Lee Pro Auto Disk powder measure in a LNL EZ Ject


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WLE
September 4, 2009, 01:05 PM
I would like to use my Auto Disk powder feeder in a LNL press which I am contemplating buying. Should I buy the Hornady powder drop. I really like the disk concept, I think but I can be wrong but it seems to me to be more fool proof. I will be loading the following 45acp 40 S&W 357 mag 380 acp 44Mag. and 9mm. I would like to here from all koolaid heads what I should purchase and keep on hand to keep my setup time down low. I am also getting th latest Model EZ Ject. They say it is a much better operating machine. I still will use my LEE Classic auto index for short runs. I don't mind hand loading the cases or the bullets with the LNL so I will not at this time need all the gingerbread. Thanks redheads, Bill

I called tech support at Hornady and they could not or would not tell me if the Auto Disk is compatable with the LNL

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Joemyxplyx
September 4, 2009, 07:49 PM
I've got a Lee Classic turret and a Hornady LnLAP. The Lee Pro Auto Disk is a very nice powder measure - very consistant. But the Hornady LnL powder measure is also very nice and consistant. I do use the handgun rotor and micrometer metering insert (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=164839) which are really nice for small charges that I use for cowboy action shooting.

The LnL Powder Measure and powder through expander setup come with the LnL AP press so you don't have to buy them. The pistol rotor and micrometer insert will cost another $60. This combo will be very nice for the .380 and 9mm. It's also great for small cowboy loads. The Hornady requires powder thru expander inserts for each caliber which cost about $10 each or you can use this (http://powderfunnels.com/) which is a universal powder thru expander for another $25.

The Lee Pro Auto Disk should also work just fine on the Hornady LnL. It'll certainly save about $85.

But I am certainly happy with my LnL powder measure setup even with the extra expense. It throws nice.

D. Manley
September 4, 2009, 08:11 PM
Lee Pro Auto Disk powder measure in a LNL EZ Ject --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I would like to use my Auto Disk powder feeder in a LNL press which I am contemplating buying. Should I buy the Hornady powder drop. I really like the disk concept, I think but I can be wrong but it seems to me to be more fool proof. I will be loading the following 45acp 40 S&W 357 mag 380 acp 44Mag. and 9mm. I would like to here from all koolaid heads what I should purchase and keep on hand to keep my setup time down low. I am also getting th latest Model EZ Ject. They say it is a much better operating machine. I still will use my LEE Classic auto index for short runs. I don't mind hand loading the cases or the bullets with the LNL so I will not at this time need all the gingerbread. Thanks redheads, Bill

I called tech support at Hornady and they could not or would not tell me if the Auto Disk is compatable with the LNL

I guess I'm a little confused, does'nt the Hornady LNL AP comes standard with their powder peasure & case activated system?

I personally cannot imagine wanting to use the Lee Pro Auto Disks on the LNL. I have a couple of them for use on a LCT and while they are OK, I much prefer conventional PM systems. I do most of my pistol rounds on a Dillon and find their powder handling system vastly superior to the Lee...I would tend to believe the Hornady would be the same.

Walkalong
September 4, 2009, 08:39 PM
does'nt the Hornady LNL AP comes standard with their powder peasure & case activated system?Yes it does. Perhaps he just likes his Lee measure. I agree I would prefer the Hornady/RCBS/Redding/whomever drum type measure over the Lee Auto Disk.

I believe the measure might work on the LNL, but it may not. Kind of depends on some dimensions I don't have.

D. Manley
September 4, 2009, 09:44 PM
Perhaps he just likes his Lee measure.

I'm sure you're right. I answered the way I did because the OP also asked whether he should buy the Hornady power handling system making me think perhaps he did'nt realize it was part of the OEM package.

