The market for reloading presses is dominated by companies like Dillon, RCBS and Lee. 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 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 superior to the aforementioned companies’ models. In many ways, I wish I had discovered this press before many of the others that I have used over the years. Thus we have chosen it as the top progressive reloading press available.
There are other upgrades such as a roller handle, bullet trays, LED lights and a strong mount that can be added. They are not all necessary, with the exception of the strong mount, but definitely 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 that allows the reloader to quickly change out dies without removing the entire tool head. The Lock N Load AP is capable of handling any cartridge from 25 ACP through the largest Magnum rifle cartridges. This press is has the ability to load your favorite caliber at a pace of 500 rounds per hour.|
The unique bushing system allows for one of the quickest caliber changes of any reloading press on the market, particularly with regard to changing out the powder bushing on the powder measure.
The auto indexing feature makes it an extremely smooth press during operation and unlike other presses which complete their operation on either the top or bottom stroke, the Hornady press completes these in half stage. I find this allows for quicker overall operation of the press.
However, the overall quality of the machine is what really stands out for the Hornady Lock N Load. It has the look and feel of a professional grade machine from start to finish.
Lastly, the customer service of Hornady is truly top notch and if something goes wrong, the folks at Hornady will take care of it right away, 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 give assistance to anyone struggling with setup.
|If there is a downside to the Hornady Lock N Load, it is that 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 notice it right away.|
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.