Reloading

What calibers can I hand load/reload with Hodgdon Superformance powder?

 

Hornady started loading the Superformance line of ammunition in 2010. Hodgdon followed up with the introduction of a Superformance powder available for hand loaders. It is important to note that the one Superformance powder that Hodgdon sells is not useable in ALL rifle calibers. Like all other powders, it has one particular burn rate and will work great in some cases, ok in others and should not be used the rest. A hand loader wouldn't think of using Varget or Retumbo in all their calibers from 17 Hornet to 375 H&H, neither should they think of Superformance in that way.

Hornady uses commercial grade Superformance powders of varying burn rates and also blends powders to offer a full line of Superformance cartridges. The Superformance powder that Hodgdon sells is one particular burn rate that does well in some short magnum cartridges along with some others that are listed in their load data and also in the latest editions of the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading.

 

Why is the rifle bullet feeder not compatible with the pistol bullet feeder?

There are five main reasons:


1.) The pistol bullet feeder is equipped with a 120 volt electrical system (power supply, motor, electrical connector). The rifle bullet feeder has a 12 volt electrical system to eliminate the potential for electrical shocks from a high voltage 120 volt system.
2.) The rifle bullet feeder has a shut-off switch to prevent over-feeding. The pistol bullet feeder does not have the wiring attachments to support this shut-off switch.
3.) The square tube that supports the pistol bullet feeder hopper is a fixed height. The rifle bullet feeder requires a taller and adjustable support tube to allow a wide range of cartridge and bullet lengths to be loaded. This would not be possible with the fixed height bracket.
4.) The hole in the hopper that the feed spring is fed through was moved to ensure reliable feeding of lightweight bullets.
NOTE: The feed angle was too shallow to reliably feed 40 grain VMAX bullets.
5.) The feed plate, feed springs, and feeder die are also different for the rifle system. Therefore, only about 1/3 of the parts in the 22 caliber rifle bullet feeder system are the same as the pistol bullet feeder. Most of these identical parts are hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, springs, gears, etc.) or other parts that are not practical to switch back and forth.

How do I adjust trickle speed on a Lock-N-Load® Auto Charge with a serial number of 2840 or above to prevent overthrows?

**To verify the serial number of your machine, simply turn it over and it is clearly stamped on the silver sticker.

Solution:

Re-program the trickle speed to a slower speed.

1.) Turn unit on and let it stabilize.
2.) Press and hold CAL button for 6 seconds. The screen will display "SET".
3.) Press the SPEED button to increase the speed.
4.) Normal factory setting is between 0.4 and 0.8.
5.) Press the UNITS button to decrease the trickle speed.
6.) After reaching the new trickle speed, press and hold BACK/CANCEL to store trickle speed and return to normal operation.

NOTE: Do not decrease the inner value lower than 0.1, or increase it more than 25.5.
NOTE: The new Trickle Speed is permanently stored even if the Auto Charge is turned off.

Often, slowing down to .3 or .4 grains is sufficient to dial the machine in.

To adjust the trickle start time:

Scale must be zeroed out with no target displayed. Additionally, if the scale is shut off or BACK/CANCEL is used, this number will need to be reset.

To increase the trickle time by adjusting the point when the unit goes from quick dispense to trickle:

1) Turn unit on and let it stabilize
2) Hold MODE button for 2 seconds
3) The screen will display "0.2" to indicate the trickel will begin trickling approximately 0.2 grains before the target weight
4) Repeat Step 2 until desired start time is reached

Standard trickle start time settings range from .2 to 1.6 depending on powder density

How do I adjust the trickle speed on the Lock-N-Load® Auto Charge with a serial number below 2840 to prevent overthrows?

**To verify the serial number of your machine, simply turn it over and it is clearly stamped on the silver sticker.

Solution:

Re-program the trickle speed to a slower speed.
1.) Turn unit on and let it stabilize.
2.) Press the "0" button (unit should beep once)
3.) Press the CAL button once.
4.) A number between 0.0 and 25.5 will appear
5.) Press CAL button repeatedly until a number between 0.5 and 1.0 appears. The normal trickle speed is 0.6.
NOTE: pressing CAL will increase the number in 0.1 increments until it reaches 25.5. However, if you continue to press CAL the number will cycle back to 0.1. This is usually the fastest way to reset the trickle speed.
NOTE: Pressing UNIT will decrease the number in 0.1 increments.

6.) After reaching the new trickle speed, press BACK/CANCEL to store trickle speed and return to normal operation.
NOTE: The new trickle speed should be permanently stored even if the Auto Charge is turned off.

