In my last related post – Hornady Bullet Feed Dies – Overview I covered the basics of the bullet feed die that is integral to the new Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder system. In this post, we’ll take a step back and look at a “high level” feature overview of this new product.
The Complete Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive System:
The Hornady Lock-N-Load Progressive system shown above features the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP press (5 station auto-indexing progressive), the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Case Feeder, and the Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder. The Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder mounts behind the press and to the “left” (looking from the operator’s view).
Bird’s Eye View:
This view demonstrates the spatial relationship between the bullet feeder and press. As you can see here, the drop tube (actually a spring) can flex around to accommodate different stations for the bullet feed die placement.
The Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder is unique in that it has been engineered as a part of a system that includes a 5 station progressive, electric case feeder, and bullet feeder all from the same manufacturer. While this means it will work well with the Hornady press, it doesn’t mean that this bullet feeder won’t work well with any other press that has an empty station in the right location, and utilizes 7/8″ X 14 die threading. I have not yet as of the writing of this post tried this bullet feeder on anything other than the Lock-N-Load, but my experiences with the RCBS bullet feeder would indicate that the biggest challenge when moving the bullet feeder to another press is mounting the bracket in the right relationship and position with respect to the press and specifically the bullet feed station.
So what exactly do you get with this press? This is a question that I ask myself about many products that I contemplate buying online- what exactly do I get? Does it come with all of the bits and pieces that I’ll need? The short answer here is that for loading pistol (for supported calibers – 9mm, 38/357, 40 S&W / 10mm, 44 cal, 45 cal) you’ll get everything you need for a standard bench mounted unit except the bullet feed dies.
In the above image from top moving clockwise we have:
- The box
- The bullet feed bowl assembly
- The instructions DVD
- The drop tube support wire
- The drop tubes and adapters
- Center left: Bullet wiper assemblies
- Center right: Bowl mounting hardware
In operation, this unit works very similar to the RCBS pistol bullet feeder. You pour in bullets, a plate with grooves revolves and picks up bullets, drops them down a tube, and is finally placed onto cases by a special bullet feed die. I’ve used this system with many calibers including 9mm, 38/357, 44, and 45 caliber bullets (40 S&W is ready to go here soon). The system works quite well from my experience. I’ll elaborate more about strengths and weaknesses in future posts and videos.
I’ll be posting plenty more articles and HD videos showing this unit in use with a variety of calibers and presses, so stay tuned!