Hornady Lock N Load AP strong mount questions


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1in9twist
October 17, 2011, 02:18 PM
I am going to manufacture a nice riser\strong mount for the Hornady Lock N Load AP press to add to the Hornady products on the website. The question's are:

How high should I make it?
Do you have a lift on your press? How high is it?
What would you like to see in a strong mount system? Maybe incorporate a bullet tray mount onto it?
I look forward to your thoughts and input.

I am leaning more towards a Dillon style to get a larger stance, which will help to increase stability.

Thanks
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Shmackey
October 17, 2011, 02:30 PM
Start by answering this: What problem(s) are you trying to solve?

1in9twist
October 17, 2011, 03:01 PM
I have had a few people mention that they would like a riser to get the press off the top of their bench.

1. To get the shell plate closer to their eyes
2. To minimize bending over to complete the "upstroke" of the press.

Now, I understand that people come in different height's and so do the benches, so it is a difficult target to hit. ( But there are average's for both of those dimensions ) That's why I am asking for input.

HK SD9 Tactical
October 17, 2011, 03:46 PM
If I got the shell plate any closer to eye level than it is now, my bullet and case feeder hoppers would be out of reach and I stand 6' 2" tall. My bench height is 42" and the press is pretty tall as it is now, so you need to figure that the max height of the bench plus the mount should not exceed the 42" height. While I can see inside the bullet hopper, I can not see inside the case hopper so I have to use a mirror or get on a step stool to look inside the case hopper. You could probably make 3 or 4 models with varying heights to accomodate benches between 26" and benches up to 38". Use the metal plate like I have for those benches over 38".

I did have a problem with the press flexing the bench so I took a 1/4" X 6" X 12" steel plate and placed that between the bench and the press. I secured the plate to the bench via 3 counter sunk holes (front under the press), the two press mounting holes using lag bolts, and two additional holes to the rear of the plate with through bolts. There is no flex in my press or the bench now.

I also thought of a mount like Dillon has but it takes lots of real estate and would not have been practical for my setup due to the bench height and bullet feeder but I can see how it would offer some assistance to lower bench heights.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that any flex in the bench, mount, or press will result in unwanted variables. As far as bending over, I got the UR handle and it works well at preventing stooping while operating the press. You may want to have space on the mount for the opeional bullet feeder as it is normally attached to the bench. This mounting option would also have to be rather strong to support the weight of the bullet feeder when the hopper has bullets in it. The bullet hopper has to be mounted at the same height as the press or else it will not operate as designed. The case feeder attaches to the rear of the press.

cfullgraf
October 17, 2011, 03:57 PM
Now, I understand that people come in different height's and so do the benches, so it is a difficult target to hit. ( But there are average's for both of those dimensions ) That's why I am asking for input.

Pick a height and let the end user adjust his bench height.

I build a floor stand for each of my presses, four at last count, so that I can put the ones not in use out of the way. I sit at a table as opposed to standing at a bench. The older stands, the shell plate/holder is 6-8 inches above the height of the table. The last one I built, the shell plate is about at table height. I'm trying something new in terms of seeing in the powder charged case.

Maybe look into making an adapter plate to install the Hornady on a Dillon mount without drilling holes.

1in9twist
January 12, 2012, 02:27 AM
In production now. I will have something to look at very soon. :D

It will be also coated in beautiful, high speed, low drag black powdercoat.

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