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Case lube methods

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by blue_ridge, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. blue_ridge

    blue_ridge Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Which is the best way to lube cases when using a progressive press? With single stage, all I have ever used is the lube pad. Roll the case back and forth a few times and it is ready. Does the spray lube work better? Is there another method that speeds things up when using a progressive press?
  2. Shawn Dodson

    Shawn Dodson Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I use an RCBS Lube die.

    Depending on the situation I'll sometimes just hand apply Imperial Sizing Die Wax.
  3. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Nov 9, 2009
    I throw them in a plastic bag, spray with lube (Dillon, Midway, Red Rooster, anything but One Shot) and shake. Wait a few minutes and load.
  4. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Participating Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    Smyrna Tennessee
    Lots of folks run the brass through 2 times. Once to deprime/resize the lubed cases followed by a ride in the tumbler, then again to finish loading. Priming can be done on or off the press according to preference.
  5. Bula

    Bula Active Member

    May 22, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    +1 on the plastic bag method. I use the big gallon size, load a few big handfulls of brass, spray 2 or 3 times with Dillon Case lube, zip, tumble the brass around for 15-20 seconds and you're good to go. BTW, I reuse that zip bag as long as I can.
  6. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Participating Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Carolina Low Country
    For pistols I use Titanium nitride sizers. My early (70s) carbide dies had small carbide rings at the base of the die and brass ran through though them had a step at the top of the web, worked o.k., but they offended my sensibilities. I use Dillon/Midway spray-on sparingly on rifle brass and it works like a champ. Put a bunch on a big cookie sheet stolen from the kitchen (deny all knowledge) and spray 4-5 times over them and roll them back & forth till they're coated. Wait a few minutes till they dry & drive on. I usually put the loaded rounds on a thin towel on the cookie sheet and spray them with Brakleen then roll them with the palm of my hand with a little pressure. That gets most off and I tumble them (with no concerns now thanks to Snuffy & rcmodel!) for 30 min - 1 hour to get it all off & have them shining like new. I don't hit the rounds heavily with the Brakleen, saturate the towel first, then squirt a little more if needed. Rubbing alcohol works too, but leaves them wet feeling (hygroscopic, I think).
  7. snuffy

    snuffy Senior Member

    Apr 4, 2004
    Oshkosh Wi
    +1 on Maj dad's method, and thanks for the kudos! I use a big zip lock bowl, spray either RCBS case slick or midway spray lube then toss 'em around for a minute. Then into the 650 case feeder. After they go through the process, they get tumbled in new corncob for 20 minutes. This is for .223, .308, and 357 sig.

    Spraying gets some lube inside the necks, making the expander slide through the neck much easier.

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