Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press

Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press

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  • Auto-progressive reloading press for quickly switching dies and loading other calibers
  • 5-station bushing system lets you change from 223 to 45 in less than 5 minutes
  • EZject system reliably ejects every cartridge, every time, without adjustments
  • Quick-change metering inserts; universal case retainer spring; automatic indexing system
  • Built-in priming system; case-activated powder drop; large-capacity hopper

Hornady’s Lock N Load AP is an automatic, five-station press with the most user-friendly and innovative patented quick tool change technology of all progressive presses. Our system switches dies, powder measure, check dies, bullet seater or crimp dies without having to change the whole die head. Change one die or all with one quick twist. The Lock N Load AP comes complete with a full-size Lock N Load Powder Measure that will load anything from pistols up through most magnum rifle cartridges.

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List Price: $ 758.99

Price: $ 449.99

Lee Reloading Press Md: 90045

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Even if you already own a press, an extra press is always useful for decapping, bullet seating or bullet sizing. The Lee Precision Reloader Press accepts standard 7/8 x14 thread dies and standard universal press shell holders.

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  1. 281 of 281 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quality press, backed up by great customer service, February 19, 2010
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    D. Matheny (Austin, TX) –
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    This review is from: Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press (Sports)

    I started reloading just over 2 years ago and decided to go with this Hornady press instead of the Dillon 550B that I was also considering (and that my neighbor ended up buying). Originally, I was just loading 9mm in order to save money, but the reloading has become almost as fun a hobby as the shooting has:).

    There is so much to say about this press, both good as well as things to be careful for, that I’m going to break this review into sections and try to keep brief. Before getting into the details, let me just say this press was a great investment. Overall, it works great, is easy to use, and is backed up by the best customer support I’ve ever worked with. I’ve loaded well over 10,000 rounds on it at this point and couldn’t be happier.

    *** Customer Support ***
    When I was starting out, I ended up breaking parts on the press two different times. On both occasions, I called Hornady tech support and talked immediately with someone who knew exactly what I was talking about. They didn’t care that the breakages had been my fault and just stuck the replacement part in an envelope which I had in hand a couple of days later. The first time, when I broke an auto-indexing pawl, the support person actually threw a couple of extras in the envelope for me just in case it happened again (which it hasn’t).

    In both cases, I had felt some unusual tension when pulling the handle; but I thought it was just a hard-to-resize shell. This machine has a lot of torque, so when things bind up it is easy to break something – now that doesn’t happen anymore since I always stop and examine the machine when I feel anything unusual.

    I know that Dillon also has a reputation for great customer service, but it is hard to imagine that it could be any better than Hornady’s – this is an area where there just aren’t enough stars available.

    *** EZ-Ject system ***
    When I got my Hornady press, the EZ-Ject system wasn’t available yet and it used a wire on station 5 to eject shells. This worked OK, but created several problems that I had to learn to live with.
    1) The ejection wasn’t very reliable and about a third of the time I would either have to help the shell eject or the shell would get thrown several inches over the loaded round tray. After doing it enough I got used to it and manually helping shells eject became part of the reloading process.
    2) The ejection wire actually blocked station 5 from being usable with most dies which basically made this into a 4 station press (like the Dillon 550B).

    Once the EZ-Ject became available I upgraded and I can’t even describe how much better it is. The ejection is flawless and I have full access to station 5. As a result, I’ve thrown in an extra powder check die on rifle rounds and I went with a dedicated crimp die for pistol rounds which makes the bullet seater easier to setup. My productivity has increased from about 200 rounds/hour of 9mm to 350 rounds – and I’m not moving any faster than I was before.

    I’m not sure if there are still LnL presses out there that don’t have the EZ-Ject system, but make sure to verify that the one you buy has it! With EZ-Ject, this is a five star press; but prior to that I would have had to dock at least one star just for the crummy ejection.

    *** Changing calibers ***
    Originally, I just reloaded for 9mm so I didn’t pay much attention to how easy it is to change calibers on the LnL. But, now I’m reloading for .308 and .223 as well and I’ve come to appreciate it:).

    Basically, you just leave each die setup in a bushing that swaps in and out easily so you don’t have to mess with any of the expensive tool head stuff like Dillon uses. The bushings are inexepensive and incredibly easy to use. I also bought another dedicated powder dispenser, so I use one for rifle loads and the other for pistol. The powder dispenser itself also sits in one of the bushings so it is also very easy to swap out.

