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Thread: Tumble Lubing--Made Easy & Mess-Free

  1. #841
    Boolit Man wbrco's Avatar
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    Feb 2013
    Saint Charles, MO
    Quote Originally Posted by Walstr View Post
    IMHO sizing @ .356" is way too small. Think your grooves are only .001" deep? If pistol range is convenient for you, load a few "Squib" rnds before going home...say 3gr, 2gr. Fire the 3gr & see if it comes out; if not, you've got your barrel "slug".
    I found that my Lee mold casts these way too small. I need to lee-ment it out to about .359.

  2. #842
    Boolit Bub
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    Dec 2016
    very useful & informative. I'll give it a try soon.

    thanks for the info and the great pics.

  3. #843
    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Duckhunter View Post
    I checked several stores today but finally found a shelf full at a grocery store. Most retailers told me that "they quit making it". I'm new to casting and I am 60+ years old. What would be considered a "lifetime supply". I don't know how far this stuff goes so I bought two cans just to be on the safe side. Anyone think I need to buy more???; its on the shelf.
    Been looking without success...except Amazon, where they have a 22 oz. can listed for like $122! Ebay was no better! Ace Hardware, you say? I just ordered a bottle of Lars' 45-45-10, whick mat 77, may be a lifetime supply...but I may do some more looking. I don't cast any more, but will use it for a 2nd lube for any commercial boolits I buy, or...maybe just go with all plated, as that seems to be the wave of the future.

  4. #844
    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2008
    North-Central Iowa
    I made my first batch of 45/45/10 today! Glad that I did it out in the detached garage with the doors open. It makes a mighty stink! Made right at about a pint, which should last me for a whole lotta boolits.
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  5. #845
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    Apr 2016
    Graham, Texas
    45-45-10 lube works rally good, I have all the stuff to try HiTek but havent yet, also going to give powder coating a try also , it fun just to tinker with all this stuff, I just got back into casting 3 or 4 months ago and have 7 or 8 molds now and the capability to cast more that I will ever shoot, But Im going to have to get out and shoot a bunch just so I can keep up with my addiction LOL, I actually like to reload and cast more that I enjoy shooting , and from what I have gathered from a lot of the guys on this forum Im not the only one .
    I like 1911's and Wheel Guns , Wood Stocks and Blue Metal , Dislike Black on Black and Magazines on Rifles whats this country coming to.
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  6. #846
    Boolit Man
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    Mar 2014
    North of 49th
    Good evening, I can't get Johnston's paste wax or the liquid polish here. I ordered some of Lar's White Label 45/45/10 a couple of years ago. An absolutely fantastic product. I have been using it for 2 years and have lubed 600+ lbs of boolits. I use 1 tsp for 500 32 wadcutters. I warm the boolits at 200F for 10 minutes in a toaster oven, set the plastic container with 1 tsp of lube on top to melt, pour in warm boolits, swirl and shake, pour out to dry.....easiest way to lube. I used thinned down Lee Alox for over 10 years and often had to clean the seating die and the tube for the boolits on my Load Master. Not with 45/45/10.....takes the best lube system and makes it better!

  7. #847
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    Mar 2005
    I've just been to Lar's site and couldn't find 45/45/10. I wanted to buy some to compare with what I made. I suspect that mine is somewhat different since I start with Alox 606-55. Without cooking all or some of the solvent out, it is difficult to predict what consistency you will end up with. I've had fairly good luck with my concoction but have wondered how close I've come to real 45/45/10.

    Is there another source?

  8. #848
    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2013
    It in there - look under the xlox section
    16oz. for 12.95

  9. #849
    Boolit Master
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    Aug 2007
    SouthWest US
    Alox 606-55 = LLA = Xlox
    mix of oxidized calcium soaps.
    Lars 45/45/10:
    Data sheet:
    Lars explanation of what is used where:
    Last edited by noylj; 03-13-2017 at 08:23 PM.

  10. #850
    Boolit Master Cold Trigger Finger's Avatar
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    Feb 2017
    Eastern Central Alaska
    No wonder for decades I avoided bullet casting.
    Before anyone's head explodes, let me explain. I'm in my mid 50s and started reloading in my late teens. Growing up in Maine, I didn't even know what a cast boolit was. Wasn't until Ross Seyfreid was writing about cast bullets and Veral Smith /John Linebaugh in G&A magazine. That it started to catch my attention. But, being an Alaskan Tramp Bushler ( timber faller) I couldn't very well pack around everything needed to cast boolits.
    And living and working in Southeast Alaska doesn't lend itself to keeping molten lead in the pot.
    Anyway, fast forward to my current situation, living in the Interior where we might get 11" or precipitation a year. And not traveling via skiff . I have room.
    And This site. Cast Boolits! It allows me to get the questions I have answered, when I figure out what the correct question is.
    I thot , before I read this thread that tumble lubing ment putting boolits and lube in an electric tumbler. :#\ .
    This is a great thread! I see that L.S. Stuff has 4t-45-10 lube. I will try it.
    Making the stuff is still a bit beyond me.
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  11. #851
    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2005
    Cleveland, AL
    45-45-10 is good lube, you'll enjoy using it.


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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check