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    Ok, how can I use a can of Johnson paste wax

    I think I have two

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    Wish I had that problem. I would make 45/45/10 bullet lube great on wood pistol grips and use it on the wood and metal parts of my guns for proctection from the elements GW

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    I mix a bottle of LLA with a can of JPW for tumble lubing pistol bullets. I am lamenting the discontinuation of the JPW.

    I've yet to find a suitable replacement. Does anyone know of a nearly identical product by a different manufacturer?
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    There are many brands of very good paste wax, wood finish wax, and bowling alley wax. Look on Amazon. Avoid automobile waxes, as they usually contain abrasives.

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    I primarily use it as a release agent for bedding jobs.

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    Could make yourself some Bens Red, believe it uses 10-15% if not mistaken

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    Anyone know iof JPW will come back out?

    I found some ace hardware past wax that claims carnauba .. but haven't tried it because i have a little JPW left.. but will probably have to experiment next year when i make up a new batch...

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    I’m using Butchers bowling alley wax in 45-45-10, mostly because I saved 2 1/2 cases of it from the trash. Seems to work fine for my pistol bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmark View Post
    I’m using Butchers bowling alley wax in 45-45-10, mostly because I saved 2 1/2 cases of it from the trash. Seems to work fine for my pistol bullets.
    We reloaders are a "thrifty" bunch.

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    What are your other components in 45-45-10? Thanks

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    When I make 45-45-10 I use 45% Johnson's paste wax, 45% White Labs Xlox, and 10% mineral spirits. I did a lot of experimenting with swirl lubes a few years ago and did make some discoveries. After Johnson's Liquid paste wax was discontinued a few years ago Lundmark liquid paste wax was suggested as a substitute. I tried the Lundmark wax and it was a dismal failure. The Lundmark liquid wax never dries. Bullets coated with Lundmark left out in the sun in 100 degree heat for two weeks and they were still wet. Bullets coated with lundmark and cooked in my powder coating toaster oven at 300 degrees for 45 minutes were still wet when cooled off, even after being cooked twice. Because Lundmark never dries it is completely unsuitable as a bullet lube, and even as an actual floor wax (it's intended purpose). The Lundmark went in the trash, the Xlox and paste wax works much better.

    I've read comments on this site that 45-45-10 can separate if stored for a long time. Yes, it does: so just shake the bottle before you use it. Also, if you store 45-45-10 where it can get cold in the winter, ie: work shop, garage, basement, etc., it can solidify. If that happens just soak the bottle of lube in some hot water for 2 or 3 minutes and it liquefies again. Final note; it only takes a little bit of 45-45-10 to lube a batch of bullets. 1/4 of a teaspoon will be more than enough to lube a hundred bullets.

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    Johnson paste wax can still be found if you search for it. Looked on Amazon and about flipped out...JPW in the tin listed at over 100.00 per. I recently found several tins of JPW at my local Lowes Home Improvement store, and some of them followed me home. May see about snarfing up the rest of them.
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    I use it for gun stocks. Sure disappointed it is discontiued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiloh View Post
    I use it for gun stocks. Sure disappointed it is discontiued.

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    Varathane Paste Finishing Wax seems like a good replacement - The ingredients list from the MSDS lists - Stoddard Solvent, Hydrocarbon Wax, Hydrotreated Light Distillate, Carnauba Wax. Sounds like JPW. Anyone with a chemistry background feel free to weigh in. I intend to give it a try when I run low on LLA.

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    I think this is about the best wax added for any type of lube mixes.
    I use it with Ozokerite wax that is about the best wax for a carrier, a lot better than B-wax and I don't add any oil in the mix.
    I bought a bunch of these cans for $3.75 and less in a railway salvage store.
    I think these cans I have left will outlast me.

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    I have two also, one is Minwax: Paste finishing Wax.

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