Hornady® Lock-N-Load® AP Automatic Press
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
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
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
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