Rifle case lube...Your favorite?


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usmcpmi
August 19, 2008, 12:00 AM
Wondering what is your favorite case lube. I've used the sprays, the stuff on the foam pad and the paste. I'm now re-sizing 50 BMG and the neck likes to stick no matter what type I use. Any suggestions? Thanks. MG

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Halo
August 19, 2008, 12:02 AM
Imperial sizing wax

ArchAngelCD
August 19, 2008, 12:30 AM
Imperial Sizing Wax...

Floppy_D
August 19, 2008, 12:38 AM
Tried Hornady One-Shot? I haven't tried it on 50, but it works well on all else.

snuffy
August 19, 2008, 12:38 AM
RCBS case slick spray.

KeithK
August 19, 2008, 12:58 AM
USMCPMI

I usually use Imperial Sizing wax too, BUT for the BMG cases it will result in a lot of stuck cases for me, Try mobil 1 fully synthetic motor oil, I use the 5w-30 wt and haven't had a stuck case since, just got done resizing 50 cases last night, I had fired all of them thru either my AR50 or my old Serbu BFG50 and I tried to use the Imperial wax first thinking it would be ok cause it wasn't machine gun brass that had over expanded, but it was not going so good and I switched to the Mobil 1 and the difference in force necessary to full length resize the cases was phenominal, the Mobil 1 makes the resizing just too easy, give it a try and you'll see.

keith

armoredman
August 19, 2008, 01:02 AM
I want some more Hornady One Shot, but it is not as good as regular Lee case lube, just a lot faster.

zxcvbob
August 19, 2008, 01:09 AM
Kiwi (the shoe polish company) "Mink Oil".
Castor oil (from the drug store, not Castrol motor oil) is good too.
I use Dillon Case Lube spray when I have a lot of .30 Carbine cases to do.

I haven't tried them on anything larger than .30-06 though.

ArchAngelCD
August 19, 2008, 01:17 AM
One Shot doesn't work well on large cases IMO.

Like I said above, I've used Imperial Sizing Wax with great success and thought it would work as well with a 50 case as it does with other cases. I have no first hand experiance with 50 cases but KeithK does. If it were me I would take his advice since he's already used what I thought would work and says Mobil 1 works much better. (I do know synthetic motor oils are extremely slick)

rg1
August 19, 2008, 01:20 AM
I use Dillon case lube, sprayed on a nylon brush to lube the inside of the neck. Works better than anything else I've tried. You have to brush the neck till the entire surface is wet from lube. After sizing I wipe the inside of the neck with a rag to remove most of the lube and retumble to get the rest.
Pulling the expander back thru the necks on a 50bmg case isn't easy, using my RCBS press and dies anyway. One short spray on the nylon brush will lube approx. 10 cases before another squirt is necessary.

tlen
August 19, 2008, 02:23 AM
+1 on Dillon spray lube. Ditto on spraying a little inside several necks to lube the expander ball.

lgbloader
August 19, 2008, 02:50 AM
I like Imperial for rifle and Hornady or Dillon for pistol even though all my pistol dies are carbide or titanium carbide. Lightly Lubed, it makes them much smoother and easier. Makes 205 - 505 pulls of the handle much easier.

lgbloader
August 19, 2008, 02:51 AM
Double post. I am having trouble with my computer whom I have nick-named FRED.
F.R.E.D. to be more precise which, by the way, is an abreviation for "F*cking Rediculous Electronic Device"

CRITGIT
August 19, 2008, 03:20 AM
One Shot!

CRITGIT

Schleprok62
August 19, 2008, 07:02 AM
I use Hornady Unique...

Walkalong
August 19, 2008, 07:17 AM
Imperial

lordgroom
August 19, 2008, 07:42 AM
I use Imperial Sizing Wax and Dillon spray. The spray for quentity and the ISW when I want to slow things down. Both work well.

Hiaboo
August 19, 2008, 10:26 AM
I use the Frankfort Arsenal (midway) spray, works great, it uses alchol and beeswax/lanolin I think, never had a stuck case.

The Bushmaster
August 19, 2008, 10:27 AM
RCBS Lube and Pad...The Wheel still ain't broke and have no intentions to change from what works to something that might not work like One-Shot that has caused my .30-06 cases to stick. Does make good rocking chair squeeks disapear...

res45
August 19, 2008, 11:34 AM
Lee case lube and pad before that RCBS pad and lube,25 yrs reloading never stuck a case.

SlamFire1
August 19, 2008, 11:35 AM
RCBS water soluble case lube.

I add a few drops to an already saturated flannel patch, and drop the cases in an old 3 lb W231 can.

The can is large enough to span the rollers on my Tumbler's Tumbler.

I let it roll for at least 10 minutes.

At the end, all external surfaces are coated.

