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Thread: Making swaging lube

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    Making swaging lube

    Do you weigh the ingredients or do you use volumetric measure? Iím going to make 50/50 castor oil/lanolin oil mix ratio.

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    Boolit Master
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    Either/or will work, just ensure that when you cook it to do it at a very low temperature. I had a phone conversation with Dave Corbin one time and he told me that he mixes the swage lube he sells in an old coffee urn.

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    I didn't know you had to cook it!
    Is that absolutely necessary?

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    I heated mine just warm enough to get the two to blend, no "cook", still works fine 10 years later!

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    I think if you tried to mix it without heating that you may be there for hours trying to get the two to blend together. I just bought two 8-ounce containers and mixed them together. A small thrift store crockpot would probably be the best heating tool. You could also use it later if you decided to try making bullet lubes. You can also use the double boiler method.
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    Does anyone use Anhydrous Lanolin alone?
    Last edited by Ajax111; 07-16-2022 at 10:19 PM.

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    Straight lanolin, If resizing brass I do not use castor oil but lanolin mixed with Shelite, which you call Coleman fuel.
    Spray it on and size. Great high pressure grease.

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    I saw Dave Corbins coffee pot he makes the lube in during a visit there many years ago. Where do you guys find anhydrous lanolin? I have access to semi loads of castor oil.

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    Check ebay

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    I bought mine off Amazon.

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    Got mines off of ebay.

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    The add's read Anhydrous Lanolin is the most refined there is, and is in paste form.

    Is it any better than the regular stuff? Or is it just marketing?

    I'm new at this and trying to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajax111 View Post
    The add's read Anhydrous Lanolin is the most refined there is, and is in paste form.

    Is it any better than the regular stuff? Or is it just marketing?

    I'm new at this and trying to learn.
    Here is the meaning of anhydrous:
    an∑hy∑drous
    [anˈhīdrəs]
    ADJECTIVE
    chemistry
    geology
    (of a substance, especially a crystalline compound) containing no water.

    Hope that helps.
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    I do not know about “ most refined”, but it is just clean sheep wool grease. I just buy it by the kilo in a vacuum sealed bag. Here we just call it lanolin. Cheap as chips. 200grams plus 200grams of castor oil warmed up and well mixed in a old jam tin is enough swaging lube for a year or two. Use it on everything that turns and burns.

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