So I've recently gotten into the world of reloading. My buddy, Bryan, and I split the cost of a Lee progressive several months ago. He is exclusively a 9mm guy, and I have mostly 9mm pistols, so we did some studying and started reloading for ourselves. I came across a Springfield XD Tactical in .45 ACP, and I have several rifles, so I decided to get my own press so I wouldn't have to sneak into his house late at night to reload... and potentially get shot as a home invader. Which leads me to my point. I purchased a Hornady Lock-N-Load Progressive with the EZ-ject system.
Setup, for a first-timer, was aided by both an illustrated instruction manual and by Hornady's DVD tutorial which came with the press. I had to build a bench, as I was severely lacking space. It took me the better part of an evening and the next morning to get everything built and mounted. Cleaning/installing dies and getting them dialed in was another evening.
In addition to the press, appropriate shell plates, and dies for .45 ACP, I purchased a "powder cop" to help with avoiding a double charge / no charge. Lots of people don't see the use for it, but I figured an extra layer of protection can't hurt.
It's very important to clean and dry-lube the entire set up. Powder sticks to the factory packing grease like crazy.
I'll be adding to this review as I add experience (and rounds) to my resume. As of now, I really like the press overall. I wish it had some sort of passive case feed system (like the Lee progressive). The powder drop seems to be very accurate. The powder cop is a nice visual check for powder level. The priming system is quite a bit different than the Lee tray, but I have had very few primer feed issues compared to what Bryan had when he was getting the Lee dialed in. At a little over $400, it was certainly an investment, but it is nice to be a
As a husband and father, I'm interested in anything that helps educate me in the area of self-defense, and I'm always watching for products that help me be prepared.