My Hornady Projector Progressive Press - 1911Forum
Advertise Here
Forum   Reviews   Rules   Legal   Site Supporters & Donations   Advertise

Go Back   1911Forum > >


Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 01-21-2020, 03:49 PM
Hank in Arkansa Hank in Arkansa is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 291
My Hornady Projector Progressive Press

Back in the 1980s (yeah, I'm old school!) I bought a new Hornady Projector Progressive press. I also bought shell plates for several pistol calibers and a couple rifle cals. After many thousands of rounds, it recently broke. A small roll pin at the bottom of the rotating axle broke. Hornady sent me replacements, and in short order I fixed the press. Just finished loading 100 rounds of 9mm: all is well. Hornady did mention that the press is now obsolete and they no longer stock many replacement parts. Sad but time marches on.

If you're shopping for a progressive, you probably know they're not cheap. If you happen to find an original used Projector on Ebay, pawnshop, estate sale, etc., for a bargain price, give it a serious look. After all, mine is about 35 years old and still going strong. What's a decent price? Anything under $200 is worth considering, particularly with shell plates and in good shape. Just make sure the progressive mechanism is working.

I've altered mine a bit, and I recommend doing the same to a new owner. First, ditch the old style priming system. I never prime anything on a full size press. I have dedicated priming tools and use them. Next, ditch the shell "kicker" that kicks out a completed round. On the old model, it's flimsy sheet metal and will hang up, get bent and mess up your work; fingers work better. I'm still using the original Hornady powder measure system, but had to beef up the return spring to be more positive. So now I place a cleaned, primed empty case in station 1, carbide size without a decapping pin, flair on station 2, charge w powder on 3, seat on 4, taper crimp on 5, and remove the completed round from 1, then repeat. A case activated powder drop would be good, but my dispenser is working just fine. For each round, I must place an empty case, a bullet and remove a completed round by hand. Pulling the press handle does the rest. Easy.

I'm an NRA reloading instructor, and have been rolling my own since the late 1960s. I also have two single stage presses, and wouldn't be without at least one. But a progressive for 9mm, 45 ACP, .38/.357, etc is hard to beat. For most rifle rounds, I favor the single stage for more precision but less speed. If you're in the market for a progressive, but have a thin wallet, check out a clean, less expensive old style Hornady Projector. And Hornady has the complete user manual on their website for download.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:55 AM.

NOTICE TO USERS OF THIS SITE: By continuing to use this site, you certify that you have read and agree to abide by the Legal Terms of Use. All information, data, text or other materials ("Content") posted to this site by any users are the sole responsibility of those users. 1911Forum does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such Content.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2015, LLC. All Rights Reserved