Anybody use the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP?


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EddieCoyle
October 8, 2005, 11:43 AM
I'm ready to get started loading handgun ammunition. I plan to load .380, .38spl, .45 ACP, and .500 S&W. I've been saving my brass and plan to reload over the winter.

I'll probably load 1000 of .380, 2000 each of .38 and .45, and a few hundred of the .500's.

I've narrowed my press choices down to 2 presses, a single stage and a progressive:

1. The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme (kit)

2. Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

Does anybody have experience with the Hornady press? Is it any good? And finally, do you think the quantities above justify the extra cost of a progressive vs. single stage press?

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LHB1
October 8, 2005, 06:03 PM
Eddie,
Both the RCBS Rock Chucker (single stage) press and the Hornady LNL AP (progressive) are good reloading presses. Have used both during my 40+ years of reloading. Currently use two Hornady LNL AP presses, one for .45 ACP and one for .44 Mag, to avoid ANY delay in die/plate changeover. The LNL will obviously load rounds quicker but will take longer to switch base plate than to switch shell holder head on Rock Chucker.

Minor problem with using one press for the calibers you mention is that .380 and .38 Spl use SMALL primers while .45 ACP and .500 use LARGE primers. In my experience changing the primer feed unit on a press is a hassle and I try to avoid this necessity.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB

Guy B. Meredith
October 8, 2005, 07:36 PM
Yep, been using one for several years and in excess of 20,000 rounds. Mine is one of the original pre serial 7000 and several nice upgrades have been added post 7000. One-the primer system-I have incorporated into my press.

I bought the system as it is sturdy, efficient, relatively inexpensive. Changing primers and calibers is a piece of cake, though some wealthy types would get grouchy about spending 5 to 10 minutes and would rather have multiple presses.

1911user
October 8, 2005, 09:51 PM
5000+ pistol rounds is progressive territory. If you are looking at the Hornady progressive, you should also check out the Dillon 550B progressive. Both presses and the total caliber conversion costs are roughly the same. You can search out the discussion/war threads between the 2 progressives. Either are far superior to an expensive single stage press kit.

tc300mag1
October 8, 2005, 09:57 PM
I have the Hornady and love it .. Except for 9mm for some reason it binds up only caliber hornady is sending me a new shell plate they think one i have is out of spec

Deavis
October 9, 2005, 11:49 AM
The search function is your friend! Use it first then ask your questions if they are unanswered.

http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=132404&highlight=hornady
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=131801&highlight=hornady
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=127063&highlight=hornady
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=126617&highlight=hornady

That is 4 out of a very long list. Search for posts by Cortland, he posted a link to a very comprehensive review of the 550 and LNL after he switched to the Hornady. A "Blue Koolaid" search with his name will bring up that thread.

Bronson7
October 9, 2005, 12:53 PM
Deavis, I can appreciate where you're comming from but if that was the case, we'd probably have a very inactive forum. In addition, current news is better than old news, even if it does concern the same subject. Not getting down on you, just expressing my opinion. :)
Bronson7

BluesBear
October 10, 2005, 03:19 AM
I think it's better to compare the Hornady LnL to the Dillon 650.

The biggest advantage that I can think of is the ability to leave the powder measure on the press with the Hornady.

If properly cared for both presses will outlast you.

Deavis
October 10, 2005, 05:07 PM
Deavis, I can appreciate where you're comming from but if that was the case, we'd probably have a very inactive forum

No, you wouldn't. This is one of the few forums around that does not hammer people for asking questions that can be answered using the search feature. I'm sure plenty of people skip over posts titled, "Which progressive press is best" because it is obvious that person hasn't searched for the wealth of info on here. Well, except for thos diehard Lee fans who must get a cut of the profit since they always respond first. :evil:

My point is this, if you search and read you can ask questions that are useful. There is no utility in hashing through the same thing over and over unless that is your idea of an active forum. Repetition of the same tired questions does nothing to develop a good forum. Go post that question over on Brian Enos' forum and watch the replies come in that say, "Go do a search first"

If people read those threads I recommended based on a quick search, they could ask, "Well that is interesting that the LNL has feautre X, but really, how much better is feature X than feature Y on the RCBS" That type of question will give them a much better understanding that someone answering the question "Which press is better" by saying, "Hey buy the Hornady, it rocks!" Every question presented here, no offense to the original poster, has been answered before in depth. He could learn more in 5 minutes searching that waiting for people to chime in. Notice that the length of this thread is small compared to the threads I posted. Why do you think that is? Repetitive question?

cbsbyte
October 10, 2005, 07:15 PM
I just recieved the Hornady LNL AP five days ago from Grafs & Sons. During the past few days, I have had a chance to try it out reloading 500 rds of both 9mm and .357 Mag. Overall I found that the press is well made, with a great powder measure, but it has some problems with the priming system that need to be addressed.

