Top 5 Progressive Reloading Presses

Many shooters reload their own ammo in order to deliver a level of precision that exceeds even the best factory loads. Check out a selection of our best progressive reloading presses from top brands like Mark 7 Reloading, Hornady and RCBS to ensure you stay on target and shooting like a pro.

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Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press Ammo Plant

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Ammo Plant turns any reloading bench into the ultimate reloading factory. This kit combines all of the innovative features found on the Lock-N-Load AP including automatic indexing and 5 die stations with the Hornady automatic bullet feeder and automatic case feeder.

The Lock-N-Load AP press features include; Lock-N-Load quick change technology, fully automatic indexing, 5-station die platform that accepts standard 7/8"-14 threaded dies, and the EZ-ject System that delivers 100% reliable cartridge ejection. This press is capable of loading rifle and handgun cartridges with ease.

Wondering what extra parts to purchase? Well, the ammo plant ships complete with the following:

  • Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press
  • Lock-N-Load AP Pistol Bullet Feeder
  • Lock-N-Load AP Case Feeder
  • 10 - Die bushings
  • 6 - Case retainer springs
  • 3 - Large cartridge catchers
  • Large Primer Tube
  • Small Primer Tube
  • 3- Large Primer Pickup Tubes
  • 3- Small Primer Pickup Tubes
  • 2 - Primer Slide Springs
  • Pistol Powder Metering Insert
  • Rifle Powder Metering Insert
  • Powder Cop Die
  • Die Wrench
  • Vintage Tin Sign
  • Case Activated Lower Assembly
  • So the only thing left to purchase is the easy access shellplate, reloading dies, appropriate case feeder plate, bullet feeder die, and any additional die bushings you'll need. (all available at MidwayUSA).



Notes:

  • The EZ-ject system is designed to work with updated shellplates. Earlier version shellplates are not adaptable with the EZ-ject system. To tell if shellplates need to be updated, turn the shellplate upside down and look for a groove that runs in a circular pattern around the shellplate. If there is no groove present Hornady will modify old shellplates to work with the EZ-ject system.
  • Hornady Suggests Spraying all metal parts with Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant before using the press (Sold Separately Item# 270-323)
  • Hornady suggests cleaning the powder measure with One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant to remove all oils that could contaminate powder

What Customers Are Saying

Great PRESS!! take your ...

Great PRESS!! take your time and set up dies one at a time. After some seat time you will be cranking out high volumes of ammo with QUALITY. Key points, keep shell plate clean from powder. Get a rhythm, slight hesitation at the bottom of down stroke. when changing shell plates, cycle press until retaining spring seats into groove where the shell enters the plate.
- Dave, 6/9/2012

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press

The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press is an automatic 5-station press that is full of innovative features. The press features include; Lock-N-Load quick change technology, fully automatic indexing, 5-station die platform that accepts standard 7/8"-14 threaded dies, and the EZ-ject System that delivers 100% reliable cartridge ejection. This press is capable of loading rifle and handgun cartridges with ease.

Wondering what extra parts to purchase? Well, the press comes complete with the following items:

  • Lock-N-Load powder measure
  • rifle and pistol metering assemblies
  • case activated powder drop and linkage
  • cartridge catcher
  • large and small primer pick-up tubes
  • 5 Lock-N-Load Bushings
  • So the only thing left to purchase is the easy access shellplate, dies, and any additional bushings you'll need for additional calibers. (all available at MidwayUSA).



Notes:

  • The EZ-ject system is designed to work with updated shellplates. Earlier version shellplates are not adaptable with the EZ-ject system. To tell if shellplates need to be updated, turn the shellplate upside down and look for a groove that runs in a circular pattern around the shellplate. If there is no groove present Hornady will modify old shellplates to work with the EZ-ject system.
  • Hornady Suggests Spraying all metal parts with Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant before using the press (Sold Separately Item# 270-323)

What Customers Are Saying

I just got this press to ...

I just got this press to go along with my Dillon 550 (which it's probably going to replace) and I'm very happy. This press has gotten some bad publicity in the past, but a lot of it no longer applies:The priming system has been redesigned. It no longer has an on/off switch and the punch is now held in place by a nut, not a knurled knob (among other changes). The updated priming system on my new LnL AP is 100% functional, even more reliable than my Dillon 550's. A good feature often overlooked is that spent primers get pushed out directly into a tube which you can direct into a trash can. This keeps my LnL MUCH cleaner than my 550 (which is always getting gummed up and jammed up from spent primer debris).Lee dies do work in this press, although not always in the fifth station (usually not a problem). If you want to use a powder cup in fourth station, a Lee crimp die will probably fit in the fifth station. If you want to use a Lee factory crimp in the fifth station, it will probably NOT fit (especiall...
- R. Cort, 2/25/2010

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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Lee Auto Breech Lock Pro Progressive Press

The Lee Auto Breech Lock Pro is a true progressive press for less than the cost of a premium single stage press. Order a set of Lee dies and a shell plate, and you have everything you need to start reloading. User has to make initial die adjustment into the Breech Lock bushings. Once set, the Breech Lock system allows for instant change. Lee Auto Breech lock Pro Shell plate is required to use this press, sold separately.

