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Thread: Making Ben's Red

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    Made my first ''Bens Red'' today. Was talking to a friend who makes candles about beeswax..

    She gifted me with a half pound block of it!!! Got the stuff needed and melted it down on grill..

    Will see how it looks in the morning

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    Well its dry. l put some in my sizer/luber..l am not lmpressed... Kinda gooey and it STINKS..

    Smells like my local JIFFY LUBE. I followed the recipe EXACTLY.. NO substitutions or variations..

    l know how to mix batches and components...As an lndustrial Painter l am certified in mixing

    lndustrial coatings. l will re-melt tomorrow, maybe add some paraffin to stiffen it up.. Get rid

    of the gooiness. Gotta get rid of the Jiffy Lube smell tho..ldeas anyone??

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    Don't add paraffin. Try a little more bees wax. Alternately you can ask your candle making friend for a little stearin. They use that to harden candles. As for the Jiffy Lube smell, that's the Red and Tacky. You may not like the smell, but you'll love what it does in your barrel.

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    You have to be real careful to not let it get too hot when melting. There is a very fine line between just mixed together and oh my gosh, what is that smell. I had to use OD-Ban to clear the air in the shop. Cooking it on the grill was probably the wrong step. I cooked a small patch in one of my small double boilers and everything went great until I poured some off into a pitcher to make sticks with. I put the pitcher on a hot plate to get it a little warmer and it turned on me.
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    lar-lf it gets too hot,(350f)Is it ruined??? Is this not hi temp grease.. 600f??

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    I don't know about being ruined, or being able to use it or not. Mine just smelled too bad to keep in the shop, so I chucked it all.
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    When making Ben's Red, once the beeswax is melted and you add the ingredients...especially the grease....turn the heat DOWN.
    Your trying for a blend, not a melt.

    Stir the grease in the mix on just enough heat to keep the beeswax in it's melted form...Never try to melt the grease.
    Stir untill blended and you won't have a burnt grease smell.

    I would encourage anyone who makes Ben's Red for the first time to NOT add anything to the original recipe, untill you try it out first in it's "slick" form.
    It slings off the boolits very, very quickly and lays down a consistent condition in the bbl. shot after shot. That equals consistent accuracy.

    I've used this lube for over four years now, and have never felt a need to add or take away anything from the original recipe.
    It's performance has been nothing short of amazing in my rifles and handgun, from 575 fps. to about 2600 fps. so far.

    I use it year round in any temps. i hunt or shoot in with no difference in performance or poi.
    Don't try to melt the grease in and you won't get the loud burn't grease smell.

    The trick to making Ben's Red is low, low, low heat and stir, stir, stir...a little patience and time and it will come out perfect for you.
    The ONLY ingredient that needs to be melted in is the beeswax....everything else is just blended on low heat.

    I f you happen to get the grease too hot and get a smell from it, don't throw it away untill you try it first.
    It will probably still be okay, but it may not give you the deep red color it's supposed to be.
    If it turns out a light watermelon color, or slightly amberish, the grease was too hot.
    It will probably still work fine as far as performance.

    Just my .2...hope it helps.

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    l shot some lubed loads today with my new Bens Red lube...l mixed it EXACTLY how the recipe says.

    lt shot nicely with an improvement in Accuracy.. lt still STINKS and that cant be tolerated. May have

    solved that problem tho. l was talking to the candle maker who gave me the beeswax about the smell.

    She agreed wholeheartedly!!! She gave some sweet oil she uses to make scented candles... Said not

    to use more than 3 or 4 drops because its really potent.. Still wont cure the gooey sticky of it tho..

    lf l add something to stiffen the mixture l will no longer call Bens Red. lt'll be ''My SCENTED Red''

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