applying case lube


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lightman
December 6, 2012, 09:47 AM
What method does everyone use to apply lanolin/alcohol case lube? I am trying the Dillon lube for the first time, and am using a gallon zip loc bag. I did not like the cookie sheet that they recomended. Its kind of messy, but seems to work ok. Thanks. Lightman

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SlamFire1
December 6, 2012, 10:31 AM
I use RCBS case lube. I tumble my cases in a Thumler's Thumbler barrel set aside specifically for this purpose. I have a case lubed flannel patch in the barrel. The trick is not to over lube, not to under lube.

Mike 27
December 6, 2012, 10:48 AM
I know this is going to start a few bash's but I exclusively use the Hornady 1 shot. I have never had a stuck case with it. I liberally spray from all angles and let dry for 10-15 minutes. No mess no fuss. Maybe not what you are looking for but I love the stuff. At this point if I get a stuck case I can live with 1 out of thousands I suppose....

bobinoregon
December 6, 2012, 11:13 AM
I was a 1 Shot user until I got a can that just didnt work. Don't know if it was just a bad can or what, but I managed to stick three 30-06 shells in one day. A local gunsmith put me on to RCBS case slick in a pump bottle and I'm pretty impressed with it, works really well and dont have to shake it as much as the 1 Shot. Either one, I use the gallon ziploc and spray into it and roll the brass around, works well for me.

hentown
December 6, 2012, 11:35 AM
Lay the case down flat in a large, shallow cardboard box. Use a spray bottle and spray the cases. The lube will migrate around the cases. Be sure and give the cases time to dry, before sizing.

JohnM
December 6, 2012, 11:51 AM
I've got an old lube pad and a bottle of the new RCBS pad lube, but don't use it all that much anymore.
I've been spraying cases in the same old lid off a bankers box for years, no idea how many cases I put in at a time; a bunch!
I have a pump bottle of Dillon lube, but have been using a can of RCBS aerosol spray forever. No idea how many thousands of cases it's lubed, but that can just seems to be going on forever.

45lcshooter
December 6, 2012, 12:35 PM
RCBS spray lube. Used to use a lube pad, took way to long.

DeadFlies
December 6, 2012, 12:39 PM
I use Mink Oil. I just put a little on my hands and fingers and then fondle each case for a second or two. Not terribly fast, but it works and doesn't require any thing more than you fingers, empty brass and lube. No spray bottles, cookie sheets, zip-loc bags or other kit. No waiting for anything to dry either. I can lube up 100 cases in just a minute or two, start to finish.

jediagh
December 6, 2012, 06:04 PM
I follow this route for my .30 carbine rounds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y8p_99I0f4s

BigJimP
December 6, 2012, 07:24 PM
I use the cardboard lid off a case of copy paper...every office has a lot of them....and its about 17" X 11" ....

I lay all the cases flat - on their sides - in the box lid on my work bench......then I spritz them lightly with the Dillon spray lube....roll them around a little ...and then spritz them lightly a 2nd time ...and let them dry for about 20 min .../ then dump them into the case feeder.

lightman
December 6, 2012, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the replys,everybody. As a longtime reloader, I've tried about everything. I use Imperial when neck sizing, and agree that its great stuff. If it ever runs out, I plan to try the mink oil.The oneshot works well, but does not seem to last long, and I did have a few cans loose their charge. I just thought the lanolin stuff might be faster when doing batches of 500 or 1000. So far, the zip loc bag seems to work well. The drying time is not very long, about enough time to empty the bag out on a towel and load and shake the next batch. The thread that someone posted about making this stuff made me start this thread, not wanting to highjack anothers post. Thanks again, Lightman

gamestalker
December 7, 2012, 12:45 AM
Since I'm never in a hurry when reloading, and I like to make my buck stretch as far as I can, I use a Q-tip to apply Dillon. I simply dip the Q into the lube and then aply it to the inside and outside of the neck, and then the case body. I let it dry for a good 10 minutes or longer, and have never had a case get stuck. I also get a lot more out of my bottle than by spraying it on. The first time I use it I sprayed it on and went through a bottle in no time. With both Dillon and One Shot the primary trick to never encountering a stuck case is making sure it is evenly aplied, and absolutely, positively, 100% dry.

