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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey View Post
    Can something like acetone be used as a evaporating solvent to liquify some of these lubes so they can be used as a tumble lube? Jeffrey
    I see where you're coming from, good thinking!

    Perhaps a non-polar solvent such as hexane or diethyl ether, there are many others. Acetone is a polar solvent, good for fingernail polish remover, but it's most likely not right for our purposes here. Hmmm, you got me thinking... Been tagging along for a while, thanks for all the good info!

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    You all are wondering what the weight by volume is with pure beeswax here you go.
    "A PINT IS A POUND THE WORLD AROUND" 16 OZ is slightly less than a pound.
    I don't recall where i seen or read that, but it is kinda catchy.

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    1 part canuba wax
    1/2 part bee wax
    3 parts lard
    one tablespoon oil of wintergreen

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyrat View Post
    You all are wondering what the weight by volume is with pure beeswax here you go.
    "A PINT IS A POUND THE WORLD AROUND" 16 OZ is slightly less than a pound.
    I don't recall where i seen or read that, but it is kinda catchy.
    Old skool. My Grandma taught me that when I was a kid helping her when she was canning.

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    Equal parts beeswax and Sta-Lube Extreme Pressure Moly-Graph Multi-Purpose Grease. I throw just a little canuba and paraffin in the mix. Works real well in the .44 mag heavy loads and makes the gun clean up real fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyrat View Post
    You all are wondering what the weight by volume is with pure beeswax here you go.
    "A PINT IS A POUND THE WORLD AROUND" 16 OZ is slightly less than a pound.
    I don't recall where I've seen or read that, but it is kinda catchy.
    I remember that old saying, but it probably refers to water.
    You can look up any specific gravity by just typing "specific gravity of-----" into yahoo and figuring a comparable amout of that substance
    Beeswax is .960 to .970. (and like Randy said, slightly less than a lb)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackWoods Billy View Post
    Equal parts beeswax and Sta-Lube Extreme Pressure Moly-Graph Multi-Purpose Grease. I throw just a little canuba and paraffin in the mix. Works real well in the .44 mag heavy loads and makes the gun clean up real fast.
    Great lube that works very well but it sure stinks when you are heating it up to pan lube. The wife doesn't squawk when I melt the Felix lube.

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    Several of these recipes mention "cylinder oil." This (probably, given the apparent age of the original recipe) refers to steam cylinder oil, NOT automotive engine oil. Steam cylinder oil is soluble in steam (but not in water) and is kind of hard to find these days, although it's still out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonk View Post
    A good blackpowder lube recommended by another board member (I've also used it in low pressure handgun loads, no problems):

    I shot BPCR Sil for fifteen years. Emmert's Home Mix (50% pure natural beeswax, 40% Original Crisco and 10% Canola Oil) makes a very successful lube for Black Powder. I have since modified the original formula by reducing the Canola Oil to 5% and adding 5% Anhydrous Lanolin. The lanolin makes the lube stick to the bullet better over time and does a slightly better job overall. Be sure and use a double boiler to melt it to avoid overheating the lube. Over heating will KILL it for bullet lube. Your receipe is almost the same as mine, and I've been using mine for years.

    You may substitute olive oil for the canola oil, the olive oil has a higher flash point and works very good as well.

    The trick is to keep everything natural, no oil based products (vaseline). The crisco is vegetable based as well as the olive oil. The beeswax, because of it's exposure to the honey, will naturally repel bacteria, thus prevent the lube from going rancid and drying out.
    How would this (Emmert's) work for pre-lubing my .50 cal. REAL bullets in my Lyman Trade Rifle?
    Crisco tends to get messy in the summertime.

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    As Semtav mentioned, "A pint is a pound" is for liquid measure and comes from the kitchen where liquids are usually 95% or better water. It is not applicable to solids.


    Quote Originally Posted by randyrat View Post
    You all are wondering what the weight by volume is with pure beeswax here you go.
    "A PINT IS A POUND THE WORLD AROUND" 16 OZ is slightly less than a pound.
    I don't recall where i seen or read that, but it is kinda catchy.
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    Dad's all season minie` ball lube

    Winter recipe

    1 part crisco shortening

    1 part T/C bore butter

    1 part bees wax

    1/10th part extra virgin olive oil

    Method;
    melt bees wax in cast iron pan, bring up to smoke point and remove from heat. Add bore butter and crisco, stir for 20 minutes with a whisk, at about 15 minutes add olive oil. Let cool in pan and cut into managable blocks.

