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Thread: Imperial Sizing Wax VS Hornady One Shot

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    I can only compare Dillon to Imperial. I use Imperial for rifle cases and Dillon for most pistol and.223 brass. That’s basically volume reloading of handgun ammunition vs a few rifle cases. They work pretty much equally well for me. For very difficult to size cases I find that pure undiluted lanolin works much better. One of the successes with straight lanolin was S&W .500 cases that were very difficult to size. Straight lanolin made it easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLaROCHE View Post
    If you still have those cans with no pressure left, there is a neat trick. Get a valve stem for a tubless rim. A new one that hasnít been cut off. The part that is normally inside the rim, has hole that fits on the top of most spray cans. You have to hold it on, but can charge the can as if you were filling a tire. Be careful not to put too much pressure in. I donít know how much those cans can take.
    Thanks for the idea. I'll have to did through the cabinet to see if I still have them. I expect that I do as I'm bad to keep stuff! With my compressor I expect a fraction of a second will be enough.

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    I appreciate everyones replies on this subject.

    The Hornady One shot does not wipe off as easy as the Imperial for me, but it does come off sufficiently with just a rag in my experience. This is an important feature for me for any lube.

    Does anyone else notice that the Hornady One Shot reduces the effort to size cases vs the Imperial? With my Lee hand press, this is really a benefit.

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    GregLaRoche, Thank you for that trick! Thats something I never would have thought of. I normally cut the can open and use whatever it is in a squirt bottle once the can looses its pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNsailorman View Post
    I have tried most of the case lubes at one time or another but keep coming back to Imperial Wax as it is still the best one I have found. They all work after a fashion but I like to take my time with case prep and the wipe it on with my fingers and wipe it off with an old towel works best for me. my experience anyway, james
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    Small caliber cases up to 358 Remington Hornady One Shot works great for 458 Socom and 50 BMG Imperial Sizing wax is the only good way I have found to NOT have stuck cases
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    I use both. Like most here, I use Imperial for small, one off sizing jobs and One Shot for bulk sizing of rifle cases. I spray inside a gallon ziplock bag. It greatly reduces the amount used vs the coverage.

    I do also mist the pistol brass to reduce effort through carbide dies on the progressive. I have a whole drawer of One Shot that I purchased around $5 a can recently. I had just about quit using it due to the cost, but found a bunch on clearance at one of the big online retailers.

    The only time I've had issues with One Shot was early on and were application issues or ...lack of. If you only spray 2 sides or go light you may have a stuck case. You need to spray for good coverage and let the carrier dry.

    I use to spray cases in case blocks or handgun ammo trays, but that was too messy and too wasteful with the overspray. The gallon bag trick works very well.

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    I like Hornady Unique. I just dab my fingers in it occasionally as I size cases. No mess and wipes off easily.

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    I don't shoot enough rifle to worry about the overspray from One Shot. If I were going through a can a week maybe.
    I shoot 50-150 founds of centerfire rifle per week during the warm months. It takes me quite a while to go through a couple of cans of One Shot.

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    I noticed bigger containers of Imperial at the shop the other day and I found that humorous.

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    Hornady One STUCK doesn't say how many days you're supposed to shake the can?, how many days you're supposed to let it dry? and absolutely nothing about drenching the brass in it on a cookies sheet or a gallon ziploc bag!??
    Using that GARBAGE! I pulled the rim off of a couple of 338WM shells and busted two stations out of the 30-30 shell plate on my Dillon 550!! (Dillon IS a PAIN in the *** to get warranty out of!!), I own an RCBS stuck case remover because of that ****!, went to ISDW and have never looked back!
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    I average about 6,000 rounds a year with Hornady One Shot. Mostly .223 & .308. I really like it but I do use Imperial for case forming. Compared to the Dillon spray lube the big advantage is it doesn't gum up the case feeders.

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    In close to 40yrs reloading, the only time I've ever had a case (.30-06) stuck in a sizing die was after being "lubed" with Hornady One Shot. Not saying it's bad stuff but when the very first time you use something (and on the very first case) it doesn't work, one tends to lose confidence in it. Maybe I didn't shake the can long enough as WrenchMan above infers, I dunno, but for me, there are better options. Anyway, I use Imperial Wax and the Dillon spray lube mostly but I use the tried and true roll pad lubing once in awhile too.
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    One Shot is great for easing the effort it takes to pull the handle on a progressive press. I have arthritis and for me its worth the extra cost. I don't use much and don't clean it off afterwards. Loading rifle is another story, lanolin or wax there and I do prep first if loading progressive so I can get it off the case before loading. The plastic tub the wax came in fell apart so I warmed it up in a old metal film canister. A little goes a long way, bought that tub around 1980.
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    Imperial works great, but I stopped using it a while ago.
    Kiwi Mink oil was the same thing, and the tin was three times bigger, and cost half as much.
    BUT............
    Kiwi no longer sells the Mink oil.
    Got into some kind trouble with it, and had to stop selling it. From what I heard anyway.
    They sent me a coupon to try their Outdoor conditioning Oil.
    Seems to be working as good as the Mink oil.
    Price is higher, but still less than Imperial, and same big tin.
    I've tried One shot, Hornady case lube, Lee case lube, Midway case lube, cable pull lube.
    The Kiwi worked better than all of them.

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    imperial is anhydrous lanolin. Its probably the best lube you can use but if you go to your pharmacy or look on ebay you can buy a large tub of it for what a small tin of imperial costs. I bought a tub of it about 15 years ago and still haven't used it all and if it wasn't for the fact I used it to make felix lube too it would probably last me a lifetime of case sizing.
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    for bulk stuff i use lanolin/alcohol mix, but one shot for case forming. never stuck one yet.

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    I have used Imperial for over 30 years and never had a stuck case, then I tried Hornady One Shot and had some stuck cases, so I will keep using Imperial.

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