• Setting up the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive

      A pictoral walk-through on the steps involved in getting a Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive press setup to begin reloading. The actual reloading process is not covered.

  • Changing the shellplate

      You need to remove the hex-head bolt in the middle of the shellplate. I use a small block of wood to hold the shellplate from rotating while the bolt is undone. Raise the ram a few centimeters while this is being done, to clear the ram off the indexing mechanism.

  • Changing the shellplate - 2

      Partially removed bolt.

  • Setting up the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive

      Sheelplate removed - shell retaining spring remains.

  • Shellplate removed

      Shellplate removed.

  • New shellplate positioned

      New shellplate positioned, ready to be bolted down.

  • Shellplate retaining bolt inserted

      Shellplate retaining bolt inserted, finger tightened only at this point.

  • Shellplate retaining spring fitted

      The shellplate retaining spring is what keeps the cases on the shellplate while the press is cycled.

      It is a very convenient system, because a shell can be taken off and re-inserted at any stage, without tools.

  • Shellplate fastening

      Hex driver and a piece of wood to prevent the shellplate from rotating during bolt tightening. Ram raised enough to disengage the index mechanism during tighitening.

  • Powder measure

      Powder measure is added to the press. Using the Hornady bushing system, it locks into place with a one-quarter turn twist.

  • Adding the decapping die

      Decapping die added, also using the Hornady bushing system, drop in , and rotate one-quarter turn to lock.

  • Hornady die feature

      Hornady dies have a titanium nitride ring, not titanium carbide like other dies. Advantage is that titanium nitride is smoother.

  • Decapping die added

      Decapping die added and locked in.

  • Hornady die feature - 2

      This is the bullet seating die. There is a sleeve that extends down past the mouth of the die, that aligns the bullet with the case on the upstroke. It's a unique feature to Hornady dies, and it goes a long way to optimising bullet concentricity.

  • Hornady die feature - 3

      The bullet seating die sleeve retracted to the position where the bullet would be seated.

  • Bullet seating die insert

      Inserting the bullet seating die, drop in and lock with a quarter twist turn.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 1

      Hornady genius at work here. The Hornady priming system on this press is the simplest, safest and most sophisticated of all the presses I've worked with.

      This is the quickest primer change system. Period.

      Using a hex driver, remove the bolt securing the primer tube base.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 2

      Theres a spring connecting the primer transfer bar to the press body.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 3

      Using a needlenose plier, unhook the spring.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 4

      Remove the bolt holding the primer tube base to the press.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 5

      The primer transfer bar has a small roller on it. This needs to be changed betwen large and small pistol primers.

      Each Hornady press will ship with two primer transfer bars.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 6

      The priming assembly removed. See the primer punch in the frame - that also needs changing between large and small pistol primers.

  • The Primer Punch

      The Hornady priming system primes after the end of the downstroke. Pushing the lever forward engages the primer punch, seating the primer. This is another unique Hornady feature, because you can cycle the press without it automatically engaging the priming system.

      If any powder grains get inside that primer punch, it stays stuck open or permanently engaged. On the upstroke, the primer transfer bar will not be able to move, so the press will bind. Don't force it, or the transfer bar will break.

      In that scenario, disassemble and clean.

  • Changing between large and small pistol primers - 7

      To get to the primer punch, raise tha ram, and use a wrench to unscrew it, then replace. You receive two primer punches with the press, one small pistol, one large pistol.

  • Primer Drop Tube

      You can attach a length of pvc pipe to the drop tube, running to a container to hold used primers.

  • Primer Feeding Tubes

      From the top :

      • Primer tube housing
      • Primer tube support [ this is the only plastic part ]
      • Primer tube
      • Primer pickup tube
      • Home made primer level indicator
      • Primers
      • RCBS primer tray

      The last two don't come with the press.

  • Loading the primer pickup tube- 1

      The picture says it all.

  • Loading the primer pickup tube- 2

      Primers have to be collected into the drop tube. By pressing the plastic end down over a primer, it enters the tube.

  • Primer Tube Assembly - 1

      Screw down the primer tube housing.

  • Primer Tube Assembly - 2

      Insert the correct diameter tube, small for small pistol, large for large pistol. There is a shoulder on one end o the tube. The end with the shoulder on it goes down and fits into the primer assembly base.

      If the tube is inserted upside down, it won't engage the primer assembly base and the primers won't be able to be picked up by the primer slider.

  • Primer Tube Assembly - 3

      Place the primer tube support.

      On the entire press, including the powder measure, this is the only plastic part. Great overall from a quality and durability point of view.

  • Filling up the Primer Tube

      Empty the primer pickup tube into the primer tube. Pulling the pin releases the primers, gravity takes them down.

      The primer tube easily holds 100 primers, both large and small.

      Buy extra primer pickup tubes if you want to have an uninterrupted supply of primers for the longer reloading sessions.

  • Home-Made Primer Level Indicator - 1

      This is a thin dowel, with tape at the top. It goes into the primer tube, and rides on top of the primer stack.

      As the primer level goes down, the flag sinks, and this length of dowel is cut so that the flag just touches the top of the primer tube support when there are no more primers in the tube.

      This is the only aspect of the press that Hornady doesn't manage yet - keeping track of how many primers are left in the primer tube. They just need to ship a length of thin dowel with a flag on it and call it a primer indicator.

  • Home-Made Primer Level Indicator -2

      Inserted into the primer feeding tube, it rides on top of the primer stack.

      That completes the press setup for a reloading session. Assuming the dies are setup correctly, and the powder measure is dispensing the right amount of powder, it's ready to go.

      This is an excellent, reliable, robust press that doesn't need tinkering to keep working. Once it's setup, it just needs to be kept clean. There are no flimsy parts that wear out over time.