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Old July 29, 2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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Factory faulty shellplate to Hornady L-N-L?

I bought a new shell plate for my Hornady Lock-N-Load and tried to use it today.

It fits perfectly on the press and the box is labeled "#1 .44Mag/.45ACP", but the shells do not fit!

Here is an image of how far I can press the case into the slot:


I noticed that the edges of the slot are curved, not straight like my plates for 9mm and .38Mag/Spl.

Any clues to what might be wrong?
I could understand that the plate might not fit the press, but the shells should fit the plate... There is only one standard for .44Mag, right?
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Old July 29, 2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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The #45 is for the 45ACP and the #30 is for the 44mag. That is probably why your cases don't fit. Is it in a plastic box (if it's in cardboard it's a previous model)? All of mine just list the number on the label and don't say anything about the caliber it is for.
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Old July 29, 2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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This is a white cardboard box with a sticker saying "#1 .44Mag/.45ACP".
The shell plate itself has "#1" engraved.
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Old July 29, 2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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That's an older one for the old LNL, it won't work on the newer LNL's, the underside it different. Hornady can retool it to work with the new one however. Look on hornady's website for the proper numbers, if you don't think the #45 is for the 45ACP and the #30 is the one for the 44mag. Don't know why the box says what it says, but that's not the correct one for the 44mag. As far as the 45, I know that they used to recommend a different shellplate for this caliber on the old LNL, but now use the #45. I load both calibers with the LNL AP and the above listed shellplates are the correct ones.

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Old July 29, 2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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I have never claimed that #30 is not for .44Mag and #45 for .45ACP, I'm just saying what it says on my box.

My L-N-L has a serial number below 150, so I guess it does use the old style shell plates.

I found this: http://www.lg-outdoors.com/proddetail.asp?prod=7872
It lists #1 as:
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#1 - 5.6x57; 22/250; 240 Wby; 243 Win; 244/6mm; 6mm Int.; 6mm/284; 6mm BR; 250 Savage; 25/06; 257 Roberts; 25/284; 6.5/06; 6.5x57; 270 Win; 7x57(7mm Mauser); 7mm/08; 7mm Rem BR; 7x64; 7mm Express/280; 284 Win; 300 Savage; 308 Win; 30/06; 7.7 Jap; 8mm Mauser; 8mm/06; 8x60S; 35 Whelen; 358 Win; 9.3x57; 9.3x62; 44 Auto Mag; 45 ACP/WM; 260 Rem
I guess they just labeled it .44Mag instead of .44 Auto Mag.
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Old July 29, 2009, 06:38 PM   #6
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The number 1 shell plate I have (for the old style press) is for 45 ACP. 44 mag won't fit.
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Old July 29, 2009, 09:20 PM   #7
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The 44 Auto Mag is a whole different critter than the 44 Mag.

Who did you buy it from??
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Old July 30, 2009, 03:08 AM   #8
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Shoney: Yes, it is different. That is why I wrote
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I guess they just labeled it .44Mag instead of .44 Auto Mag.
, since those are two entirely different calibers.

I bought the shell plate from a friend, he doesn't remember where he bought it since it has never been used (he sold his .44 before he ran out of factory ammo).

I'll try to get a picture of the box this afternoon (Swedish time).
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Old July 30, 2009, 05:30 AM   #9
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Hornady said they were having trouble with the #1 and 45 acp. So they retooled the plate and named it #45.

The #1 shellplate will work on any shell that has a case head that is based on the 30-06 case.

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#1 - 5.6x57; 22/250; 240 Wby; 243 Win; 244/6mm; 6mm Int.; 6mm/284; 6mm BR; 250 Savage; 25/06; 257 Roberts; 25/284; 6.5/06; 6.5x57; 270 Win; 7x57(7mm Mauser); 7mm/08; 7mm Rem BR; 7x64; 7mm Express/280; 284 Win; 300 Savage; 308 Win; 30/06; 7.7 Jap; 8mm Mauser; 8mm/06; 8x60S; 35 Whelen; 358 Win; 9.3x57; 9.3x62; 44 Auto Mag; 45 ACP/WM; 260 Rem

All of these cases are based on the 30-06 case.

In you're original post all that you are assuming is correct.

The newer shellplates with the groove in the underside of the plate will work on your older L-N-L.


I would say somebody just mislabeled the box of the one that you have. Hornady has a toll free number, but I am not sure if it will work over seas. It is 1-800-338-3220 Central Time in the U.S. Their times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..
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Old July 31, 2009, 02:58 PM   #11
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Quote: "The number 1 shell plate I have (for the old style press) is for 45 ACP. 44 mag won't fit. "

+1 with CloudPeak. I use a #1 shell plate on my Hornady LNL-AP for .45 ACP and a #30 shell plate on my other LNL-AP for .44 Mag. Looks like Buffalo Arms mislabeled the box. No way will .44 Mag cases go into my #1 shell plate. The rounded corners of shell openings help the cases eject without hanging up. I used a dreaded Dremel tool with stones and polishing bits to taper/polish the trailing edge/corner of each shell opening to allow the cases to eject even easier. Don't enlarge the openings too much or you can ruin the shell plate.
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