Posts Tagged ‘Hornady Lock-n-Load AP’

Video: Custom Bullet Feed Setup: Reloading 40 S&W on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

Friday, April 17th, 2015

I enjoy the process of designing and building things, and I guess the “inventor” in me can’t help but want to create new products. It’s always a pleasure to see what other people come up with, and to help them market and sell their inventions (Example: Doug Williams’ 38/357 quick switch kit). Recently, one of my readers named David Sparks sent me some information related to his invention, called the “Bully Adapter“. This device is pretty straightforward- it adapts the Lee Multi-Tube feeder kit for the Lee Bullet Feeder to work with the Hornady Pistol Bullet Feed dies. This kit is similar to the Hornady Bullet Feed Tube kits, but offers 4 tubes that can be loaded in place and rotated into position as bullet tubes are emptied.

Bully Adapter Installed on Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

Bully Adapter Installed on Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

The “Bully Adapter” kit is comprised of an adapter body, and a small bullet sleeve. In the following picture, you can see the entire assembly ready to put together (shown in the video below):

Bully Adapter Components with Hornady Bullet Feed Die and Lee Multi-Tube Adapter

Bully Adapter Components with Hornady Bullet Feed Die and Lee Multi-Tube Adapter

The entire setup shown above consists of:

  • Bully Adapter Body
  • Small bullet sleeve
  • Hornady Pistol Bullet Feed Die (40/10mm shown)
  • Lee multi-tube feeder body
  • Lee multi-tube feeder tubes (comes with both large and small, large shown)
  • Lee multi-tube bullet drop funnels (large and small)
  • Hornady die lockring allen key (used for Bully Adapter body set screws)
  • R-22 O-Ring (my addition to the Lee multi-tube feeder kit)

And here’s what the assembly looks like assembled:

Bully Adapter Body - Very Nicely Machined

Bully Adapter Body – Very Nicely Machined

In the following video you can see the same setup I showed in the last post, but this time with the Bully Adapter setup installed. I found that this setup will hold about 100 40cal 200 grain XTP bullets, so you can load primers *and* bullets at the same time- that makes this setup much more practical in use.

Here’s a video I put together showing how to put the components together, install the die on the press, and load in full progressive mode with the Bully Adapter.

If you want to know more about the Bully Adapter, check out David’s website: (I just checked, and the price looks quite reasonable!)


Video: Loading 40S&W with the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

40 S&W is one of the most popular cartridges with handgun shooters, and it’s not hard to see why. Packing a powerful punch in a package smaller overall than 45 ACP, it’s a great cartridge for target shooting as well as defense/carry. Recently, I picked up a Glock 20 and 40 S&W conversion barrel, and decided to put together a bunch of content on both 40 S&W and 10mm auto. First up, loading 40 S&W on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP.


A beautiful sight: completed 40 S&W cartridges


Before loading any cartridges, I ran all of my range pickup brass through a GRX die, you can read more about that process here. Some reloaders have issues with 40 S&W and the Hornady case feed system, some complain that the small drop tube is too tight. I haven’t yet had that problem, but I did have a similar issue: cases did get hung up occasionally at the mouth of the upper drop tube adapter (aluminum bushing). I took the “sharp” edge off the inner chamfer, and all was good.

Upper drop tube adapter after slight modification

Upper drop tube adapter after slight modification

After that process was complete, I  finished setting up the press for 40 S&W loading. Here’s my die station utilization:

  1. Size/de-prime
  2. Expander
  3. Powder charge
  4. [reserved for next post/video]
  5. Seat/crimp

This is just one of many good options for how to use the die stations on this press. The components used for this loading session consisted of the following:

  • Hodgdon CFE pistol powder
  • Hornady 200 grain XTP hollow point bullets
  • Federal small pistol primers
Components used for loading 40 S&W during this session

Components used for loading 40 S&W during this session

The dies I used are Hornady New Dimension (3 die set), and I decided not to use any case lube to avoid having to clean off any residue. The loading went smoother than I thought with no lube! I’ve been using these dies for both 40 S&W and 10mm auto, and they have been working great. I’ll be posting a cool way to use these dies for both cartridges without having to re-adjust here shortly.

