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    Felix Lube - the Short Version

    Ken, you may want to make this into a sticky topic.

    This is something that needed to follow us from the old board, for new members to use. I've made the formula corrections Corky had pointed out, to this rendition.

    Felix Lube formula

    2 Tablespoons mineral oil
    1 Tablespoon castor oil
    1 Tablespoon Ivory, or homemade soap (grated)
    1 Tablespoon Lanolin
    Beeswax - Piece approximately 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" X 1 "

    Heat mineral (baby) oil until it starts to smoke.

    Add castor oil, and stir continuously for 1/2 hour.

    Sliver the soap, and stir into the mixture a little at a time, until melted.

    Add the beeswax before the lanolin, and then when that is melted, reduce or remove the heat and add the lanolin, thus not running any risk of burning or scorching the lanolin.

    1 teaspoon of carnuba wax can be added to give a shiny bore. This can be found on the seal of Makers Mark whiskey, or the red wax on cheese from the supermarket.

    Once made, let cool. This can be remelted in a microwave, and poured into the lubrisizer.
    Last edited by waksupi; 04-12-2005 at 12:40 AM. Reason: spelling correction

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    Question 2 Questions

    I have 2 questions:

    1. Is this a hard lube?

    2. Is this lube for smokeless or black?
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    Maybe I'm too Anal, but I willbe glad when I have the formula distilled down better than that.

    "Beeswax aprox X" by Y" made my first batch way too hard.

    also how much sodium stearate for those that will use it instead of soap ?

    And for the question,the lube can be soft or hard as you choose to make it,if too soft add parafine wax, if too hard add vaseline (re-melt to add either)

    My final end result it decently hard, but softens as you work it,much like 50-50 beeswax/alox but not quite as soft to begin with

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    Marcorvet, Although you can use it for black powder & Pyro., it's not as good as Emmert's or some of the proprietary types. In other words, it is an excellent smokeless powder lube.

    Bill, I try to adjust the hardness so that it will flow through my Lyman lube-sizer @ 50 deg. without using the external heater or if so, only briefly.

    All, If you use Ivory Soap (bars), a cheese grater helps reduce it to manageable slivers in short order. It's much easier to measure when in that form. ...Maven

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    I was a bit lost in the beginning with those measures. I noticed that using actual teaspoons and tablespoons is not very accurate; some teaspoons are relatively small compared to ones from old days etc. I figured out that one tablespoon is three teaspoons, so there's easy relation. I found out (from old cooking book) that teaspoon is 5 milliliters and tablespoon 15 milliliters. Then I figured out how much 3½x3½x1" block of beeswax is by volume, it's 12.25 cubic inches and converted it to more familiar form which happened to be very close to 2 deciliters. Now I use cheap plastic household metering cups marked "1t=5ml" and "1T=15ml" and stainless 1 deciliter metering cup for adding beeswax, which is melted in separate kettle during the oil cooking. Maybe original measures will make too hard lube or too soft lube, but at least it's easy to make changes and keep things in control. You'll find that US teaspoons and tablespoons are very close to 5 and 15 milliliters (also 1:3 hehe), but of course You use US based system. You can convert beeswax measure also to more handier unit for You. This calculator helps alot:

    http://www.onlineconversion.com/volume.htm

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    How much does this recipe make?

    By rough guesstimate, it looks like about 1 1/2 - 2 cups?

    If I wanted to make a big batch, is it a linear relationship for all the ingrediants?

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    Haw-haw-haw. That's a good'un! Way to go Finn. We now have MFWFL - Metric Felix World Famous Lube. Guaranteed to work in the finest 6, 6.5, 7, 8, and 9.3 mm rifles ever produced! I'm stopping on my way home to get a set of metric measures so I can make some METRIC BOOLIT LUBE as I was just getting ready to cast and load a bunch of 8x57 and 7.7 Jap. This has got to be one of the greatest discoveries of all time. You're a jewel, Finn, a real jewel! sundog

