Ga Load Information

Winchester 23/t" hull, 16.0 gr. Unique, 381 powder bushing, CCI 209M primer, Winchester WAA20 wad, 7/8 oz #71/2 shot bushing.

A Hydraulic conversion unit is also available for The Grand shotshell press. For pricing and information, contact RCBS direct at 1-800-533-5000.

As you remove press from box, take caution not to lay press against primer channel. (photo 1) Lay press on opposite side so that the primer channel extends upward as shown below. Lay press on opposite side so that the primer channel extends upward as shown.

After laying press on bench, remove plastic tie securing the Lockout pin to the Ram of the press and remove Lockout pin. (photo 2) The Lockout pin can be used with a small lock (not included), to secure press when not in use.

CAUTION: SHELL PLATE POSITION

Care must be taken that the shell plate is always in the proper position. (photo 3) Check index position before cycling.

Press must never be partially indexed, this results in damage to the Case Holders. Rotate Shell Plate and feel for Index Ball to position properly.

PRESS MOUNTING

Step 1 Attach Discharge Chute to the bottom of the Shell Plate Holder as shown in photo 1. Use two 1/4-28 x 1A Button Head Cap Screws and 5/32 hex wrench.

Step 2 Mount your press to a solid bench. Presses mounted to a weak or flexible bench are a safety hazard and will not produce a consistent loaded round. The Grand press is designed with two sets of mounting holes, three larger holes (two of these holes for mounting to an optional RCBS Accessory Base Plate-2 part number 09280) or four small holes for the optional RCBS Riser Stand part number 89010.

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Select an area on your bench with approximately one-foot clearance on each side of The Grand. Install press with three %" bolts or four 1/l" bolts, length to be determined by the thickness of your bench (mounting hardware not included). The press can also be mounted on our optional Riser Stand, which raises the press four inches above your bench (Riser Stand part number 89010) (see photo 6).

The front edge of your bench must have a minimum of 11/2" of clearance to allow the press handle to cycle completely. The optional Riser Stand angles forward off your bench to allow the complete cycle of the press handle. Insure that the toggle block does not strike the face of your bench.

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LOADED ROUND CONTAINMENT

For presses mounted directly to the bench, you may want to drill a 3" hole just off the end of the Discharge Chute and catch your loaded rounds beneath the bench.

Use of the optional Riser Stand allows the loaded rounds to drop into a container on top of the bench (Riser Stand and container not included).

POWDER AND SHOT SYSTEM

The Grand 12 gauge comes with one #452 powder bushing and a 11/8 oz. #71/s shot bushing. The 20 gauge Grand comes with one #381 powder bushing and a 7/8 oz. #71/s shot bushing. To change bushings, before powder and shot are added, just remove charge bar locking pin (photo 9) and slide the charge bar to the right. This allows the removal of the charge bar to change bushings (photo 10).

INSTALL POWDER AND SHOT HOPPERS

The Powder Hopper (smaller diameter tube) is to be mounted on the left and the Shot Hopper (larger diameter tube) on the right.

Install detent spring then ball into hopper funnel assembly and install on the press as shown in photo 11.

Install detent spring then ball into hopper funnel assembly and install on the press as shown in photo 11.

Hopper Shut Off
Install 10-24 x 11A" set screw securely through hopper funnel base and into the top of the shut off plate. Install 10-24 Nyloc nut to secure hopper funnel base to top of press. Use 3/32 hex wrench and 3/8 wrench (not provided).
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Funnels must be tightly secured but be able to pivot between OFF, ON and DRAIN positions. Install powder baffle through the top of the powder hopper as shown in photo 14.

Note: In OFF position

INSTALL SPENT PRIMER TUBE ASSEMBLY

Raise ram to the top of the press stroke and install the tube as shown in photo 15. Tighten the setscrew to secure the tube. Do not over tighten, use 3/32 hex wrench.

INSTALL PRIMER TRAY

With ram still raised to the top of the press stroke, place Primer Tray on Primer Tube as shown in photo 16. Primer Tray is held in place by its own weight. Primer Tray body is to the left of the Powder Shut Off Plate and does not ride on top of the plate (photos 16 & 17).

