Own An LNL AP Press? Seeking Serial Numbers & Purchase Date Info For Data Base


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David Wile
January 21, 2010, 07:31 PM
Hey folks,

The Hornady LNL AP progressive press has been in production since 1997, and I was curious as to how many of these presses have been made since then along with how the production numbers changed throughout the twelve plus years they have been on the market. About a week or so ago I started a thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=498108) asking folks for serial numbers and purchase dates on their LNL presses. So far I have gathered the information for the following folks and their presses:

--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----8,866-----May-----2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,885--------------2008?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,491-----June-----2008------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008------------------------Mongoose
---17,410-----Feb-----2009------------------------Jeff Brown
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-----------------------Broken Wheel
---20,777-----Oct-----2009------------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---23,300-----Dec-----2009------------------------The Hat

When I started that thread, I was in Florida and did not know the exact serial number for my own press and reported it as being somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500. I am now back home and just checked to see that my serial number is actually 1,525, and it was purchased about June of 1997.

So far, I have learned the original wire case ejection system was in use up to serial number 13,050 which was purchased in Feb of 2008, but I cannot determine when the new EZ-Ject was first initiated. Canuck IL reported the primer system upgrade came at or about serial number 7,000.

A few folks reported their serial numbers with "Xs" in the last two or three positions, and I have substituted "0s" for the "Xs" in each case. If you can report your whole serial number, we can keep a more accurate time line for the production and sale of these units. If that seems to be a problem for anyone, please provide as much as you are comfortable with.

If you have any particular knowledge about the various changes made to the LNL system along the way, please note such changes, and I will note them accordingly. I am keeping the information reported on a simple M-Soft Excel spreadsheet, and I will be happy to send a copy of same to anyone who want to E-Mail me requesting a copy.

I started this thread with what I hope is a more attention getting title to attract more LNL owners to respond.

I thank you all for your attention and participation in this project.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

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kb2
January 21, 2010, 07:36 PM
Sn: 209xx

Randy1911
January 21, 2010, 07:48 PM
Hornady started offering the EZ-ject in Jan. 2009. Don't know the serial # though. I converted mine to EZ-ject in June of '09.

David Wile
January 21, 2010, 08:05 PM
Hey KB2 & Randy,

I added KB2's number & date as well as Randy's new info on the EZ-Ject. I have not added the long worded info to the list above, but I have added it to the Excel data base I am building. The information Randy provided is noted on the same row behind his name in the data base. Again, thanks.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

Crashbox
January 21, 2010, 08:22 PM
I reckon if you want the full serial number it won't hurt for this apparatus. My S/N is 22403.

floydster
January 22, 2010, 10:47 AM
Purchased mine Oct. 2009 ser.no. 20777.
Floyd

wild willy
January 22, 2010, 01:16 PM
4/14/09 S.N. 18608
Bill

Dynamite Rabbit
January 22, 2010, 01:30 PM
About 7/08, S/N 13978, wire eject

Lee

101VooDoo
January 22, 2010, 05:47 PM
13491 Wire - Jun 2008 +/-

NRA-Highmaster
January 22, 2010, 10:29 PM
#22151, early Dec2009 EZJect

jbrown13
January 22, 2010, 11:52 PM
Dave, my LnL, serial number 17410, is the EZ-Ject model.

Jeff

RNG
January 23, 2010, 07:09 AM
14281 purchased in Aug 2008 w/wire eject

Richard

David Wile
January 23, 2010, 11:01 AM
Hey folks,

I am pretty sure I have everyone's information provided thus far. Please note that for those who provided additional information not on the list below, I did not ignore it. I have noted such information on my spreadsheet, but it is too difficult to put in the list I am showing on this thread and repeated below:


--------Hornady LNL AP Serial Numbers & Dates Purchased---------
--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----8,866-----May-----2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,778-----Aug------2007------Wire eject-------SPW1
---11,885--------------2008?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,491-----June-----2008------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008------------------------Mongoose
---17,410-----Feb-----2009------------------------Jeff Brown
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-----------------------Broken Wheel
---20,777-----Oct-----2009------------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---23,300-----Dec-----2009------------------------The Hat

So far, there have only been two reports of serial numbers below the 11,000 number and 2008 date. Obviously there must be folks out there who bought about 11,000 units between 1997 and 2008, and it would be nice to hear from them. If anyone has any ideas of how to get more folks to participate, please do not hesitate to tell me what I might do or try.

