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    Where do you buy Mica powder?

    I'm having a hard time finding mica locally, or even online. Any suggestions about where it is commonly found? Does powdered graphite work if I am trying to dust bullets treated with Lee's Tumble Alox?

    Thanks.

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    Here you go. www.ballisticproducts.com It is called Mica wad slick. Same thing as Motor Mica.
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    Yep, bought mine at Midway. Got the 4 oz jar, man, thats a lot of mica. Darn near the same size jar as a pound of bearing grease.

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    44MAN thanks for the web site for the motor mica its cheaper than midway usa they want $23.00 for a lb can, in which ballistic products charges $8.00 for a 8 oz can, thanks again

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    Bought a pound on ebay about a year ago. Was cheaper too.

    Did a search for it and found it listed under cosmetics. The seller claimed this was much finer than the stuff used as a lube. I couldn't tell the difference. It works the same

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    Is the "motor mica" the same thing as just graphite? One of the sites that I read seem to imply that it is the same thing. I was looking at one of the ebay seller sites and saw one seller that sold a lot of powdered metals and such. Even powdered copper. That would be kind of funny... Cast a bullet, coat it with alox, then shake it with copper to keep it from being sticky...

    Instead of "copper jacketed" you would have "copper powdered" bullets...
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    No, mica and graphite are two different rocks.
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    Interesting read for those using mica.

    http://www.hillbrothers.com/msds/pdf...a-325-mesh.pdf
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    "May cause eye and skin irritation" but a primary use is eye and skin makeup! If your wife's makeup sparkles it has mica in it.
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    I believe that sparkle in makeup is actually fish scales.

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    Instead of mica I use cornstarch. Dust it on an old T-shirt, kinda like back when your mom used to lay out a floured cloth when making biscuits or bread, roll the lubed bullets across it and presto, no sticky. Goatwhiskers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatwhiskers View Post
    Instead of mica I use cornstarch. Dust it on an old T-shirt, kinda like back when your mom used to lay out a floured cloth when making biscuits or bread, roll the lubed bullets across it and presto, no sticky. Goatwhiskers
    Ditto...........just dump them in a plastic tub, throw in a teaspoon of corn starch, put lid on tub and swirl them around to coat the casts. I then dump the bullets out on a screen strainer and blow off the excess with a air hose.

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    I've heard talcum powder works too.
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    I use the Mica that Midway sells as dusted coating on my TL bullets, plus I use Xlox instead of the Lee Alox. I double dip the bullets in Xlox, do the first dip, then let harden, then dip again and let harden, then dust the bullets with Mica.

    My bullets work very well with this method.

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    Talcum powder is about the same thing as mica. Not all baby powder is talc, some of it is cornstarch. I would look some that specifically said talc and try that.

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    There's sellers that sell bulk mica on eBay. I was thinking about buying a 40-pound sack and parcelling it out group-buy style in one-pound cans. Any interest?

    I found that I can get powdered graphite cheap through the farm supply store where it is used to lubricate seed meters for planters.
    Otherwise the micro-fine graphite or mica works fine. That tiny jar you get from Midway is expensive!!!
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    Mica

    I have Mica on my loading bench and have used it for years. My use has been to lube the inside of case mouths after trimming and sizing. I make my lube and have no sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evan price View Post
    There's sellers that sell bulk mica on eBay. I was thinking about buying a 40-pound sack and parcelling it out group-buy style in one-pound cans. Any interest?

    I found that I can get powdered graphite cheap through the farm supply store where it is used to lubricate seed meters for planters.
    Otherwise the micro-fine graphite or mica works fine. That tiny jar you get from Midway is expensive!!!
    I saw the 5 lb bags on eBay, but not the 40 lb bags... Got a link?
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    Go to the hardware store,right next to the graphite you will see "White powdered lubricant".That stuff is motor mica. If the tiny little hardware store here in small town Alaska sells it I would think you could find it anywhere.I have to drive 80 miles to buy white socks,but I can buy Mica.

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