Install Wad Box Bracket approximately six inches from the right side of the press to provide clearance between the handle and the box (photo 18). The top of the Bracket should be flush with the bench top. Attach using the two 8x32 Wood Screws provided. Hang Wad Box on Bracket.
Install Primer Shut Off Pin into Primer Tray (photo 19). Assembly is complete.
Primer Trip Rod Reloading Press

PRESS FUNCTIONS BY STATION

The Grand is an eight-station auto indexing progressive shotshell reloader. All functions occur on the upstroke of the Ram with the exception of indexing, which occurs on the down stroke of the Ram. The Index Arm may be removed for manual indexing of the press.

STATION 1

Full length resizing and spent primer removal. Resizing is accomplished with a steel sizing ring (photo 20).

Full length resizing and spent primer removal. Resizing is accomplished with a steel sizing ring (photo 20).

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STATION 2

Priming. Primers are fed from the Primer Tray to the Primer Drop Tube (photo 21).

Priming. Primers are fed from the Primer Tray to the Primer Drop Tube (photo 21).

Primer is dropped from the Primer Drop Tube Collet to the Primer Transfer Bar (photo 22).
Primer Transfer Bar delivers the primer to the primer station (photo 23).
Primer is seated at the top of the stroke.

STATION 3

Powder Charge. Case activated, will not drop powder if a hull is not present. Drop Tube (A) drives the Powder Shut Off gate (B) to drop the powder charge (photo 24). If no hull is present, the Drop Tube assembly does not activate the Powder Shut Off gate.

STATION 4

Wad insertion (photo 25).

STATION 4

Wad insertion (photo 25).

STATION 5

Shot Drop and Wad Seating. Case activated, will not drop a shot charge without a hull with a wad present. Drop Tube (A), driven by the bottom of the wad cup, drives the Shot Shut Off gate (B) to drop the shot charge (photo 26). If no hull is present or a hull with no wad (photo 27), the Drop Tube assembly does not activate the Shot Shut Off gate. The Wad is seated at the top of the stroke.

Medal Mounting Slide Crimp

NOTE: No wad present. STATION 6

Crimp Start. An 8 point Crimp Starter is installed at the factory (photo 28). A 6 point Crimp Starter is included in the accessory box.

NOTE: No wad present. STATION 6

Crimp Start. An 8 point Crimp Starter is installed at the factory (photo 28). A 6 point Crimp Starter is included in the accessory box.

STATION 7

Crimp. The Crimp Die is pre-adjusted for Federal Gold Medal Hulls with a Federal 12S3 wad (photo 29). NOTE: The use of other components may require adjustments.

STATION 8

Final Crimp. Removes "nail head." Loaded round is radiused (tapered) at the nose at the top of the downstroke (photo 30) and ejected at the end of the upstroke as the Case Holder Plate indexes (photo 31).

DRY CYCLE PRESS

Before adding shot, powder and primers, take some time to cycle a few hulls in the press. Advance the case from one station to the next by cycling the press handle with a SLOW, STEADY and COMPLETE stroke. Get a feel for how easily the press indexes. The Grand press does not require a lot of effort to index the press when returning the handle forward.

CAUTION: Shell Plate must never be partially indexed, this results in damage to the Case Holder Plate. Turn Case Holder Plate and feel for index ball to position (see photos 3 & 4).

When cycling the press, always use full stroke of the handle and the Case Holder Plate will always properly align itself.

FILL POWDER AND SHOT HOPPERS

The next step is to load the Powder Hopper. The Powder Hopper is the smaller diameter tube on the left. Be sure the Hopper is in the ON (middle) position as shown in photo 32. Remove the cap and pour the powder into the Powder Hopper. The Powder Hopper will hold approximately one pound of powder (varies based on powder type). After filling the Powder Hopper, replace the cap.