I found the press to be easy to setup within one hour including cleaning the press and powder measure of packing grease, even through the directions where not well written with many grammatical errors. The timing movement of the press was way off as set from the factory, It took at least 30 mintues to correctly set the movement of the shell plate. Even after four days, I still have some problems with the plate lining up correctly with the dies. Also the right paw is severley worn after only 500rds. Overall movement of the progressive action is smooth with no noticable jerky movements unless the timing is off then it becomes hard to use and it will completely lock up if the paws are not adjusted correctly. Added: I corrected most of the timing issues and then added heavy grease to the paws and index wheel to stop the wearing.

I like the Lock and load feature of the dies, but mine are very tight when on the press and hard to remove without messing with the die setting or using a wrench. Nice feature is that the powder measure does not have to be removed from the press.

The powder measure is great it throws consistant correct charges, with the pistol micrometer. The automatic powder drop is of concern since it sometimes will not drop down once a case is removed from the slot. Added, Yes, I fixed it, the height of the measure had to be adjusted.

The problems I have most with this press is with the priming system. It just plain sucks. It was working fine for the first hunderd rounds but then refilled it and it will not longer correctly prime. The primers will either not drop correctly onto the arm or they cause a blockage and then priming arm jams. I had three primers set off when they where crushed by the priming arm. No matter how I try to fix, or clean it there is alway a feeding problem. It has becomes such a bother I am going to just take it off the press and hand prime with my Lee primer. I also noticed alot of the parts of priming system are made from a soft pot metal this could explain the jamming because the parts might be misaligned or out of spec.

I have not timed myself to see how many round I can do in an hour since I have not been able to work out all the problems that arise that slow the process down and I am still not comfortable enough with the press to speed up the process. I have no experience with any Dillion press except from word of mouth so I can not compare the two brands. I am going to keep this press and try working out the problems; if need be have it fixed by Hornady. I cannot see why this press would not produce very good ammo at a decent rate if the problems where fixed.

Guy B. Meredith
October 10, 2005, 07:30 PM
cbsbyte,

Raise your press immediately to Hornady's attention. Their customer service has done very well by me.

BigJakeJ1s
October 10, 2005, 10:47 PM
I like seeing this subject brought up every once in a while. No matter how much has been said in the past on these types of subjects, it always seems that someone has something new to say.

That being said, I applaud encouragement to use the search features, but in adjunct of, rather than in lieu of posting.

Now, to keep my post on topic, I'll add that I've handled (dry-run) both Hornady and Dillon (650), but have not reloaded anything on either. The Hornady seems smoother and more solid than the Dillon, though the workmanship seems very good on both. I like the flexibility of the individual lock-n-load bushings allowing individual die access for replacement, adjustment, inspection, or cleaning. I think that is one of the main reasons that Dillon created their own dies, so they could have the quick removal for cleaning. On the Hornady, anyone's dies are quickly removable. Finally, the Hornady powder measure seems to have it in spades over that of the Dillon. The metering inserts can be replaced without tools and without emptying the measure, let alone removing it from the press. Hornady offers (and supports) micrometer adjustable metering inserts for both rifle and pistol. There is even an insert that can be used to drain the powder back into the can while the measure is still on the press. The range of capacities for the Hornady metering inserts is much larger, and a high capacity hopper is available too.

Andy

Cloudpeak
October 10, 2005, 11:58 PM
I've had my LNL for a few months now and have loaded around 2,000 rounds of 40 S&W with no problems. Timing is correct from the factory and the priming system has been bullet proof (sorry, couldn't resist.)

Cloudpeak

BigSlick
October 11, 2005, 01:40 AM
I have used the Rock Chucker for years. Great press in every respect *except* handling spent rimers. They go all over the place. I have used every type of primer cup/catcher available from RCBS, and I might as well let the primers hit the floor instead of trying to utilize the primer catchers - they work at best about 60%.

