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Water soluble lube suckiness! Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by orygun, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Before the water soluble case lube came on the scene I never, ever needed my RCBS "stuck case remover" tool. In the last couple of years I've used three kinds of case lube and have almost worn out the stinkin tool. Yeah, I've followed the instructions and let the crap dry before running the case into the die.....

    Anyone got any favorites, or special secrets they would like to share?
     
  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I use the classic lanolin/alcohol mix. Works really well, unfortunately isn't as water based as I would like, I typically run my brass through a wash cycle in a bucket with hot water and laundry soap. Gets most of it off, after tumbling, no trace of the lanolin remains.

    What's this water soluble case lube you're using? Most of the books out there talk about using Ivory dish washing liquid, I've never gotten around to trying it, but I have done some experiments with other detergents, and the reality is for the detergent to work as a lube, it must be thinned with water, and remain wet (once the water dries the soap turns to glue).
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use RCBS cased lube it says it's water soluable and with a hot water/dishsoap/little fantastic spray wash and 3-4 hot water rinses. I have been very happy with the resuts
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Try Hornady One-shot. Is spray on and doesn't seem as thick and gooey as RCBS.
     
  5. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've been using Hornady and RCBS. Wish I could find the old RCBS stuff..
     
  6. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use Dillan lube and had good luck with it but I probably spray a little more then is called for.
     
  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Where do you buy that at?
     
  8. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I order it right from Dillan also like there polish that you dump in the tumbler. There # on line
     
  9. halfthrottle

    halfthrottle Jamestown, N.D. New Member

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    case lube:1/2 lanolin and 1/2 castor oil. works great for me. just takes a little on your fingers, and cleans up easy.
     
  10. ma96782

    ma96782 Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Honady lube sucks.........according to the AR15.com crowd. I have a can but, haven't tried it myself. I have many Dillon cans to use up first (and it works fine).

    Anyway.............

    If you want to try a DIY lube..............

    Aloha, Mark
     
  11. DAB

    DAB ydnaS nogerO New Member

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    Been using RCBS case lube for decades. Have never had a case stuck in sizing die. I bought a can of Hornady One shot and it works just fine on my brass for my AR15.
    I hear all the BS about this case lube or that case lube not working good ETC.

    I would be willing to bet that 99% of stuck cases are operator err.

    Of all the case lubes I believe that Imperial Sizing Wax seems to be the cat's meow for sizing brass.

    Just my $.02 worth.

    DAB
     
  12. magna carta

    magna carta PNW New Member

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    I've had a Dillon 650 since last October. For the progressive, the home made lanolin lube is great. I started off with 4 oz of lanolin to 16 oz of 99% Isopropyl (available at Safeway), but not all the lanolin mixed in. I use the yellow, clear alcohol that sits on top of the lanolin that's not mixed in. I don't shake before pouring in my sprayer. I figure I can add more alcohol later and more lanolin will dissolve into it, extending the lanolin.

    I bought a $8 "Misto" sprayer at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Placing the cap on pressurizes the sprayer, and it does a great job of putting out a very fine mist. I use a cardboard box, roll the cases on their sides, mist again, let dry, and then load.

    I've loaded 8K rounds and haven't even used 1 oz, so this stuff is very economical.

    I still use Redding's Imperial Die wax lube for rifle cases on a single stage press. That old habit is hard to break when it works so well. :D
     
  13. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I use Udderly Smooth Udder Cream (really). Lanolin based, nice on the hands, too.