WLE
September 5, 2009, 01:18 AM
Thanks for clarifying I was not aware that the LNL comes with the powder through. I am not married to the Auto Disk I just thought it was a good system for consistent measure . The Blue pill or the Red Pill .... I almost took the red pill today. I too, like many here on this forum understand the mechanics of how things wear and how things wear prematurely when not properly designed. I have not physically worked the Dillon 550 ( does the 550 have auto idexing) or the LNL so my dilemma is to rely on the experts of this forum to help me see through miny fog. If I could go to a Dealer and touch, feel and see how each machine functions I think it might be able to come to a decision. If you replied to this thread previously, feel free to share you wisdom and insights again. At this point I am not concerned so much to the cost as to the next 25 years or so of reliability. Blue Pill????? Thanks so much, this is fun process, Bill

Walkalong
September 5, 2009, 11:29 AM
If I could go to a Dealer and touch, feel and see how each machine functions I think it might be able to come to a decision.My dilemma exactly 20 plus years ago when I was looking at which progressive to buy. Nothing beats hands on to help make a decision. I chose the Projector back then, and it worked out well. The LNL is an even better machine. I am quite sure the Dillon and RCBS machines are great too. I like the ergonomics of the LNL, and that is something where you just have to try them out to get a real feel for.

D. Manley
September 5, 2009, 03:16 PM
Walkalong is as usual, spot-on. A "hands-on" comparison is invaluable if there's any way possible.

As to your questions on Dillon, the 550B is Dillon's only press without auto-indexing. (Well actually, they still make the 450 to special order but few dealers carry them). All others, from the Square Deal B to the Super 1050 are auto-indexing. I happen to use a SDB for pistol rounds and love the auto-indexing but those who use the 550B actually prefer the manual indexed shellplate for various reasons some of which, have a lot of merit.

I've not used a LNL AP but I have no doubt it's a terrific machine too. As with all new products, it seemed to have a few quirks when initially released but by all accounts, most of that has been ironed out and were I not a die-hard Dillon customr, I'd have no reservations whatsoever about the Hornady...you can be confident it's a good machine.

If your travel plans go anywhere close to a shop where you can see the machines and do a little, "touchy-feely" on them then, that's no doubt the way to go. Once you can have a first-hand look, a hard choice becomes a lot easier.

WLE
September 5, 2009, 07:03 PM
D. Manley,

Please elaborate as to the advantages of manually rotation the turret for the reloading process. Could the process lend itself to a double charge? One thing comes to mind de priming all the cases at one time but then why do it in a progressive? If I did go with the LNL would at some point I say to myself Gee, I wish I could manually rotate the turret? All good info guys, keep it coming, Bill:)

D. Manley
September 5, 2009, 10:03 PM
Please elaborate as to the advantages of manually rotation the turret for the reloading process. Could the process lend itself to a double charge? One thing comes to mind de priming all the cases at one time but then why do it in a progressive? If I did go with the LNL would at some point I say to myself Gee, I wish I could manually rotate the turret? All good info guys, keep it coming...

Bill, I don't necessarily agree that manual indexing is an advangage but rather, it's an option that suits some individuals better. I personally prefer auto-indexing for my needs. Proponents of the 550 tend to prefer absolute control over the loading process particularly, if loading rifle rounds or loads using very case-filling powder charges (less spillage when rotating the shellplate). On double-charging a case on a 550 yes, if you drop a powder charge and neglect to rotate the shellplate you can re-charge the same case. Attention to the reloading process and a visual check are the preventive measures although some people seat the bullet immediately after charging - before rotating the shellplate making a double charge impossible. I'd say if your past reloading experience on a single-stage or turret has led to a double-charge then, auto-indexing may be worth a look. If you are a careful and meticulous reloader then the 550B may be ideal for you.

One more comment, a little thing. There is no turret to rotate...the dies are stationary in the toolhead and it's the shellplate that rotates and this is true for manual or auto-indexing machines. Typically on either type of machine you add an empty case, set a bullet on a charged case and with every pull of the handle a finished round is ejected.

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