First Look: Hornady Lock-N-Load Iron Press Reloading Unit

posted on June 27, 2024
Lede Iron Press Reloader

Hornady engineered its single-stage Lock-N-Load Iron Press—powered by a spring-assisted 1-1/8-inch solid-steel ram—to be the heaviest, most rigid press in its class.

Hornady Iron Press in use

The 28-pound single-stage press is manufactured with tight tolerances and a smooth operating system designed to deliver consistency for generations. The Iron Press features Hornady’s patented Lock-N-Load Bushing System, which ensures dies and bushings are securely locked in place with a simple twist that engages six locking lugs.

Swapping out is straightforward when reloaders need to swap to another cartridge size. Simply twist the die counterclockwise, remove it and insert the next preset Lock-N-Load die and bushing. Dies locked in their Lock-N-Load bushings remain as they are set, aligned and ready for their turn in the press.

The unit also features a patented shell holder platform that lets the operator de-prime a case, remove the case to chamfer or deburr, and then quickly replace and prime. The Iron Press’s accessory deck enables quick access to trays for bullets or cases, and storage for chamfer and deburr tools, case neck brushes, primer pocket cleaners and more.

The gravity-fed Automatic Priming System, which is sold separately or as part of the kit, blurs the lines between progressive and single stage reloading by allowing more processes to happen simultaneously. The machine upgrade includes: the automatic priming system; large and small primer tubes; large and small primer pick-up tubes; primer housing tubes; primer catch trays; and a small parts bag.

Single-Stage Lock-N-Load Iron Press Components

  • Lock-N-Load Iron Press
  • Automatic Priming System
  • Die Caddy
  • Component Feed Bin & Bracket
  • Lock-N-Load Die Bushings (3)
  • Lock-N-Load Bench Scale
  • Powder Measure
  • Reloading Handbook
  • Unique Case Lube
  • Powder Funnel—22-45 caliber
  • Digital Caliper
  • Bullet Comparator—Set of 6
  • Shell Holder Kit
  • Chamfer & Deburr Tool
  • Six Neck Brushes
  • Large & Small Primer Pocket Cleaners

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