Most folks are now reporting their whole serial numbers and do not seem to mind, and I am starting to get more folks responding with what type of case kicker, powder measure, and primer system came with their machine. Remember though, while I am keeping the information on the spreadsheet, I am not reporting it in this thread because it does not fit well. Again, I am keeping all information reported on a simple M-Soft Excel spreadsheet, and I will be happy to send a copy of same to anyone who sends me an E-Mail requesting a copy.

I thank you all for your attention and participation in this project.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

SPW1
January 23, 2010, 12:46 PM
Purchased Aug 2007 #11778 wire eject

David Wile
January 27, 2010, 06:48 PM
Hey folks,

With over 24,000 of these units sold since 1997, I would hope some more folks would provide information on their units. I know this isn't the most important analysis ever done, but the rate of production over the years does seem interesting to me. The data below represents the latest reported thus far:

--------Hornady LNL AP Serial Numbers & Dates Purchased---------
--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----8,866-----May-----2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,778-----Aug------2007------Wire eject-------SPW1
---11,885--------------2008?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,491-----June-----2008------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo (Jim)
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---15,168-----Dec-----2008-------EZ-Ject---------Ole Farmer Buck
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008------------------------Mongoose
---17,410-----Feb-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Jeff Brown
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-----------------------Broken Wheel
---20,777-----Oct-----2009------------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---21,949-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Rkohut
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---22,492-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Broker
---23,300-----Dec-----2009------------------------The Hat
---23,4xx-----Dec-----2009------------------------Gryffydd
---23,92x-----Dec-----2009------------------------1911pewpew
---24,xxx-----Jan------2010------------------------Macnewbie

What follows are additional comments made by the members that do not fit well with the listing above, but they are of interest in their own right:

---Canuck, IL - Reports that change in primer system came at serial number 7,000.
---Walkalong - Has a Pro-Jector with serial # 18,396. He also says the $29 he spent for his EZ-Ject upgrade was worth the expense.
---Randy - States that Hornady started offering the EZ-Ject system in Jan 2009. Serial number unknown. Converted his to EZ-Ject in June 09.
---Dodge DeBoulet - Indicated his press came with 3 powder drop tubes, two primer slides & seating punches; also indicated his powder screw tubes are not micrometer style which seems to be an add on purchase.
---Ole Farmer Buck - Hornady told him they started the EZ-Ject system with serial number 15,000, so his press at 15,168 is one of the first presses with EZ-Ject. He also reports he just got his 2nd LNL press Jan 2010.
---RNG (Richard) Upgraded to EZ-Ject in October 2009 and considers it money well spent.
---Gryffydd - Powder measure comes with baffle now. Purchased from Graff's.
---1911pewpew - Purchased from Midway.



Again it would be nice to have more data, and it would be nice to have further comments as listed above.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

101VooDoo
January 29, 2010, 10:54 AM
Dave, any idea how many respondents upgraded their Wire eject to EZ-Ject?

Did mine yesterday, took 10-15 minutes or so. Well worth the $29.

Jim

ole farmerbuck
January 29, 2010, 11:03 AM
If i remember right, Hornady told me the new eject models started with serial # 15ooo.

Walkalong
January 29, 2010, 11:44 AM
Well worth the $29. Yes sir. I did mine. Best $29 I have spent lately.

Broker
January 29, 2010, 01:38 PM
Bought sn 22492 11/20/2009, E Z-Ject. Love mine, BTW.

RNG
January 29, 2010, 05:32 PM
101VooDoo Dave, any idea how many respondents upgraded their Wire eject to EZ-Ject?

Did mine yesterday, took 10-15 minutes or so. Well worth the $29.