Hornady Custom Grade Dies work great for loading 40 S&W or 10mm Auto

Hornady Custom Grade Dies work great for loading 40 S&W or 10mm Auto

Because I’m shooting this 40 S&W ammunition from my Glock using the Lone Wolf 40 S&W converstion barrel, I don’t have to worry about bulged brass, as long as my brass doesn’t get mixed up with other people’s brass. The reason for this is because the Lone Wolf barrel has a fully supported chamber unlike the “stock” Glock barrels.

Now, to put this all together, here’s a video showing the smooth-and-fast loading sequence:

…but things are about to get even faster- and with a bit of a twist. Stay tuned!


Introducing Digital Downloads: Get the full Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Review!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Becoming an expert with all of the popular 5-station reloading presses has been a fun but HUGE project- with approximately 3600 hours invested, over 125 videos published, and 300+ blog posts and pages published here on (all free content)! Today, I’m launching a new service- Ultimate Reloader Digital Downloads. Don’t worry: I’ll continue to bring you all lots of free content! This free content will continue to include blog posts, articles, videos, tools – but now you can also download premium content to help support Ultimate Reloader.

The first article is available today:

Complete Hornady Lock-N-Load AP review! (details)

You can buy and download directly from this button as well:

(You need to download locally following purchase to ensure you can access this PDF later/offline)

For just $2.99, you can find out a ton of valuable information about the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP, including:

  1. What’s in the box
  2. Strengths/Weaknesses
  3. Features overview
    1. Shellplate/Indexing/Ejection
    2. Priming system
    3. Powder measure
    4. Lock-N-Load bushing system
  4. Caliber changeover procedure details
  5. Overview: four ideal pistol die setups
  6. Overview: three ideal rifle die setups
  7. Overview: Loading pistol ammunition
  8. Overview: Loading rifle ammunition
  9. Very detailed specifications (including dimensions that aren’t available online)


Now you can read up on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP from any device that supports PDF files!


Quick Tip: Indexing Your Dies

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

If you are reloading rifle ammunition on a progressive reloading press, you just may be one of those “attention to detail” kind of guys. Rifle reloaders tend to be a bit obsessive about their reloading supplies, equipment, and processes. But some times we overlook the simple details that can make a difference.

If you’re loading rifle ammunition on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP 5-station reloading press, you probably appreciate the Lock-N-Load bushing system. It’s quick, easy to use, and provides a bit of “float” which mimics other benchrest style reloading equipment in order to enhance alignment of case and die.

Here’s a quick tip from friend Bruce Gary: to optimize repeatability for things like bullet seating depth, make some marks on the Lock-N-Load bushing and press so that the die indexes in the same splines each time you install it on the press.

Simple die indexing on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP - Image copyright 2012 Ultimate Reloader

While this won’t be a “game changer” for your loading, it’s an easy thing to do that will help maximize consistency. Isn’t that what accurate reloading and rifle shooting is all about: consistency? :)

Got other quick tips that you’d like to share? Please drop a comment!


Coming in Northwest Gun Magazine #1 – Full Hornady Lock-N-Load AP review!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing a complete round of full reviews on all 4 5-station progressive reloading presses in the first four issues of Northwest Gun Magazine! To start I’ll be covering the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP. In this article you’ll see what’s in the box (included), get a lowdown on features, read about strengths/weaknesses, learn about die station setups, and much much more. What’s great is that you’ll be able to read it all in one place in one full-length article.

If you’re interested in a progressive reloading press (or already have one and like to read about them ) you’ll want to check out this series!

You can get ready for the first issue by downloading the free preview of the magazine (PDF), and you can also subscribe to NWGUN updates!

Thanks everyone!