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a cautionary, yet funny story.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by interlock, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. interlock

    interlock Well-Known Member

    i am a keen reloader. the reloading lube i use is 1:8 lanolin and isopropyl alchohol. this is kept in a plastic plunger type spray bottle. before use i have to bring it in the house and stand it on a radiator to help it mix better.

    I have a jack russel terrier. he is a one dog rat killing machine. He has a propensity for chewing up plastic bottles.

    On friday evening i decided to do a bit of loading so duly bought in my lube and stood it on the kitchen radiator. However, i didn't get to do my loading and forgot about the tub of lube.

    On saturday morning i came down stairs to a scene of devastation. the floor sweeping brush had been destroyed, the mop destroyed. The terrier was behavinhg very strangley and was very very unruly and naughty. Turns out that he had got the tub from the radiator and chewed it up. Then he had licked the lanolin smelling contents up and was drunk as a skunk. He was a terrible drunk, aggressive and silly.

    On saturday afternoon, he calmed down and spent the afternoon curled up on the sofa watching rugby with me and his hangover.

  2. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    IPA is not good stuff. Your lucky there wasn't much in the mix or the pup would be gone.

    I'm glad it turned out well.
  3. interlock

    interlock Well-Known Member

    Yes a drop of alkaseltzer and a good snooze infront of the TV was spot on
  4. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Everyone can use a little dog help on occasion.:D Glad all turned out OK with that mix.:eek: My cat loves to sling the empty brass out of the tubs and roll it across the floor and under various furniture. Whenever I come up short for a batch the yardstick will help yield enough to fill the block.:rolleyes:
  5. kelbro

    kelbro Well-Known Member

    It's one part lanolin to eight parts alcohol. That's about what, 176 proof?
  6. interlock

    interlock Well-Known Member

    i am not altogether sure. enough to make one small dog very drunk and to teach me a lesson
  7. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    I have one of those dogs. he watches me closely when I'm at my loading bench that dern thing is so smart = any smarter and I'd try to train him to run my second press to seat/crimp.
    he is a sqaucks worst nightmare.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Lucky the dog survived.
    Isopropyl alcohol is about twice as toxic as ethanol or grain alcohol, and acts as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. It can also cause liver & kidney damage & blindness.

    The dog may not be out of the woods yet.

    Might want to consult a vet.

  9. jwl3715

    jwl3715 Active Member

    Little off topic

    sorry about the dog but I took something different from your post. I'm new to reloading and I'm finding I really don;t like case lube. Unless I'm doing something wrong, it is sticky and has a knack for tarnishing up brass I just cleaned. The idea of a spray bottle sounds good to me. Can you tell me more about your lube? Where do you get the components? How do you mix it? Are there any other alternatives to case lube pads that people would recommend?
  10. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    even with a pad you still are better off if you use a brush to clean the inside neck and lightly lube it too. a pad won't do that.
    you'll get lots of opinions on lube the best I've used a spray can 'SIZE-ALL' with good results for large quantity of brass properly cleaned and arranged on upright on a paper plate.
    for just a few cases I use pharmacy lanolin which will do fine even for large amounts but tedious to apply properly. go easy on the lube for the neck/shoulder outsides just a slight 'wipe' with lube moistened cloth. that's where you will get your stuck cases, the neck in and out.
  11. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    Great ploy

    Sounds like a great treatment for dry, chapped hands if nothing else. And a wonderful ploy.

    I can hear my wife saying, "Your hands are so rough. Why don't you spend this weekend reloading." !!!

  12. Remo-99

    Remo-99 Well-Known Member

    All alcohols being toxic to animals as well as people, we have a certain level of tolerance against the more complex/drinking alcohol(and some people more so than others ;) ).

    The main consern is with the simple alcohols breaking down into toxins within the body causing damage to organs etc.
    Alot of folks don't understand that drinking alcohol has adverse effects on pets, let alone the damage that can be caused by simple alcohols.
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    That is the up side.

    The down side is, it makes you smell like a wet sheep.

  14. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I still like my aerosol can of spray teflon but out under the Blaster name. Dump a few 100 cases into a 3 lb. butter tub and spray 2/3 seconds and awaaaaay we go. No muss, no fuss, and no tarnish, and best of all nothing to containment the powder.

    Cheap to,Menards has them on sale sometimes for $1.00 a can and other times free if you send in the rebate.
  15. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    Get yourself a can of Imperial Sizing Die Wax. It's ~$5-$6, and lasts a long time. You only use a little bit, and whatever you use needs to be cleaned off the case anyway.

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