RCBS seater stem

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
First off, RCBS does have one hellishly bad website. I avoid it at all costs.

Secondly. Why do I have to keep repeating myself? You DO NOT need to buy a new seater. You NEED to buy a lathe. You can then make your own and regale your family with stories of how you saved 20 bucks by making it yourself.
 

Ian

Well-Known Member
The solution is buy a lathe, some small round bar, and some 1/4"x28 all-thread rod, then turn, drill, and tap the ends required for the caliber/bullet. Make the stems about 1/2" longer than the originals so you can R&R them from the die body with your fingers instead of having to locate and use the eraser end of a pencil and a flathead pocket screwdriver to fiddle them in/out for cleaning or exchanging.
 

uncle jimbo

Active Member
First off, RCBS does have one hellishly bad website. I avoid it at all costs.

Secondly. Why do I have to keep repeating myself? You DO NOT need to buy a new seater. You NEED to buy a lathe. You can then make your own and regale your family with stories of how you saved 20 bucks by making it yourself.
I mentioned this option to the wife and I will not repeat what she said next.
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I think I will wait to find one on one of the local selling sites.
 

uncle jimbo

Active Member
Finally heard back from RCBS to day,
CUSTOM SEATER PLUGS

RCBS realizes that one plug cannot be made to fit all the different profile of bullets available. For this reason, the Special Order shop will custom build a plug to fit the profile of the bullet you wish to use.

RCBS will require 3 sample bullets, the diameter of the seater stem in the die you are having the plug made for and the caliber. RCBS makes seater plugs in 1/4x 28 and 1/2x 20. Without this information, the Custom Shop cannot start the plug, which will delay the order. The cost for the custom plug is $17.95 plus $7.50 s/h and applicable sales tax.

Please include your name, address, and telephone number. RCBS can contact you for your credit card details or you can include them with your sample bullets. We accept Visa, MC or AE.

Send the sample bullets to:
RCBS, Attn: Customer Service, 605 Oro Dam Blvd E., Oroville, CA 95965.

The process will take approximately 2 to 6 weeks to complete.

RCBS Tech/JT
Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing of orders.

605 Oro Dam Blvd. E.
Oroville, CA 95965
Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm PT
NOTE NEW TOLL FREE NUMBER
(800) 533-5000
For these prices and the time involved, I will fine a nice used set around here and mod them to suit my needs.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
Actually given the time involved with a skilled machinist and tying up a machine to make one of something I think $17.95 is quite a deal. They ain't making money on it that's for sure.
 

KeithB

Resident Half Fast Machinist
It is at best a breakeven deal for RCBS.

A 1/4" socket head cap screw has a .360-.375" diameter head. The head could be turned down and the socket bored out to make a cup for epoxy/JBWeld.
 

uncle jimbo

Active Member
I did not mean that this was a bad price, I do know that labor and equipment costs are not cheap, it is just that I can find a used set around here for less that that.
 

uncle jimbo

Active Member
Put a ad in one of the local sell/buy sites for a older used set of 357 dies Tuesday night. Got a call last night about a set and bought them today. This set is so old it came in a cardboard box. Paid 25$ for it. Had all three dies, shell holder and two bullet seater plugs. Around nose and a wadcutter plug. Set up the seater die with the wc plug and it works good. Locked everything down and now ready to go. I will put it to use as soon as I get the yard work done. Grass is very high and need to get the water system up and running. Water came into the canel on the 15th.
I was going to put some pictures of the few round I got load in the process of setup, but everyone here has seen a loaded 357 mags. 20190418_153918.jpg20190418_154117.jpg
 
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Rick

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I've got that same set. Haven't use them in years though, to spoiled on carbide and it sizes the case too small.