The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP 5 station progressive reloading press is a popular tool for loading both pistol and rifle ammunition. I’ve published a lot of content related to this press, but one thing I have not yet covered is unboxing- so here you go! Time to take a look up close at the very latest (2016) version of this reloading press so that you can see exactly what you will get if you buy one.
Compared to other similar presses, the Hornady box is quite “cube-like”. It’s not as long and thin as other boxes you’ll see for other progressive reloading presses. The box is heavy, and features a very nice shiny finish on the outside (plastic wrap that covers box not shown here).
Here’s a video I put together that shows the entire unboxing process, a walk-through of the various parts included with the press, and assembly/mounting:
In case you missed anything in the video, here’s the complete collection of parts and pieces that you get with the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP:
In the picture you see:
- Owner’s manuals (one for press, one for powder measure)
- Tools (the three Allen keys you’ll need to assemble and use the press)
- Spare parts: Primer positioning bar upper bracket, indexing pawl, case retention springs (2)
- Lock-N-Load bushings (5)
- Priming system parts: Small primer slider and punch (large primer slider and punch are assembled on press), primer weighted rod, small and large drop tubes, small and large pickup tubes
- Completed cartridge bin
- Completed cartridge bin bracket
- Powder measure (case activated, setup for rifle), drop funnels, powder die, PTX flare adjustment bracket, return spring, baffle, pistol rotor and metering insert
- Press assembly
- Spent primer tube and case retention spring
With this setup, you’ll have everything you’ll need to load most pistol and rifle cartridges, minus per-cartridge/caliber parts. Here’s what you’ll need for the press for each cartridge you load (some parts like shellplates can load multiple cartridges):
- Lock-N-Load bushings (one set supplied with press)
In addition to these press setup parts, you should also ensure you have a case gage and ammo boxes (new or re-used) for each cartridge you load for, and the other “common” reloading supplies for the type of reloading you’ll be doing. For the complete collection of Hornady Lock-N-Load AP videos/posts, see the Hornady Page here on Ultimate Reloader.
Here are some resources I’ve put together that can help the new reloader determine what’s needed to get started:
Now that I have my Lock-N-Load AP setup, I’m off to to get it ready to load some 6.5 Creedmoor!