Agreed, money well spent. Upgraded mine in October 2009

Cheers,
Richard

rkohut
January 29, 2010, 05:39 PM
21949 - Oct 2009 EZ-Ject - Nice product

David Wile
January 29, 2010, 06:22 PM
Hey folks,

Thanks for the additional information. I added Broker's & Rkohut's press info into the list. Also, at the bottom of the list, I added the additional comments folks have made that did not readily fit into the list.


VooDoo, RNG, & Walkalong - The list above has all the information provided to me thus far. I am sure there are a bunch of folks who have upgraded to EZ-Ject, but this is all I have received thus far.

I have not upgraded to the EZ-Ject because my wire eject system works just fine with all the calibers I use, and that includes about nine or ten shell plates. Then I think Walk said that if you do upgrade, you have to have your shellplates reworked at $x each after the first two or three. So let me ask you guys, if my wire eject system works fine for everything I load, is there any other reason or reasons for upgrading to the EZ-Ject? Also, remember that my press is a really old one with all its original parts including the original primer system. I did replace one shellplate spring since purchasing it in 1997, and there was no charge for that. All I can say is it works fine. Now, what do you guys think about changing to the EZ-Ject, and in the same thought, what about the new priming system? Even the lower unit of my case activated powder dispenser is a bit different than what they use now. I'm glad for Jim and Walk that the EZ-Ject has been good for them, but if my old stuff works well, is there any really good reason for me to change?

Ole Farmer Buck - Thanks for the infor when they started EZ-Ject, but would you mind telling us your serial number and purchase date? If you have a problem with that, don't feel obligated. Obviously there are a lot of other folks who have LNLs and have not provided their information for whatever reason. In any case, the information you provided is useful as far as I am concerned.

Also, in the hope of reaching more LNL owners, I recently started a similar thread over on the TFL Relaoding Forum. So far, no one has responded there. I would think there would be hundreds of folks sending in their information, but maybe there are fewer folks on the forums than I thought. In any case, thanks again, and I hope you all may find the information interesting.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

Gryffydd
January 29, 2010, 06:31 PM
Purchased mine from Grafs in December of 09, S/N is 23,4xx.
One thing I noticed is that the powder measure comes with a baffle now. From what I've seen that was one of the complaints about it before.

1911pewpew
January 29, 2010, 06:50 PM
2392X purchased dec 28 2009 from midway

ole farmerbuck
January 29, 2010, 08:47 PM
Yep, no problem here. Mine is 15???. I was loading 45 acp tonight and told myself to write it down and...well you guessed it. I forgot. Anyway, i will try to get it tomorrow. I think its 15168 but not sure. I got it the 23rd or 24th of Dec 2008. I do remember it was one of the first to have the new eject. I got another new one just yesterday but havent opened the box yet.

RNG
January 30, 2010, 06:01 AM
David - No need to upgrade if your wire-eject is working well for you and you don't need to use the 5th station for non-hornady FCD's. I upgraded because my 223's, .380's, 9mm, .40's, and .45's, would wedge under the spring and get slung across the room. I also sacrificed a .40 FCD by grinding the end so it would clear the spring and didn't want to do that with all of my dies.

Warmest Regards,
Richard

David Wile
January 30, 2010, 11:23 AM
Hey folks,

I keep adding data when folks report it on the threads and when they semd me a PM. The list below is slowly getting longer and represents the latest information reported thus far:

--------Hornady LNL AP Serial Numbers & Dates Purchased---------
--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----8,866-----May-----2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,778-----Aug------2007------Wire eject-------SPW1
---11,885--------------2007?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong (Anthony)
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,491-----June-----2008------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo (Jim)
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---16,153-----Dec-----2008-------EZ-Ject---------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008-------EZ-Ject---------Mongoose
---17,410-----Feb-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Jeff Brown
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-------EZ-Ject--------Broken Wheel
---20,777-----Oct-----2009-----------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---21,949-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Rkohut
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---22,492-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Broker
---23,300-----Dec-----2009------------------------The Hat
---23,4xx-----Dec-----2009------------------------Gryffydd
---23,766-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Fella5 (Scott)
---23,92x-----Dec-----2009------------------------1911pewpew
---24,xxx-----Jan------2010------------------------Macnewbie
---24,427-----Jan-----2010------------------------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)



