Please contact us with any question about RCBS.Load, its tools and utilities. We would be happy to assist you also with handloading information that we access through our huge database.

We would sincerely appreciate suggestions and comments on the existing RCBS.Load features and on new ones that you would like to have included in new versions. After all, this is the way in which our product has evolved: Listening to the users' suggestions, criticisms and comments, and working on implementing changes for a better product.

The following table shows the most frequently asked questions (and their answers), :

RCBS.Load's Frequently Asked Questions

General TopicQuestionAnswer
System Requirements
  • How much disk space does the RCBS.Load installation require?
The minimal installation, ie, just RCBS.Load and the fourteen (14) included e-manuals, takes 8MB. The maximum installation, ie, RCBS.Load plus 53 manuals takes 15-20MB.
  • How much RAM does RCBS.Load require?
It will run in 16MB. For larger reloading databases, ie, those with more than 100k loads, 64MB becomes nice.
  • How much processor does RCBS.Load require?
Although faster processors are always nice - RCBS.Load will crawl on fast 486 class machines, will become friendlier on slower Pentiums - On machines faster than 300 MHz it'll spend most of its time waiting for the user.
  • Can RCBS.Load be run at 800x600 screen resolution?
Strictly yes, but it is not recommended. Although all functions will work correctly, some because of screen real estate shortage will remove controls or displays from their screens. (In all likelihood, 800x600 support will be dropped in the next version.)
  • Which operating systems can run RCBS.Load?
Any of the MicroSoft 32-bit operating systems: Windows 95 SE; Windows 98; Windows 98SE; Windows ME; Windows NT version 3.51; Windows NT version 4; Windows 2000 and Windows XP. RCBS.Load will not run under Windows version 3.1, 3.11. Reports have it that RCBS.Load will run under "SoftWindows" on the modern Macs - such behavior is not encouraged.
RCBS.Load Distributions
  • What is the current version of RCBS.Load?
Version 3 - released to the public in October 2002
  • Are previous versions of RCBS.Load available?
Version 3.0 is the only version we are currently distributing. Some older distributions may still be found in stores.
  • Is RCBS.Load available also outside the USA?
Yes, there are RCBS distributors outside the USA which carry RCBS.Load.
  • In which distribution formats is version 3.0 available?
The standard v3 distribution media is (one) ISO 9660 standard CDROM. If a user *must* have a diskette distribution, then a diskette version can be special ordered from RCBS (1-800-533-5000).
  • Is the CDROM v3.0 version compatible with the diskette v2.88 version?
No. The diskette 2.88 is a follow-on to the diskette 2.86, and as such uses the v2.86 format data manuals. The CDROM version can only use v3 and 2.88 .SLD files from the same CDROM from which RCBS.Load is installed. Either version can use .DAT files from any/all previous RCBS.Load versions.
Installing RCBS.Load
  • Can RCBS.Load diskette version be installed from the B: floppy drive, instead of A: ?
Yes. Instead of running A:Install.Exe, invoke B:Install.Exe
  • Will RCBS.Load install correctly if the user accepts the defaults offered by the installer?
Yes. RCBS.Load will install into C:\Program Files\GMDR\RCBSdotLoad
  • Will any damage be done by the user re-installing RCBS.LOAD on top of an existing copy?
No. If the concern is that some of the user's generated data will be overwritten by the re-install - The RCBS.Load install only affect those files of the distribution - user files are simply ignored and left untouched.
  • When installing, the message "I/O error 30/31" appears and the procedure stops.
If installing from CD, examine the CD, it may have fingerprints due to improper handling. Clean it carefully and try installing again; if the cleaning does not help, contact RCBS.
If installing from diskettes, contact RCBS for replacement, the disks may have been damaged in transit.
RCBS.Load Usage
  • When invoked, RCBS.Load complains about insufficient screen resolution. What can the user do?
In order for the user to actually run RCBS.Load the screen must be set to a higher resolution (assuming such is possible). By clicking on: "START", then "Settings", "Control Panel"; then double clicking on "Display", and clicking on "Settings", one can then adjust the resolution upward - at least to 800x600, preferably to 1024x768, and with at least 256 colors. After making said adjustments RCBS.Load will run without complaining.
  • The user cannot get through the "Safe Reloading Practices" window the first time RCBS.Load is run.
The Safe Reloading Practices window shows automatically the very first time that RCBS.Load is run. It was designed so as to make certain that the user reads in detail all of the displayed text on handloading safety. Within the text you will find the instructions on how to proceed to access the program. Please read the text carefully.
  • Prints of the screen are in portrait format and as such fail to fill more than the top half of the printed output, what can the user do?
By selecting "Printer Setup" on the Tools popup, and setting the printer format to landscape, full page output will be printed.