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Hornady® Lock-N-Load® AP Automatic Press let's you switch, powder, check, or crimp dies without changing the whole die head. Includes powder measure, priming system, bushing system, case-activated powder drop, 5-station die platform, auto indexing, and a case retainer.
Hornady® Lock-N-Load® AP Automatic Press
AP Lock-n-Load Progressive
Engineering simplicity to the point of, "why didn't I think of that." Be sure to get the right shell plate. The one that does 30-06 does not do 45 ACP as regular shellholders do. It took a little work to get it timed for advancing the heads. My only real complaint is with the primer arrangement. If you don't get it right you end up loading rounds with no primers. The primer feed slide will hang up on the primer installation punch if you don't operate the handle slowly enough. Check the primer on EVERY loaded round before considering it done. I have ended up resizing and expanding, then priming off the press with a hand primer. The good news is that their warranty and warranty service is excellent. The bad news is that I have had to use it twice in 3 months. When you get the press get a load of little parts like the retention springs. Hornady will tell you what the most ordered parts are. It wouldn't hurt to get a drive hub. But little parts are going to break on any machine like this. If you have to call Hornady, get extras. The parts are generally very cheap and it is better to buy the usual culprits than wait on warranty parts to come in. The drive hub is only like $3 bucks. Springs less than that. The optional automatic shell feeder? That's another story. It takes some attention.
September 14, 2011
Great product for an even better price!
I personally own 9 reloaders, and this model Hornady is by far the one that gets the most used! Super easy to setup and operate and almost 100% accuracy on the powder drop. I check every 10th round when I first start till I get to 100 then I check every 20 until I get to 250 then I’ll check every 30 from then on. And it is always within + or - .001gr to the set amount.
I even have the casefeeder, powered case prep center, autocharge, sonic shell cleaner and concentricity gauge. These get used all the time no matter if I am using one of the other brand machines. I have Dillon, RCBS, LEE, MEC, Forster and again my Hornady L-N-L AP gets the most use…
I would recommend this product to anyone that wants to get into reloading for the first time or upgrade from some other brand…
November 2, 2010
Very nice machining.
This thing is in my opinion better than the Dillon 650--machined just as nice, easier to use, cheaper to change calibers.
August 4, 2010
You will need a scale to ensure that the powder thrown is consistent, and accurate. Each powder is different, and will be adjusted differently depending on charge required. You can make note of the settings for powder charges, and that will get you pretty close, but there will be differences even between powder lots that will require fine adjustment.
I am new to reloading and I would like to reload .223 rifle, 9mm handgun, 38 special handgun, .357 magnum handgun, and .380 handgun ammo. Is this everything I need? Or do I need a scale, deburring tool, etc? Can an experienced reloaded help?
You'll also need tools to clean the cases, check the length of cases, along with trimming/deburring the cases if necessary. You'll need a set of dies for each calibre you're reloading and with a progressive, a shellplate for each also. The .38 and .357 should use the same for both shellplate and dies, but they are the exceptions. You'll also need a scale of some sort to initially adjust the powder charge, and to check it periodically to ensure the powder thrown is what is expected. Then, after assembling all your parts, you'll need containers to hold all the cartridges you've created !
You will need a trimmer of some kind-get one that comes with all the collets and a chamfering/deburring tool(Lyman's universal trimmer or the rcbs trimmer $80-120), calipers(auto parts store-one that measures to .0005 is good enough $30), balance beam scale for powder weight checking -get a lee it is accurate enough for powder weighing and will save you money. But check prices here and on ebay for these components it may save you money. You may even be able to get a better brand of scale for your money. That is all the extra's you will need--LOAD DATA go to your powder manufacturer's website or just go to hogdon's powder website they have pages of load and they are update every once in a while. That will save you mone for a book. Take your time and enjoy
No you will need a balance beam scale(accuracy and price-go with lee unless you want to spend more) -if you plan to weigh cases, bullets and completed cartridges go with a better scale!, Trimmer with a chamfer deburring tool-make sure it has all your collets. Dial calipers to measure length, ogive headspace or whatever you decide to get pressed about in the future. DO WORRY ABOUT LENGTH THOUGH. book on loads or use internet connection and go to hogdon's or your favorite powder manufacturer for loading data. HAVE FUN!
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