View Full Version : 12 ga. loader

March 30, 2011, 06:01 PM
I acquired a 12 ga. loader today. It seems as if everything works. I can't find a name on it anywhere but the man who owned it was a dentist who shot skeet pretty seriously so I think it is a pretty good quality loader. Anyone recognize it? Also shown is pic of another piece of equipment that I believe might be for loading rifle/pistol. What is it?

March 30, 2011, 06:24 PM
The green one is part of a "RCBS Rockchucker" press... but its missing a number of parts.

You can do a search online and find the Rockchucker press --- and yes, its used for handgun and rifle calibers .....but in its current condition / with rust, etc ( its a boat anchor ) in my opinion.

I have no clue what the other press is ....

March 30, 2011, 07:49 PM
Is that an old Texan reloader? Looks to be missing the bottles

March 30, 2011, 08:16 PM
Looks like Texan Model M-something to me. Being set up for a lefty makes it look a little different.

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March 30, 2011, 11:05 PM
Looks like it might be a seriously abused Texan Mark IV. I think.

MANUAL (http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIREARMS/texan_m_iv.pdf)

They were good presses. Over-engineered and built like tanks. Company is long out of business, no parts available.


March 31, 2011, 06:51 AM
It is definitely missing the bottles. Everything works. Does this thing have any value?

March 31, 2011, 11:09 AM
If its an old Texan ....and I haven't seen this model, if it is .....but in terms of values, it has some value as parts to someone - maybe ??...

...but in general, in my opinion, we're back in the - it has some value as a "boat anchor" category .../ but if someone were to offer you $ 20 for it, I'd suggest you take it...

April 1, 2011, 08:51 AM
The third picture is a RCBS Jr press. If it was a RockChukker it would have toggle linkage on it. All in all it is a very nice press.

April 1, 2011, 10:47 AM
There are a lot of different models of the Rockchucker press out there ... and you can see some of them in this ebay link...


this link is also handy for you to see what parts your press is missing - and I'll defer to others on specifically which model it is ..

You can buy a Rockchucker Press - complete with all the parts - and little if any rust - at any gunshow I've ever been to for under $ 50 ( and have at least a dozen of them to choose from).

At my gun club it seems like once or twice a year ---someone brings in a box of old reloading stuff ..( take whatever you want ) with a variety of Rockchucker parts / and sometimes a press in there... / and on Sunday afternoons at a gunshow ...you might walk away with one free ...or certainly under $ 20 with some accessories ( a guy that drug a bunch of them in there / sure doesn't want to lug them back out to his truck at the end of the show). At my local show last month ...there was a table that had at least 6 of them for sale...

April 1, 2011, 10:55 AM
I gave the Rock Chucker to the owner of our local gun range. Along with 50 lb shot, misc primers, all kinds of different powder, some was from Herters dated 1971. My nephew says that he wants the Texan. The same person that gave me these things says that they have 2 more loaders in their attic and they were mine for the taking. I have an old Lee hand loader that my dad and I used for reloading. We loaded thousands of rounds with this thing and it fits in your pocket. Accuracy? Not so much but...good enough for doves and ducks. The Texan is quite a machine though. I can see how you could reload a large quantity of ammo in a very short time.

April 1, 2011, 03:17 PM
The Texan machines have their fans...

but these days - 90% or more of the shotshell reloaders I know - use MEC machines...


MEC makes something for everyone's budget ...and personally I use the MEC 9000-HN hydraulics in 12ga, 20ga, 28ga and .410 ....and they're great machines, very consistent loads and crimps. But I started almost 50 yrs ago on a MEC 600 Jr as I recall...then moved up to some of the Grabber models - and then several yrs ago went to the 9000-HN's ... The 9000 HN's will easily put out 20 boxes or 500 shells and hour.


April 1, 2011, 03:43 PM
The MEC machines have two great things going for them, they work well, and they are well made.

April 5, 2011, 12:12 AM