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    Greg, if you could hold the temps and pressures for a big batch like you could a small batch, then the results would be close to being the same. But that's almost impossible without lab grade equipment. Besides that, there is no guarantee that your feed stock to make up the larger batch will be the same as when you made the lube before on the kitchen stove. So, the answer is NO, unless you are lucky. But then, life is too short to not have different batches of lube to play with, and that's the best excuse in existance. ... felix
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    Tell me about your 7.7 Jap. I have one and it is the short rifle version, which isn't too short in my book. I've been neglecting it alot lately. I mostly shoot the Lyman 314299 out of it. Nailed me a deer with it using the 174 gr Hornadys which by the way shoot darn good out my rifle. Definately in the two inch group and under at 100 yds with the issue sights. I'm using sized and trimmed 30-06 brass in mine, haven't gotten around to buying any of the Graf's 7.7 brass for it yet.

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    Bill, it would be nice if the powder manufacturers could make consistant batches, and if they did, the cost to us would approximate the cost of prescription drugs. I don't think we should even consider making equivalent batches for fear of failure. It's part of the hobby to try different powders, lubes, primers, boolit designs and compositions. Shooting BR for real is no hobby for me anymore, and I have finally, finally discovered that perfect equipment and conditions never mated with my ability to read those conditions faithfully when on the line. ... felix
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    Well Felix, the powder mfg. come darned close , or rather I should say they are pretty picky about which lots they sell us as the cannister grade of that particular powder.

    On the lube, I have resolved to figuire out a weight for the beeswax that results in a lube that is jussst a tad too soft. And aquire a yard sale deep fryer this summer and make batches that fit in there OK, and just store it in said cooking device, that should last me awile between batches.

    any ideas on how much sodium stearate to use ??


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    We may still be able to get coffee in metal cans if we buy the cheap generic grocery store brands. No telling what it might taste like. Have you ever tried lewak coffee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundog
    METRIC BOOLIT LUBE
    Heheheheheeeee. I didn't see it that way but it must be something, hehe. Altough this particular metric version has been producing good results with non-metric calibers for some reason. I'll found out later how it does with metric caliber in Russian based Finnish conversion of Belgian originated or something like that rifle... Oh my this is killing me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willbird
    any ideas on how much sodium stearate to use?...
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    Just enough sodium stearate to prevent obvious layering of the different ingredients upon cooling.

    Sodium stearate is the most questionable ingredient because of impurities, either from a manufacturer as the "pure" chemical which it ain't ever going to be, or as scraped from a soap bar. I think the purest I was ever going to pay for from a manufacturer was something under 65 percent. Ivory and most homemade simple soaps have that amount. But, every soap batch I have ever made, or bought as Ivory, has been significantly different in the amount needed to glue the lube constituents. ... felix
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    So probably the 1 tabelespoon of sodium stearate I used may have been too much ?? Is that why even tho I measured my beeswax to the .0001" my batch initially came out way too hard ??


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    I THINK my Bees Wax was 8 oz. for the batch ????

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    I measured and weighed my block of beeswax and calculated the density. It came out close to 1.
    So, unless American bees are different from Swedish, a 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 piece of beeswax should weigh approximately 7 oz. (Could very well be 8 oz, I just made a rough density calculation. Or American bees produce heavier beeswax).
    Start with a slightly smaller piece and add more, if not hard enough.

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    Last edited by utk; 04-14-2005 at 09:53 AM.

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    Oils for Felix Lube

    It has been said that Baby Oil, Mineral Oil or ATF can be used for Felix Lube.
    I checked two brands of Baby Oil in the Supermarket, they both contain "Liquid Paraffin".
    Do your baby oil bottles say the same thing as here in Sweden?

    And, (question to Felix) is liquid paraffin a "mineral oil" suitable for lubemaking?

    So far I've done fine (with my limited experience) with ATF, but would Baby Oil be better?

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    Hmmm....now that we're getting the lube question back on the front burner, so to speak, it seems my highly-selective memory has deleted the "how" of coloring the lube.

    I find that SPG and Felix lube look a lot alike on a bullet, and I'd like to be able to color the stuff I make. Suggestions appreciated.
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