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Things needed for a spare Hornady powder drop

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shmackey, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    Been thinking of getting a second powder-drop setup for my Hornady LnL AP so I can exchange two caliber/powder/expander units on the fly. To match my LnL out-of-the-box .45 ACP setup, is it correct that I would need the powder measure, the CADP, and the separate handgun rotor?

    My LnL AP came with the powder measure and both rifle and handgun rotors; it's not clear but I think the standalone powder measure comes with a "standard" (rifle?) rotor.
  2. ChazHollywood

    ChazHollywood Well-Known Member

    Looks like you have everything listed properly. As I understand it you will also need to buy a separate pistol rotor because it only comes with the rifle rotor like you said.
  3. dbarnhart

    dbarnhart Well-Known Member

    You would also need the linkage between the CADP and the powder measure, wouldn't you? And a second Metering Insert?

    I find that having a separate CADP and metering insert for each caliber is all that is necessary. I do have the Drain Insert to make it easy to empty the powder measure.
  4. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    I think my second link above has the linkage between the powder die and the measure--along with the powder die. It's not terribly obvious. And I think my third link had both the rotor and the insert. (See why I had to ask? Oh, Hornady.)
  5. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    If you only use the small cavity drum, then only the powder drop die without the linkage and a metering insert would provide quick change without alot of expense.

    You can buy the powder drop die without the linkage. The cost something around $20-$25 or so. Metering inserts are alos available by themselves. I think around $10. I have bought bunches of both since I bought my L-N-L two years ago.

    If you also use the large cavity drum frequently, you might want a second powder measure with linkage as well as the die and metering insert. It depends on if you want to spend the money.

    Changing drums is not difficult, but aggravating as the linkage has to be removed from the cavity drum before the drum can be removed from the measure. Then, the process is reversed to install the other drum.
  6. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    Yep that would work. I never use the rifle rotor anymore; I load those one by one with a scale.

    Totally off topic, but these rotors are just about the only thing that will rust in Colorado. I followed Hornady's directions and used their magic spray (which usually is awesome). And yet, in the 10% humidity here, they rust. I have carbon-steel tools that don't rust here, but these things (which should be some kind of "stainless" steel) rust. Wow.
  7. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I set up each powder drop die for each cartridge and then label it for identification. I also have a L-N-L bushing installed on each die. Unfortunately, the powder drop dies do not fit in my die storage boxes.

    The metering insert is stored with the dies.
  8. dbarnhart

    dbarnhart Well-Known Member

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