Hornady 158g lead SWC - need lube?


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Harpo
April 21, 2008, 08:35 AM
I picked up some Hornady 158g lead SWC in the 300 pack - do these need to be lubed before loading?

I can't find a thing on their web site!

Thanks,
Harpo

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Galil5.56
April 21, 2008, 08:52 AM
Unless they have changed from many years back, they will be a type of "tumble lube" in the knurling, and a layer of mica. They work pretty well when moderately driven, are soft, but IMO and experience work far better than their Speer counterpart with regard to leading.

Rollis R. Karvellis
April 21, 2008, 09:07 AM
If they don’t have the blue or red lube line, they should be coated with a lube of some sort.

DMZ
April 21, 2008, 09:31 AM
I purchases a 200 pack Hornady 240 gr SWC for my .44 and they are coated with a white substance. I think it is a 'moly compound.

cdrt
April 21, 2008, 11:16 AM
If they don’t have the blue or red lube line, they should be coated with a lube of some sort.

Hornadys are pre-lubed bullet with a mica type compound. I just loaded a bunch of Hornady 158 SWCs for my K-38. They use the same bullet lube for their 148 HBWCs.

No other lube is required and would be a waste of time.

45ACPUSER
April 21, 2008, 12:14 PM
These are swaged bullets and they are not in need of any lube, and I would keep the fps low to avoid leadiing!

pinkymingeo
April 21, 2008, 08:08 PM
They're lubed, but if you shake them around in some Alox they'll lead a whole lot less.

CBS220
April 21, 2008, 08:37 PM
These are swaged bullets and they are not in need of any lube, and I would keep the fps low to avoid leadiing!

Even swaged bullets need lube of some sort!

However, these are already lubed, and the knurling is there to keep the lube from flowing off.

Myself, I prefer cast to swaged, if for no other reason than cast bullets are prettier.

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