I promise you if you apply it and then try to run the case through the resize die before it is dry you will stick a case, I promise!

GS

Rogue35
December 7, 2012, 11:27 AM
I use the Frankfor Arsenal spray with the ziploc bag and haven't stuck a case yet. Just spray 2-3 squirts, roll them around in the bag, and you're in there like swimwear.

Kingcreek
December 7, 2012, 12:40 PM
I went from a cardboard flat to an old metal baking dish like for brownies etc. when the metal starts to get gunked up I can clean it with mineral spirits, sometimes easier than finding a new cardboard flat.

trixter
December 7, 2012, 12:52 PM
I put emptys in a medium size bowl and put some Hornady sizing wax on my finger tips and fondle the cases liberally. Never had a stuck case in over 6 years. With my .45ACP I just take them out of the tumbler (all nice and clean) and reload them, no lube at all.

pcad2
December 7, 2012, 01:06 PM
Lube pad and Lee Lube. The one shot works Ok but seems to me like the Lee Lube works better even if it is a little messy. You can tell a definite difference in how hard/easy it is to pull the handle between the 2/ Lee Lube is cheap too.

Kingcreek
December 7, 2012, 03:19 PM
I only use One Shot on pistol cases where lube is pretty much optional. I don't like stuck rifle cases.

howlnmad
December 7, 2012, 03:50 PM
I never liked using any of the liquid type lubes. I prefer Imperial
Sizing Wax.

Magnum Shooter
December 7, 2012, 04:24 PM
I use Imperial sizing die wax for all my rifle loading. Just a squirt or two of Dillon’s spray lube in the case feeder of my XL650 for handgun.

SlowFuse
December 7, 2012, 10:56 PM
Imperial sizing wax.

I've tried lee paste lube and rcbs pads. Since the imperial made its way into my toolbox I haven't touched the others.

Zeke/PA
December 8, 2012, 06:53 AM
I use a lube that we had in the Toolroom called Old Bull.
Just a TINY dab applied to the cartridge case with finger tip before resizing.
Wiped off after bullet seating of course.

Boxhead
December 9, 2012, 07:16 AM
I have been using One Shot since it came out and have never had any issues with it. I won't use anything else.

Flt Simulation
December 9, 2012, 07:41 AM
With my .45ACP I just take them out of the tumbler (all nice and clean) and reload them, no lube at all.

I don't use case lube when loading .45 ACP either.

I guess case lube is recommended when loading rifle cartridges, but I don't think it's nessesary when loading straight-wall pistol cases and using carbide dies.

hdbiker
December 9, 2012, 11:46 AM
An old Hornady lube pad and lube has worked well for decades for me.I lube inside of necks with old bore mops,lightly covered in Hoppy's gun oil.hdbiker

Ehtereon11B
December 9, 2012, 01:11 PM
I cut 2oz of Lee resizing lube with 12oz or so of Rubbing alcohol. Put it in a spray bottle and just make sure I swirl it around before I use it because it tends to separate out after a few days.

mike.h
December 9, 2012, 11:35 PM
just tried the hornady one shot in the plastic bag....no mess, no fuss, no stuck cases, works good

thanks

I call it maize
December 9, 2012, 11:40 PM
I use Mink Oil. I just put a little on my hands and fingers and then fondle each case for a second or two. Not terribly fast, but it works and doesn't require any thing more than you fingers, empty brass and lube. No spray bottles, cookie sheets, zip-loc bags or other kit. No waiting for anything to dry either. I can lube up 100 cases in just a minute or two, start to finish.

