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Thread: Case Lub

  1. #41
    Boolit Mold
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    Jul 2018
    Green country Oklahoma
    In the old days, of course as I am old we bought a non inked stamp pad, of course today you can buy a pad for this purpose also a little larger than the old ink pads I use RCBS case lube wiped into the pad with my finger real good so as not to put on too much when I roll the cases across the pad and then wipe with a rag
    but I am a small lot loader hast makes waste


  2. #42
    Boolit Master RED BEAR's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
    central va
    i started off using lee case lube many years ago and never found a reason to change. i like handling each case for inspection. cleans off easy with warm water or just throw them in tumbler. if it aint broke don't fix it.

  3. #43
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    Sep 2011
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    If you use Lee case lube it will wipe off easily , just roll them around in a towel.
    I mix the Lee case lube with alcohol and mist it on the cases with a small sprayer.
    When it dries just enough is left on to size and what little that remains wipes off easily.
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  4. #44
    Boolit Master
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    Aug 2007
    The easiest solution for large lots of clean brass I want to process is to give it a minimal spritz of store brand pan spray coating, usually canola. I stand the cases on a tray and apply a very quick pass from above and to the side at 45 degrees so some gets in the case necks to lube the expander and/or M-die. They are then mixed/massaged to spread the lube over all the cases. It seems to have good film strength and just trace amounts will facilitate sizing just fine. Removal is by generously applying lye-based oven cleaner and a good squirt of dawn and agitating in a bucket with tap-hot water. No doubt brake cleaner or other industrial degreasers or solvents would also work, but I don't care for the fumes they often have. The goal is to get them squeaky clean and bone dry with no trace of residue, or there will be a film on them which picks up debris and gets tackier as it ages, possibly leading to feeding and extraction issues.

    As for shooting with (freshly) lubed cases, the increase in bolt thrust I would think to be a problem only if the loads are at or near the limit of action strength. For extending brass life, I shoot lubed cases routinely at pistol pressures without a second thought and case length stretch is barely measureable. If the action is proofed to 60-80 kpsi, who cares if lubing the cases increase bolt thrust from 40 to 45 kpsi, which is well below the limit? Hoop stress is always greater than end stress, so if the barrel holds in a modern bolt action, the bolt will. I could have missed it, but I don't recall ever reading of a bolt failure which didn't also destroy chamber and receiver.

  5. #45
    Boolit Bub

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    Augusta, GA
    I load rifle ammo on a Dillon 450 or 550. Lube cases with home made spray lube, load ammo, tumble loaded ammo in Thumler tumbler for 40 minutes, clean dry ammo.

  6. #46
    Boolit Master
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    Jun 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    My method is to pick up a case with my left hand, which has lube on two fingers, twist the case in my fingers to apply some lube and insert it into the press. No waiting for alcohol/solvent evaporation and I haven't had a stuck case for many, many years...
    This ^^^

    I use Hornady Unique and then just wipe it off with a rag after loading.

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    Jan 2007
    S. L. C., Utah, USA
    Thanks to all who replied. Such a simple chore but look at all the knowledge there is in it.

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