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Silicone for Cases?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ulflyer, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. ulflyer

    ulflyer Member

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    I've begun reloading recently after a long lay off. Am using Dillon case lube but have seen mention of using silicone spray. Is this an accepted lube? Do the reloaded shells need cleaning/tumbling?

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    I think Black Snowman tried silicon spray and had bad results....hopefully he'll drop in to confirm.
     
  3. P95Carry

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    ulflyer - welcome :)

    Silicone spray per se is not a true lubricant. Acts great as a ''release agent'' for fiberglass work etc.

    It does make things ''slippery'' but IIRC under pressure does not have the properties of a true mineral oil based lube ... tho I fancy silicones might be introduced as a lube component.

    The pressures on a case when resizing are I believe in very high orders and to avoid siezure, there must be a high-pressure-resistant long chain molecule structure, per true lubricants.

    Any resident tribologists can perhaps give a more informed answer.
     
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    i tried it one time, third case got hung in the die.... :cuss:
     
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    I used pure silicone for years. You need a healthy dose though. Hornady One Shot works better.

    DO NOT use a silicon based TV Tuner Cleaner it will evaporate too fast and your cases WILL stick. (Don't ask me how I know this - let's just say I did a lot of experimenting back in the 1970s)
     
  6. ulflyer

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    Bluesbear, how about the stuff they sell in auto stores in spray cans?

    The Dillon lube works fine; I'm just lazy and looking to avoid that final tumbling to get the lube off. :)
     
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