In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the Hornady Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feed 30 caliber conversion kit (Hornady product # 095345). With this kit, you can convert your .22 caliber Hornady Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder to load 30 caliber bullets for cartridges like 308 Winchester, 30-06, and many others.
Contents of the 30 Caliber Conversion Kit – Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader
In the above picture you can see the contents of this 30 caliber conversion kit, clockwise from top left:
Check out this video showing how these components are installed:
It’s quite easy to install the 30 caliber converstion kit, and in my next post in this series, I’ll show you how to fine tune this setup, and later we’ll load 308 Winchester in full progressive mode. Stay tuned because it’s going to be fun!
The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP setup with the Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader
Here we can see the Lock-N-Load AP setup with the following station utilization:
empty (great place for powder check)
And here’s a closeup shellplate view of the action while loading:
Loading .223 with the Lock-N-Load Rife Bullet Feeder – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader
Let’s see the process of progressive reloading with this setup:
If you care about accuracy, you need to care about bullet concentricity. When evaluating a rifle reloading setup, I always use my concentricity gage to check bullet concentricity for the press/dies that are being utilized.
For the cartridges loaded in this session, I saw an average of less than +/- 0.001″ which is really good for a combination bullet feed and seat/crimp die setup. If more precise concentricity was needed, I still have an extra station (#5) which could be used with a traditional sliding collar seating die (Hornady rifle bullet seat die or Redding Competition Seating Die).
Overall, this bullet feed system worked great, and makes the rifle reloading process faster and more convenient. Stay tuned here because I’ve got a lot more planned with this system including showing the conversion kit for 30 caliber, and showing more reloading setups on more presses. Have something you want to see? Please leave a comment!
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Ever since I started the AR-308 project here on Ultimate Reloader, I’ve been scheming up and crafting the “ultimate” (pun intended) reloading setup for precision 308 ammunition. I really enjoy shooting the LR-308B rifle, and I know exactly what I’m looking for in a 308 loading setup for everyday precision shooting:
Efficiency in brass prep – Ideally I can loose sort (308 -vs- 7.62×51 military), tumble, and load!
Efficiency during loading – I don’t want to spend a lot of time on non-match ammo
Precision ammunition: I’m looking for consistent powder charges, and concentric bullet alignment with consistent seating depth
My answer to these requirements is to use a 5-station progressive reloader (Hornady Lock-N-Load AP shown here) with top quality dies, and a “secret weapon”. What’s the secret you may ask? It’s the Redding Instant Indicator.
This tool is quite versatile! Redding Reloading lists the following uses for this tool:
Sort bullets for uniformity
Sort cases fired in two or more rifles
Sort sized cases for uniformity
Set up sizing die correctly
Compare sized cases to fired cases to determine the amount of headspace
Check uniformity of shoulder bump
Check bullet seating depth uniformity
Sort loaded ammunition for uniformity
Determine when cases need trimming
Check trim length uniformity
Supplied with one bore diameter
In the setup I’ll show here, I’m using it to check trim length – and the big deal here is that I can do this while I load in full-progressive mode!
Redding National Match die set with Redding Instant Indicator setup on a Hornady Lock-N-Load AP – Let the ammo fly! Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader
Here’s a station-by-station breakdown:
Redding Size/deprime (full-length sizing)
Redding Instant Indicator with solid plug – adjusted to show “0” for optimal trim length
Redding competition seating die
Redding taper crimp die
Here’s a video showing how this works:
Now that I have a bunch of ammo, it’s time to take the LR-308B to the range!
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