Question for lube/sizing in cold garage.


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Twiki357
October 30, 2013, 02:29 AM
I use an old Lyman Lube/sizing press (Model 450). A few days ago the base portion of the lube feeding screw broke off because of the pressure to get the cold lube to feed. I have a replacement screw coming from Lyman. My question is how to heat up the lube to prevent a reoccurrence? The Lyman heater units for the new style press donít look like they will work with the old model press and I donít really want to invest $40+ to find out that it wonít work. What does anyone else use to keep the lube heated and soft enough to feed without breaking the new screw?

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dennymac
October 30, 2013, 09:13 AM
Good morning. If you use one of the Lyman style sizer/lubricators in any weather that is close to chilly, you will need a heater. Lyman sells one that runs on house current and bolts to the bench underneath the sizer/lubricator. You will also find that you will want to warm your empty shells before you try to size them when it is cold. You will stick cases and pull the rims off if you do not. Fact. Trust me. I lived in Muskegon, MI for 2 years. I learned the hard way. I am in KY now, and I still warm the cases before sizing if the temperature in the reloading shed has gotten chilly. Best of luck. DennyMac

fguffey
October 30, 2013, 09:18 AM
Out side of reloading when cold weather causes a flow problem a thinner lube is used. Lyman and RCBS sell a heater that mounts between the bullet sizer and table.

F. Guffey

243winxb
October 30, 2013, 09:24 AM
This plate is bolted beneath the sizer and is drilled and tapped for Lyman 450 (not 4500), http://www.midwayusa.com/product/182761/lyman-lubricator-heater-115-volt With the heater, you will have to use the harder lube. Some 50/50 may run out if too hot. http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/Firearms%20%20and%20%20Reloading/BulletLubeMeltingPoints.jpg

Magnum Shooter
October 30, 2013, 09:47 AM
Here is a link

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/182761/lyman-lubricator-heater-115-volt

rooster59
October 30, 2013, 10:22 AM
I use rectangular aluminum plate, approx 12" x 6", drilled so I can bolt it under the sizer. big part of plate sticks out the back. $3 travel iron from goodwill rests on the plate just behind the sizer. Fabric setting synthetic, 10 min warmup and we're lubing bullets.

Twiki357
October 30, 2013, 08:06 PM
Thanks all for your advice. When I get a replacement screw, in 2 to 3 weeks per Lyman, I think I’ll try that aluminum and iron, if I can find the aluminum in my area.

rcmodel
October 31, 2013, 01:55 PM
I just use a heat lamp bulb aimed at the sizer, or a heat gun to warm mine up to operating temp in the winter.

Once you get going, you don't need much more heat unless it is really cold.

rc

frankenstein406
October 31, 2013, 02:10 PM
At the pet stores in the reptile section they have heat lamps for $5 10 and those clamp on metal shrouded light holders are $2-3 bucks at hardware stores.

ArchAngelCD
October 31, 2013, 02:36 PM
My shooting buddy who casts his own bullets uses a heat lamp too. He loads in his unheated basement and here in PA it can get pretty cold in the winter. The heat lamps work well for him at minimal cost.

SlamFire1
October 31, 2013, 04:38 PM
This is my Lyman 450 with a base heater I purchased from Midway. You plug it in, let it warm up, or it is totally impossible to lube the bullets in cold weather

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Reloading/ReducedLyman450with308bulletread-1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SlamFire/media/Reloading/ReducedLyman450with308bulletread-1.jpg.html)

bayjoe
October 31, 2013, 05:42 PM
Use your wife's hair dryer. Heat the body of your lube sizer up and go to town. Reheat when you start getting resistance.

10 Spot Terminator
October 31, 2013, 09:24 PM
+1 on rooster59 post

I too use the same setup . Midway used to offer a special heater for the 450 with a thermostat control but was problematic and they discontinued it . If you opt to try this get a travel iron with a multi position rheostat ( temp control ) dial and you will find the perfect temp setting for whatever the outside temperature tries to throw at you .

10 Spot

ranger335v
October 31, 2013, 09:33 PM
"I think I’ll try that aluminum and iron, if I can find the aluminum in my area. "

Aluminum plate would be nice but a steel plate works just as well and is cheaper/easier to find. Try a welding shop for a scrap plate of 1/4' to 1/2' stock and maybe they will cut it to the dimensions you want for cheep.

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