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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by blarby, Sep 23, 2012.

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  1. blarby

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    Taking recommendations for a lubrisizer.

    The saeco looks like a good one, and I have some good reviews on that- but it comes with quite the price tag- as do all the accessories.

    I'm really just looking for something that will use homebrew lube, and apply it.

    I'm not really worried about sizing capability- mainly just the lubing aspect.


    Any advice on what you use ?
     
  2. john16443

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    Is plain old pan lubing with your hjome brew out of the question?
     
  3. jcwit

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    I have and use 2 of the old Lyman 45's. Both work just fine for lubing and seating Gas Checks. I also use home made lube which works just fine all year except in the dead of winter at times I need to warm up the luber/sizer with a clip on brooder lamp using a std. 100 watt bulb.

    To bad you're not near me, yesterday I saw a used current model Lyman at a local gun store for the big price of $50.00, complete with 4 or 6 sizing dies, and other misc. stuff in the box.
     
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    Yow! What a buy!
     
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    Yes it would be for someone, I didn't get it as I'm happy with my set up. Let someone else have at it.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    It is. I have an old one and have no complaints.
     
  7. ReloaderFred

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    I have all the current models of lubrisizers, Lyman, RCBS, Saeco and Star. I use them all for different applications, and for different lubes.

    It will depend on your needs. If you cast and shoot a lot, especially handgun rounds, the Star/Magma is the way to go. I have five of these, all set up for different bullets and lubes, with two of them set up with bullet feeders, so I can really crank out the sized and lubed bullets.

    The Saeco are high quality and you can sometimes find them used for a reasonable price, normally in the $75.00 to $90.00 range. I have two of these, and use them mainly for rifle bullets that require gas checks. One is set up for .45-70 bullets that are lubed with SPG for black powder use. The other is set up with a hard lube that requires heat, and it's used for both rifle and handgun bullets that I don't make a lot of.

    The Lyman 450 is the one I started with in 1968 or so, when I finally got into casting bullets, after having reloaded for over five years. That one is the least used these days, but it still comes in handy once in awhile for some specialty bullets. That one is used with 50/50 Alox lube, which requires no heat.

    The RCBS was given to me several years ago and it's used for some bullets that are for my .45-120, since it is filled with a special lube just for those bullets.

    If you're not into high volume casting, any of the Lyman, RCBS or Saeco machines will do just fine. They are all made on the same principal, push the bullet down into the die, which sizes and lubes it, then push it back up where it can be lifted off the die. It's a little slow, but works just fine if you're not in a big hurry.

    The Star/Magma machines differ in that they push the bullet straight through the die and it drops out the bottom when the next bullet is pushed down on top of it. The bottom of the handle stroke activates the lube pump, which shoves the lube through the holes in the die and into the lube grooves. These are high volume machines. I like these, since I normally cast pistol bullets in runs of several thousand at a time on my Magma Master Caster, and also some rifle bullets.

    Once you decide which machine to buy, you'll also need sizing dies and top punches, too. That's something to consider when choosing a machine, since prices vary, as well as supply.

    Again, your choice should be dictated by your needs.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  8. blarby

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    Thank you , Fred.

    Your advice as always, reflects your experience- and its greatly appreciated.

    Your description reflects where i'm a little stuck : Volume.

    My volume started out small... but has been increasing every month it seems.

    Last month I cast and used about 2500 bullets- I may cast and use somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 next month. I'm lost on what I want in terms of volume.

    *shakes fist at JC* I coulda traded you for that !
     
  9. jcwit

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    blarby, for the quanty you seem to be looking at, I'd get a Star. I don't have one, but I do know they sure are a lot faster.
     
  10. blarby

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    Thanks for the heads up.

    *looks at star/ magma*

    It looks like these all take stick lubes... am I missing something ? Or can that lube holder just be filled with whatever sort of lube you choose to ?
     
