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Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive Reloading Press
Hornady’s Lock-N-Load AP is an automatic, five-station press with the most user-adaptable and innovative patented quick tool change technology of all progressive presses. Our system switches dies, powder dies, check dies, bullet seaters or crimp dies without having to change the whole die head. Change one die or all with one quick twist. The Lock-N-Load AP comes complete with a full-size Lock-N-Load Powder Measure that will load anything from pistols up through most magnum rifle cartridges. The Lock-N-Load AP also includes a case activated powder drop, cartridge catcher and extra bushings. Also features case activated powder drop and automatic indexing. Dies and shellplates sold separately.
LOCK-N-LOAD POWDER MEASURE
The only system that uses a full size powder measure that can be reset to another charge or powder with the push of a button. The unique inserts can be preset to the charge you use with the caliber you are loading. The most flexible (and economical) powder system available for progressive presses.
The primer slide in the shell carrier receives a primer at the top of the stroke and inserts in the case at the bottom of the stroke. The slide stays in perfect alignment, and is easily changed from large to small. Use the included primer pick-up tubes (large and small) to fill the primer tube.
LOCK-N-LOAD BUSHING SYSTEM
Switch dies from one caliber to another or change out die stations and begin reloading again in seconds. Once set, dies never needs readjusting. Bushing locks standard 7/8"-14 dies rock-solid in perfect alignment.
CASE ACTIVATED POWDER DROP
Get a charge of powder only when a cartridge is in place. Works with any cartridge, pistol to magnum rifle. Can be manually operated to check powder charge. Install the optional Lock-N-Load powder die for the fastest changeover of all progressive presses. Also fits RCBS measurer.
FIVE-STATION DIE PLATFORM
Five stations allow for all the variables and still let you use your standard dies most 7/8"-14 dies and 7/8"-14 powder measures will work.
Cases are automatically ejected into the included case catcher.
This very important feature automatically advances shells to the next station with the smoothest indexing of any press in this price range, and rotates every half stroke to lessen the chance of powder spillage.
Quickly and easily remove and/or replace a case from the shell plate at any point in the cycle without extra retaining buttons. Case retainer fits all calibers.
LARGE CARTRIDGE CATCHER
A large capacity catcher comes standard with the L-N-L AP Press. An extra large capacity catcher which holds up to 1/3 more completed cartridges is available as an option.
*Note: Shell plates have been re-designed for case ejection. We added a chamfer that allows cases to move easily in and out of the shell plate.
WARNING: This product can expose you to Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Read 18 Reviews - Average Rating: 4.8 stars
Works great with some adjustment
on Aug 14, 2021
Had to adjust the timing on mine. My only complaint is with the plastic rod for the primer system. It is too light and too small in diameter. Causes the last 5 or 6 primers to turn sideways and jam. I corrected this by replacing it with a 17 cal brass rod for the small tube, with the 22 cal adapter for the large tube. Works perfectly to the last primer now.
By Sean P.
on Jul 04, 2020
Love the press so far. Setup took some time, especially getting the powder drop and powder thru expander setup correctly for the right amount of flare on the case mouth.
Spend some time and watch all the videos on youtube on setup! The press operation is smooth and timing was setup correctly from the factory. Definitely have to pay attention on a progressive! There's alot going on at one time.
Best Press on the Market
By Craig D.
on May 20, 2020
I owned a Hornady Projector 007 along time ago. Hornady had major primer issues with this unit and allowed me to trade up to the AP for $200.00. I had researched the Blue brand til I was blue in the face and have always wanted one. Oh the power of advertising. Long story short, I purchased one, owned it for 3 weeks and now someone else owns it. I took the money (which I made $150.00 from someone who apparently didn't know that Graf sells them for around $550.00) and purchased another LockLoad AP. This press is solid and just flat makes ammo.
LNL AP PRESS
By Bud F.
on May 10, 2020
I own several presses from all manufacturers. Lots of Hornady products. This is my first Hornady press. It is a great press and turns out alot of ammo. It did take a bit of tuning and a little bit Q.C. work but it is a great product and great value. Great addition to my reloading room.