Adding shot is the next step. The Shot Hopper is the larger diameter tube on the right. Be sure the Hopper is in the ON (middle) position. Remove cap and place a funnel (not included) in the top of the Shot Hopper and pour the shot into the Shot Hopper. The Shot Hopper will hold a full 25 pound bag of shot. After filling the Shot Hopper, remove funnel and replace cap. #5 size shot is the largest shot size that The Grand will accommodate.

FILL PRIMER TRAY

Loading the primer tray is next. Insure that Primer Shut Off Pin is installed into Primer Transfer Arm. Next, pull the press handle all the way down (NOTE: Insure Case Holder Plate is indexed properly). Lift the Primer Tray off the Priming Tube. The Primer Tray can be laid flat on the bench for easy loading of the primers. The front end of the Primer Tray that attaches to the Drop Tube should extend beyond the edge of your bench (photo 33). This will allow the Primer Tray to lay flat.

Open the Primer Tray Lid. Place a sleeve of 209 primers upside down on the Primer Tray. Slide the outer sleeve off to the rear. You will need to slightly raise the outer sleeve to clear the Primer Tray Lid. The primers will be properly oriented. Properly close the Primer Tray Lid and replace Primer Tray onto Priming Tube. (Tip: Drop four to five primers manually into the Primer Drop Tube before installing the loaded Primer Tray. This acts as a "reserve" supply should you have a primer "bridge" in the Primer Tray during operation of the press.)

FILL WAD BOX

Fill wad box with appropriate type wads.

PRESS OPERATION - SINGLE ROUND

With your right hand on the Handle Ball, pick up an empty hull with your left hand and insert into station 1 by sliding the hull base flat on the Shell Plate Holder (A), under the two Case Holders (B). The Case Holders will self-align the hull for the sizing and spent primer removal operation (photo 34).

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Remove Primer Shut Off Pin from the Primer Tray and place in hole in bottom left corner of the Primer Tray for storage. Smoothly lower the Handle. This resizes and deprimes the hull in Station 1. Raise the Handle completely, this will index the hull to Station 2. Reinstall the Primer Shut Off Pin into the Primer Tray, this prevents an excessive amount of primers from being fed into the Primer Drop Tube.

Lower the Handle and this will prime the hull in Station 2. Raise the Handle completely and index the hull to Station 3.

Make sure that your Powder Hopper is in the ON position. Lower the Handle and the hull will actuate the powder drop system allowing a charge to fill the hull. Raise the Handle completely and index the hull to Station 4.

Place a wad into the Wad Guide of the tilt out Wad Guide Carrier with your right hand and then lower the Handle. This inserts a wad into the hull. Raise the Handle completely and index the hull to Station 5.

Make sure that the Shot Hopper is in the ON position. Lower the Handle, the inserted wad in the hull will actuate the shot drop system allowing a shot charge to fill the hull. The wad is also being seated at this point.

Lowering and raising the Handle three more times will start the crimp, crimp, final (taper) crimp and eject the loaded round.

Notice the ease of loading just one round, powder and shot are dropped only when a hull was present. You can continue to practice one at a time or begin your continuos progressive loading process.

Caution must be taken when loading one round at a time with The Grand shot shell press. Press vibration causes powder and shot to settle and pack into the charge bushings.The powder and shot charges can be increased by up to 12%. Do not use the first powder and shot charges after several empty cycles of the press handle.

COMPONENT ADJUSTMENT SECTION

If using other than Federal Gold Medal 23A" hulls, Federal 12S3 wads, CCI 209M primers, Alliant Red Dot powder or 1 1/8 oz of #71/2 shot, a few simple adjustments may be necessary. If loading 3V2" hulls, the Index Arm must be removed and the press indexed manually.

1. Powder or Shot Bushing change Refer to section Powder and Shot Charge Bushing Change, page 9.

2. Sizing The Grand is shipped with the Size Die adjusted for proper hull ejection pressure. Rough handling during shipping can cause this to change. If excessive pressure is felt during resizing or hulls stick up in the Sizing Die please readjust. Proper setting is with one to three threads showing. Simply screw up or down the top portion of the Sizing Die (photo 35).

