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Thread: A Less Sticky Tumble Lube?

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    A Less Sticky Tumble Lube?

    What useful tumble lube formulas minimize the stickiness?

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    I use Ben's Liquid Lube (a.ka. BLL). There is a thread on it somewhere in this forum, but I found a similar thread on another site

    https://www.artfulbullet.com/index.p...iquid-lube.16/

    If you want to just buy something, reports are that White Label 45-45-10 works about the same.

    https://lsstuff.com/store/index.php?...k5noiiruj0iih5

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    I buy or make 45/45/10 and am very happy with it. Important, if you can see it on the bullet you have too much. Just a lite haze. GW

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    A simple dribble of LLA and a tablespoon of Johnson’s Paste Wax in a peanut jar does 250-300 boolits and dries without any stickiness at all.
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    ^^^^^^^^^ this will work every time!!!! I was fortunate enough to grab some Johnson’s one step before it was discontinued, but, before that, lla and jpw in a small quart ice cream tub, roll them around, let them dry, load and go! BLL,the original recipe, hits the mark every time. Oh, by the way, if you want any Johnson paste wax, bettter buy it when ya find it! It too, has been discontinued. Just my opinion. Good luck.
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    Adding 1 to 2 % carnuba wax by weight (IE weight of total batch of BLL minus 2 digits gives weight in grains for carnuba wax)

    Add to your Alox and warm until it dissolves, then continue as normal. The carnuba makes a hard shell that is not sticky. And you'll love the way it leaves your bores.
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    I've experimented and tried lots of stuff. What I've found that works the best is 45-45-10 made from 45% Johnson's paste wax, 45% White Labs Xlox, and 10% paint thinner. I keep this in a small glass bottle. Over time it separates a little, but a shake of the bottle mixes it right back up. If I leave it in the garage during winter when it gets cold, it can thicken up. If that happens I just bring it indoors the day before I use it. It only takes 2 or 3 drops to swirl lube 100 rifle boolits. The coating is very thin. Once the paint thinner evaporates the lube is no longer wet or sticky. It is easy to use and works really well.

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    Thanks for the input fellas.

    Something noted, liquid carnauba wax formulations that contain kaolin as a polishing agent. I doubt it would produce any more wear than clay binders in paper patches... just something interesting.

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