Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Case Lube - Spray On or Pad?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cwbys4evr, Mar 26, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. cwbys4evr

    cwbys4evr Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Messages:
    153
    The closer I get to receiving my rifle dies, the more I am thinking about case lube. Awhile back I bought a can of Lyman case lube at Cabela's. Now I am thinking about whether a spray on lube is effective enough. Should I get a lube pad instead? I am getting paranoid about stuck cases.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    I use spray lube exclusively any more.

    RCBS or Midway to be exact.

    But the Lyman should work as well.

    Just follow the directions, don't over-lube, and wait for all the solvent to evaporate before trying to run them in the sizing die.

    You only want a thin film of lube on the case.
    I spray it on and wipe it around with my fingers as I pick them up.

    If you wipe off everything you can with your fingers, it will be just right.

    rc
     
  3. MI2600

    MI2600 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Messages:
    427
    Location:
    Western Michigan
    I use the same pad I bought 30-40 years ago. Get's the job done. Just a habit for me.
     
  4. GCBurner

    GCBurner Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,853
    I use my fingers, but I'm not a high-volume reloader of rifle cartridges, generally less than 40 at a time. For pistol cartridges, I use carbide dies, and skip the lube altogether.
     
  5. Hondo 60
    • Contributing Member

    Hondo 60 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    5,305
    Location:
    Manitowoc, WI
    I use a home-made mix of alcohol & lanolin.
    So for me, it's spray on.

    I put the brass in a zip lock bag, spray in 5 or 6 times & roll 'em around.
     
  6. jeepmor

    jeepmor Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Messages:
    2,822
    Location:
    Stumptown
    Redding die wax, best stuff ever. Cleanest and easiest alternative of them all IMO I tossed my lube pad and never did use any spray lube. You'll need the case lube with bottleneck cartridges. Or else you'll get good at extracting cases stuck in die, then you'll get case lube.
     
  7. Tom488

    Tom488 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2007
    Messages:
    532
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Spray-on for me - specifically, RCBS Case Slick. I just processed about 1,200 .223 and .308 cases through a Hornady LnL with case feeder (FL resize, trim, neck expand) by dropping about 30 cases at a time into a medium-sized Akro bin, spritzing the lube across the cases 3 or 4 times, shake them around, then dump into case feeder. I do that about 6 times, for about 200 cases in the feeder at a clip. The shaking in the bin, combined with the tumbling in the case feeder, distributes the lube nicely across the cases, and because of the randomness of the cases in the bin, some get their necks lubed, too - so the expander ball doesn't drag.

    Didn't stick one case.
     
  8. GT1

    GT1 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    IL
    Pump spray(lanolin and alcohol). Best innovation in case lube, I am glad I wasn't born to reloading in the olden days of lube pads.
     
  9. Cleftwynd

    Cleftwynd Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    74
    Imperial wax, once I tried it many years ago, I wondered why anyone would use anything else.
     
  10. FTG-05

    FTG-05 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    132
    Location:
    TN
    Spray on. Keep it simple and easy and you're reload more instead of lubricating individual cases.
     
  11. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    6,065
    Location:
    Southwestern Ohio
    Hornady One Shot is my preferred way to lube. I put the case mouth facing down in an RCBS case loading block and spray them down.
     
  12. X-Rap

    X-Rap Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    Messages:
    6,651
    Pump spray from Dillon is my favorite but Cabelas works too.(both lanolin/alcohol) I'm not as impressed with the stuff in the can from Hornady. I'll never touch one of those filthy sticky pads again.
     
  13. Anmut

    Anmut Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Messages:
    242
    RCBS lube and pad for me for over three years now. Same pad, same bottle of lube - probably 5k+ rifle rounds loaded. I looked into the spray on but the "waiting for it to dry" just didn't fit my reloading habits.
     
  14. Rangemaster

    Rangemaster Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Location:
    Nev-AH-Dah
    Dillon spray on in a ziplock baggy, works the best.
     
  15. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Messages:
    919
    Location:
    Central of the Commonwealth of PA
    Hornady spray in a pie tin.
     
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    46,388
    Location:
    Alabama
    I put lube on my pointer finger, then rub it between it, my bow finger, and my thumb, then wipe it around on the cases as I pick them up. Re-lube fingers as needed. All I am doing is sizing, no loading.
     
  17. erikk8829

    erikk8829 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2012
    Messages:
    79
    RCBS Pad & Lube-same pad & lube bottle 60+ years & many many rounds Use nylon neck brush every other case
     
  18. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Messages:
    1,741
    Location:
    LV county KS
    Anything but One Shot. Usually Unique wax or RCBS Case Slick as that's what I can most often get locally.
     
  19. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Messages:
    6,269
    Location:
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    Try what you have already. If you do use spray/pump lube be sure to shake the can before spraying to mix the contents. This works much better. I use a home made version of the One Shot just like Hondo60 and like it a lot.
     
  20. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    3,420
    Location:
    Northern KY
    I bought a big ol' car washing sponge and one of those plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store. I also bought a quart of wire pulling lube from Lowes for $5.99. I glop a little wire lube onto the sponge, smear it around, then roll my cases across it.

    The wire pulling lube is a wax based lube like the Lee case lube. It's not gooey when it dries and can be easily removed with soapy water. I'm becoming a big fan of this method. The pump lanolin sprays perform great as a lube, but the residue is harder to get off the cases than the water soluble waxes are.
     
  21. GT1

    GT1 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    IL
    By the time I size and decap, trim/debur/chamfer, prime, load, case gauge and weigh my rounds(I always check for empties), there is very little if anything left. They go straight into mags or are boxed up.

    Not for 500 or more .223 cases, no thanks, that would add many minutes.
     
  22. bigdogpete

    bigdogpete Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2011
    Messages:
    241
    Location:
    Nebraska
    Ditto for me also.
     
  23. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,832
    Location:
    SW Arizona
    I've been using spray on lube exclusively as well. As long as it is used correctly, which with DCL, or Dillon Case Lube, you must allow it to dry completely, it works just great. I've never stuck a case regardless of what type it was, I just prefer the spray on because lube dents are rare, and it isn't sticky and messy to work with, which helps to preserve my media in the long run as well.

    GS
     
  24. Arbo

    Arbo Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2013
    Messages:
    290
    Location:
    Colorado
    To sort of extend the original question, how important is cleaning the lube off if you used a spray like one shot? And how do you do it?
     
  25. Waldog

    Waldog Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2007
    Messages:
    241
    Ditto on Imperial Wax. I use nothing else for rifle cases and I have never had a stuck case since I started using Imperial
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page