HANDS-ON: New FX-10 Progressive Press from Frankford Arsenal

The Frankford Arsenal FX-10 progressive reloading press is currently one of the most anticipated products in the reloading world. This new 10-station progressive reloading press is packed with features an functionality, and has a price-point that’s very  compelling. In this story, I’ll give the world’s first hands-on and in-depth look at the all new FX-10. Buckle up!

*Note: In the video, we were demonstrating a pre-production press that did not have all of the final parts. We were therefore not running the press at full speed.

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About the FX-10

Here’s the current information from the Frankford Arsenal FX-10 Product Page: (subject to change for release)

Designed by reloaders for reloaders, the Frankford Arsenal FX-10 is a 10 station automatic indexing reloading press purpose built from the ground up to be the ultimate progressive reloading press. At its core, the FX-10 features rigid steel construction, multiple ball bearings, and a proprietary 10 station, gear driven, rotating shell plate which all combine to virtually eliminate powder spillage and bullet tipping. The FX-10 offers innovative improvements like dual de-capping stations to prevent primer drawback, in-line primer pocket swaging capability (for both small and large primers), and the ability to run powder check and case trimming dies.

The FX-10 includes a case actuated powder measure with a positive reset that guarantees you’ll never have to worry about squib loads resulting from a sticking powder measure. When it’s time to swap calibers, the FX-10’s innovative design allows the user the ability to quickly and easily swap out tool heads and shell plates to reload anything from 9mm to 30-06 length cartridges. The FX-10 goes further and offers refined details like a roller handle, integrated LED light, and spring-loaded case locator buttons, which allow easy one-handed case feeding and lever operation, making the FX-10 exceptionally smooth and easy to operate. Includes our Frankford Arsenal Case Feeder and compatible with the Bullet Feeder (sold separately), the FX-10 is the ultimate solution for progressive reloading.

The expected list price is $1099.00 with case feeder!

FX-10 Stations Breakdown

As a part of this preview, I wanted to outline what each of the stations on the FX-10 can be used for! This will depend on whether you’re loading rifle ammunition or pistol ammunition, with many options for configuration for each of those types of reloading.

Example Pistol Die Station Utilization

  1. Case insertion
  2. Dedicated decapper
  3. Size / De-Prime (redundant de-prime to handle primer draw-back situation)
  4. Swaging (hold-down die comes with toolhead)
  5. Priming
  6. Case mouth expansion
  7. Powder charge
  8. Hold-down die or powder check
  9. Bullet Seat / Bullet Feed
  10. Bullet Crimp

Example Pistol Die Station Utilization

  1. Case insertion
  2. Dedicated decapper
  3. Size / De-Prime (redundant de-prime to handle primer draw-back situation)
  4. Swaging (hold-down die comes with toolhead)
  5. Priming
  6. [not typically used]
  7. Powder charge
  8. Hold-down die or powder check
  9. Bullet Seat / Bullet Feed
  10. Bullet Crimp [optional for most rifle loads]

Some Unique Features

The FX-10 has a host of unique features as seen in the video. Here’s a brief overview (more details in future stories):

  • 10 stations
  • Gear-driven priming system with 4-position rotary priming
  • Dual de-capping stations
  • Positive return powder measure with quad-hole integral baffle
  • Integrated bullet feed shuttle (in toolhead)
  • Integrated light
  • Integrated power for accessories/sensors built into toolhead

More Information to Come

I hope you enjoyed this preview of the Frankford Arsenal FX-10 progressive reloading press. I’ll have more information and more content when we get closer to the official release date (first quarter of 2022). Stay tuned!

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Thanks,
Gavin

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