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How long to let Hornady One-Shot case lube spray dry?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by IMtheNRA, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. IMtheNRA

    IMtheNRA Well-Known Member

    I've had good luck with this stuff only if I literally drench the cases, otherwise, they get stuck in the resizing die.

    The instructions say to wait one minute, but I've seen posts here about waiting as long as 10 minutes for the lube spray to dry. I always thought wetter is better, but I guess that may be wrong.

    How long do you wait for the One Shot to dry?
  2. Mike 27

    Mike 27 Well-Known Member

    I let them sit for between 3 and 10 minutes and never had a problem. I have a friend who also uses it and he also swears by it and never had a stuck case. Are you spraying the inside of your die as well? Hope this helps. I have had them sit for probably 15 minutes and had no problem. Hope this helps.
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    The longer it dries, the better. I normally let them set for about 10 minutes before sizing them, but I've also let them sit over night before sizing. I've never had a stuck case using it, but I give them a liberal dose and then wait until it dries.

    Hope this helps.

  4. IMtheNRA

    IMtheNRA Well-Known Member

    At the risk of sounding obtuse - why is it necessary for the lube to dry?
  5. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    I use it as well. Good stuff IMO. I spray them from one side then the other and wait about one minute and size them. Never had a problem.

    Im guessing the reason to let them dry is because if you have to much on there, It would dent the shoulder of the case? Maybe? Not really sure?
  6. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    When it dries, it leaves behind a coating that is the lube. Run the cases too wet and they'll stick in the die.

    For what it's worth, I've only ever had sticking case issues when the can got around empty.
  7. Striker Fired

    Striker Fired Well-Known Member

    It has a thinner suspension fluid that the wax based lube is dissolved in so it can spray.It has to sit and "dry" so that suspension fluid can evaporate and leave the lube itself on the cases. The suspension fluid makes the lube too thin to do its job(plus the thinner itself is a really bad lube) ,so it has to be gone to thicken up.
  8. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    Whoa, whoa! Watch that fancy talk around here Imthenra! Now I gotta go look that up! Lol
  9. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    As Striker Fired said, the carrier fluid is not a good lubricant so it must be allowed to flash off and leave the lubricant behind.

    The longer you allow the One Shot to dry, the better, although there is a point where all the carrier has flashed off. I let it dry several minutes.

    I do not like One Shot on bottle neck cases. Too much lube gets on the case neck and causes dents. I use it on 30 Carbine and it works fine. I feel it is too wasteful. As much spray misses the cases in overspray as actually gets on the cases. Once my supply has been used up, I will not be replacing it.

    If I ever begin lubricating cases that I resize in carbide dies, One Shot would be a good choice. A light spray would be just enough for that application. A case pad or finger application would be way too much lubricant and would be wasteful.
  10. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member

    In my opinion, One Shot is the sorriest excuse for commercially prepared "case lube" out there. Let it dry, and you'll get a case stuck. Don't drench the case and you'll get a case stuck.

    I know, a stuck case can simply be removed with a stuck case remover. That is, unless the tap breaks. One Shot is how I ruined my 444 Marlin resizing die. Learn from my error, save some money and use something else.
  11. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Been using One Shot for nearly 20 years without a stuck case. I guess I'm just lucky.

    As far as letting it dry goes, I really don't. I just spray it on and go to work.
  12. springer99

    springer99 Well-Known Member

    One-shot is all I use any more; works fine for me. After I spray the cases, I fill my primer tray and then go to work. I'd guess that delay is about 1-2 minutes at most. I've never had a stuck case or dented neck with this stuff and even use it to lube my press parts from time to time. It doesn't seem to pickup dry, primer debris or powder grains like other oils/greases tend to.
  13. matt 7mm

    matt 7mm Well-Known Member

    I have had good luck with one shot over the last 15 years or so.I set the cases up on an old news paper or something to catch overspray.set the cases up in a square like 5 rows of 4 if im gonna do 20 rounds then litely spray down at about a 45 degree angle from each side and a real lite shot straite down from the top to get a little inside the neck then let set for just a couple minutes.Its worked fine for me on 223,243,7mm-08,45-70 and 300 win mag. and i use a lee hand press half the time that doesnt have near the force of a real bench mounted press.
  14. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    After some stuck rifle brass, I only use the one-shot for pistol brass in carbide dies. I tried it slightly wet, I tried it dry,...just ain't worth the trouble.
  15. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    I don't load for rifle, but I use One Shot to lube the ram on my press and I will occassionally spray it in my sizing dies even though they are carbide.
  16. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Well-Known Member

    I've used most of a can so far and only had one dented neck and one stuck case.
  17. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Yep, use of One Stuck for pistol brass with carbide dies is all it's really suitable for.

  18. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    First off you have to shake the can very good to make sure you are getting the lube on the case. Then I let them dry for five minutes. If you don't let them dry you will stick the case. The easiest way I found to lube my 223 brass is to put a few hand fulls into a big Ziplok bag and give it a 2 second spray. Close it and mix them for a couple of minutes. Open the bag and repeat. Dump them in a container and let dry for 5 minutes then go for it. Haven't had a stuck case in years.
  19. murphy's law

    murphy's law Member


    Been using One-Shot for years now without a single stuck piece of brass. I use the old trick of spraying a baggie and then just put a 100 or so and roll around for a few seconds. I then immediately start loading so at best maybe 1-2 minutes to let it dry. Heck I think I read either on the can or somewhere it only takes a couple minutes to dry and no need to wait 10-15 minutes or longer. Some guys make their own lube but for the price of a can and considering how long it lasts, you can't beat HOS IMHO.
  20. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    The can says to let it dry. This is a dry lube so it must be given time to dry. The time varies depending on your environment. I used it once on a 308 round and it tried to stick so I backed it out. I only use Imperial Sizing Wax now. I never lube pistol brass since all of my dies are carbide. Some do to make it easier but not required.

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