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Thread: How many stil use Alox/beeswax lube?

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    Boolit Master
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    got stick when I bought my lyman 450 new have never used anything else. the only thing it does not work good for is black powder. for those I have another 450 with spg lube.

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    There is something about handling those brown sticks of boolit lube that just makes me happy. Yes, there are other lubes that work, but a stack of 30 cal rifle boolits just seem to be decorated properly with that in the grooves and a shiney gas check. Am I nuts?

    Washing Mike

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    I bought so much of it premixed years ago when one supplier was shutting down, that I'll probably never use it all up. I also have a lot of the ingredients. It has always worked well regardless of temperature. The only downside is smoke, but that is less at higher temperatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob208 View Post
    got stick when I bought my lyman 450 new have never used anything else. the only thing it does not work good for is black powder. for those I have another 450 with spg lube.
    What do you use for BP? Do you use the same for a greese cookie?


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    Boolit Master FergusonTO35's Avatar
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    Anybody ever try increasing the amount of alox? Say, to 60/40 or 70/30?
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    GONRA gotta gallon can of ALOX 2128 after the American Rifleman's waaaaaay back original article.
    Been using "Pure ALOX 2138" (no beeswax) asa bullet lube (auto pistol cartridges) for decades.
    Lube grooves are located in the neck of the loaded cartridge so the sticky external lube isn't any problem.
    Most of the gallon can contents remain of course...

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    45/45/10. Works for what I need.
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    We have on Lyman Luber dedicated to the stuff. It works well. AS many others wrote.. probably have enough in sticks now to last all my years.
    Mike in Peru
    "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
    Male Guanaco out in dry lakebed at 10,800 feet south of Arequipa.

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    Boolit Master
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krag1902 View Post
    You mean there's something else?
    +1 on that issue!!

    I used to buy Javelina or Tamarack as needed. At one point a local commercial caster had a pail of Alox 2831F for sale. Something like 35# in that pail, found several big blocks of Beeswax on eBay, the first purchase I made there. Made my own stick mold, which now belongs to a member here. Sold enough to pay for the materials and still had 25-30# left. Still have enough of that left, mostly in 1+/-# tubs which I melt and pour into the Star sizer as needed, to carry on for the rest of my life.

    Fed many thousands of 429421 through a SBH when I was shooting metallic silhouettes. All full power loads never had to clean the barrel unless the gun got wet. Still using it for 30-30 and trying to find the upper limit before it gives any leading.

    PS: The last I knew the closest thing to 2138F was Alox 350. If you add 7%, by weight, of micro-crystalline wax(Carnauba & similar types, maybe even paraffin) you get 2138F. There is information out there about what constitutes "micro-crystalline wax" I found it once never needed to look it up again.
    Last edited by Alan in Vermont; Today at 03:06 PM. Reason: PS
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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