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Lyman 4500 vs Lee Liquid Alox...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ed Gallop, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. Ed Gallop

    Ed Gallop New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Stuart, VA
    I have been using Lee Liquid Alox and am not pleased with coating the entire bullets. It is sticky no matter how long it dries or the method I use. I wipe the base before sitting up to dry because it makes a performance difference, especially in large casings such as the 45 Colt, but the exposed part of the bullets stay sticky enough to be a little annoying.

    I am considering purchasing a Lyman Sizer/Lubricator not only because I will be loading for 30.30 Winchester (thanks to Santa) but because it would make for cleaner handgun bullets. I do not know if the heavier lube in the groves would be better than the coating with liquid lube when it comes to performance. I sure could use some advice before making the investment. Ed.
  2. hotwheelz

    hotwheelz New Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Pacific Northwest , Puget Sound
    How long are you letting the bullets set up before handling and loading?? I let them set for 1.5-2 days and they are a little tacky.

    The 4500 is a great piece of equipment, you could also get a used lyman 450, or 45. The rcbs lubematic does a fine job as well. If your doing alot and want to save time maybe the star luber is the way just some options.

    I run both the TL, and I use a lyman 450, and a lyman 45 both do well. You will have to play with diff. lubes to get what you want there are alot of diff. options. If you run a hard lube you will need a heater. I have tried alot of diff. lubes and some seem to react better with this powder { less smoke} then that powder. I know some guys who use a regular lube and also put the liquid alox on them. I dont know if Im supposed to put other forums up here but have you tried looking around on http://castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php
    There are alot of old time casters on there with alot of info.

  3. GP100man

    GP100man Participating Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Tabor City, NC.
    and when you go to castboolits .com look at the bottom of the page & go to lar45s stuff ,i use his red carnauba lube on my boolits & i have cleaned my 450s the last time!!!!

  4. scrat

    scrat Mentor

    Jan 27, 2007
    Monrovia, CA
    i had a rcbs lubrisizer. i just finally gave up on it. i guess i will deal with the sticky bullets. It was just to time consuming lubing and sizing 1000 plus bullets. I believe star is the way to go from what i have heard

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