    I can completely change from reloading 9mm to .308 in less than five minutes following these steps:
    1) Swap out the shell plate
    2) Remove all the 9mm dies and the pistol powder dispenser by just twisting the bushings out – this does not require any tools
    3) Insert my .308 dies and rifle powder dispenser which are still setup from the last time I used them (although I always verify that)
    4) Swap out the small primer seater for the large seater (both are included with the press)
    5) Remove the remaining small pistol primers from the drop tube – not making a mess of this is probably the hardest step:)
    6) Install the large primer drop tube – once again, no tools are required for this step

    I’m not sure how this could be easier, and it definitely deserves five stars.

    *** Discarded primers ***
    The tube on the Lock-n-Load press for routing discarded primers into the trash is a great setup…

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  2. 69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good press that is very consistent, December 26, 2009
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    This review is from: Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press (Sports)

    I am a beginner re-loader. I went against the grain of common knowledge that you should start with a single stage press then move to a progressive press like this. I am glad I did because the amount I shoot it would take me forever to reload this on a single stage press.

    If you follow the instructions and watch the videos you should not have any problems whatsoever. Do yourself a favor and get a can of Hornady De-greaser and dry lube because you will need to clean the grease from the powder measure, primer mechanism and the area where the shell plate sits. After that you should be good to go.

    As far as performance, it is very consistent in the production of bullets. You can really crank out a lot of bullets in a hurry. I shot all mine today and had no problems whatsoever.

    Some other suggestions:
    –Get a good digital scale if you can afford it. It makes it much faster when you do your powder settings

    –Get a powder through expander die. This frees up a spot for a cop die (charge validator). It basically lets you know if you have put too much or too little powder in your shell.

    –Get a Cop die. (see above).

    –Have a good sturdy location to mount it. For me I use a saw horse with some C clamps to hold it down and that works good for me.

    So if you shoot a lot, get this press and get into it. You will save plenty of money and you will produce loads that are more accurate than factory loads.

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  3. 43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great press., July 26, 2010
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    Norman Glitz “Norm” (Hamilton Square, NJ United States) –
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    This review is from: Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press (Sports)

    If you can walk & chew gum, you can run this press. No need to start with a single stage, especially if your goal is to make a lot of handgun ammo. Primers, like any press, need special attention. I’ve got well over 40k rounds of 45ACP through mine, as well as several thou of 38/357 and 44 maggies. The only thing that needed to be replaced was one of the little “mousetrap” springs; it actually wore through. That was around 25k rounds. Hmm, I should take a look at the one in there now. Loading .223 or .30-’06 is a little more involved, what with the larger powder charge (you actually need to WAIT for the .223 powder to run through the little hole), case lubing and the attention to the case neck and seating the tiny bullets.

    I’ve helped set up & run a few other brand presses. This one is the one to get.

    Norm

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  4. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    a nice press, October 16, 2012
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    This review is from: Lee Reloading Press Md: 90045 (Sports)

    OK it isn’t a flashy press it a great press for single stag reloading. its very heavy duty and rugged. will give yers of service. and at the price you can have a couple on your bench and load for hours.

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  5. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for de-priming, September 27, 2012
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    This review is from: Lee Reloading Press Md: 90045 (Sports)

    I use this just for de-priming my Pistol shot brass with a Lee universal decapper die. I also use the various caliber shell holders made by lee. It works perfect for that. I already have a Dillon reloader so I don’t reload anything on this Lee Press. I like to brush clean the primer holes after I remove the spent primers and before I reload which is not feasible on the Dillon. It would be better if it came with a shorter handle for what I use it for. It seems sturdy enough to last. I also have bullet sizer dies for this but I have not used them yet. I would not use it with a swager die. It’s not strong enough for that. I would recommend this if your not in a hurry for any light reloading work. I did pay a lot less elsewhere which was a surprise to me. Amazon almost always has the best prices.

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  6. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lee Press, September 6, 2011
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    KevinS3928 (Petersburg, IN USA) –

    This review is from: Lee Reloading Press Md: 90045 (Sports)

    Just got this for my birthday. Excellent addition to my reloading bench and my progressive system. Will use this as a sizing press.

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