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Thread: lube contamination

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    sw pa

    lube contamination

    might be a silly question; but is there any chance of bullet lube contaminating the powder when the powder rest against the bullet base. such as tumble lube.

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy
    zarrinvz24's Avatar
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    Jul 2012
    Heart of the Lowcountry, SC
    Yes it’s possible, but fairly unlikely.

  3. #3
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Western, MO
    Let it dry before loading. I've had stuff loaded for years with alox. Now some lubes can melt where stored at high temps.

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    Boolit Master mehavey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Properly applied (thiiiiiin, and dried)......

  5. #5
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    South Central Michigan
    I have observed that with very light loads (2.9 grains under a 130 grain bullet) in .38 Special, RAL 50 15 Caroline Blue powder coat will cause squib loads if the loaded cartridges are allowed to sit bullet-down. Due to that fact, I have taken to placing the loaded cartridges nose-down in the cartridge boxes, but then store the loaded cartridge boxes upside down so the power sits on the primer end of the cartridges until I get around to firing them. I do not know if there is any other combination of powders, loadings and powder coatings that would also cause squibs.

    Addendum: After re-reading my post I noticed that I did not specify Titegroup powder. I have no first hand knowledge if other powders (Bullseye, etc.), in very light loads and Caroline Blue powder coat would cause squibs.
    Last edited by dahermit; 04-30-2021 at 01:21 PM.

  6. #6
    Boolit Grand Master

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    I would say that its possible but unlikely. If you stored them in an environment of high heat it would be more likely.

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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
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