“BIGGER IS BETTER” Resonates for New RCBS Reloading Tools


RCBS Chargemaster Lite

When it comes to reloading, we are always looking for tools to make our lives easier. Whether its making a step automated or cutting out some extra, precious time in the whole procedure. So when new tools hit the market, most reloaders investigate them intently to see if it can improve their personal setup.

The new RCBS Chargemaster Lite definitely fits into the category of efficiency. The storage cylinder holds almost one full pound of reloading powder, has an LCD touchscreen, and is very compact. Whether you are loading handgun calibers or pumping out .50 BMG loads, it can dispense charges from 2 grains to 300 grains with an accuracy of +/- 0.1 grains. You also get a simple cleaning brush and 2 calibration weights.

This powder dispenser will take up hardly any room on your reloading bench, but stores enough powder where you will not be constantly “topping it off.” The RCBS Chargemaster Lite will MSRP at $299.

RCBS also rolled out a new Vibratory Case Polisher. This brass cleaner stays consistent to the motto of “bigger is better.” RCBS expands on that thought:

It shines up to 14 pounds of brass/media at one time with aggressive vibrating action. A quiet motor powers the cleaner, and a sifting lid helps separate brass from debris. Quality handloads start with quality brass, and the Vibratory Case Polisher delivers.

The Vibratory Case Polisher retails for $125 – $140 depending on if you choose the 120 VAC model or 240 VAC.


RCBS Ultrasonic Case Cleaner-2

A third new product unveiled for 2017 is the Ultrasonic Case Cleaner-2. This 2nd edition of their ultrasonic cleaner has twice the capacity at 6.3 quarts and utilizes a second ceramic heater for more thorough cleaning. It has an LED, programmable display and can run for up to 30 minutes. This improved model comes in two variations: 120 VAC or 240 VAC. The MSRP is respectively $399 and $429.

The Ultrasonic Case Cleaner-2 would be a good addition to any firearm lovers inventory since it is great for obviously cleaning brass, but also firearm parts like that of an AR-15 or pistols that have been field stripped… Giggidy!

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Gary Kirk

    Dammit.. Yay got me all hot and bothered.. I was hoping RCBS was offering an (at least) progressive 50 BMG press.. ๐Ÿ™

    • Johnsmyname

      “At least” .50 BMG … what are you reloading 20mm?? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Gary Kirk

        Progressive.. “at least”

    • LGonDISQUS

      If RCBS excites you, check out Dillon’s reloading calendar โ™กโ™กโ™ก

      • Gary Kirk

        Dillon always fails to bring things to market, have and always will love my RCBS gear.. Was being sarcastic about someone bringing an auto 50BMG reloading setup..

  • John Yossarian

    I notice that the Chargemaster Lite doesn’t have a shield to keep airflow from affecting the scale. But my full-scale Chargemaster isn’t capable of 0.1 grain precision without its use – even indoors. So just a note for everyone to keep that in mind before buying the Lite model for precision!

  • Sam

    The going rate for the big Chargemaster is $275 on sale and even cheaper when there’s a rebate. I’m curious what features the “Lite” skimps on and if it’s going to compete retail with some of the other brands out there that come in under $200.