At the heart of the new Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder is the new bullet feed die system. The rest of the bullet feed system is important, but without a good die, it does no good to stack up bullets if they can’t be reliably placed on flared case mouths time after time. This is where the new Hornady bullet feed system really shines- the dies feature a new two piece all metal collet system for long lasting and reliable performance.
Here’s a view of the insides:
You can see here how the assembly goes together. This unit is quite a bit taller than other typical reloading dies, but fits well on the Lock-N-Load AP press. Adjustment is simple and straightforward- we’ll get into more setup details in the HD videos (coming soon).
One of the best things about this new system is that dies are available for 9mm, 38/357, .40 S&W/10mm, 44 cal and 45 cal. The dies themselves are not inlcluded in the kit, but are reasonably priced (about $25. street price).
Like most dies, they come with oil on them to prevent corrosion in storage and transport, so you’ll want to disassemble the dies and clean them well. I like to soak new dies in mineral spirits and blow off the excess with compressed air. A good patching and wipe down of the internals follows. This ensures that your dies are ready to go and will not gum up your cartridges or attract powder.
Stay tuned for more details!