    Summer recipe

    1part crisco

    1 part T/C bore butter

    3 parts bees wax

    1/10th part extra virgin olive oil

    Use the same method as winter recipe, this will be much harder than the winter recipe and won't "melt" off your minie bullets on those hot summer days at the range and is non toxic, so eat all you want.

    Known the world over as "Old number 91"
    Last edited by Dave Pool's horse; 02-27-2011 at 02:04 PM. Reason: extra info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Pool's horse View Post
    Winter recipe

    1 part crisco shortening

    1 part T/C bore butter

    1 part bees wax

    1/10th part extra virgin olive oil

    Method;
    melt bees wax in cast iron pan, bring up to smoke point and remove from heat. Add bore butter and crisco, stir for 20 minutes with a whisk, at about 15 minutes add olive oil. Let cool in pan and cut into managable blocks.

    Summer recipe

    1part crisco

    1 part T/C bore butter

    3 parts bees wax

    1/10th part extra virgin olive oil

    Use the same method as winter recipe, this will be much harder than the winter recipe and won't "melt" off your minie bullets on those hot summer days at the range and is non toxic, so eat all you want.

    Known the world over as "Old number 91"
    What do you use to apply this to the boolits? (In my case, REALs)
    They are .50 cal, slightly over .050 with the driving bands. I assume I'd want to bore some holes in something, place the boolits in them up to the top driving band, pour in the lube and then let it harden?
    Or do you apply the lube, let it set up, then shave the lube with an appropriately sized "die" (maybe a piece of tubing?)
    Enlighten me, if you will...

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    2 oz DOMINATOR®
    10 oz beeswax
    ½ tblsp Lanolin
    1 tblsp reduced JPW

    use a double boiler or electric hot plate, so as to not get too hot.
    also, do this outside.
    -First I gently heat the JPW to cook off some of the solvents
    I reduce it by half (2 tblsp down to 1tblsp).
    -Then I add the beeswax and melt that.
    -add a color crayon if you wish to change the color from pinkish.
    -Then add the Dominator
    -Then cut the Heat and let it cool some.
    then add the Lanolin while still warm...around 115º

    DOMINATOR® is a polyalphaolefin (PAO) based
    AMSoil 2 cycle racing oil, that's suppose to be
    able to handle the higher heat and pressures of racing engines
    and not smoke.

    I have successfully used it in pistols and mild rifle (22 Hornet) so far.
    Last edited by JonB_in_Glencoe; 06-27-2011 at 07:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiljen View Post
    As Semtav mentioned, "A pint is a pound" is for liquid measure and comes from the kitchen where liquids are usually 95% or better water. It is not applicable to solids.
    too bad that jingle won't work for Imperial measure. up here a pint is a pound and a quarter

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    "Boil , boil,trouble and toil". I use Emments lube for pan lube. LLA and JP when lazy.

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    in warfs formula olive oil can be replaced with sunflower oil.

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    lube

    Made some lube this weekend for my 9mm and it works great.
    1 part beeswax
    .75 parts petrolium jelly
    .25 parts candle wax

    i added a little more candle wax to make it a little hard, its pretty hard, can't push fingers through and goes through lyman 450 great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushka View Post
    sperm oil substitute was said to be starrett oil,very fine oil.
    maybe singer sewing machine oil/glass cutting oil may work also.
    Up until WWII sperm whale oil was used in auto trannies. Whales got scarse and demand rose so Dextron was invented. Dextron III is a superb substitude for sperm whale oil.

    Oh and my BP lube:

    Winter=
    5 parts bees wax
    3 parts Canoola oil
    2 parts cocoa butter
    1 part olanolin

    Summer=
    5 parts bees wax
    3 parts cocoa butter
    2 parts Canoola oil
    1 part lanolin
    Last edited by Chicken Thief; 03-30-2011 at 04:55 PM. Reason: recepie added

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    A lot of interesting recipes. I'll be doing some playing once I restock my ingredients.

    This isn't a recipe but maybe a way out of a bind. If you are wanting to load up a test batch out of a new mold and your low on lube, see if you other half has a stick of Burt's Bees lip balm.

    You can rub it right into the grooves. Just don't put it back in your wifes purse when your done.

    jim

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    Pint of beeswax (melted, liquid) is very close to a pound, the world around.

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