Blog has been quiet today because I’ve been busy elsewhere.
Christmas was good to me and I was able to obtain a Hornady Lock-n-Load AP progressive reloading press. I spent the morning installing it on my reloading bench. I decided to keep the single-stage RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme because I’ve got it, no reason to eliminate it as single-stage has its place too.
Had lunch with a good friend of mine and his wife who were in town for a short visit. Then upon returning home I reloaded all of the .38 Special brass I had. Ended up being 324 rounds using my “Berrys/Titegroup plinking load“. I’d say that broke in the LnL. 🙂
A few issues:
- Sometimes the shell plate wouldn’t fully index. I would notice because I’d try to seat a primer and it wouldn’t go at all. A little tap on the shell plate to move it fully into position and no problems. It was hard to detect a pattern but 2 slots on the plate seemed to be the main offenders (the 2 on either side of the plate’s ID number stamp). I’m not sure what gives here, but I plan on calling Hornady in the morning to ask.
- How do you empty the primer tube and the powder drop? Powder drop I guess take it out at the bushing, dump the hopper back into the powder jug, then work the rotor a few times. But the primer feed tube… not so sure if there’s any other way than just working the action and removing the primers one by one.
- I need a bar stool. The press is a little low for my tall-self to operate, but I think I’d rather have a bar stool and sit a little lower than always stand and have to raise it up.
- I need more .38 Special brass. 🙂 I also need to put in an order for a lot of Titegroup (probably an 8# jug). Of course, no one has small pistol primers.
Anyway, I’m stoked! Got the progressive press going and over time it should really help me out. Now I just need to get to the range more often to shoot whatever I load. 🙂
Updated: Oh yeah. I think I want to get a case feeder. Granted, you can find your groove without it, but it does become one less thing to be hassled with.
Still, I probably won’t get it for a while due to cost. But eventually it’d be nice.
Updated 2: At foo.c’s prompting (ribbing?) I pulled out the F’n M and R’d it. It does explain how to empty the primer tube. So that’s settled.
As for the shell plate indexing tho. Given what I can read and see behaving, the indexing itself isn’t off. There’s something about 2 particular locations on the plate. When the plate it empty, it appears to cycle through the stations just fine. I might try switching to another plate and running through the stations to see what happens. Could be the press, could be the plate (the manual said it’s possible to have a warped plate). So, we’ll see. I think this still warrants a phone call to Hornady to ask about.