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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ralphthebuilder1, Feb 27, 2013.

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  1. ralphthebuilder1

    ralphthebuilder1 Member

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    Some one told me I can put brass in a plastic bag, then spray something called lanillon in the bag, close and shake the bad, then the brass comes out lubed but not grreasy.

    Does anyone Know where to get this lanillon product?
     
  2. rfwobbly

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    Lanolin is the grease (actually a wax) removed from sheep's wool. You can get it at the drug store, or anywhere that sells dry skin care products.
     
  3. cfullgraf

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    In my area, liquid lanolin is available at the local natural health food grocery store (Earth Fare). Your location may vary. It is also available on line.

    Mix it with 99% isopropyl alcohol. 90% kind of works in a pinch. 70% has too much water in it. Some use HEET gas tank additive in the red container. It is mostly isopropyl alcohol.

    Ratio is about 1-2 oz of lanolin to 4-6 oz alcohol or so.

    The important thing is after applying and shaking, let the alcohol flash off. IT takes several minutes. IF the alcohol has not flashed off, you will stick a case in your resizing die.

    Dillon case lubricant is similar.

    The cases will still feel a bit greasy.

    Search the forum, this question comes up frequently.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. rfwobbly

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    Most reloaders raise their own sheep. Then they shoot the sheep and harvest the lanolin. Then they use the lanolin to reload so they can shoot more sheep.

    Sheep are the missing piece to the "reloading triangle".

    It makes perfect sense. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Birdhunter1

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    wobbly that is just wrong. Didn't your loading mentor ever teach ya don't shoot your sheep just get goats to test your bullets on and leave the sheep to produce more wool.
    Gosh I can't believe you would lead a guy astray like that!

    I use Imperial sizing die wax, for like $5 or something 5 years ago and still am not close to getting to a point I need to replace that can. The can is slightly smaller than a Skoal can.
     
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    Guys,
    I understand the necessity of shooting a sheep or two in order to keep up your stock of Lanolin, but whatever you do...... Stop shooting the cute ones. :fire:
    For what it's worth, for resizing, I have a jar of vaseline or any other petroleum based product. Dab a little and rub between the fingers then grab the case and it is lubed enough for a full length resize. Dont glob it on. After a few times you will start to notice the amount to use. It also makes for a good cleaning/lubrication tool for rams on your reloaders. This is not meant to be funny, but damn it does sound kind of perverted. :eek:
     
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    In Montana they shear the sheep for the lanolin.Then they take the newly sheared sheep,add lipstick,and high heels,and turn them loose at the truck stop.
     
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    That's not funny, osprey.





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    I thought that was New Zealand....

    Sent from my CZ85 Combat
     
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    I'll send you the bill for a new keyboard, as mine has coffee all over it now :D
     
  11. Smokey Joe

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    To get serious for a moment...

    If I may interrupt the levity...

    Ralph The Builder: Lanolin has been used for years as a lube for cases to be resized. As has been noted, it requires you to put the cases in a plastic bag, spray the lanolin, wait for them to dry, etc, etc.

    My feeling is, why fool around? Imperial Sizing Die Wax works every bit as well, if not better, than any other case lube. Lasts a long time, as noted. Requires no fooling around at all--Smear a TINY bit on each case, and then resize, no waiting, no nothing.

    I used to use RCBS Case Lube, which required rolling the cases on a prelubed pad. Worked like gangbusters. But then, I tried the Imperial stuff. Still have my original can of it. It just plain works.

    Bottom line: Why go re-inventing the wheel, unless you enjoy doing things "the hard way," for whatever reason? Get a can of Imperial, and get on with your resizing. Available at Midway, Midsouth, or any other supplier of reloading "stuff."
     
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    Ralph, my reloading mentor (FROGO207 on here) taught me about the lanolin to alcohol thing. It can also be found on this great page of info:
    http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm

    I use a 4:1 ratio alcohol to lanolin. I ordered my lanolin on amazon I think it was $7 for a 4oz bottle. The key is finding high percentage alcohol. You're supposed to use 99% but the best I could find was 91%. Only downfall is needing to shake well before spraying. You can also use the straight lanolin and rub it on the cases. Only just started reloading but haven't stuck a case yet and will continue to use this very economical solution until it give me reason to look elsewhere. I'm surprised this thread wasn't closed for several reasons (none the fault of the OP).
     
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    It's actually quite surprising what won't work well as a case lube.
     
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