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Hornady Iron Press
« on: August 04, 2016, 05:52:29 PM »
 

DenverDave

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Anyone tried this press yet? It's new and the kit comes with some nice looking components.


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Re: Hornady Iron Press
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 12:24:14 AM »
 

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I have it and here are my thoughts.  Press good, parts good, autopriming system good...layout not desirable.  The kit comes basically with everything minus a case trimmer, powder trickler, bullet puller, cleaning kit.  If I did it again I would just buy the press with Autoprime only and pick the tools I want. The calipers from Hornady is frustrating. Trying to debur and chamfer greasy brass gets tedious when trying to clean on top of the press.  Scale is okay but I'm sure there are better ones out there.  If you are trying to throw consistent powder, you need to get the match grade micrometer plunger to install.  The reloading book is only for Hornady bullets so you will need to purchase another book if you want to compare data or find loads. Hope this helps.
 

Re: Hornady Iron Press
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 02:16:13 AM »
 

DenverDave

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Thanks very much for your input.   Do you think the RCBS powder thrower is better, more precise? I will be loading match.


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Re: Hornady Iron Press
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 04:40:46 PM »
 

Jeff M

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Most guys that reload match ammo weigh charges in one fashion or another.  Either charge masters, or gem pro, or fx120i, or prometheus, etc...

If you're really set on loading match ammo, and won't be doing "volume" loading (several thousand rounds at a time), the Forster coax is an incredibly popular and accurate single stage press.  I have one, and so do many other guys on here.
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Re: Hornady Iron Press
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 09:39:41 AM »
 

CADGuy

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Listen to Jeff and other big boys on here. They know their stuff. 

I load between 20-50 at a time but since I'm anal I will check weight on each powder throw. I keep my powder weight between +/- .1 grains of my targeted load and buying the micrometer for the powder dispenser has helped but not fail proof. I use a SAAMI grade national match die set from Redding to full length resize, bullet seater and crimper and have had zero issues loading for my Ruger Precision rifle.  I have sunk almost 800 into the reloading kit so if you are cost conscience then a nice scale and patience is what you need. 



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