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Thread: Lube for sizing HiTek coated bullets

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    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2010
    Northern KY

    Lube for sizing HiTek coated bullets

    My impression is that Hi-Tek coated bullets are harder to seat in new cases and are harder to size in push thru dies than tumble lubed bullets are. I did't have the foresight to buy a bottle of their sizing lube when I bought my Hi-Tek powder but I feel like I need to give them a spritz of something before I jam them thru the dies. Has anyone tried a light coat of something like 45-45-10?

    Does the cured coating react with petroleum based lubes? I would hate to dissolve the coating away while they sit in the case because I tumble lubed them.

    How about a diluted solution of the Lee resizing wax? I may give that a try. It works really well as a case sizing lube. Or wire pulling lube?
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    Boolit Master
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    Central Iowa
    I’ve used a spritz of water with good results for powder coated bullets that we’re hard to size. It helps reduce the friction a little with no residue. I’ve never used Hi Tek before but would bet anything you mentioned would work but I usually try the easier methods before jumping to more exotic options.

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    Boolit Master
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    Pleasant Hope MO
    I have use the Hornady One Shot to reduce sizing friction, your new cases might need some One Shot also.

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    Just mix 10 to 12 parts heet with some lanolin and spritz them lightly

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    Boolit Bub
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    Grave of Liberty
    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    Just mix 10 to 12 parts heet with some lanolin and spritz them lightly
    This ^
    But the heet MUST be iso-heet ( - the regular heet contains methanol which will not work and is poisonous

    Or just use whatever case lube you normally use but at a reduced rate.

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    Boolit Master
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    Donnie Miculek sells a concentrated sizing spray from the HiTek manufacturer. It works well for me.

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    Nothing will react with cured HITEK.
    Choose your lube and size away...
    Regards, Trevor.

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    Boolit Master dikman's Avatar
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    I guess it depends how much you have to resize them (and how hard the alloy is), I'm only doing 1-2 thou with pistol range scrap (approx. 14 BHN) and don't have any problem. I have used lube in the past but haven't noticed enough of a difference to bother. Bear in mind that Hi-Tek coating is slightly slippery by nature.

    As for seating in cases, I've never had any issues with the coating causing difficulties.

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