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3. Priming Station Adjustment The Primer Stem Assembly is under spring tension to compensate for varying internal base wad heights between hull manufacturers. Should it become necessary to adjust primer depth, the Primer Seater Body Assembly can be moved up or down. To make this adjustment, loosen the top 3A" lock nut and screw rod up or down in 1/4 turn increments until desired primer seating depth is achieved (photo 36).

4. Powder Station Adjustment Once again, due to base wad height, it may be necessary to adjust the Powder Drop Tube to obtain proper Powder Shut Off Gate movement. With a hull present and the Handle lowered, the Shut Off Gate should be flush to 1A" inset with the Top Plate casting ("A" photo 37). To make this adjustment, with an empty station 3, grasp the Upper Drop Tube with the fingers of one hand and unscrew the Lower Drop Tube with the fingers of the other hand (photo 38). Secure with brass lock ring.

5. Wad Insertion Adjustment If wad petals contact Wad Starter Rod (A), loosen nut (B) (photo 39) and adjust rod up until wad petal clears, retighten nut. This prevents folding over of the wad petal as it is inserted into the hull. If the Wad Carrier is not centered over the hull, crushed hulls, damaged wads or broken Wad Fingers may result. To center the Wad Carrier, place a fired 23A" hull between the bottom casting and the shell plate holder assembly at station 3, this will prop up the plate and more easily allow adjustment. Loosen the lower lock nut on the adjustment set screw and adjust the set screw (C) until the Wad Guide is centered to slightly forward under the Starter Rod (see photo 39A), retighten lock nut. To load 3" or

31/2m hulls, remove top lock nut (D) and socket head cap screw on Wad Guide Arm and raise upper half of Wad Guide Arm. Position upper half of Wad Guide Arm to clear the hull and reinstall socket head cap screw and nut.You must also raise the Wad Starter Rod. Due to shot cup length of some 11/ oz. and greater wads, you may have to manually insert wads. First, remove the Wad Carrier arm and remove the Wad Guide.You then place a wad into the Wad Guide and place over the hull mouth. Cycle the press. The Wad Guide must then be removed from the Wad Starter Rod and the process repeated.

Shot Drop and Wad Seating Station Adjustment #5 size shot is the largest size The Grand will dispense. Larger shot sizes must be weighed separately and manually put into the hull prior to the Crimp Start station. Due to varying base wad heights and design, as well as wad design, it may be necessary to adjust the Lower Shot Tube to obtain proper wad seating depth. Adjust by grasping the Upper Drop Tube with the fingers of one hand and unscrew the Lower Drop tube with the fingers of the other hand (photo 40). Secure with brass lock ring. Shot Shut Off Gate movement will typically be from Vt" out to all the way in. For 12 gauge hulls with tapered internal bases such as Winchester AA red or gray, Remington STS or Nitro 27, etc., a longer Lower Shot Tube has been provided to achieve proper wad seating depth. (NOTE: Improper wad seating depth will cause hull collapse/buckling or crimp problems at Station 7).

For proper wad seating, 20 gauge loaders need to adjust a gap of 1/t" to 5/ie" between the Upper and Lower Shot Drop tubes.

7. Crimp Start Adjustment Crimp start is an up or down adjustment. Loosen the top lock nut (A) and adjust Crimp Start assembly up or down, retighten lock nut (photo 41). Too much Crimp Start can cause a bulge on the side at the top of the hull during crimp. Not enough crimp start can leave a hole in the center of your hull after crimp.

Crimp Adjustment Crimp is also an up or down adjustment. The crimp depth is controlled by loosening lock nut (B)(see photo 41), adjusting the Crimp Die assembly, up or down and retighten lock nut. If hulls bulge or collapse during crimp, reduce crimping spring pressure. To reduce crimp spring pressure, adjust nut (C)(photo 42) up towards the bottom of the Top Plate. If the crimp is concave or dished, add spring pressure. If the crimp is peaked, reduce crimp spring pressure and check that wad is seated to the correct depth. (NOTE: If wads are not seated deep enough, the shot column will be too high in the hull thus causing problems with crimp.)

9. Final Crimp Adjustment Final crimp is an up or down adjustment to radius the end of the loaded round. Loosen the top lock nut (D)(see photo 41), adjust Final Crimp die up or down and retighten lock nut.

