Hornady® Lock-N-Load® AP Automatic Press
In my opinion the Hornady AP LNL is the most flexible progressive press on the market. Yes the blue ones are nice, but if you load a lot of difference calibres, the quick change die bushings and the quick change powder meters make setups a breeze
September 11, 2013
lock n load
Mostly ok. As most reviews indicate the weakness on the machine in the primer system. keep it clean and gently sand it or it will jam. Also keep the primer setter pin clean. If it gets dirty, it wont retract and will break the system. the powder system is excellent.
September 2, 2013
So I have been researching and planning on reloading for the last year. Choosing to go with a single stage vs. a progressive may seem easy with the difference in cost but when considering reloading for a handgun, volume may win out. I read lots of reviews, watch lots of vids.. I had honestly decided on a Blue machine... but when I started looking at the proprietary dies, and the fact that you can only reload pistol calbiers I started to change my mind. When I gave the Lock-N-Load AP a look the Lock-N-Load system really got me to thinking. Setup on a singe stage for ease, and just move them over to the AP. Or set them up for volume on the AP and move them to a single stage for precise control. Once they are set you jusy give them a short turn and they slide right out.
Having 5 stations is nice for separate seating and crimping. For Safety, I like that the primer system is actually on the back side of the press away from you. The spring retaining system make checking powder loads quick and easy.
Oh and as I'm new to reloading its pretty straight forward to setup. It comes with a DVD from Hornady with all the how tos on setup. (They are on the website too.) Just read, read again and watch the vids a few times.
One bit of advise... buy extra Lock-N-Load bushings and shell plates for your additional calibers.
Good Luck, when you fire your own loads you'll be hooked.
July 2, 2013
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