What primer is used in 500 S&W cases?

Hornady's orignal cases for the 500 S&W were made with Large Pistol Primer pockets. New cases, which are marked "LR" will be made with a Large Rifle Primer Pocket.

What is the Lock-N-Load® AP EZ-JECT Conversion Kit?

The Lock-N-Load® AP EZ-JECT conversion kit allows you to convert your LNL AP press (with serial number 7000 or higher) to use the EZ-JECT system.  This system ejects cases without the need of an ejection wire and is standard on 2009 model presses.

My powder charges vary when I drop them. What can I do to make them uniform?

Static can cause charges to vary. Take a dryer sheet and rub it vigorously on the ouside of the powder tube. This will discharge the static and make the charges uniform.

Where can I get a metallic reloading manual?

You can obtain a metallic reloading manual by visiting the Metallic Reloading User Manual page. If the manual you need is not available, please call customer service at 1-800-338-3220.

The expander on my size die will not come out of the case, what can I do?

You can use black graphite from your hardware store as a neck lube. Just dip the neck in it after you lube the outside of the case. The powder already has graphite in it, so it will not contaminate the powder.

Where can I get a shotshell reloading manual?

You can obtain a metallic reloading manual by visiting the Shotshell Reloading User Manual page. If the manual you need is not available, please call customer service at 1-800-338-3220.

How do I adjust my 366 Auto shot shell press to load the new Winchester AA hulls?

Re-adjust station 7 up to get the pressure off the case. It will usually need to be raised two complete turns. The manual calls for 7 to 9 threads above the jam nut. We find that around 10 to 11 turns will work for the new AA cases. After the adjustment you may have a small hole in the center. This can be corrected by adjusting station 6 down.

Will my current shell plates work with the new EZ-JECT system?

No, they will have to be modified. Hornady will convert your existing shell plate for $10 per plate.  Please call our sales department at 800-338-3220 to arrange authorization for sending in shell plates for conversion.

Do I need to convert my Lock-N-Load® AP press?

No, this new ejection system is not a required conversion. If you purchase new style shell plates they will work with both the wire eject and EZ-JECT systems.

095207 Conversion Instructions

Beside the press, what do I need to get started reloading?

Besides purchasing a reloading press, you will need the following items.

What can I do if I have a stuck case or need a modified case?

 

Modified Cases - please include contact information, two fired pieces of brass not deprimed or resized, as well as a check for $15.00 and we'll modify one.

Stuck cases - please include contact information, resize die with stuck piece of brass with a check for $5.00.

Address:
Hornady Manufacturing
108 S Apollo Street
Alda, NE 68810
• Make checks payable to Hornady Manufacturing
• Please use Fedex, UPS or other direct shipping service. Using USPS may result in item returned to sender.

How do I know what to buy for my reloading needs?

View this Hornady® caliber reference chart to determine the size and type of reloading essentials you need.

I'm not getting enough taper crimp with my die

Please follow these simple steps:

1.) Loosen the seater adjusment screw (very top knurled piece) about 3 times.

2.) Loosen the lock ring on the crimp adjustment screw (middle) and back it out about 3 turns.

3.) Know you can tighten the crimp adjustment screw down until you have the correct crimp.

4.) After you have made the adjustment for the crimp you can now lock the lock ring and reset your bullet seater adjustment screw to the correct seating depth.

Is the PTX stop necessary for 223 Rem of 308 Win (bottleneck cartridges?)

No, it is only recommended when a powder through expander is going to be used on straight-walled cartridges.

If I don't plan on using a powder through expander, do I still need the measure stop?

No. If you are using the expander die that came with your die set for case expansion, you will use one of the sleeves in the Case Activated Powder drop rather than a powder through expander. The measure stop is not necessary if you are using one of these sleeves.

 

My Case Activated Powder Drop uses 4" return spring that is oriented diagonally. How will the measure stop work on my set up?

The measure stop and powder through expanders are only compatible with the Case Activated Powder Drop that we currently offer with the vertical return spring. Unfortunately, these are not compatible with the earlier CAPD's that utilized the diagonal return spring.

I'm loading range brass, after set up I see some cases that are not adequately expanded. What is causing this?

Case length uniformity is critical. If you set everything up with a case at the longer end of spec and then run some cases that are considerably shorter, these cases will not be expanded to the same degree the longer casing was. For best results, sort cases by headstamp and ensure cases are uniform in length.

I need to order replacement parts for my press (or dies). How do I do that?

Please give us a call at 1-800-338-3220 to place an order.