Lube pad question.


November 22, 2006, 03:12 PM
I'm using a brand new RCBS lube pad with RCBS case lube-2.

The instructions for lubing say use a tablespoon (I used a teaspoon) of lube and rub it in well. Then it says, "Allow lube to saturate pad."

I guess that means the pad will absorb the lube so that the surface of the pad is dull. Cause right now it's real shiney. Like the lube is pooling on top.

IIRC, my last attempt at reloading bottle neck cartridges (30 years ago), I think I lubed the cases too soon and wound up collapsing the shoulders.

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Ben Shepherd
November 22, 2006, 03:22 PM
Warm it gently with a hair drier.

November 22, 2006, 03:33 PM
So it's supposed to soak into the pad and not ride on top of it?

Ben Shepherd
November 22, 2006, 04:35 PM
It should soak in, but the new foam style pads just don't seem to want to do it to well. You may want to go get an ink pad from an office supply store if you are dedicated to using that particular lube.

What calibers? You may want to try a spray lube like the hornady one shot or the stuff dillon puts out.

November 22, 2006, 04:41 PM
You'd be money, headaches and marbles ahead to ditch the RCBS lube pad and get yourself some Hornady One shot, some Imperial sizing wax and never look back.



Steve in PA
November 22, 2006, 05:45 PM
I guess I'm old school because I still use the lube pad. No problems or issues. Works just fine.

highlander 5
November 22, 2006, 06:05 PM
I used a plastic putty knife to force the lube into the pad works pretty well, I like One Shot and use it quite often and the Dillon spray lube works well. Never tried Imperial sizing wax though

Chuck Dye
November 22, 2006, 06:19 PM
On the recommendation of my gunsmith, who passed on a sale in the process, I use my fingers to put the barest shine on my cases (low production.)

FWIW, the RCBS lube is water based and might not take well to a hair dryer

November 22, 2006, 08:29 PM
Imperial sizing wax +1 what amazing stuff!
I use a rubber pad that is for making your own rubber stamps-I bought it at a hobby shop for $5 and its the best thing I've ever tried.

November 22, 2006, 08:35 PM
Love the one shot product.

Vitamin G
November 22, 2006, 09:08 PM
I can't say I've been reloading long (probably only about a year) and i checked out this thread thinking "I wonder what a lube pad is"

One-shot, for me. (10mm, 44mag, 30-06, and 45acp)

Mal H
November 22, 2006, 11:18 PM
I'm with Huck Phinn - I use my fingers if I'm lubing with the lube that comes in a tube. I've found I can do a better job than when using a pad. Using a pad always seemed to leave an uneven film or even globs of lube on some cases.

I also agree that One Shot works well and have been using that almost exclusively for the past several years.

November 23, 2006, 06:28 AM
Lube pad (shudder) it brings back all those sticky fingered nightmares.

I switched to this about 15 years ago.

I have a 2" deep 7"x11" Tupperware pan that you have to season by spraying the inside of it with a couple pumps. Once the pan is seasoned it only takes one spray to get enough lube to coat the the brass. Dump enough brass in the pan to almost cover the bottom of the pan. Leaving about inch of space on one end of the pan. Then one pump and shake the pan side to side so the brass rolls around coating it all over. Allow the brass to dry for about 3 mins and resize. You get some lube on your fingers but it is almost dry and not a goopy sticky mess like gets on your fingers using the lube pad.

November 23, 2006, 07:48 AM
way to lube cases it seems. Mine is Break Free on a pad. It doesn't take much and has worked quite well for a long time.

Ol` Joe
November 23, 2006, 08:41 AM
When I used the RCBS stuff I simply "drew" a THIN line across the middle of the pad with the lube, spread it a bit with my fingers and used it. I could get 40-50 rifle cases lubed this way easy and if it seemed I was getting a bit dry I drew another line. I never did "soak" the pad or gob on lube. I now use Imperial wax and like it as a lube much better. I touch the lube with a couple fingers and normal handling when sizeing deposits enough to keep things running smooth.

Dr. Dickie
November 23, 2006, 08:47 AM
I have an old cookie sheet that I keep under the bucket I clean my parts in. I simply spread the brass out on the cookie sheet, one shot with the Dillon lube, roll around and you're good to go.

The Bushmaster
November 23, 2006, 09:17 AM
Hummmm...Must be watchin' the TV. Got all those commercials on here. Funny...I thought he (PinnedAndRecessed) asked about the RCBS Lube Pad (which I also use) and not all the rest. I've tried One shot. Doesn't work on all cases (I hate stuck cases) RCBS Lube Pad does. Stick with the RCBS Lube Pad. It works all the time without fail.:)

November 23, 2006, 10:37 AM
Lee lube on RCBS pad, slow, but reliable. Bought a can of One Shot, it's covered in dust under the bench.

November 23, 2006, 11:04 AM
When reloading bottle neck cases I put about 1/2 amount directions call for on pad (old style) and rub it in vigorously with my finger tips. To apply I put five cases at a time on pad, roll them once, and resize. Never had a stuck case and the cases aren't 'goopy'. Use a rag to clean up after resizing. I don't volume reload rifle cases and setting records for rounds per hour isn't my goal so this method works fine for me.

The Bushmaster
November 23, 2006, 12:37 PM
Halaluya 308win...!!! You are a winner. That's how I do it plus running a bronze bore brush with lube on it into the mouth of the case then resizing it. My can of One Shot is so faded that it is nolonger readable. Might make a good preservitive for long term storage, maybe...:D

November 23, 2006, 01:09 PM
Bushmaster - I forgot to add that I have nylon neck lube brushes that are caliber specific (RCBS) that I roll on pad with each set if five cases that I use to lube inside of neck.

The Bushmaster
November 23, 2006, 03:20 PM
Yup...Yup!!! That's what I do...:D Works too, don't it.:)

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