Yep...I add a latex type glove to the left hand. Swipe and "fondle"...haha

1SOW
December 10, 2012, 12:47 AM
I don't use case lube when loading .45 ACP either.

I guess case lube is recommended when loading rifle cartridges, but I don't think it's nessesary when loading straight-wall pistol cases and using carbide dies.

If I had a progressive press for my pistol, I would agree; but I use a turret press with LOTS of handle pulls/cartridge. I load a lot of pistol cartridges.

With a very light application of alchohol and LEE sizing lube in a "plant mister" spray bottle, the pull is noticeably less on my arm and shoulder. Costs next to nothing, doesn't require any clean-up and works. What's not to like?

thump_rrr
December 10, 2012, 03:55 AM
I load on a progressive press with a case feeder so handling individual cases is out of the question.

I tried one shot and stucka case so never again.
I converted to Dillon cas e lube which is lanolin and isopropyl alcohol and won't use anything else.

I use an old roasting pan and spray about 300 .223 cases at a time.
2-3 pumps then I pick up the pan and shake it around to get the cases to move around. 2-3 more pumps and another shake and they're good to go.

Fatelvis
December 11, 2012, 10:30 AM
When I use spray lube, I stand the cases neck up in a few parallel lines, and spray down at the cases, at a 45 degree angle, from a couple directions. I've found this coats the sides, neck, and inside neck well. I tumble the brass after sizing.

AABEN
December 11, 2012, 11:15 AM
I have an old cake pan that I put the brass in then spray lube then shake them up. Has worked good for years.

GLOOB
December 11, 2012, 02:18 PM
+1 for the plastic baggie method. I use FA spray, and I reuse the same bag until it breaks or gets too cruddy with tumbler dust. I fold it up and wrap it around the bottle fixed with a piece of tape for next time.

In my ongoing quest to see what's too little, the other day I put one pump of the FA in the used but dry bag, added 197 .223 cases, shook/kneaded for ~20 seconds, dumped them out and started sizing, immediately, before they were dry. Perfect. I dunno if I'm ready to try that using a virgin bag, yet. I suppose the leftover lube in the bag helped out.

GLOOB
December 11, 2012, 02:45 PM
Regarding One Shot, I wonder how many of those reported stuck cases happened after the lube in the can ran low and the user was intermittently spraying the leftover aerosol ingredients. Or maybe the can got turned upside down at one point, so some of the cases got sprayed, but with no lube. Like how you turn a can of spray paint upside down to clean out the nozzle. When you stand up the cases and try to spray them from every angle, maybe you're inducing a bit of missed spots when you're tilting the can around. I bet the tumble/baggie method would reduce some of those problems by spreading out the lube and fixing any missed spots.

cfullgraf
December 11, 2012, 04:16 PM
Regarding One Shot, I wonder how many of those reported stuck cases happened after the lube in the can ran low and the user was intermittently spraying the leftover aerosol ingredients.

Maybe. I have had problems with bottle neck cases with One Shot with a full can or near full can. No problem with 30 Carbine in steel dies.

With a aerosol can, I can tell when the spray stops and I am only getting propellant out of the nozzle. The sound of the spray changes when the atomizing of the liquid stops. I adjust my spraying technique to coat the area missed.

Hornady does say to shake the can before using. I suppose some might not shake the can causing the can to exhaust one ingredient or the other prematurely. If only the carrier solvent is sprayed, it will not lubricant no matter how long it is allowed to dry.

lightman
December 12, 2012, 07:14 PM
Thanks again,for all the replys! I was mostly interested in the method that everyone uses for spray lube,like Dillon or FA.The discussion about what everyone uses and their results was also interesting, and imformative. Dillon recommended using a cookie sheet, but I was not real happy with that. I finally settled on the zip loc bag deal, works ok for me. The half box idea sounds interesting,too! Thanks again, everybody. LIghtman

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