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Imperial Sizing Wax

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by loadedround, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Need some help from user's of Imperial Sizing Wax. I reload large quantities of 223 and 308's on my Dillon 550B I normally use a spray lubefor lubing my cases, usually dumping them into an old plastic bag, spraying them, and shaking the bag untill all cases are lubed and then let them dry. Several of my friends swear by Imperial, but use single stage presses, and lube cases one at a time. I would like to try Imperial, but wonder if there is a good method for quickly lubing 200 or more cases at a time.
  2. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Imperial is hands down the slickest of the half-dozen or so lubes I've tried, but it ain't built for speed. I use spray lubes for bulk.
  3. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    With Imperial, I only lube about every 3rd to 5th rifle case. It's kind of like working with Chapstick.

    Hornady One shot works pretty good, but I have less issues with the Imperial. The Imperial lubed cases have more consistent feel running through the dies and the cleanup is easy.
  4. Clarence

    Clarence Well-Known Member

    Imperial is the best thing I've ever used for sizing, but like the man said....it ain't built for speed.
  5. NuJudge

    NuJudge Well-Known Member

    I use conventional lube pads with Imperial. Works fine.
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I just put a little on my thumb and hit each case as I put them in the shell holder.
  7. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    You and they ain't the same. Your friends are using the best method and lube for themselves, same as me. But, you are using the best method and lube for your needs.
  8. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Well-Known Member

    I wear a rubber glove and apply the wax to my fingers. I roll the case in my fingers when I pick it up to place it in the press.
  9. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    Give it a try: I use both - spray & the others. Don't limit your options for something so inexpensive!
  10. xmanpike

    xmanpike Well-Known Member

    where exactly on the case do you guys put the imperial stuff? the whole thing? just the neck and shoulder?
  11. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    [QUOTEwhere exactly on the case do you guys put the imperial stuff? the whole thing? just the neck and shoulder? ][/QUOTE]

    Ignore the neck and shoulder, just the case body from the shoulder to base. You don`t need total coverage.
  12. Seedtick

    Seedtick Well-Known Member

  13. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    I have used it for 20 yrs and still have a third of a tin left. I shot between 4k and 5k rounds just this summer alone. The stuff is the bomb. I bought another tin a few months ago just in case something crazy happens (like this lousy economy drives em out) and figure that should last me another 10-20 yrs even with my increased round count.
  14. Historian

    Historian Well-Known Member

    I bought a tin two years ago and have hardly made a dent in it. I lube about every other case and run my finger over the case mouth just to keep the expander lubed. I agree that there is no fast way to use Imperial but, for my money, it's the best case lube available.

  15. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Can not argue with that. I do like the others, use my fingers and skip some cases.
  16. redneckdan

    redneckdan Well-Known Member

    I've had good luck with STP oil treatment. Cut it with a solvent and spray it on the cases.
  17. KeithET

    KeithET Well-Known Member

    I use "Imperial Sizing Wax" for single stage work and spray lube for bulk work on my 550b. Its just the way these lubes were intended. If you want speed, wax is not the way to go. Its a great lube but will not complement your progressive press at all. It will work but you will loose much of the benefit of the progressive capacity.

  18. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I wax up my fingers and palms, grab up 5-6 cases at a time, and roll them between my hands. Just have a bowl to catch the greased ones, and grab another handfull. Pretty fast way, really, and reapply wax every 2-3 handfulls of cases.:)
  19. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    I bought an extra Thumler's tumbler barrel. I toss my rifle cases in the thing and tumble the cases with a flannel patch saturated with RCBS water soluble.

    Too much lube on the patch and I will get neck dents, so I have learned how much lube for the patch.

    I can tumble a couple of hundred cases while I am doing something else.

    Imperial is great stuff but takes longer to apply.
  20. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Excellent idea. I'm now trying to think of a way to make it work with a vibratory cleaner. Multiple small pieces of cloth, maybe?

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