM
jimmykan's Avatar
jimmykan jimmykan is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 2,402
iTrader: 103 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 'ol shooter View Post
Weird, a couple years back they sent me one for no charge, postage included.
Times they are a-changin'...
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-26-2020, 12:39 PM
Elgatodeacero Elgatodeacero is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 473
iTrader: 1 / 100%
Default

You probably don’t need 10, but here are some nice wooden balls.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DI747CI...osi&th=1&psc=1

Just drill hole and coat ball in Tried & True Danish oil or something similar.

You can also get smaller balls, and egg shaped pieces.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-26-2020, 1:09 PM
bigbossman's Avatar
bigbossman bigbossman is online now
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gone.......
Posts: 3,990
iTrader: 119 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sigstroker View Post
I got a roller handle for my Dillon. More comfortable than a ball.

I have a roller handle on one of my presses. I prefer an oversized ball, so I outfitted all my presses with drilled and tapped billiard balls - fits my hand better.

Different strokes..... (no pun intended!!)
__________________
Always looking for vintage Winchester and Marlin lever action rifles. Looking to sell? Know of one for sale? Drop me a line!

"Give a conservative a pile of bricks and you get a beautiful city. Give a leftist a city and you get a pile of bricks."
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-26-2020, 3:14 PM
divingin divingin is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 798
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by smoothy8500 View Post
I had an old pool table ball and installed it.
First thing I thought of, too.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-27-2020, 7:55 AM
bigbossman's Avatar
bigbossman bigbossman is online now
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gone.......
Posts: 3,990
iTrader: 119 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by divingin View Post
First thing I thought of, too.
Just for fun:





__________________
Always looking for vintage Winchester and Marlin lever action rifles. Looking to sell? Know of one for sale? Drop me a line!

"Give a conservative a pile of bricks and you get a beautiful city. Give a leftist a city and you get a pile of bricks."
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-27-2020, 1:06 PM
divingin divingin is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 798
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Those look great, Boss!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-T337A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-27-2020, 1:48 PM
ar15barrels's Avatar
ar15barrels ar15barrels is offline
I need a LIFE!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Van Nuys
Posts: 47,877
iTrader: 103 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brad H View Post
I know that this is an odd question but could someone measure the diameter of the black ball at the end of your RCBS Rockchucker Press?

I have an older model with the shagadelic green handle instead of the ball and I would like to retrofit it with a ball.

I contacted RCBS and the will sell me one for $35 (New handle with ball), but the shipping would be an additional $38. That seems like a lot just to have a new handle with a knob. I don't fault them I am just cheap.

I looked online and I can get tool handle knobs from 1" to 3" for a few bucks. So my thought is that I will buy one and thread the end of my shaft to accept it. But I don't know the diameter it should be.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Mine still has the shagadelic green handle and I never even though to change it.
McMaster Carr has 2" diameter thread-on ball knobs for between $3.68 and $5.52 depending on the thread size.
__________________
Randall Rausch

AR work: www.ar15barrels.com
Bolt actions: www.700barrels.com
Foreign Semi Autos: www.akbarrels.com
Barrel, sight and trigger work on most pistols and shotguns.
Most work performed while-you-wait, evening and saturday appointments available.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-28-2020, 8:31 PM
Brad H Brad H is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 46
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

I ended up getting a knob from McMaster, I think it was about $6 and about $5 shipping. Turned the end down on the lathe and threaded it and I am good to go. It feels a lot better than the shagadelic handle.

Now that I am sheltering in place at home, I have been reloading a bunch. So it is nice to finally replace the handle. It only took me 20 years...

Thanks for all the help and suggestions.

I attached before and after pictures.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Press_Before.jpg (97.4 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Press_After.jpg (94.4 KB, 12 views)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 8:41 AM.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Proudly hosted by GeoVario the Premier 2A host.
Calguns.net, the 'Calguns' name and all associated variants and logos are ® Trademark and © Copyright 2002-2020, Calguns.net an Incorporated Company All Rights Reserved.
All opinions, statements and remarks made by Calguns.net on this web site and elsewhere are solely attributable to Calguns.net.
Tactical Pants Tactical Boots Tactical Gear Military Boots 5.11 Tactical