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Thread: Carnauba red vs. blue

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    Carnauba red vs. blue

    I have always thought lube type does not matter much as long as it does its job. I was so wrong! I have been playing with cast loads for my m1a and tried quite a few lubes, including Hi-Tek coating. Never any leading, always a clean bore, but so-so accuracy. Until I tried a stick of carnauba red, then my groups shrank at least by half, consistantly. The only thing I don,t like is it is a bit sticky. I understand the blue is very similar but not so sticky. Has anyone tried both of these lubes with the same load otherwise? What was your results? Same accuracy or did one work better than the other? I need to place an order and do not want a bunch of blue if the red is better. I know I will probably just have to try it and see if it works for me. Let me know your results, thanks!

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    Neither I nor my friends that I cast for can tell the difference in red or blue, except that blue needs less heat to apply (none if you live in a warm area). I'm not a benchrest shooter though. But we don't have leading problems with either one. Haven't noticed the sticky aspect of them. I guess it's what temp you handle them that determines that.
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    I like Blue because it not as sticky, but both have worked well

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    I have been considering trying out these two types of lube for my pan lubing and the topic is timely. Thanks for posting it!


    I will be placing an order for one or the other or maybe even both, relatively soon & the comments on experience with them here are appreciated by more than just the OP, RHill, so Thanks! to any who share!
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