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applying case lube

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lightman, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. lightman

    lightman New Member

    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
  2. Slamfire

    Slamfire Active Member

    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.
  3. Mike 27

    Mike 27 New Member

    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....
  4. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Member

    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.
  5. hentown

    hentown New Member

    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.
  6. JohnM

    JohnM New Member

    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.
  7. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter New Member

    RCBS spray lube. Used to use a lube pad, took way to long.
  8. DeadFlies

    DeadFlies New Member

    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.
  9. jediagh

    jediagh New Member

  10. BigJimP

    BigJimP New Member

    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.
  11. lightman

    lightman New Member

    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
  12. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    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!

  13. Rogue35

    Rogue35 New Member

    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.
  14. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Active Member

    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.
  15. trixter

    trixter Member

    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.
  16. pcad2

    pcad2 New Member

    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.
  17. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Active Member

    I only use One Shot on pistol cases where lube is pretty much optional. I don't like stuck rifle cases.
  18. howlnmad

    howlnmad New Member

    I never liked using any of the liquid type lubes. I prefer Imperial
    Sizing Wax.
  19. Magnum Shooter

    Magnum Shooter New Member

    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.
  20. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Member

    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.

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