Lube application to 9mm?

March 7, 2013, 05:52 AM
Any reccomendations as to a product and best method to lube 9mm cases in volume?

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March 7, 2013, 06:09 AM
I have spritzed them with a little one-shot, makes resizing them very smooth. I just dump a few hundred in a cardboard box, quick spraydown(A couple seconds) and rolled around a bit, let dry.

Most of the time I don't bother, carbide resizing die and all that...

March 7, 2013, 06:23 AM
cn, 3/7/13

I've reloaded about 30,000 9mm cases in the past six years and never used any lube. Same for the 40,000 .45 cases and my revolver cases. As long as you use a carbide resizing die no lube is needed for straight wall pistol cases (rifle cases are a different matter). Good luck.

best wishes to you in SA- oldandslow
March 7, 2013, 06:49 AM
Thanks guys,

My problem is cases getting stuck in the resizing die on my Lee 1000 which does not have a carbide die.

March 7, 2013, 07:18 AM
I would use a lanolin/alcohol based pump spray in that case(Cheap), Dillon, Frankford Arsenal, other brands, all same stuff. A shallow sided cardboard box, same deal, shake well, spritz them, reach in and stir them about. Let alcohol evaporate completely.

I use it for .223, by the time I am done resizing, priming and loading, there isn't much left to clean off, they go straight into mags or get boxed up.
March 7, 2013, 07:53 AM
Thanks a mill for the advice, going to try it out and let you know.

have a good one.

March 7, 2013, 12:33 PM
I'm more than a little surprised that Lee shipped a Pro1000 without a carbide sizer. Is this an older model?

My honest advice would be to save up $20 and buy a carbide sizer.

March 7, 2013, 12:54 PM
If I were going to do a lot of brass at one time, I would tumble lube them with a blob of lanolin. Large closed container with enough room for brass to tumble around in, add a glob of pure lanolin (or nipple cream, mink oil boot dressing, ect.) and tumble until the brass is evenly coated...

March 7, 2013, 01:05 PM
What Elkins said. Two cans of lube will pay for a carbide sizing die.

Hondo 60
March 7, 2013, 02:06 PM
Nudder vote for a carbide sizing die.
I wouldn't live w/o 'em anymore.

March 7, 2013, 02:32 PM
If I am sizing a lot of pistol cases (500+), I will dump some in a one gallon ziploc bag. Take a few cotton patches and saturate them with case lube. Drop them in the baggy with the cases, seal bag, and manually tumble for a few minutes. Its not really needed, but it makes sizing a bit easier.

Hornady One Shot works good too.

March 7, 2013, 04:21 PM
I don't get it. Nobody uses non-carbide sizing dies for pistol brass. I'd think a new die from Lee would be $18 tops.

March 7, 2013, 04:42 PM
I use carbide for all pistol, but I still rub some Imperial lube on my hands, dip them into a baggie of brass, and rub the brass around between my hands to get just the slightest amount of lube on most of the cases. Makes sizing a bit easier and no time lost. To clean I simply tumble about ten minutes in clean cob after I'm done with loading.

Another vote for a carbide die.

March 7, 2013, 04:45 PM
Maybe he can't get a carbide die in south Africa and is using what he can find. Heckit's not like we have much selection here in America right now.

Any of the typical case lube options should work.

March 7, 2013, 04:49 PM
It is funny. I load quite a bit of 9mm, and I was used to that little screech/ping sound from my Lee carbide sizing die. The first time I tried a little one-shot I thought something was wrong with my set-up, no sound but the primer ping and almost no resistance. I even reset my die thinking it was changed. :D

March 7, 2013, 04:53 PM
I spritz all my handgun cases even tho all my dies are carbide. I enjoy an easy life, and like easy living.

Hard work was something I did when I got paid for it, don't do that any longer.

March 7, 2013, 06:07 PM
You really need to up grade to a carbide die. It just makes life so much easier in the reloading room. But since you don't have carbide, I would just use some 1 shot or other spray on lube. I once had to lube pistol cases before the wonderful invention of the carbide die, don't miss that at all!

March 7, 2013, 07:07 PM
I hope you are able to get a carbide sizer. I remember how much I hated having to lube cases.

Sauer Grapes
March 7, 2013, 07:50 PM
I always lube my 9mm brass due to shoulder\elbow problems.
Spray a little liquid gold furniture polish on a an old flannel shirt, dump some brass on it and roll them around. It's just slick enough to make the job easier.

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