Posts Tagged ‘Hornady Lock-n-Load AP’

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!

Hornady adds “Ammo Plant” to product lineup

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Interested in getting a complete “turn-key” reloading setup geared towards cranking out large quantities of pistol ammo? You may want to check out the new “Ammo Plant” from Hornady!

Here’s what’s included in the kit:

  • Lock-N-Load AP Press
  • Lock-N-Load AP Bullet Feeder
  • Lock-N-Load AP Case Feeder
  • Lock-N-Load AP Die Bushing 10 pack
  • Spring Case Retainer 3 pack (x2)
  • Large Cartridge Catcher (x3)
  • Large Primer Tube Pickup (x3)
  • Small Primer Tube Pickup (x3)
  • Primer Slide Spring (x2)
  • Pistol Metering Insert/Rotor
  • Rifle Metering Insert/Rotor
  • Powder Cop
  • Die Wrench
  • Case Activated Powder Drop
  • Vintage Tin Sign

I really like the fact that you get 3 primer pick-up tubes for both large and small primer sizes. Look for this new product to be available at your Hornady retailer soon!

Want to see these components in action? Here’s a video that shows the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP, the Hornady Lock-N-Load case feeder, and the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP bullet feeder all working together to crank out 45ACP ammo: