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    Lubing Ranch Dog Bullets

    I want to use the Ranch Dog 235 Boolit in my 15 Contender. The RD web page shows that he dips the boolit to get a heavy coat of LLA.

    Does anyone do a simple tumble lube on these and find it sufficient? I am not looking for maximum velocity.
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    That's what I do. Works well.

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    The 165 grain ranchdogs designed for the .30-30 is what I've used and I dipped them. I use an old musket cap tin and a coffee cup warmer, works fine and keeps the noses clean so they don't gum up the seater stem.

    I did run some through a .311 sizer luber in my Lyman 450 and it put enough lube into those tumbe lube grooves to work fine as well.

    I think you'd be fine just tumbling them. Try it and see.

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    Last that I'd read was that Ranch Dog was experimenting with Bens Liquid Lube (BLL) and liked his early results.
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    Yep, I use the modified BLL and love everything about it. Since the Johnson's liquid wax is extinct, the recipe is now 1 part JPW, 1 part turpentine (the real stuff, not synthetic), and 2.5-3 parts Alox. I have tumbled it and dipped it, no complaints either way. GW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatwhiskers View Post
    Yep, I use the modified BLL and love everything about it. Since the Johnson's liquid wax is extinct, the recipe is now 1 part JPW, 1 part turpentine (the real stuff, not synthetic), and 2.5-3 parts Alox. I have tumbled it and dipped it, no complaints either way. GW
    The last time I knew, the new BLL formula was 40% Lundmark Liquid Floor Wax, 40% Xlox and 20% mineral spirits.
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    I have used 45-45-10 on some RD boolits (41 cal and 44 cal).
    If I plan on loading them exclusively for levergun and don't mind if they shoot smoky, I will put the first coat on heavier before sizing, then the TL will fill in with lube, then after sizing I give them the usual lite coat to re-cover the bearing surfaces.

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    I've dipped them, T/L them, and T/L them with JPW. All did well.....
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    My favorite boolit for plinking with any 30 cal is the Ranch Dog 117 grain 32/20 boolit that casts up about .313. Since I am running it through the lube-sizer to install the gas check I lube at the same time with whatever I am using (lately White label 2800 blue). Works mighty fine.

    I'd do the same with any Ranch Dog design.

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