Great press! Very happy!
By Brian H.
on May 04, 2020
Works great. Allows me to crank out hundreds of rounds in decent time!
By Gary W.
on Mar 20, 2020
Yes indeed excellent loader. Very pleased with the choice of Red over Blue. Couple of simple adjustments and this baby works like a dream.Powder measure seems to very consistent and simple to adjust. The Lock-N-Load bushing system is outstanding. First Hornady purchase.I'm sold on the whole system!!
New at reloading
By Todd S.
on Feb 21, 2020
With the directions that come with the press and the videos I was able to find online I had it working smoothly in short order. Love how simple it is to operate. Plan on using it for years to come!
LNL AP Press
By John K.
on Feb 18, 2020
Have an old Projector and just added this. It is one terrific press! Smooth and has a really good priming system. Should have bought this much much sooner.
Typical good price and great fast shipping from Grafs!!
By Calvin P.
on Feb 11, 2020
the AP loader is a very easy to use and easy to set up and the Lock and load bushings make it so easy to change from one to another fast to change it is a great loader recommend it 100%
Lock n Load Best on the Market
By David G.
on Jul 24, 2019
This press is unsurpassed. The Lock n Load system makes repeating loads easy. I have sold 3 friends on this press.
By Dale B.
on Jun 14, 2019
The LNL AP takes some adjustment when you first start the reloading but once it is adjusted, it really makes a world of difference.
Excellent Progressive Press
By David G.
on Dec 12, 2018
Very pleased with the way this press works. Solid design that produces excellent and consistent cartridges. I'm loading 9mm currently and with the LnL bushings it will be easy to add other calibers. Initial setup was straightforward and turning out a few hundred rounds per hour is simple even without case or bullet feeders. It's a very well made reloading press and in my opinion a tremendous value!
By Willard D.
on Dec 05, 2018
The only fault I find is it won't function with extruded powder, only ball or flake. It's a great press for those who don't use extruded powders. Really works great loading pistol cartridges.
By Ron S.
on Oct 09, 2018
Very good product, I have been using Hornady progressive presses for over 30 years.
Hornady Lock-n-Load AP
By John D.
on Oct 06, 2018
The press feels so solid and operates the smoothest of any progressive press that I have tried. Caliber changeover is a snap. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
Excellent Design - Quality Press
By Jeff G.
on Jun 08, 2013
I purchased mine over 3 years ago and have about 30,000 rounds through it of mixed 9 mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, .223 and .308. I've broken a few parts during that time while on the learning curve but Hornady replaced them no questions asked. Once you learn when and where not to apply force during the press cycle this machine will keep going and going. Another hint is to keep it clean of spilled powder and other debris. I use a can of compressed air to periodically clear the shell plate area and everything stays as reliable as ever. I'm sold on my 'red machine.'
Hornady does it again!
By Richard B.
on Jul 18, 2012
First of all, I shoot and reload close to 5000 rounds a year. Mainly in 223 Rem and 204 Ruger, some handgun but not much. I shoot prairie dogs and other fur bearing creatures. I load all my rifle and pistol ammo on this press. I was a bit skeptical before I bought this, from all the people online in the forums. Those people that are saying bad things must not have ever used one or something because, I'm here to tell you, I am sure glad I bought this press. Best investment I have made in my reloading equipment. If I had to reload this much on a single stage, I probably wouldn't shoot this much. Don't listen to the "blue" kool-aid drinkers, get the Hornady!
Very excellent product!
By Bill H.
on Jul 17, 2012
I couldn't be happier. I bought this press over 2 years ago and have loaded 15K plus rounds on it. I am a competitive pistol shooter and load mainly 9's and 40's. It is a very solid, beefy built press. I did break a part within the first 3 months of having the press. It wasn't Hornady's fault it was the operator's. One quick call to Hornady's customer service and I had replacement parts in the mail. Hands down best company. I wouldn't go with any other brand progressive press.
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