A good shooting buddy of mine bought a LNL AP from Cabelas about a month ago, and seems to like it. I have a mixed reaction to it. The LNL die removal feature is ok, but to swap tool heads on a 550/650 is MUCH easier and less hassle.

The primer system leaves something to be desired in my opinion. The auto index, I can take or leave, the cost vs. a 550 is almost identical when getting everything setup equally. A 650 will set you back a bit more if you include the powered case feeder and all the case feed plates.

I have loaded a few rounds on his LNL, it is pretty smooth. The fit and function seem to be robust. I don't buy Hornady presses any more since the days of my owning a ProJector. Some parts are no longer available, so I was out of luck when I needed a couple of replacement parts.

Hornady's customer service may be great *now* but that is a result of pressure from Dillon being so helpful and supportive to their customers.

Some of you may have loaded long enough to remember the days when Hornady had a one year guarantee and a long price list of replacement parts in the owners manuals. Dillon has had their no BS warranty since as long as I can remember.

Dillon will do a refurb on their products for a nominal fee (or free if you have a problem that they deem serious enough to replace the press entirely). Hornady doesn't offer anything similar, as far as I know.

Many, many people buy used Dillon's on EBay and drop $29.95 to send it to Dillon for a complete factory rebuild. The $29.95 basically covers return shipping and packaging. If you require repair that isn't usually a user repairable part, they pick up the freight both ways and all the parts.

From a standpoint of economy, I would buy a used Dillon amd get a factory rebuild done on it. Hornady LNL (or any others) don't hold their value like a Dillon does. The result is, if you decide to move to a different press in the future, you most likely won't lose (much) money.

The LNL is a great idea, a fantastic upgrade from previous Hornady products and according to many, worthy of some consideration.

From my standpoint, owning a Dillon is great, because the product is outstanding, the price is reasonable and YEARS of proven track record and customer service speak for itself.

My buddy with the LNL loaded a few rounds on one of my 550's over the weekend. His only comment was the 550 felt 'smoother'. Who knows, maybe it is, maybe not.

I can recommend that if you decide to buy the Rock Chucker, the LNL inserts (?) are available stand as a stand alone item. They would definitely be an improvement over swapping and readjusting dies every time.

Buy the Rock Chucker ? Definitely, you can still find many uses for it when you decide to go to a progressive.

Buy a Hornady LNL ? No, I don't think so.

Just my opinion, worth every cent you're paying for it - zero :cool:

Black Snowman
October 11, 2005, 02:32 AM
If I were buying from scratch today I'd go with the L-N-L single stage and progressive. Primarily due to how my reloading has evolved.

Sometimes I'll run batches to prep brass or finish off prepped brass and end up having to swap individual dies on the tool heads anyway. The L-N-L system would save me quite a bit of time. There I'll sometimes have to go back and correct the seating depth or crimp on a batch. Being able to easily swap the die to the single stage would be nice.

I'm not running out and spending the money for the convienience over my Lee gear, but I'll probably upgrade eventually.

EddieCoyle
October 11, 2005, 08:55 AM
Every question presented here, no offense to the original poster, has been answered before in depth.

Sorry Beavis but I do take offense, a little. I posted this at work and could not take the time to search through hundreds of posts, including the many (your's for example) that do not contain helpful information. I do know how some other forums operate and one of the nice things about The High Road is the (general) lack of thread police and junior moderators.

5000+ pistol rounds is progressive territory.
I can recommend that if you decide to buy the Rock Chucker, the LNL inserts (?) are available stand as a stand alone item. They would definitely be an improvement over swapping and readjusting dies every time.
...added heavy grease to the paws and index wheel to stop the wearing.
From a standpoint of economy, I would buy a used Dillon and get a factory rebuild done on it. Hornady LNL (or any others) don't hold their value like a Dillon does. The result is, if you decide to move to a different press in the future, you most likely won't lose (much) money.

Finally, the Hornady powder measure seems to have it in spades over that of the Dillon.

Thanks guys, this is the kind of info I was looking for. You're not making my decision any easier though. Maybe when I get a few spare hours, I'll search the archives for more info on the Dillon. I thought they were out of my price range until I learned of the factory rebuild availablility.

Can you put a Hornady powder measure on a Dillon press?