What follows are additional comments made by the members that do not fit well with the listing above, but they are of interest in their own right:

---Canuck, IL - Reports that change in primer system came at serial number 7,000.
---Walkalong - Has a Pro-Jector with serial # 18,396. He also says the $29 he spent for his EZ-Ject upgrade was worth the expense.
---Randy - States that Hornady started offering the EZ-Ject system in Jan 2009. Serial number unknown. Converted his to EZ-Ject in June 09.
---Dodge DeBoulet - Indicated his press came with 3 powder drop tubes, two primer slides & seating punches; also indicated his powder screw tubes are not micrometer style which seems to be an add on purchase.
---Ole Farmer Buck - Hornady told him they started the EZ-Ject system with serial number 15,000, so his press at 16,153 is one of the first presses with EZ-Ject. He also reports he just got his 2nd LNL press Jan 2010.
---RNG (Richard) Upgraded to EZ-Ject in October 2009 and considers it money well spent.
---Gryffydd - Powder measure comes with baffle now. Purchased from Graff's.
---1911pewpew - Purchased from Midway.
---Fella5 (Scott) - Purchased from Midway.
---Mongoose - Hornady started offering the EZject in Jan '09--I bought my LnL in December '08 and it has the EZject




As long as the folks keep providing the data, I will keep recording same. Also remember that I keep it on a M-Soft Excel spreadsheet which I can send to anyone who wants it via E-Mail.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

ole farmerbuck
January 30, 2010, 06:19 PM
Well old age is getting to me. I believe they say its your memory that goes first. :scrutiny: I was wrong on my serial number. Missed it by 985. The Dec 2008 model # is 16,153 and the new (1/27 or so/2010 is 24,427.

mongoose33
January 30, 2010, 11:12 PM
Regarding the Randy comment two posts back that says Hornady started offering the EZject in Jan '09--I bought my LnL in December '08 and it has the EZject.

David Wile
January 31, 2010, 01:45 AM
Hey Mongoose,

I added the EZ-Ject to your information, and from what was reported, it would seem that you and Ole Farmer Buck both had EZ-Ject systems in December of 2008. So far, it would seem the EZ-Ject started sometime between August and December of 2008. In all fairness to Randy, sometimes the things you hear from folks at Hornady may not always be accurate. I talked with a Hornady fellow last year who "was pretty sure" the LNL AP did not come on the market until about 2005, and that was obviously wrong.

It is obvious that not all folks gave all of their serial numbers and not all indicated whether it was a wire eject or an EZ-Ject, but I think it is pretty safe to say the EZ-Ject system was introduced sometime between serial numbers 14,281 and 16,153 which include the Aug to Dec 2008 time frame. Ole Farmer Buck reported that Hornady told him they started the EZ-Ject system with serial number 15,000. While we don't have any information from the owner of press number 15,000, that information would fit with the information reported by the owners of press 14,281 (Wire Eject) and press 16,153 (the first EZ-Ject reported so far).

I can't believe that only two of us so far have reported purchases before 2008: Canuck IL (8,866) in 2005 and my own (1,525) in 1997. To the best of my knowledge, there have been three main changes to the LNL AP since 1997: a change to the primer system that Canuck IL says took place about serial number 7,000 (sometime before May 2005), the change from the wire eject case kicker to the EZ-Ject system (sometime between Aug & Dec of 2008), and some changes to the case activated powder dispenser (I have no information on times for the powder measure changes).

The powder dispenser changes actually include changes to the lower unit linkage as well as changes to the metering system. My really old press included two different sized micrometer screw setting units that fit into one rotor. Today it seems that some folks get two rotors and no micrometer type adjustment features. Can anyone explain the differences to the powder measuring system over the years?

