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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
Wolfe Publishing Group
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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
reloading tech tips


Author: Stan Trzoniec / Wolfe Publishing Co.
Date: Feb 27 2019



When it comes to handloading, the smaller details are never ending! You have to size cases, trim and chamfer, then clean primer pockets and clean the necks. Moving from one stage to another always means searching for the right tool on the bench— a time consuming ordeal.


Now, with the Hornady Lock- N-Load Power Case Prep Center, all these operations can be performed with one handy bench tool. This sturdy motorized unit can be bolted to the bench, and a multitude of tasks can be performed on one case by moving from one station to the next with a minimum of time and effort. On the bottom front of the machine are a number of “power takeoffs,” as I call them, that rotate when the unit is turned on. They accommodate various accessories.


Included with the unit are six brass brushes to clean the inside necks of cartridge cases.  A handloader can also install an inner and outer chamfering tool pilot, both of which are easily installed along with additional tools or replacements available from Hornady. Additionally, primer pocket brushes are easily attached, and a tray is supplied to catch all the debris and shavings for easy disposal.


To me the big item is the case trimmer mounted on the upper part of the Case Prep Center.  Cases are installed upside down in a collet, then a hefty lever is used to push down the case to provide effortless trimming to within a .001 inch. Precise trimming of any pistol or rifle case is easy once the main adjustment is made. To make life easier, there is an adjustment for short pistol and longer rifle cases so the movement of the T-Handle is minimal at best. To get you started, Hornady includes five shell holders for the most popular cartridges.


Finally, with the optional Flash Hole Deburr Tool and Primer Pocket Uniformer, the competitive shooter can clean and make all his cases uniform by removing unwanted burrs within the flash hole, allowing additional accuracy for tighter groups by eliminating erratic powder ignition.


Multi-tasking? I’m all for it!


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