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    What do you use for Reloading Press Ram Lubricant?

    Curious if anyone has found something that doesnít tend to get sticky and fouled with lots of use?
    It seems to be depriming that contributes to the crud the most that fouls the ram. I degrease with brake cleaner and relube after letting the mechanism dry about every 2-3 months to keep it running smoothly.

    Grease gets sticky quickly, oils are great until you start depriming. Hornady one shot wears off quickly. Nano by liquid wrench is persistent and seems to be more resistant to primer crud, but it lets the mechanism chatter when cycling, causes powder measuring issues.

    Mostly just whining here, but still curious. Thank you for your time.

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    Mobil One motor oil. Just wipe off the debris.

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    I use any kind of penetrating oil or light lubricant - usually different ones.

    The key is to spray/clean the ram regularly, esp after decapping, to remove all of the residue. Same for all of the joints on the press...

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    Mobil 1 works great on my Dillon

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    I use Machine Gunner's Lube from Sprinco. After trying just about everything on the market, I settled on this:

    http://www.sprinco.com/tactical.html

    Hope this helps.

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    +1, Mobil 1is good stuff

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    I normally use remoil as it's always on my bench. Spray it on liberally and wipe off the excess several times a year.

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    Wipe off ram and smear on a little dab of Imperial wax. Or anything already mentioned.

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    Remoil or whatever is closest to my hand at the time. CLP gets dribbled on the ram occasionally. I don't use WD-40 for anything firearms related anymore.
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    I use 40 weight Mobil 1 on my presses and AR's. Before that it was 90 weight gear oil...

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    Couple drops of "3-in-1" oil & I wipe the ram down & re-apply after each "run" to clean up any "residue" or mess that accumulates. I even use a Q-tip to go around the ram/base area for cleanup.
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    I use silicone oil that you buy for treadmill belts.

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    I deprime with a Frankford Arsenal hand depriming unit. Then brass gets citric acid wash, a brush goes into primer pocket and each one is inspected, hand rolled on a towel laid on my leg. Splits, problems to to be pretty obvious.

    Once processed it gets bundled up in the towel, placed on the pilot light spot on my stove for an hour.

    Now I have clean, deprimed brass ready to be sized, neck flared, primed, charged and loaded. I have handled and inspected each and every piece. YMMV.

    I know I am obsessed, but I don't shoot that much. Guess it is sort of a labor of love.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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