10. Case Eject Adjustment The Press is preset for proper case eject. Should adjustment become necessary, using a 5/ie" hex key wrench, loosen the socket head cap screw in the top of the Eject Rod Holder, position the Case Eject Arm to just clear the final crimp die and retighten the cap screw. (CAUTION: Do not use the Case Eject Rod to try to tighten the Eject Rod Holder!)

DRAIN SHOT AND POWDER HOPPERS

Place the flexible drain tube on the boss below the hopper you wish to empty. Place a container beneath the drain tube. Rotate the Hopper to the DRAIN position and the Hopper will empty in a matter of seconds (photo 43).

POWDER AND SHOT BUSHING CHANGE

The Grand shot shell press uses replaceable powder and shot bushings to control charge weights. Carefully check the charge weights thrown as they can vary based on powder type, age of powder and type of shot used.

Empty charge bar for bushing change. To change Powder or Shot bushings, but staying with the same type of powder and size of shot, move Hoppers to the OFF position. If you are changing type of powder or shot, DRAIN hoppers first. You must then remove the powder and shot left in the Charge Bar. With the press clear of hulls, place a fired hull in station 3 and a fired hull with a wad in Station 5. Lower the Handle, dropping the charges in the charge bar. Raise the Handle completely, remove the hulls, empty hulls and replace back into Stations 3 and 5. Lower and raise the Handle once more. Remove and empty the hulls.Your Charge Bar is now cleared. Remove the Charge Bar locking pin and the slide to the right allowing changing of the Bushings.

(CAUTION: Be sure to support underneath the Charge Bar to keep from dropping the Bushings out the bottom.)

Install appropriate Powder and Shot Bushings, the Shot Bushing is the larger diameter of the two and should be on the right side, reinstall the Charge Bar. (NOTE: The windows on the Charge Bar allow you to see what type of bushings that you have installed, the windows should face the front of the press.)

Reinstall Charge Bar Locking Pin through the Index Shaft Bracket and Charge Bar. (NOTE: Lowering the Handle slightly, allows movement of the Push Rod, allowing the Locking Pin to be installed through the Index Shaft Bracket easier.)

TROUBLESHOOTING

Split or crushed hulls are not to be used. Out of round hulls may catch on Size Ring or Primer Seat Die. Return to round before using.

2. Indexing:

The Case Holder Plate indexing is set at the factory. Should adjustment become necessary, adjust the adjustment screw up or down. Indexing can be affected if errant shot finds its way into the Case Holder Plate or under the Indexing Arm (see photo 44).

3. Adjusting the upper bushing of the size die will increase or decrease the amount force used to push the hull from the Size Die. Adjust so you feel the minimal amount of force to size but enough to eject the spent primer and push the hull from the Size Ring. (see photo 45.)

4. Hull stuck in the Size Die:

Typically not enough spring pressure. Adjust the upper bushing of the Size Die down to push the hull from the Size Die. High base brass may require more hull ejection spring pressure. If hull ejection pressure is at a maximum setting and the hulls continue to stick in the Size Die, inspect Case Holders for damage or this may be a sign that there is base wad separation in the hull. Inspect the offending hull, if base wad separation is noticed, discard hull. CAUTION: If this hull is loaded, the base wad may separate when fired and lodge in the barrel causing damage to the firearm and potential injury to the shooter.

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5. Primers do not transfer from Primer Tray to Drop Tube:

Remove Lock Pin from Primer Tray.

Primer Tray may not be seated properly on Drop Tube. See photos 16 & 17.

Charge Bar not making full and proper travel. The Handle is not being cycled completely or check Index Shaft and Brackets for wear or looseness.

Broken Primer Transfer Arm. (see #7 below)

6. Primer Tray fell off press:

Improperly seated or the Primer Shut Off Pin was not inserted when single rounds were loaded. If the Primer Shut Off Pin is not inserted, primers will continue to feed into the Drop Tube, the Drop Tube fills with primers (@25) and works the Primer Tray up and off the press (see photo 46).

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