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Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press

4.6 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
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  • Auto-progressive reloading press for quickly switching dies and loading other calibers
  • 5-station bushing system lets you change from 223 to 45 in less than 5 minutes
  • EZject system reliably ejects every cartridge, every time, without adjustments
  • Quick-change metering inserts; universal case retainer spring; automatic indexing system
  • Built-in priming system; case-activated powder drop; large-capacity hopper
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Hornady's Lock N Load AP is an automatic, five-station press with the most user-friendly and innovative patented quick tool change technology of all progressive presses. Our system switches dies, powder measure, check dies, bullet seater or crimp dies without having to change the whole die head. Change one die or all with one quick twist. The Lock N Load AP comes complete with a full-size Lock N Load Powder Measure that will load anything from pistols up through most magnum rifle cartridges. Uses Hornady shell plates (sold seperately)


Stay loaded with the Hornady Lock-N-Load auto-progressive reloading press. This professional-grade, auto-indexing, five-station progressive press features quick tool change technology, allowing you to switch rifle and pistol dies, powder dies, check dies, bullet seaters, and crimp dies without having to change the whole die head. The Lock-N-Load is ultra-reliable and easy to use. The press's EZject system, for example, reliably ejects every cartridge, every time, without any adjustments. The system loads at a rate of up to 500 rounds per hour, and features the quickest changeover of any progressive press thanks to the five-station quick-change bushing system. The bushing system lets you change from 223 to 45 in less than five minutes--faster than most other progressive presses on the market.

The Lock-N-Load also offers quick-change metering inserts, allowing you to switch from one powder to another with the push of a button. Add one to each die set for the ultimate in quick changeovers. The reloader's universal case retainer spring, meanwhile, allows you to quickly and easily remove and replace a case at any point in the loading process. To help the reloader function extra smooth, the Lock-N-Load comes with an automatic indexing system. Each station moves 1/2 stage on the upstroke and 1/2 stage on the down stroke, a contrast from other presses that do all their indexing on the down stroke. Other features include a priming system for easy changing from large to small primers; a case-activated powder drop; and a large-capacity hopper.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 19.6 x 14.2 inches ; 30.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 32.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000PD01NS
  • Item model number: 095100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,626 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By D. Matheny TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2010
I started reloading just over 2 years ago and decided to go with this Hornady press instead of the Dillon 550B that I was also considering (and that my neighbor ended up buying). Originally, I was just loading 9mm in order to save money, but the reloading has become almost as fun a hobby as the shooting has:).

There is so much to say about this press, both good as well as things to be careful for, that I'm going to break this review into sections and try to keep brief. Before getting into the details, let me just say this press was a great investment. Overall, it works great, is easy to use, and is backed up by the best customer support I've ever worked with. I've loaded well over 10,000 rounds on it at this point and couldn't be happier.

*** Customer Support ***
When I was starting out, I ended up breaking parts on the press two different times. On both occasions, I called Hornady tech support and talked immediately with someone who knew exactly what I was talking about. They didn't care that the breakages had been my fault and just stuck the replacement part in an envelope which I had in hand a couple of days later. The first time, when I broke an auto-indexing pawl, the support person actually threw a couple of extras in the envelope for me just in case it happened again (which it hasn't).

In both cases, I had felt some unusual tension when pulling the handle; but I thought it was just a hard-to-resize shell. This machine has a lot of torque, so when things bind up it is easy to break something - now that doesn't happen anymore since I always stop and examine the machine when I feel anything unusual.
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I'm new to reloading, but I shoot a lot so instead of doing what every beginner should and buy a single stage press I saved up a little and got the AP press due to the fact I knew I would use it a lot. But after it came I quickly realized it was far more technical than I expected. I found out there were a lot of parts I still needed and a lot more money that still needed to be spent. I was fine with it bet I knew I would have to save up for a little bit to get it all. But after about 100 hours of reloading YouTube videos and four months I was able to actually start reloading. Wishing I had a guide right off the bat to tell me what I need and why I ended up making one for any other new beginner. So here it is.
***Disclaimer: Do not follow my advice blindly, do your research on each piece of equipment. The prices I have stated are not set in stone, they were what I spent. I would advise you to shop around to get the best deals***
**What you still need:

--Hornady Lock N Load Auto-Progressive Reloading Press
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I am a beginner re-loader. I went against the grain of common knowledge that you should start with a single stage press then move to a progressive press like this. I am glad I did because the amount I shoot it would take me forever to reload this on a single stage press.

If you follow the instructions and watch the videos you should not have any problems whatsoever. Do yourself a favor and get a can of Hornady De-greaser and dry lube because you will need to clean the grease from the powder measure, primer mechanism and the area where the shell plate sits. After that you should be good to go.

As far as performance, it is very consistent in the production of bullets. You can really crank out a lot of bullets in a hurry. I shot all mine today and had no problems whatsoever.

Some other suggestions:
--Get a good digital scale if you can afford it. It makes it much faster when you do your powder settings

--Get a powder through expander die. This frees up a spot for a cop die (charge validator). It basically lets you know if you have put too much or too little powder in your shell.

--Get a Cop die. (see above).

--Have a good sturdy location to mount it. For me I use a saw horse with some C clamps to hold it down and that works good for me.

So if you shoot a lot, get this press and get into it. You will save plenty of money and you will produce loads that are more accurate than factory loads.
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If you can walk & chew gum, you can run this press. No need to start with a single stage, especially if your goal is to make a lot of handgun ammo. Primers, like any press, need special attention. I've got well over 40k rounds of 45ACP through mine, as well as several thou of 38/357 and 44 maggies. The only thing that needed to be replaced was one of the little "mousetrap" springs; it actually wore through. That was around 25k rounds. Hmm, I should take a look at the one in there now. Loading .223 or .30-'06 is a little more involved, what with the larger powder charge (you actually need to WAIT for the .223 powder to run through the little hole), case lubing and the attention to the case neck and seating the tiny bullets.

I've helped set up & run a few other brand presses. This one is the one to get.

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