resizing lube


December 8, 2008, 08:32 PM
gander was out of resizing lube, :rolleyes: imagine that......

what else would work for neck sizing 3006? about 150 of them..... till i can get sizing lube from someone.

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December 8, 2008, 08:36 PM
One gentleman on here recommended STP oil treatment spread on really thin. I've never tried it, but it should work. The main problem would be keeping the coating very light.

December 8, 2008, 08:37 PM
GB Wire-Aide, Wire Pulling Lubricant. Part # 79-006

A wax based lube, just like LEE resizing lube, except you get a entire quart is about $5.50 :)

From a home center, or an electrical supply house. :cool:

December 8, 2008, 09:22 PM
Go to Walmart shoe department and get a can of KiwI "Mink Oil" or "Sno-Proff" boot treatment. Both are soft waxes, virtually identical to Imperial Die Wax on cases. Apply it with your finger tips as you pick up the cases.

IDW is, IMHO, the BEST of the commercial lubes but Wally World sells the substitutes for less!

GB wire pulling lube is pretty good, not as good as the waxes tho. GB is actually a heavy liquid soap.

December 8, 2008, 09:26 PM
if you are a motorcycleist, or have a shop near you, the chain wax type of drive chain lubricant is pretty much the same as hornady's "one shot". the stp will work well also, just apply it with your fingers, and make ABSOLOUTLY CERTAIN not to get any inside of the case. if you do, you will have to clean it with some type of solvent (mineral spirits, brake cleaner, etc.) you will have to clean up your dies the same way. and you really do want a thin coat of stp!

December 8, 2008, 09:30 PM
just like LEE resizing lube
ACTUALLY , if i remember correctly, i read that the LEE LUBE is actually some kind of food industry (manufacurer) food grade lubricant (meaning you could eat it) (but dont try to on my word) for machines.

December 9, 2008, 12:01 AM
From Lee's site: Another first by Lee. We purchased the finest automotive deep draw lubricant and had it custom packaged exclusively for us. Lee Lube is pleasant to handle and you can thin it with water. Non-sticky, nonallergenic. Very little is needed; it goes a long way. Eliminates stuck and dented cases and makes sizing less work.

I like Imperial wax myself though. :D

December 9, 2008, 02:17 AM
A little WD40 on a spread out rag and gently roll the cases across it.

evan price
December 9, 2008, 05:16 AM
I've had good results with silicon spray.

December 9, 2008, 06:03 AM
I use a pad with very little Break Free on it. Works fine if you don't mind old fashioned methods. ;)

December 9, 2008, 07:32 AM
...get a can of KiwI "Mink Oil"...



December 9, 2008, 07:55 AM
I use Fiebing's mink oil paste which I prefer over Imperial.
A 6oz. jar is $5 and will last several lifetimes.

December 9, 2008, 12:11 PM
The very best field expedient case lube I have ever found is Anhydrous Lanolin from a druggist.

It will work for case forming when real case lube won't.

It also makes your hands baby soft, and keeps your fingers from cracking open in the winter.

The down-side is, it makes you smell like a Wet Sheep! :eek:


Jim Watson
December 9, 2008, 12:48 PM
NECK sizing?
I use Motor Mica. No need to grease up the neck. Graphite is ok but messy if you spill it.

December 9, 2008, 05:25 PM
I got anhydrous lanolin (1 pound) from a friend that is a pharmacist & reloader. Problem is it was not easy to find.

I rather the mink oil for use & availability. A little goes a long way. And I can get it way more places than anything else

BTW - Hornady One shot in the pump spray bottle leaves a smell that just won't wash off my hands.

The Lee lube is pretty good also - still rather the mink oil.

December 9, 2008, 05:31 PM
How do they get oil out of the minks?

December 9, 2008, 07:40 PM
How do they get oil out of the minks?

Verrrry carefully, methinks. I am a devotee of Imperial sizing wax. Never a stuck case in over 5K.

December 9, 2008, 08:25 PM
Google "mink oil" there's quite an article on where it comes from and about mink oil. Very interesting.

December 9, 2008, 09:41 PM
Soap. 1/3 bar of Ivory grated and disolved in a cup of hot water will cool back down to a firm gel/soft cake. Rub it on the cases with your fingertips. Works better than some commercial stuff, costs next to nothing and wipes off clean with a damp rag.

December 10, 2008, 01:13 AM
two posts here have me wondering if i should be lubing the inside of the case? or just the neck on the outside.

December 10, 2008, 01:00 PM
Just the outside, and for FL sizing, the whole case, not just the neck.

But it never hurts to use just a tiny amount of lube inside the necks.

Some folks use Mica, and you just dip the case mouth in it.

Others, like myself use normal case lube.
You can dab every fifth round or so on a case lube pad. You don't have to do every one as the lube will carry over on the expander ball for a few cases.

Or use a nylon bore brush rolled on a lube pad to clean all the case necks.
It transfers just the right amount of lube to the case necks.

The object is to lube enough to allow the expander ball to pull through the sized neck easily, without squeaking or chatter.


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