 

Features

  • Easy to use with no adjustments.
  • Modular construction allows as much or as little automation as the operator desires with no adjustments.
  • Cartridge changeover in seconds, including primer size with no adjustments.
  • Breech Lock quick change feature in all four positions with no adjustments.
  • Exclusive auto case placer with no adjustments.
  • Through ram primer disposal with convenient built-in primer disposal tube.
  • Includes four breech lock bushings.
  • Includes large and small priming arms.
  • Includes ergonomic, wood grip roller handle.
  • Includes hex wrenches for caliber changes with built in storage rack for tools.



NOTE:  Automatically advances cases up to 2 5/16.” Longer cartridges can be loaded by manually advancing.

 

What Customers Are Saying

Impressive!

Easy to setup and immediately started using and reloading. I currently use the Hornady AP progressive press, Redding T7, and lee turret press. Hopefully it will hold up has plastic parts. By so far I am impressed.
- Rtwolf, 4/29/2018

About Lee

If you are thinking about starting to reload, you found the best place to start. Reloading indeed saves you money and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee. Their mission is simple; Produce the best American made value in reloading tools. The Lee family has been producing affordable reloading products since 1958. Their great prices come from patented innovative designs. They are thankful to say Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. Serving the reloaders of the world for over fifty years!

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Lee Pro 4000 Progressive Press Kit

The Lee Pro 4000 Progressing Press Kit is a true progressive press for less than the cost of a premium single stage press. Includes Lee 3 die Carbide set, shell plate, Universal Case Feeder, Auto-Drum Powder Measure, Safety Prime, everything you need to start reloading.

 

Features

  • Easy to use with no adjustments
  • Modular construction allows as much or as little automation as the operator desires with no adjustments
  • Cartridge changeover in seconds, including primer size with no adjustments
  • Breech Lock quick change feature in all four positions with no adjustments
  • Exclusive auto case placer with no adjustments
  • Through ram primer disposal with convenient built-in primer disposal tube
  • Includes four colored spline drive breech lock bushings
  • Includes large and small priming arms
  • Includes ergonomic, wood grip roller handle
  • Includes hex wrench for caliber changes with built in storage rack for tools

What Customers Are Saying

Good Buy

I purchased the 45ACP Pro 4000. For the money this is a good buy. Is it a Dillon RL550, No. However, it WAY better than the Pro 1000 and a better buy than the Loadmaster. I purchased mine to have as a dedicated machine for lead cast 45ACP. Im a happy camper. :-)
- natchomamma, 5/10/2020

About Lee

If you are thinking about starting to reload, you found the best place to start. Reloading indeed saves you money and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee. Their mission is simple; Produce the best American made value in reloading tools. The Lee family has been producing affordable reloading products since 1958. Their great prices come from patented innovative designs. They are thankful to say Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. Serving the reloaders of the world for over fifty years!

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Lee Load-Master Progressive Press

The Lee Loadmaster Progressive Press reloads both rifle and handgun cartridges with ease and has enough clearance for even the largest magnum rifle cases. It can be used as an automatic indexing progressive press or as a single stage press, and the five stations accept most popular reloading dies. Dies are held by a detachable turret that allows them to be removed and reinserted without adjusting. Dies and shellplates sold separately. This press comes with the press, carrier and five-hole turret only.

 

Not Included:  Case feeder, Dies, Shell Plate, Primer Feed or Powder measure. These items must be purchased separately.

Note: Lee warns that only CCI or Remington brand primers should be used with this reloading press. If you plan on reloading with any other brand of primers you must purchase the explosion shield (part# 533868)

What Customers Are Saying

I have four Loadmasters ...

I have four Loadmasters set up for various calibers that I shoot and have set up six others for friends. They can be made to work very well, here's what I found to cure the problems. The way it comes from the factory with the dies assembled in the turret is not the way you want to set the press up. In small print as a HINT on page 6, under STATION 2 is how you should set up the press. If you don't have a universal decapping die, order another carbide sizing/decapping die and put that in station 1, this accomplishes the same thing without the decapping pin breakage problem since the die centers the case for the decapping pin and now you will have a free spare decapping pin. The primer slider, lm3252 for large primers and lm 3254 for small primers, is the spare part most likely to be needed. Lee replaces these free of charge, all you have to do is send it back. Call Lee at (262) 673-3075, they take credit cards, also get at least one universal decapping pin, the unbreakable one that breaks i...
- Curt, 2/25/2010

About Lee

If you are thinking about starting to reload, you found the best place to start. Reloading indeed saves you money and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee. Their mission is simple; Produce the best American made value in reloading tools. The Lee family has been producing affordable reloading products since 1958. Their great prices come from patented innovative designs. They are thankful to say Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. Serving the reloaders of the world for over fifty years!

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