Also, does anyone know of any other changes made to the LNL AP since they started making them? Let me know, and I will keep a record of what I learn.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

ole farmerbuck
January 31, 2010, 05:58 AM
Hey David, i could be wrong on the number they changed too. But i do know they told me 15,000 or 16,000. I will find out for sure tomorrow. I have the ext. # for the guy (and gal) that would know. The reason i'm wondering is the fact that when i got mine, i knew there wasnt very many of the new style ahead of it. Sorry for the old age syndrome.

ole farmerbuck
February 2, 2010, 07:15 AM
Yep. Leave it to old buck here. I called and found out it was 16,000 when they started. So it looks like i got the 153rd after the change.

David Wile
March 16, 2010, 06:13 PM
Hey folks,

I have added the latest information provided on LNL presses, and the list now has a total of 38 presses reported by owners, some of whom have provided additional information included at the end of the list.


--------Hornady LNL AP Serial Numbers & Dates Purchased---------
--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----4,279-----Aug------2001------Wire eject-------Sommerled
----7,078-----Mar------2004-----------------------Robctwo
----8,866-----May------2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,778-----Aug------2007------Wire eject-------SPW1
---11,885--------------2007?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong (Anthony)
---12,056-----Oct-----2008-------Wire eject------Sommerled
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,100-----Feb-----2008------ Wire eject-------Thorn
---13,491-----June----2008-------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo (Jim)
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---16,153-----Dec-----2008-------EZ-Ject---------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008------------------------Mongoose
---14,689-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------Smith627
---17,410-----Feb-----2009------------------------Jeff Brown
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-----------------------Broken Wheel
---20,161-----Sep-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Dreaded
---20,777-----Oct-----2009------------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---21,761-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject--------Sommerled
---21,949-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Rkohut
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---22,492-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Broker
---22,523-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Glock20
---23,300-----Dec-----2009-----------------------The Hat
---23,4xx-----Dec-----2009------------------------Gryffydd
---23,766-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Fella5 (Scott)
---23,92x-----Dec-----2009------------------------1911pewpew
---24,xxx-----Jan------2010------------------------Macnewbie
---24,427-----Mar-----2010-------EZ-Ject----------Mmorris
---24,427-----Jan-----2010-------------------------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)
---25,100-----Mar-----2010----- -------------------Caliber



Additional comments made by LNL owners are noted below:

---Canuck, IL - Reports that change in primer system came at serial number 7,000.
---Walkalong - Has a Pro-Jector with serial # 18,396. He also says the $29 he spent for his EZ-Ject upgrade was worth the expense.
---Randy - States that Hornady started offering the EZ-Ject system in Jan 2009. Serial number unknown. Converted his to EZ-Ject in June 09.
---Dodge DeBoulet - Indicated his press came with 3 powder drop tubes, two primer slides & seating punches; also indicated his powder screw tubes are not micrometer style which seems to be an add on purchase.
---Ole Farmer Buck - Hornady told him they started the EZ-Ject system with serial number 15,000, so his press at 16,153 is one of the first presses with EZ-Ject. He also reports he just got his 2nd LNL press Jan 2010.
---RNG (Richard) Upgraded to EZ-Ject in October 2009 and considers it money well spent.
---Gryffydd - Powder measure comes with baffle now. Purchased from Graff's.
---1911pewpew - Purchased from Midway.
---Fella5 (Scott) - Purchased from Midway.
---Mongoose - Hornady started offering the EZject in Jan '09--I bought my LnL in December '08 and it has the EZ-ject.
---Thorn originally had wire eject, but has upgraded to EZ-Ject subplate.
---Smith627 has upgraded to EZ-Ject - problems with 9mm. Has problems seating primers low enough
---Sommerled reports his oldest (2001) LNL press has the old primer system with the brass tubes where you remove the whole steel containment sleeve. I prefer this older style. It also has the primer plunger with thumb nut that is a poor design, hard to tighten and comes loose alot. Also the return spring for the powder measure pulls down at an angle with this older press and it sometimes binds up if not dry lubed. The wire ejects work most of the time when I occaisionaly rub a little die sizing wax on the contact area with a Qtip.
---Robctwo reports he has put 117,800 rounds through it to March 2010 and that it was rebuilt for cost of shipping one way at around 85,000.