RCBS water soluble works very well in small base sizing .223, 308, and 30-06 cases. The spray on lubes just do not have the film thickness. Imperial sizing wax is excellent, but takes longer to apply.

One gunsmith/shooter use to roll his cases on a towel saturated with RCBS case lube. He had it down to a science, exactly 22 drops of lube on the towel for 88 rounds. I never saw the towel, I doubt it was a beach towel, probably a smaller towel.

Walkalong
August 19, 2008, 02:03 PM
One good thing about the RCBS lube is hot water will take it off. Then just dry them in the sun.

I have switched to Imperial. I just keep my thumb and finger waxed up and apply it as I put each piece of brass in the shellplate.

I like em both.

usmcpmi
August 19, 2008, 02:04 PM
Thanks guys... They seem to only get tight around the neck area. My wife says that I just "strong arm" everything. That is why the handle connector snapped off after 20 rounds. I'll try the Mobil 1 and be sure I brush the inside of the neck. What do you think about just dipping the neck area in about a inch of oil in a cup??? Thanks, MG

Walkalong
August 19, 2008, 02:06 PM
Q-Tip and lube for inside the necks. Or you could get some graphite and dip the necks in it, but it's messy.

I bought some Redding carbide expander balls for my Redding and RCBS rifle dies. They help.

tiger rag
August 19, 2008, 07:37 PM
I use Dillon Case Lube spray for all my rifle cases.

matrem
August 19, 2008, 07:47 PM
One-Shot became my favorite two or three years ago.It's only advantage is ease of application,however you have to let it dry completely(far more than the 5 min. or so Hornady claims).I usually spray & wait at least 10-15 min,maybe even longer in humid conditions.It's not a good lube untill it's dry.

mallc
August 19, 2008, 08:01 PM
Spray a tray with Dillion and if a case feels iffy, back off and apply Imperial.

Scott

Ol` Joe
August 19, 2008, 09:03 PM
Imperial wax...........

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
August 19, 2008, 09:04 PM
Imperial

George757
August 20, 2008, 08:59 AM
Imperial !!!

UnderTheGun
August 20, 2008, 10:06 AM
I've tried Hornady One Shot and now prefer this. Gets high recommendations. I've had good luck with it. Appears to work like the Dillon pump spray.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=204960

mkl
August 20, 2008, 12:04 PM
Over the last year I've tried quite a few lubes. In my opinion:

1) Spray lubes and the "bag method" work fine and fast for straight wall handgun cases.

2) Water based lubes (RCBS, LEE, etc.) work okay on smaller rifle cases.

3) Imperial sizing wax and the Kiwi mink oil work okay up to medium (308 size) size cases.

4) The very best lube I have found for larger cases is Rooster CFL-56, which was made to help in case forming. I use it now for all my rifle cases except 22 Hornet. Here's a link: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=784839

It's not cheap, but that little jar will do 2000 or more 30-06 size cases.

snuffy
August 20, 2008, 12:14 PM
I've tried Hornady One Shot and now prefer this. Gets high recommendations. I've had good luck with it. Appears to work like the Dillon pump spray.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=204960

UTG, thanks for that link. I suspect FA got hold of the formula for RCBS case slick, then started making this stuff. I just ordered some, seeing as how Midway has stopped selling case slick, and I'm running out!:fire:

All the reviews on the midway site are +. Five star rating says a lot!:D

50 Shooter
August 20, 2008, 12:26 PM
Another vote for Hornady's Unique case lube, I use it on .50 brass and it works great. A friend that I reload with used Imperial until I had him try Unique, he even thought it worked better then Imperial.

Every time I buy some I get the same response of "this is the best kept secret in the industry". Plus it costs less then Imperial and you get about three times as much.

ArchAngelCD
August 21, 2008, 02:48 AM
The people here recommending the use of a spray lube do realize he's asking about which lube to use on a 50 BMG case, right?

I had a 30-06 case get stuck when using One Shot, I can't believe it will work with a 50 Cal. case without getting stuck.

Win75
August 21, 2008, 06:53 AM
I want some more Hornady One Shot, but it is not as good as regular Lee case lube, just a lot faster.


I agree. I have never used the One Shot on large cases though.

I've tried Hornady One Shot and now prefer this. Gets high recommendations. I've had good luck with it. Appears to work like the Dillon pump spray.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=204960

The only stuck case I ever had was when using the Midway stuff!

cbm1948
August 22, 2008, 05:45 PM
One Shot, but I plane to try imperial soon.

scrat
August 22, 2008, 06:00 PM
Imperial

Vern Humphrey
August 22, 2008, 06:04 PM
Ed's Red on a cleaning patch. I swirl the case between my fingers and the patch, touch it to the case mouth for a little lube on the expander ball, and it works great.

SC_Ed
August 22, 2008, 07:37 PM
Imperial Wax for handcrafted ammo.
Hornady One Shot for reloading everything else.

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