1911user
October 11, 2005, 09:15 AM
Good points BigSlick. I'd think most Dillon presses that are used would not need a factory checkout but it is available. I'm surprised to hear that some projector parts are no longer available. They aren't that old of a press. The projector was the Hornady progressive press without the quick-change dies and some other changes that you have to pay Hornady to upgrade to use the case feeder. I looked at those when I bought my 550 about 6 years ago; glad I didn't buy it. Dillon seems more future proof, but the basic design hasn't changed (or needed to change) for a decade or 2.

The 550 is my main press with alot of extra toolheads, powder measure, and accessories, but my powder scale is RCBS, case trimmer is Lyman, stand-alone powder measure (used for single stage loading) is Hornady (from back when they came standard with a micrometer dial on the inserts), and 2 single-stage Lee presses for misc. tasks. My loyalty is toward performance and value, not color or a brand name.

Canuck-IL
October 11, 2005, 10:44 AM
I had three primers set off when they where crushed by the priming arm
WOW!! I've loaded 7000 45s on an L'n'L in the last 6 months and, while the priming system is the aspect that needs the most attention, I've never come near lighting a primer. Major problem is that the last 2 primers in the tube don't always fall...have to skip one shell to get them to drop. If any primer isn't fully seated, you immediately feel the difference in pull required to rotate. Stop at that point and pop out the shell - it's easy to remove and insert shells in the rotation.

I keep a compressed air can around and give the primer slide and timing wheel a shot once every 100 primers... every 200 primers, a shot of Hornady dry cleaner and lube.

Unit arrived timed perfectly from the factory and about half assembled...good thing as the manual is absolute crap but unnecessary. For all pistol loads, get the pistol metering insert which has a micrometer on it...don't bother trying to read the numbers, just use a caliper to measure its turndown distance from base for each setting you use frequently. Drops ball and extruded powders very accurately...occ. bridging on semi-flake but it's usually obvious in the case.

Summary - loaded on a friend's 550 for awhile, own a Lee turret and decided the L'n'L was easily the most advanced design. Factory service has been great altho all I've needed were questions answered about getting a custom bullet seater made and a replacement powder tube that I broke (sent free).

Here's a couple of references...
http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammunition/lock_1105/

http://www.cs.odu.edu/~rtompkin/hornady/blue.php

/Bryan

Deavis
October 11, 2005, 05:38 PM
Sorry Beavis but I do take offense, a little. I posted this at work and could not take the time to search through hundreds of posts, including the many (your's for example) that do not contain helpful information.

So what you are saying is that you don't want to take the time to search for answers on your own but you want everyone else to take the time to answer your post? Hmm, how one-sided of you. :scrutiny: I digress, and will take it offline.

BigJakeJ1s
October 11, 2005, 10:56 PM
I'll search the archives for more info on the Dillon. I thought they were out of my price range until I learned of the factory rebuild availablility.

The dillon presses I've seen on ebay were going for frighteningly close to retail already! And that from an ebay "dealer" that you know very little about. Dillon will stand behind the press only if you receive it. I know, I know, lots of people buy lots of stuff on ebay with nary a problem, but it still scares the ... out of me.

The auto-indexing LNL AP is about the same initial cost as a manual indexing Dillon 550, and much less expensive than the Dillon 650. Caliber conversions cost similar amounts between the AP and the 550.

The LNL AP with case feeder is about the same initial cost as the Dillon 650 without casefeeder, and much less than a 650 with casefeeder. Caliber conversions on the LNL AP are much less expensive than on the 650.

Can you put a Hornady powder measure on a Dillon press?

Yes, the hornady powder measure and linkage can be used on a Dillon press. Note that, because the Hornady powder die/linkage does not expand the casemouth, you have to provide a separate expander die, and seat/crimp in same station for a 550. The 650 would allow you to seat/crimp separately, but not use a powder checker. I have seen descriptions of a modification of the hornady powder die, using parts from the Lyman hollow expander die, that allow it to expand while dropping powder. This would allow direct replacement of the Dillon powder measure/linkage/die with the modified Hornady system. On the other hand, this same modification on the LNL AP press gives you 100% of the capabilities of the Dillon 650, for the cost of a Dillon 550.

Lest you think that only LNL AP's have problems with primer feed, etc., spend a while on Brian Enos's site searching the forums there...

Andy

The Bushmaster
October 11, 2005, 11:17 PM
I'm a Lee man...L O L... :neener:

1911user
October 11, 2005, 11:58 PM
Quote:
Can you put a Hornady powder measure on a Dillon press?


