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to lube or not to lube?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kennedy, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. kennedy

    kennedy Well-Known Member

    I see a lot of threads mentioning using a sizing lube, but my directions on my lee carbide dies says no lube is needed, what is correct?
  2. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    no lube is needed, but if you lube a case every so often it smooths up the loading process . i do about 1 out of every 20-25 cases.
  3. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    Carbide dies do not require lube in the die. However you may want to use a tab on the inside for the inner case. As the outer case is what is going up the carbide. Same time a quick light coat of lube will make your sizing like a dream. Very easy and painless on you and the cases.
  4. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Carbide dies will spoil you.

    I started with carbide dies and never lubed. Did not need to.

    Then I got a set of regular or at least non carbide dies. After just about getting the shell stuck in the die it dawned on me that I needed to lube.

    I was using Redding carbide dies. I have no experience with lee dies.

    If the shell sticks, try some lube. But good carbide dies do not need lube.
  5. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    Lee carbide pistol dies require no lube except for bottleneck pistol cases. Generally, almost all rifle cases require case lube.

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