I will keep adding data to the list as long as folks continue reporting information via thread data, PM, or E-Mail. Of all the owners reporting, only three or four of them report purchases prior to 2008. Obviously, Hornady has sold a whole lot of these presses in the past two years even though they have been making them since 1997. Presses purchased in 2001 and 2004 were just recently reported, and I hope more of these older presses and comments will be reported.

For a challenge of sorts, allow me to point out that I still have the oldest press (serial #1,525) reported so far, so how about some of those even older folks check their serial numbers and purchase dates and report them? Come on, let's see some folks report some of those LNLs with serial numbers lower than 1,525. I am not the only old guy here.

Also remember that I keep this LNL press info on a M-Soft Excel spreadsheet. I can send a copy of the Excel file to anyone who wants it via E-Mail.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

Gryffydd
March 16, 2010, 10:52 PM
EZ-Ject - problems with 9mm
Ditto. You have to have your stroke speed just right at the point where it kicks the round out or it'll jam all cockeyed against the little ejector nub.

Sommerled
March 16, 2010, 10:58 PM
Interesting, David. Here's mine.

August 2001 wire eject # 04279
Oct 2008 wire eject #12,056
Nov 2009 EZject #21,761

They sure sold a lot in the last couple years! 5 people use my "reloading center" and the LNL all work well.

Sommerled

Sommerled
March 16, 2010, 11:10 PM
My 2001 LNL press has the old primer system with the brass tubes where you remove the whole steel containment sleeve. I prefer this older style. It also has the primer plunger with thumb nut that is a poor design, hard to tighten and comes loose alot. Also the return spring for the powder measure pulls down at an angle with this older press and it sometimes binds up if not dry lubed. The wire ejects work most of the time when I occaisionaly rub a little die sizing wax on the contact area with a Qtip.

Sommerled

David Wile
March 17, 2010, 01:05 PM
Hey Sommerled,

Thanks for the information. You can see that I have added your information by editing my last post. If anyone has sent me information and it is not listed on my last post, please let me know I missed it, and I will make an update.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

robctwo
March 18, 2010, 12:04 AM
March 04, 7078

117,800 through it to date. Rebuilt for cost of shipping one way at around 85,000.

David Wile
March 18, 2010, 11:56 AM
Hey Sommerled,

With your three presses from 2001, 2008, and 2009, you certainly seem to have seen some of the differences Hornady has made over the years. I noticed in your last post you indicated you liked the older primer system better than the newer systems.

My LNL is a very early one, so I don't know what the newer primer systems are like. However, my old primer system has been working just fine since I first got the press in 1997. Almost immediately with my old primer system, I found three things to do to keep things working well:

1. Keep the primer shuttle track really clean and use graphite on the shuttle and in the shuttle track to keep the shuttle movement slick.

2. I have filed the sharp edges and then polished the tops of the two different sized primer seater punches which helps keeping the primer shuttle from catching on the punches.

3. Using the primer tubes as issued, the last two or three primers failed to feed into the shuttle. This was also a common problem with my old RCBS single stage auto primer feeding system and both were solved as follows: after filling the primer tube and loading same on press, place a properly sized wood dowel inside the primer tube to add a little weight to the last few primers which will then feed into the shuttle. You can also mark the wood dowels to show when the primer level is empty as well as having just a few more to go.

I don't know what they did to "improve" the primer system that came with my old press - it seems to work perfectly for me. I don't have the newer system, so I cannot compare them. There are some plastic parts at the bottom of my old system that I used to worry about breaking. Nothing has broken in nearly 13 years of use, so I guess I shouldn't worry too much.

I also notice you mention your measure sometimes binding because of the return spring angle. So far, I have not experienced this problem with mine, but my powder measure may be different than yours.

I never have a problem with the wire eject, but I never have to use the 5th die station. I don't use a powder cop and never felt I needed one.