  11. RustyFN

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    I couldn't agree more. Here is a video of one in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCtLi8i7tMg
     
  12. ReloaderFred

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    Most commercial sizer/lubricators take a tube of lube, either with a hole down the middle of the stick, or solid, as that's how most lubes are marketed. If you choose to make your own lube, which I've done in the past, but no longer do, then you can either make your lube into stick form, or pour it in liquid form directly into the lube reservoir and let it harden.

    I found that making my own lube was time consuming and messy, and for me not worth the effort. There are many quality lubes on the market, from many different vendors. I'd rather make bullets, and let someone else spend the time to make the lube.

    The Lyman and RCBS machines use a "hollow stick" tube of lube, while the Star and Saeco machines use "solid stick" lubes. Any of them can be filled with a melted lube, if you prefer.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  13. blarby

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    Looks like im gonna be stuck with expensive either way- as I'm not looking to use, or mold, lube "tubes".
     
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    Lube is the cheapest part of the whole process. There are several vendors that sell it quite a bit cheaper than the big outfits. Once you get set up, I'll steer you to some of them.

    I buy the bulk of my lube from Magma, who sells it by the pound, which equals 9 sticks of solid lube. It's currently $15.00 per pound, but they will sell it by the stick for $1.70 each, all plus shipping. Those lubes require a heater.

    There are others, such as White Label, Jake's, etc. They are all cheaper than Midway, Midsouth, or the other major supply houses, where it averages about $4.50 per stick, depending on the brand.

    There are also other sources for dies that are cheaper, and in most cases the quality is as good, or better, than the manufacturers.

    The convenience of a machine is well worth the expense, believe me.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    So, I ordered a lubrisizer.

    Went with a saeco.

    I figure go with what you know, and what works- even if its a little more pricey.
     
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    Ok, I looked at that spot, LArs' lube or whatever.

    Unfortunately, they take only paypal or mail in check.

    Thats not a wide selection for e-commerce........

    Anyway- I liked the properties of their carnuba red lube. If I could find something like that, priced somewhat like that, that actually took cards over the net- I would probably take it.
     
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    paypal is kind of a standard in e-commerce

    maybe you're the picky one :p
     
  19. jcwit

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    Nothing wrong with PayPal, it safe, at least as safe as any other credit card, its fast, my account uses a prepaid debit card with only so much in it. I orginally got it to pay for gas without having to run inside the station. Works very well for PayPal.
     
  20. blarby

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    Well, not gonna have the pay-pal debate again.

    CC works just fine- without having payevil in between.

    So.....

    Looks like cast boolits is a no-go. Another weird, yet short story. Makes me like THR even better !

    Gonna try some thompsons, and go from there.

    Their website ordering is glitchy- but they called me right back and took my order over the phone- can't beat that.
     
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    Don't remember having a debate about PayPal. Any way, your option, and no lube from Lars.

    Personally I concoct my own using beeswax, paraffin, paste auto carnuba wax and mineral oil if needed for the consistency I desire.
     
  22. blarby

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    I'd certainly like to know of any recipes that form a very hard, transportable lube on the bullet.

    I tried going to CB- never again........

    Anywho, if anyone has any recipes that are close to the hard red canuba lube from lars, I'd be all ears.
     
  23. Steel185

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    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/

    All cast bullet items are covered here very well. There is a specific section just for lubes and lube recipies. Its a great source for the "extra hobby" of casting and lubing. Check it out, i usually float between this one for reloading, and that one for casting.

    Oh and I'd recomend a Star for that volume, nothing else will go that fast for you.
     
  24. blarby

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    Ya, im never going back to that website ever again.

    Thanks though :)
     
  25. dragon813gt

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    Your loss. Especially since you went w/ a Saeco. There are members there that make sizing dies for it at a fraction of the cost you'll pay for factory ones. I don't know what problem you had there. But I've seen to many people give downright wrong information here about shooting cast.

    You're also missing out by not using White Label Lubes. Lars and his wife are two of the nicest people around and go out of their way to help customers. They were sending sample packs for free up until recently. Now they just want a few dollars to help cover shipping. They are a mom and pop shop that doesn't want to set up a merchant services account. I can't blame them.

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