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    Lube question

    I recently purchased some boolits from a known bullet company in .45 Colt. I noticed some boolits did not have lube completely around the lube groove. Instead there was a small space without lube. Lube is LBT Blue in a single groove.

    Any comments concerning quality control? I am new to shooting and reloading cast. Is this detrimental to accuracy/performance/leading? Thanks all.

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    Check the size first. If your boolits are undersize the lube won't matter, you'll have leading.
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    Size is fine. Issue is a little lube is missing in the groove on some boolits.

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    Do you have access to any Alox? A little very light tumble in that and it wouldn't matter if they had any LBT on them at all.
    Colt 1860, it just feels right.

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    In one of my books on casting boolits, tests were done on 38 Special loads. Bullets only partially lubed got better accuracy out of a test barrel than those fully lubed.
    If your boolits fit the barrel properly, I think they would shoot just fine.

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    Is LBT Blue considered a decent lube?

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    it is a good lube.
    just fill in the gaps with some chap-stick.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

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    Go with Ben's Red your problems with lube will be over.Don't listen to the nay sayers. I have sent thousands of bullets down the tube with Ben's Red some were as small as .449 I didn't cull these bullets because I wanted to see if they would lead.I had no leading at all.
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    The only thing I would question is shipping/packaging method. If the lube is in fact LBT Blue, there must be some reason the lube is missing from portions of the lube groove(s). Handling comes to mind first...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakoluvr View Post
    Size is fine. Issue is a little lube is missing in the groove on some boolits.

    "a little piece missing"
    I think you'll be fine if more than half of the LBT lube is intact.

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    That space will fill in upon firing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    The only thing I would question is shipping/packaging method. If the lube is in fact LBT Blue, there must be some reason the lube is missing from portions of the lube groove(s). Handling comes to mind first...
    There are other blue lubes and some are harder. I used LBT blue and had problems with accuracy, changed to LBT Magnum, soft Blue and Felix. In a rifle Ben's Red was very good.
    Buying boolits and many had half the lube in the bottom of the box, that lube is no good. Adding to missing lube fails too. With a hard lube and grooves filled proper still showed recovered boolits missing lube here and there. How better to throw a boolit out of balance? Lube should ALL be gone at muzzle exit. It should spin away. Leave a chunk in and it is like casting air pockets.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by runfiverun View Post
    it is a good lube.
    just fill in the gaps with some chap-stick.
    Or you can just run it through the lube sizer again, and to keep the die lubed I run every 10th or 12th again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trixter View Post
    Or you can just run it through the lube sizer again, and to keep the die lubed I run every 10th or 12th again.
    Can't fix. Get all the original lube out and use a better lube.

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    l made my first Bens Red yesterday...Stuff stinks like a Jiffy Lube grease pit.Yuck

    Stuff is kinda like a pretty woman with BODY ODOR... l don't care how well she ''performs''.

    She STINKS and has to GO

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw282 View Post
    l made my first Bens Red yesterday...Stuff stinks like a Jiffy Lube grease pit.Yuck

    Stuff is kinda like a pretty woman with BODY ODOR... l don't care how well she ''performs''.

    She STINKS and has to GO
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