Yes, the hornady powder measure and linkage can be used on a Dillon press. Note that, because the Hornady powder die/linkage does not expand the casemouth, you have to provide a separate expander die, and seat/crimp in same station for a 550. The 650 would allow you to seat/crimp separately, but not use a powder checker. I have seen descriptions of a modification of the hornady powder die, using parts from the Lyman hollow expander die, that allow it to expand while dropping powder. This would allow direct replacement of the Dillon powder measure/linkage/die with the modified Hornady system. On the other hand, this same modification on the LNL AP press gives you 100% of the capabilities of the Dillon 650, for the cost of a Dillon 550.


The above method assumes using the case to activate (operate) the hornady powder measure in a dillon press and it will work and Hornady makes a good powder measure.

There is a simpler/cheaper way to use a hornady (or rcbs or lyman) adjustable powder measure on a dillon press BUT you manually operate it. It uses a different powder die that holds the expander funnel in place; either the older RL450 or current AT500 powder die will work. Dillon sells a threaded adapter that screws onto the threads of the powder measure and is slipped (and locked) over the top of the powder die. I have this setup and it works well if you don't always want to use the Dillon measure for whatever reason. It doesn't rattle or bounce since everything is tightened together. I use it mainly for precision rifle loads.

Deavis
October 12, 2005, 12:56 AM
spend a while on Brian Enos's site searching the forums there...

Brian does have a great forum if you want info on Dillon tweaks/tricks, IPSC shooting, and he is a pleasure to do business with. Be caeful using the search word on this thread. You may be promoted to Junior Moderator status! :neener:

http://www.brianenos.com/forums/

He has a nice page that reviews the Dillon basics here:

http://www.brianenos.com/pages/dillon.html#which

and since you are looking into a Dillon, do read Cortland's page, in case you didn't see it already

http://www.cs.odu.edu/~rtompkin/hornady/blue.php

Cortland owned a Dillon before switching to a Hornady.

BigSlick
October 12, 2005, 01:15 AM
I did read the comparison you mention Mr. Junior Moderator :D

Sounds semi-factual, but what really comes thru is the bias against Dillon.

'Lovin' that Lock-N-Load'

No... c'mon... tell us how you REALLY feel.

'These buttons make removing cartridges from intermediate stages (to check a powder charge for instance) difficult.'

Difficult ? OKAAAAYYY... then maybe opening a can of soda, cranking his car or tying his shoelaces would be insurmountable.

Not knocking the guy, he is entitled to his opinion, but the article is HARDLY objective, and heavily biased.

Besides, EVERYBODY knows Dillon is better :neener:

BigSlick

Cortland
October 12, 2005, 01:32 AM
It's my article. I guess parts of it are a little tongue-in-cheek. Now that I have a machinegun to call my very own some of my personal animus against Mr. Dillon has waned. HOWEVER, the feature-for-feature comparisons in the article is still valid. If you want to double check a powder charge, it's SOOO much easier to pull a case out of the spring loader retainer than it is to fiddle with those little brass buttons.

But hey, they're both great presses (except the Dillon, which sucks).

Guy B. Meredith
October 12, 2005, 01:36 AM
What is the serial number on the Hornadys that are having primer difficulties? The old primer system had its moments and did not like to let loose of the last primer, but the new system for serial numbers 7000 and higher is quite different. I installed it on my very old LNL and it runs without a hitch.

Bronson7
October 12, 2005, 01:41 AM
Big Jake, are you sure about that? I was almost positive that the 650 was a five station press allowing the use of a powder checker.
Bronson7

Cortland
October 12, 2005, 01:46 AM
I was almost positive that the 650 was a five station press allowing the use of a powder checker.

You can do powder check with the 650, normally:

1: Resize
2: Bell/charge
3: Check
4: Seat
5: Crimp

He was talking about powder checking with a Hornady LnL measure on a 650. It can be done with:

1: Resize
2: Bell
3: Charge
4: Check
5: Seat/crimp

Which would the same procedure as a LnL AP, but here of course you lose the ability to powder check AND seat and crimp separately.

robctwo
October 12, 2005, 02:18 AM
I went through the process of comparing and reading. ended up with the Lock-n-Load. Have had it for a couple of years. Loaded mostly 9mm and .40 at first. Some .380. Recently loaded up a bunch of rifle for the 300 wsm, .308 and .243.

