Companies like Dillon, RCBS, and Lee dominate the market for reloading presses. These manufacturers have been making presses and dies for decades and are pretty much the first presses that one thinks of when it comes to reloading. There is, however, another one made by a company known more for manufacturing reloading components: Hornady. And today, we are giving props to the Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press.
Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press
This superior press is a top notch reloading machine that is often overlooked but is in many ways special to the companies above’ models. Thus we have chosen it as the leading progressive reloading press available. In many ways, I wish I had discovered this press before many of the others that I have used over the years.
Other upgrades, such as a roller handle, bullet trays, LED lights, and a strong mount, can be added. They are not all necessary except the strong mount, but they make life easier when using the Hornady LNL and are available at nominal prices.
|Hornady’s Lock N Load is a progressive five-station press that utilizes the company’s patented quick tool change system, allowing the reloader to quickly change out dies without removing the entire tool head. This press can load your favorite caliber at a pace of 500 rounds per hour. The Lock N Load AP can handle any cartridge from 25 ACP through the largest Magnum rifle cartridges.
The unique bushing system allows for one of the quickest caliber changes of any reloading press on the market, particularly about changing the powder bushing on the powder measure.
Unlike other presses, which complete their procedure on the top or bottom stroke, the Hornady press completes these in half stage. I find this allows for the quicker overall operation of the press. The auto indexing feature makes it an exceptionally smooth press during operation,
However, the machine’s overall quality stands out for the Hornady Lock N Load. It looks and feels like a professional grade machine from start to finish.
Lastly, Hornady’s customer service is genuinely top notch; if something goes wrong, the folks at Hornady will take care of it immediately, often having a replacement part already in the mail as you hang up the phone with customer service. That really helps separate them from their competition. There are also videos throughout the web that assist anyone struggling with setup.
|If there is a downside to the Hornady Lock N Load, a seasoned hand loader will have to get used to the half stage operation mentioned previously. However, the quality of the machine will allow anyone to get over this hump with relative ease by the time you load your first 50 rounds. A first time reloader or someone just moving into a progressive for the first time will not notice this, but anyone who has run a Dillon or other progressive press by feel will see it immediately.
The only other concern to this Hornady Press is the inability to tackle the truly large calibers like the 50 BMG and exotic rounds based on this case. However, that is a small price to pay for such an innovative machine.