Hornady Lock-N-Load Iron Press – Coming First to Ultimate Reloader

Hey everyone! I’m very excited to announce that I’m going to receive one of the first Hornady Lock-N-Load Iron reloading presses shortly, and I’ll be first to bring you extensive information and content (including videos) about this exciting new press.

Here’s what I think is interesting about this new press (can’t wait to get my hands on it!):

  1. New frame geometry
  2. Ambidextrous design (handle can be swapped for left-or-right handed operation)
  3. Cast iron frame construction
  4. Lock-N-Load bushing system
  5. New shellholder retention design
  6. New priming system
  7. Accessory mounting deck (case prep tools, etc)
Look for this press to show up in blog posts and videos shortly! Have something you want to see related to this press? Please leave a comment!

8 thoughts on “Hornady Lock-N-Load Iron Press – Coming First to Ultimate Reloader”

  1. I’ve got my email on half a dozen dealer wish lists. First one to have them in stock gets my order.This thing will replace my 30 year old Lee turret press.

    1. Finally got the Iron Press today. Had my email listed at 8 or 9 web stores and the first one that responded got my order. As soon as I placed the order it was listed as back-ordered, the web store was out of them again. They must be selling like crazy. I can’t wait to set it up and use it. Taking my old Lee Turret Press and powder measure to the local mission store to donate to them. It;s the last of 3 Lee presses I had. 2 turret presses that worked for over 30 years and a Lee 1000 that crapped out after several years of nothing but trouble and malfunctions. I actually stopped reloading for a couple years because I hated that damn thing and refused to use it anymore. Finally got so mad at the thing I tore it apart and trashed everything except the hardware. Late last year got a L-N-L AP for small calibers and now have the Iron Press for the big stuff (264 and 338 Win Mag) plus others.

      1. My Iron Press is starting to tick me off. If you don’t have a shell in the holder it will bind the primer seater punch as the ram is raised and the MP swing arm is forced up. I found my swing arm was binding and needed the sharp edges cleaned off and the sides of the swing arm polished to reduce binding. I eventually stuck a couple 1/2″ round neodymium magnets on the underside near the pivot to pull down on the arm and it works very well. I also found my old Lee and RCBS shell holders too sloppy and case mouths bang into the edge of the dies. I bought a handful of Hornady shell holders and dang if 4 out of the bunch won’t slide into the ram. Wrote Hornady a ticked off letter about it because they work on my Case Prep Center (Lee and RCBS won’t) but not the Iron Press.

  2. I want to say thank you for your informative videos. I’m entirely new to reloading even though I’ve been shooting for 40 years. My father’s neighbor was seriously into reloading and he and I became friends shortly before his death several years ago. He willed me all of his reloading equipment which included an RCBS RS single stage, along with a Dillon RL550 press. He left me dies in calibers from 204 ruger to 50 BMG. I’ve got 50k brass, new and used for all of the calibers I have dies for. God only knows how many bullets I have. I know for a fact there are 5k new .30 cal Sierra bullets in a couple different weights. I’ve got more .45 bullets, both jacketed and cast than I can put into 2 five gallon buckets. You name it, I’ve got some. 357 sig, 9mm para, 40 s&w, .44 mag, .38, its really a bit overwhelming to tell the truth. I’ve got an RCBS smelting pot with 100lbs of lead in ingots and half a dozen bullet molds. There’s an RCBS powered case trimmer with all the goodies. There was a vibratory case cleaner along with a Hornady sonic cleaner and literally boxes of other stuff I hadn’t had time to inventory. Some of it is gone, stolen by the drunkard brother of the man who gave it to me. The Dillon press and both the cleaners and several boxes of stuff I’ll never know about got gone between the time Ed passed and his daughter came to secure his home. I watched the brother load the stuff and drive off, but it was hardly my place to challenge him over it, so there are some holes in my equipment checklist due to his theft. However, the greatest loss was that of a friend with vast knowledge about a subject I know little to nothing about. I’ve been reading through much of the reloading literature in the library of such he left to me, but I’m a bit reluctant to just jump in without a bit of mentoring. Videos like yours encourage me, and it seems a shame to let all this good equipment sit idle, so maybe I’ll give it a go after all. If there is any advice you can lend, please feel free. BTW, once I get the hang of this, I’ll be needing one of those sweet new Hornady presses.

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