Great press way over priced at this retailer!
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Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Reloading Press
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Great press way over priced at this retailer!
As a novice re-loader, I have no experience with other machines, or the process for that matter. The LNL was easy to install and setup.( Station 1 De-cap Size. Station 2 PTX, Station 3 Powder Check, Station 4 Bullet feeder, Station 5 Set and Crimp) Some things required a little study to work smoothly (the PTX did require a lot of polishing to eliminate case hang-up).After a few batches with errors, I developed the push, pull cadence that is required to make lots of ammo without missing primers, crushed cases, or no powder! It is a fine machine that makes good quality ammo with minimum effort. Keeping track of 5 simultaneous operations is a new and need skill to produce quality batches.
Setting it up and getting ready to start loading. Everything looks and feels solidly built. I'm anxious to get started enjoying reloading!
i bought this press after using a friend's Dillon press and having a hard time getting that one set up and witnessing a few design flaws that I could see being improved on. I have always liked Hornady products and this one has not let me down. it took about an hour to set it up from start to finish with the only problems being the mounting holes so close to the edge of my bench and the completed round catch box having to be screwed to the bench because the mounting plate is meant for a side mount not front mount. Out of the box, everything was already assembled for the most part requiring very little assembly on only the handle and the powder assembly. the package was missing the retaining bolt and washer for the case plates and is still missing the primer rod. i emailed Hornady about getting replacements a day ago and have not received a response as if this review a day later. i went to Lowe's and bought the stainless steel bolt and washed for just under 4 dollars as i wanted to get it up and running this weekend. Overall, aside from user errors and being new to reloading, the machine operated perfectly with no hard adjustments needing to be made on factory parts. the major concern i have is with the primer feed assembly. it has gotten stuck a few times with primers in the feed tube and i did have to disassemble the primer feed stand to fix the problem, but this was only with 50 primers in the feed tube. this model came with the powder drop assembly which the setup and calibrating of the powder measurements only took about 20 minutes to fine tune it. the nice thing about this powder drop assembly is multi-faceted. 1. the drum assembly has a quick release button on the drum for removing the adjustment screws. 2. there is a washer and an O-ring for setting the measurement and it delivers consistent loads every time. 3. change out between rifle and pistol drums takes about 5 minutes being generous.
i found the problem with the powder drop,that i was complaining about on my prior review,,,i dont see an option to edit them so i just reviewed it again, it was user error on the inconsistant powder loads. so my only complaint now and its not a big one its that the primer station requires alot of force and hornady has already had to send me replacement parts for it but they were fast & free! their service is tops!!!!
this press is good when you can keep it working right. my has problems with the primer loading. Hornady has sent me parts to correct the problems and that has helped,but its still flaky. and also the powder drop is inconsistant. i have taken it apart and cleaned it many many times,i have droped graphite thru it ,i have sprayed it with hornady dry lube and then cleaned it,,, still wont drop consistant weights! i shoot and load .45acp only and use 4.0 of bullseye ,,or at least i try, it will drop3.6, 3.8 ,4.1 ,4.3 .3.6 then maybe two in a row of the proper 4.0,,,(get a dillon)
Easy to use, but you will need a strong surface to mount it on.
The L-N-L system in really easy to set up and use. with the interchangable collars it makes changing out dies much quicker.
Pretty good, only 4 out of 5 for several problems, first the auto kicker that sends shells into the "completed round" box is very hit or miss, only works if you really SNAP the handle sharply on the back stroke which can upset your powder charge in that station and primer orientation, i suppose if you had a REALLY strong bench it MIGHT be ok, but granite loading would be a first. The powder dropper works pretty good, unless you are using stick type powders ( 4064 binds up BAD midway through a powder throw about 1 out of 20, while unique powder is a dream(300 rounds of .40 in 1.5 hours on my first day :) ), the indexing is a PAIN to adjust if it slips just a hair( 1/16th of a turn of the screw means too much or little indexing, before using it test them for correct adjustment, then lightly blue lock tight, then actually apply real use). The free bullet promo that came with it was nice too, 500 rounds of hornady bullets of a couple calibers but not really really nice bullets, just middle of the road. I would order again.