I have not liked the spring cartridge ejector and took it off. I do like the automatic case feeder when loading pistol. I have had no trouble with the primer system unless it gets dirty. I think the powder system is fantastic. I got the micometer for pistol. Considering it for rifle.

I found that I can load rifle rounds one at a time to get the same control as with a single stage.

The Hornady is strong enough to bump the collars back on the 300 wsm which turns out to be an issue with that round, especially in a BAR.

I have used the Hornady dies for pistol. I seem to be gravitating to RCBS dies for rifle.

My friend got started with the Lee progressive. I have loaded some pistol on it. I really do not like the priming system on that press. The Hornady seems to be a much more substantial machine.

I have not operated any of the other presses. I think that if I were starting out again I'd try to find people in the area with a variety of presses and run them all.

I would buy another lock-n-load in an instant.

1911 TERRY
October 12, 2005, 04:23 PM
I use the LNL bushings in my RCBS rockchucker. So far I've got them set up on 3 different pistol calibers. Sure make changes a snap with virtually no set up time.

Cortland
October 12, 2005, 06:17 PM
Yeah, I use a LnL conversion bushing on my Lee Classic Cast and I've shimmed the bushing so that I can move dies between the Lee and my LnL AP without adjustment. It's really slick.

LHB1
October 12, 2005, 08:20 PM
Eddie,
You probably know this but would strongly suggest NOT loading 500-2000 rounds of a given load UNTIL you have tested and proven the load to be safe, functional, and satisfactory. I shudder to even think of trying to pull bullets, dump powder, and reload that quantity of ammo.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB

BigJakeJ1s
October 12, 2005, 11:16 PM
Thanks Cortland, yes that's what I meant.

Referring to using the hornady powder measure and case activated operating linkage:

The above method assumes using the case to activate (operate) the hornady powder measure in a dillon press and it will work and Hornady makes a good powder measure.

On some forum somewhere, I've seen pictures posted by someone who had several dillon die plates set up with the hornady case activated linkage, but I think he had rcbs uniflow measures on them (the hornady case activated linkage will work with either, in fact rcbs sells a linkage almost identical to Hornady's, but it is more expensive). He had even painted all his uniflow bodies (the cast part around the drum) Dillon blue!

The same Lyman powder through expander die that folks have used the parts from to add expansion capability to the Hornady powder die, can also be used as it comes from Lyman, and a powder measure screwed directly into the top of it (it has female 7/8-14 threads on the top), and operated manually. It has hollow expander inserts for most handgun calibers, and a universal, non-expanding insert.

Finally one more possibility to use a hornady powder measure, case activated, with powder check and separate seat and crimp dies in 5 stations is this: you could modify a powder check die by lengthening the rod that senses the powder height, and mount it on top of that same Lyman powder through expander die. Only this way, the die stations would be set up as follows:

1. resize
2. dump powder
3. expand case mouth & powder check
4. seat bullet
5. crimp

Note that case mouth expansion happens after powder drop. Assuming the powder charge does not have to be compressed to seat the bullet, this should not cause any problems, should it?

Andy

BluesBear
October 13, 2005, 02:59 AM
He had even painted all his uniflow bodies (the cast part around the drum) Dillon blue! That would be our member 44and45.
He posted pics of his layout in this thread. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=62991)

Note that case mouth expansion happens after powder drop. Assuming the powder charge does not have to be compressed to seat the bullet, this should not cause any problems, should it? Perhaps it could.
Especially with the RCBS expanders that are a little bit longer than Lyman, Hornady or Redding. They could compress the powder charge OR they could even pickup a few individual granules of powder from one charge and deposit them in the next.

If you have good lighting over your press, you should be able to look inside the case before you seat the bullet.
Because surely you aren't relying solely on a powder check die are you?

If you simply must have a powder check die then you need to determine which is more impostant to you;
Using a better powder measure or seating and crimping in separate operations.

Of course you could just go ahead and get a Dillon 1050. With eight stations you'll have plenty of room.

cbsbyte
October 13, 2005, 07:30 PM
cbsbyte,

Raise your press immediately to Hornady's attention. Their customer service has done very well by me.


I called up Hornady and spoke with two techs including the designer of the press who was able to determine the source of problem and help me easily fix it over the phone. The problem was with an misaligned part which was probably loosened during shipping. It would not have been something I would have discoverd myself unless I accidently stumbled across it. The press now works great. :D

Charles

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