I am not a big fan of the LNL bushing system (nor the Dillon tool head concept) because I frequently change die settings for seating and expanding, and I never minded changing dies and making adjustments. For those who like the quick change systems, that is no problem with me. In any case, I think Hornady has hit a homerun with the LNL AP.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

mmorris
March 18, 2010, 05:15 PM
Delivered from MidwayUSA 03-16-10
Serial No. 25067 with EZ-Ject

Dreaded
March 20, 2010, 01:46 AM
Sept. 2009 s/n: 20161 EZ-Ject.

Glock20
March 20, 2010, 10:18 AM
22523 w/EZ-ject from Midway, October 2009

ole farmerbuck
March 20, 2010, 11:14 PM
Delivered from MidwayUSA 03-16-10
Serial No. 24067 with EZ-Ject
I was looking at the list and wondered what was going on. The list shows yours with the same serial # as my last one. 24,427 Couldnt figure out how that could be. Looks like David put the wrong number for you.

David Wile
March 20, 2010, 11:41 PM
Hey Ole Farmer Buck,

Your are absolutely correct, I made a mistake on my update for Mmorris. However, I absolutely swear that the entries on my Excel file were entered corrrectly. I am no longer able to change my last post listing, so I will add a new post after this one with the correction to Mmorris' serial number.

I still wish we could get more data from the older folks with the older serial numbers. Maybe most of us have already gone for the dirt nap?

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

David Wile
March 20, 2010, 11:45 PM
Hey folks,

I have added the latest information provided on LNL presses, and the list now has a total of 39 presses reported by owners, some of whom have provided additional information included at the end of the list. I am also making a correction to Mmorris' serial number. I think I have it right now, but if someone sees other errors, let me know, and I will make the change.


--------Hornady LNL AP Serial Numbers & Dates Purchased---------
--------------------------------- Original Type -------------------
---Serial #-----When Bought------Case Kicker-----Member Reporting
----1,525-----June?----1997------Wire eject-------Dave Wile
----4,279-----Aug------2001------Wire eject-------Sommerled
----7,078-----Mar------2004-----------------------Robctwo
----8,866-----May------2005-----------------------Canuck IL
---11,027-----Jan------2008------Wire eject-------Wilburt
---11,778-----Aug------2007------Wire eject-------SPW1
---11,885--------------2007?-----Wire eject-------Walkalong (Anthony)
---12,056-----Oct-----2008-------Wire eject------Sommerled
---13,xxx--------------2008?----------------------KY Jelly
---13,050-----Feb-----2008-------Wire eject-------Randy
---13,100-----Feb-----2008------ Wire eject-------Thorn
---13,491-----June----2008-------Wire eject-------101 Voo Doo (Jim)
---13,978-----July-----2008-------Wire eject-------Dynamite Rabbit (Lee)
---14,281-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------RNG (Richard)
---16,153-----Dec-----2008-------EZ-Ject---------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)
---16,5xx-----Dec-----2008------------------------Mongoose
---14,689-----Aug-----2008-------Wire eject-------Smith627
---17,410-----Feb-----2009------------------------Jeff Brown
---18,419-----April-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Vtail
---18,608-----April-----2009-----------------------Wild Willy (Bill)
---18,930-----May-----2009-----------------------Broken Wheel
---20,161-----Sep-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Dreaded
---20,777-----Oct-----2009------------------------Floydster (Floyd)
---20,900-----Dec-----2009-----------------------KB2
---21,761-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject--------Sommerled
---21,949-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Rkohut
---22,151-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------NRA-Highmaster
---22,295-----Nov-----2009------------------------Dodge DeBoulet
---22,4xx-----Nov-----2009------------------------Crashbox
---22,492-----Nov-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Broker
---22,523-----Oct-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Glock20
---23,300-----Dec-----2009-----------------------The Hat
---23,4xx-----Dec-----2009------------------------Gryffydd
---23,766-----Dec-----2009-------EZ-Ject---------Fella5 (Scott)
---23,92x-----Dec-----2009------------------------1911pewpew
---24,xxx-----Jan------2010------------------------Macnewbie
---24,427-----Jan-----2010-------------------------Ole Farmer Buck (Van)
---25,067-----Mar-----2010-------EZ-Ject----------Mmorris (Mike)
---25,100-----Mar-----2010----- -------------------Caliber



