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Case Lube - Spray On or Pad?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cwbys4evr, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. cwbys4evr

    cwbys4evr Well-Known Member

    The closer I get to receiving my rifle dies, the more I am thinking about case lube. Awhile back I bought a can of Lyman case lube at Cabela's. Now I am thinking about whether a spray on lube is effective enough. Should I get a lube pad instead? I am getting paranoid about stuck cases.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I use spray lube exclusively any more.

    RCBS or Midway to be exact.

    But the Lyman should work as well.

    Just follow the directions, don't over-lube, and wait for all the solvent to evaporate before trying to run them in the sizing die.

    You only want a thin film of lube on the case.
    I spray it on and wipe it around with my fingers as I pick them up.

    If you wipe off everything you can with your fingers, it will be just right.

  3. MI2600

    MI2600 Well-Known Member

    I use the same pad I bought 30-40 years ago. Get's the job done. Just a habit for me.
  4. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    I use my fingers, but I'm not a high-volume reloader of rifle cartridges, generally less than 40 at a time. For pistol cartridges, I use carbide dies, and skip the lube altogether.
  5. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I use a home-made mix of alcohol & lanolin.
    So for me, it's spray on.

    I put the brass in a zip lock bag, spray in 5 or 6 times & roll 'em around.
  6. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    Redding die wax, best stuff ever. Cleanest and easiest alternative of them all IMO I tossed my lube pad and never did use any spray lube. You'll need the case lube with bottleneck cartridges. Or else you'll get good at extracting cases stuck in die, then you'll get case lube.
  7. Tom488

    Tom488 Well-Known Member

    Spray-on for me - specifically, RCBS Case Slick. I just processed about 1,200 .223 and .308 cases through a Hornady LnL with case feeder (FL resize, trim, neck expand) by dropping about 30 cases at a time into a medium-sized Akro bin, spritzing the lube across the cases 3 or 4 times, shake them around, then dump into case feeder. I do that about 6 times, for about 200 cases in the feeder at a clip. The shaking in the bin, combined with the tumbling in the case feeder, distributes the lube nicely across the cases, and because of the randomness of the cases in the bin, some get their necks lubed, too - so the expander ball doesn't drag.

    Didn't stick one case.
  8. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    Pump spray(lanolin and alcohol). Best innovation in case lube, I am glad I wasn't born to reloading in the olden days of lube pads.
  9. Cleftwynd

    Cleftwynd Well-Known Member

    Imperial wax, once I tried it many years ago, I wondered why anyone would use anything else.
  10. FTG-05

    FTG-05 Well-Known Member

    Spray on. Keep it simple and easy and you're reload more instead of lubricating individual cases.
  11. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    Hornady One Shot is my preferred way to lube. I put the case mouth facing down in an RCBS case loading block and spray them down.
  12. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    Pump spray from Dillon is my favorite but Cabelas works too.(both lanolin/alcohol) I'm not as impressed with the stuff in the can from Hornady. I'll never touch one of those filthy sticky pads again.
  13. Anmut

    Anmut Well-Known Member

    RCBS lube and pad for me for over three years now. Same pad, same bottle of lube - probably 5k+ rifle rounds loaded. I looked into the spray on but the "waiting for it to dry" just didn't fit my reloading habits.
  14. Rangemaster

    Rangemaster Well-Known Member

    Dillon spray on in a ziplock baggy, works the best.
  15. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Hornady spray in a pie tin.
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I put lube on my pointer finger, then rub it between it, my bow finger, and my thumb, then wipe it around on the cases as I pick them up. Re-lube fingers as needed. All I am doing is sizing, no loading.
  17. erikk8829

    erikk8829 Well-Known Member

    RCBS Pad & Lube-same pad & lube bottle 60+ years & many many rounds Use nylon neck brush every other case
  18. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    Anything but One Shot. Usually Unique wax or RCBS Case Slick as that's what I can most often get locally.
  19. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Try what you have already. If you do use spray/pump lube be sure to shake the can before spraying to mix the contents. This works much better. I use a home made version of the One Shot just like Hondo60 and like it a lot.
  20. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    I bought a big ol' car washing sponge and one of those plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store. I also bought a quart of wire pulling lube from Lowes for $5.99. I glop a little wire lube onto the sponge, smear it around, then roll my cases across it.

    The wire pulling lube is a wax based lube like the Lee case lube. It's not gooey when it dries and can be easily removed with soapy water. I'm becoming a big fan of this method. The pump lanolin sprays perform great as a lube, but the residue is harder to get off the cases than the water soluble waxes are.

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