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    How many bullets can you lube?

    Hello, new guy here, I have a question I haven't seen addressed, a pretty basic one.

    If you have a Lyman or RCBS lubrisizer that uses the hollow cylinder lubes sticks, or you pour own melted lube into it, about how many .44/.45 caliber SWC bullets can you expect to lube on one fill-up of the reservoir?

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    Howdy, welcome to the CB.GL forum.

    Be dependent on the amount of lube the bullets hold. Each style or make holds different amounts. Bout 1500 though be my estimation. It takes 3/4 a stick to fill the sizer below where the stick starts. So, 1 3/4 sticks to top off an empty sizer.

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    As far as how many bullets you can lube that really depends on how many lube grooves how big the lube grooves are and I wouldn’t even venture a guess. As for using a solid stick or melting the lube and filling the reservoir that way I tried melting lube one time! I will never do that again! I’m sure others have done it with success but for me all I wound up with was a big pile of melted lube on the floor. Considering my reloading bench is the living room(My wife and I live in an apartment) you can imagine my wife’s reaction!
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    I'll guess somewhere around 900-1000.

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    I'm sure a math wizard out there with a calculator can calculate how much lube is in a stick and how much lube is in your specified boolit lube groove (you must specify a boolit for this to be exact) and then calculate how many boolits will be lubricated from one stick .
    Although I have lubed for 54+ years I never counted sticks or boolits and doing math makes my head hurt and honestly I don't really know what I would do with that information once I had it .
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    How many bullets can you lube?

    Weigh 100 lubed bullets and weigh 100 non-lubed of same bullet. The difference is roughly your lube weight per 100, call it ‘A’.

    Weigh a tube of lube, call it ‘B’.

    Divide the tube weight ‘B’ by the lube weight in 100 bullets ‘A’, call that ‘C’ (C=B/A). That gives the number of ‘100 bullet’ lots you can lube. Say C=10.5, then total bullets lubed is 10.5x100=1050

    ...we could also do this like Archimedes in the tub but the above way is close enough LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewbaby View Post
    Weigh 100 lubed bullets and weigh 100 non-lubed of same bullet. The difference is roughly your lube weight per 100, call it ‘A’.

    Weigh a tube of lube, call it ‘B’.

    Divide the tube weight ‘B’ by the lube weight in 100 bullets ‘A’, call that ‘C’ (C=B/A). That gives the number of ‘100 bullet’ lots you can lube. Say C=10.5, then total bullets lubed is 10.5x100=1050

    ...we could also do this like Archimedes in the tub but the above way is close enough LOL.
    There You Go ... the math wizard way to calculate what you wanted to know !
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    Till the lube runs out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    Till the lube runs out.
    CORRECT
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    Never really gave it much thought. I make my own lube, when I get down to my last stick I make more. As long as I have enough beeswax.

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    I use SPG lube. I simply cut chunks off the brick and stuff them down into the chamber of my RCBS lubri-sizer. I fill the chamber to about 3/4 full. I lubed well over 1,000 .358-158 round nose, flat point bullets during my last session, and I expect I could do about that many more.

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    About 700 for a one groove bullet with a normal smokeless size lube groove. I do overly large lube groove BP bullets and I get 2-300.

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    Both Stewbaby and Sharps4590 are correct; but lets face it, the answer from Sharps4590 is WAY funnier !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    Till the lube runs out.
    Yeah ... that's my method . Sizing and lubing nearly 50 years and I never thought about counting them .
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    I weight a few Boolets before and after lubing and got 0.9 gr to 1.1 gr weight increase.
    I called it 1 gr per bullet and weighed a lube stick and did the math.

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    PS: Do believe I have seen this question asked several times on the forum
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