Additional comments made by LNL owners are noted below:

---Canuck, IL - Reports that change in primer system came at serial number 7,000.
---Walkalong - Has a Pro-Jector with serial # 18,396. He also says the $29 he spent for his EZ-Ject upgrade was worth the expense.
---Randy - States that Hornady started offering the EZ-Ject system in Jan 2009. Serial number unknown. Converted his to EZ-Ject in June 09.
---Dodge DeBoulet - Indicated his press came with 3 powder drop tubes, two primer slides & seating punches; also indicated his powder screw tubes are not micrometer style which seems to be an add on purchase.
---Ole Farmer Buck - Hornady told him they started the EZ-Ject system with serial number 15,000, so his press at 16,153 is one of the first presses with EZ-Ject. He also reports he just got his 2nd LNL press Jan 2010.
---RNG (Richard) Upgraded to EZ-Ject in October 2009 and considers it money well spent.
---Gryffydd - Powder measure comes with baffle now. Purchased from Graff's.
---1911pewpew - Purchased from Midway.
---Fella5 (Scott) - Purchased from Midway.
---Mongoose - Hornady started offering the EZject in Jan '09--I bought my LnL in December '08 and it has the EZ-ject.
---Thorn originally had wire eject, but has upgraded to EZ-Ject subplate.
---Smith627 has upgraded to EZ-Ject - problems with 9mm. Has problems seating primers low enough
---Sommerled reports his oldest (2001) LNL press has the old primer system with the brass tubes where you remove the whole steel containment sleeve. I prefer this older style. It also has the primer plunger with thumb nut that is a poor design, hard to tighten and comes loose alot. Also the return spring for the powder measure pulls down at an angle with this older press and it sometimes binds up if not dry lubed. The wire ejects work most of the time when I occaisionaly rub a little die sizing wax on the contact area with a Qtip.
---Robctwo reports he has put 117,800 rounds through it to March 2010 and that it was rebuilt for cost of shipping one way at around 85,000.


I will keep adding data to the list as long as folks continue reporting information via thread data, PM, or E-Mail. Of all the owners reporting, only three or four of them report purchases prior to 2008. Obviously, Hornady has sold a whole lot of these presses in the past two years even though they have been making them since 1997. Presses purchased in 2001 and 2004 were just recently reported, and I hope more of these older presses and comments will be reported.

For a challenge of sorts, allow me to point out that I still have the oldest press (serial #1,525) reported so far, so how about some of those even older folks check their serial numbers and purchase dates and report them? Come on, let's see some folks report some of those LNLs with serial numbers lower than 1,525. I am not the only old guy here.

Also remember that I keep this LNL press info on a M-Soft Excel spreadsheet. I can send a copy of the Excel file to anyone who wants it via E-Mail.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

vtail
March 21, 2010, 12:50 AM
Here's one more:

18419 - April 2009 - EZ-Ject

Wilburt
March 21, 2010, 09:47 AM
Might add that when i bought mine, it was the display model. So don't know how long it sat there displaying:D

David Wile
March 21, 2010, 10:09 AM
Hey Wilburt,

Looking at the serial numbers given along with their purchase dates, they seem to follow in fairly close order. Yours seems to be out of place a bit, but that is easily understood if you bought a display model that may have been sitting for some months. I would not be surprised to find some display models have been in place for several years.

How are you coming along with yours now? I think I remember you having some trouble at first, and I hope things are all OK now. My wife and I are back down in Florida again for the next month or so, but I would be happy to try to answer what I can without having my press on hand. Mine is still the original press without any new improvements, and it works real well.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

mmorris
March 21, 2010, 10:14 AM
i'm a moron :banghead:

My SN is 25067 NOT 24067 :uhoh:

I have edited my original post... sorry for the error.

Mike

David Wile
March 21, 2010, 10:31 AM
Hey Mike,

No problem, partner. I changed your info in my Excel file, and I changed it in the list above. Your press is now #38 out of 39 reported. If any other changes need to be made, just let me know.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

Wilburt
March 21, 2010, 11:09 AM
David, Pm sent.

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