March 25, 2015
By David Kenik
If you are looking for single-stage reloading equipment, look no further than Hornady's Lock-N-Load Classic Loader. Built for precision reloading, the Classic Press's die and ram openings are CNC machined for precise alignment of the ram and die. This ensures that cases line up properly with the dies at all times.
Utilizing the same Lock-N-Load quick-change bushings as its progressive brethren, dies are removed and replaced easily and consistently. The quick-change bushings also make caliber changeovers a breeze. The press is available by itself or in kit form with numerous accessories.
Hornady's reloading catalog is extensive, ranging from the low-tech, such as cases, to the high-tech, such as digital powder measures, and everything imaginable in-between. Their catalog often features numerous variations of the same product category, offering various features, specifications and price points.
A good example is their case preparation equipment. Hornady offers three versions including the Camlock Case Trimmer, the Lock-N-Load Case Prep Trio and the largest appliance, the Lock-N-Load Powder Case Prep Center.
The Powder Case Prep Center combines case preparations tools and a powder trimmer into a single unit. Chamfer and debur tools, a primer pocket cleaner and five neck brushes are included for 22 cal, 25 cal/6mm, 270 cal/7mm, 30 cal, 35 cal/9mm and 45 cal. The center also includes seven case pilots and five shell holders. The shell holders are the same ones utilized in the Lock-N-Load Classic Press.
I was most impressed by the Center's heavy, cast housing — the whole unit weighs in at just over 22 pounds. The housing's strength adds stability to the process. Trim capacity is from ¾ to 3-1/4 inches and is micro adjustable to 1/1000 of an inch for precise trimming. Since the cases are held vertically, shavings do not fall into the case during trimming. A cam-lock knob is easily engaged to hold the case square to the cutter for precision work. The front panel holds up to six rotating tools. Both the trimmer and tool drivers have convenient catch trays for debris.
For measuring powder, Hornady offerings include a digital dispenser, a manual powder charger and two trickle chargers. The Lock-N-Load Powder Measure Bench offers both pistol and rifle metering chambers. Both utilize a removable metering unit that allows the use of multiple units, each set to its own charge measurement. I have one for each of my different calibers, which helps make caliber changes quite fast. A powder measure stand is available to fasten directly to a bench.
The Powder Trickler is an economic way to trickle a few tenths of a grain of powder for precision loading. Stepping up to the Lock-N-Load Quick Trickle offers a large powder hopper with both volume powder dispensing as well as a trickle option. A spout brings the powder right to the scale cup. Sitting within a heavy base, the height of the unit is adjustable, making it easy to use with different size scales.
Hornady offers three scales, including the classic balance beam and two digital offerings. Their Lock-N-Load Bench Scale, offers one-tenth (0.1) grain increments up to 1500 grains. The large capacity allows weighing of not just powder but bullets, cases and finished cartridges as well. Two calibration weights are included. The calibration is done in just a few steps with the digital display offering simple, easy-to-follow directions.