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#5675417 - 03/29/15 10:36 PM Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press
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I have some friends that have the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press. It seems like a good press. Thinking very hard about getting one. Anything bad I need to know about it? I would be using it for pistol 9mm up to rifle 30-06. Thanks
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#5675624 - 03/30/15 08:08 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 11/02/11
Posts: 1155
Loc: Waco
I have both the Hornady LNL progressive and a Dillon 650.
I have loaded more on the Hornady as I have had it longer.
Both are good machines and work well. Also both have their little quirks that keep them from perfection.

If you had said you were only loading pistol I would not hesitate to recommend you go Dillon instead.
For rifle mainly and some pistol the Hornady is good too but I think I like the Dillon for loading pistol more than the Hornady.
I give Hornady an advantage on the powder thrower and sizing the larger cases.
I have case feeders on both and they both seem to work fine as well.
Hornady Customer service is excellent but so is Dillon.

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#5675653 - 03/30/15 08:31 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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The Hornady AP progressive press is a great press. It will load very good ammo. The main thing I like about the Hornady press is the ability to quickly change calibers. You can go from loading pistol to rifle in about 5 minutes (using the die bushings). If you plan to load multiple calibers, the Hornady is a good choice. But it is a progressive press.
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#5678108 - 03/31/15 01:46 PM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 233
A friend of mine had a hornady and he had primer problems this was some time ago.
Is the hornady press having primer problems?

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#5679244 - 04/01/15 08:17 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
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That is one of the quirks I spoke of. There is a u-tube video that shows how to smooth up the primer slide to get good performance. It is an easy fix.

The newer model Hornadys LNL have better ejection than the old wire eject. I had mine upgraded.

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#5679533 - 04/01/15 11:25 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
Cleric Offline
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Registered: 03/11/12
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The 650 and and lnl ap both can have primer issues. It is partly because you prime on the push the handle up after pumping it to prime the shell. Whereas something like the 1050 doesn't have this problem because you prime on the down stroke

If you keep the area clean and those pesky small primer 45 you shouldn't have a huge issue.

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#5679572 - 04/01/15 11:43 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: DStroud]
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 233
Originally Posted By: DStroud
I have both the Hornady LNL progressive and a Dillon 650.
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Hornady Customer service is excellent but so is Dillon.

My Dillon using friend is having his 650 rebuilt under the lifetime warentee
Will Hornady do the same for their machines?
What you all saying here is both machine work well.
In my shoes what is the better buy I don't have an idea.

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#5679671 - 04/01/15 12:36 PM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
Cleric Offline
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It depends. The biggest difference imo is the caliber change process. Lnl has the sleeves, 650 has the whole plate. The plate can be faster but you have to buy one for every caliber, which adds up quickly.

Both press will last a long time with basic up keep. Yes Dillion has their lifetime warranty but I have never had an issue with the hornady that wasn't caused by me. Hornady took care of it free of charge both times.

I went hornady. I still wonder if a 650 would have been better, but I know my hornady is good for me. also think about what you load. I do all my rifle on single stage.

My only really issue with Dillon is the distrubution model. Hornady has stuff it more stores than Dillon.

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#5679893 - 04/01/15 02:59 PM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 09/03/13
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Who needs distribution channels when you have the internet?


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#5680718 - 04/02/15 06:39 AM Re: Your thoughts on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press [Re: Michael Wilson]
noylj Offline
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Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 35
If you don't need a case collator, you get a great press that is lower in cost than the competition and has a vastly smaller cost for caliber conversions. The press is very ergonomic and the charged case is directly under the operator's nose at bullet seating so there is no excuse for NOT inspecting the powder charge. Case and bullet handling are done with the left hand, so these manual operations are quick and easy.
If you absolutely can not live without the case collator, get the Dillon 650 or 1050.
The only press I would have other than the Hornady is the Dillon 1050 (and I have three 1050s), where you lose all the benefits of the Hornady mentioned, but gain a press with a couple more stations and the case collator and I don't know if there is a press that seats a primer more consistently.

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