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  1. GravelRider

    GravelRider Member

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    I've been using Hornady One Shot case lube for years and I'm very happy with it, especially for quickly lubing .223 cases on my progressive press. However, I had always used the regular spray bottle of it. I went to reorder some since I'm running low, and it appears they only make One Shot in aerosol now. Is it the same as the old spray bottle? I also see that Frankford Arsenal makes a non-aerosol spray case lube. How does that compare up the old One Shot?
     
  2. chickasaw_hunter

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    I can't answer your question, but I have used PAM cooking spray in a pinch it worked and just like any of the others you have to make sure you don't use too much.
     
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    I have a bottle of the FA pump spray. It works fairly well for light duty tasks. It DOES NOT work well for resizing MG fired 7.62 Nato brass at all...resulting in a fun time removing stuck brass from the die. I do spritz pistol cases in the case feeder bowl and it works pretty well for that.

    Imperial sizing wax is what I use exclusively for rifle these days.

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  4. rsrocket1

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    The One Shot case lube works well for me with .223 BUT you must follow the instructions carefully. The most important thing is to let it dry for a couple of minutes before sizing. If you don't, you have a good chance of getting a stuck case with the edge of the rim torn off the shell holder. The solvent needs to evaporate off, otherwise it won't allow the lube to coat the brass.
    Other lubes that work are just about anything. I've tried Vaseline, Bag Balm, STP oil treatment, motor oil, Pam cooking spray, vegetable oil, Dillon case lube (lanolin mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol), Mink Oil, Lee water soluble case lube in the toothpaste tube. They all work provided you completely coat the length of the case and don't assume a big blob will work its way down the case as it goes up the die.

    The Hornady stuff is convenient because you don't need the extra step of cleaning it off and you can lube a couple hundred cases quickly. The Dillon and STP work the best for me with .308 cases but you have to wipe the cases down with a mineral spirit dampened rag after sizing.
     
  5. bullseye308

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    I tried a few things way back when I started and most had problems of some sort. Once I tried Imperial sizing wax I stayed with it. No more stuck cases and even lubing pistol about every 5-7th case makes it so much easier. Half way through my second tin, and one tin goes a loooooonnnngggggg way.

    Sorry, no help with spray lubes. I have heard from many that the homemade lube using iso heat in the red bottle with liquid lanolin is the cats butt and cheaper that factory made.
     
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  6. Texas10mm

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    For use on a progressive I prefer a lanolin based spray for bottleneck cases. I save the Hornady One Shot for straight wall cases.

    EVERY time I've stuck a case in a die it's been using One Shot on a bottleneck case.
     
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  7. Texas10mm

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    I use the homemade lanolin and Heet ISO for a lube on my bottleneck cases. It works like a champ. I just throw the finished rounds in the tumbler for 15-20 minutes to remove it. It can turn sticky if you don't remove it.
     
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  8. ericuda

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    Texas, do you have the recipe for what you make and a couple questions. Is there a shelf life if the mixture sets for say 6 months and I assume you are using corn media and does it effect media usage for continued use to polish pistol brass.
     
  9. Texas10mm

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    I went with 24 oz of ISO HEET and 2 ounces of anhydrous lanolin oil.

    It doesn't have any apparent effect on my media.

    I apply it to the brass by spraying the solution into a gallon ZipLock bag, then putting the brass in there and mixing it around in the bag.
     
  10. Patocazador

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    Yep, it's the best.
     
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  11. Highland Lofts

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    I usevthe Dry Gas Red Can of HEET, and Liquid LALOLIN.

    10 TO 1 RATIO.

    I bought a spray bottle and marked five inchs with a sharpie then a half an inch above the five inch mark.

    Fill spray bottle up to the five inch mark with the HEET, then add the LIQUID LANOLIN.

    I bought the liguid lanolin from WalMart website.

    Never had another stuck case with it.
    One Shot I use to occasionally get stuck cases.

    The home mix is better then One Shot and is a lot cheaper.
    It last a long time and doesn't go bad.
    I do shake it up before I use it.
     
  12. TBL65

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    I’ve used the hornady one shot with mixed results on 223 cases. Eventually got away from it. Switched to either imperial sizing wax and doing smaller quantities at a time. I’ve also used the home made sprays with the ISO HEET and lanolin as mentioned above(I’ve used the rcbs lube that comes in the kit with the lube pad and that’s worked as well)

    I only use the one shot to make pistol cases size easier, although not needed with a carbide sizing die.
     
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    It works well but I don’t use it for progressive loading, the same can be said for Hornady Unique lube.

    I like the Dillon lube much better than Oneshot for progressive rifle and pistol. I can apply lube to hundreds of cases in seconds, then dump them in the collator, no need to fondle each and everyone, all over, before hand.
     
  14. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Aerosol One Shot is the only type I have used and it works very well.
     
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    I use the lanolin/alcohol mix as described earlier and with bottle neck cartridges I dip the opening with Hornady unique about every 5 or 6 rounds and that seems to work for me. After applying spray in the zip lock bag dump them on a tray to dry before sizing. I add 1oz lanolin to 1 bottle of Heat.
     
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    I do a mix of one Lee paste tube to one bottle alcohol. Out in a old Windex bottle.
     
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    My search skills are bad today, looking on ebay for lanoline and the one jug that looks pure lanoline oil is like 7 dollars for 2 oz.
     
  18. Jack B.

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    I've used Hornady's aerosol One Shot for years. No problems.
     
  19. lightman

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    I have used a lot of One Shot and even when following the directions I get the occasional stuck case. 223's seem to be the worst. I've using up the remainder of what I have on 38 Supers and 10MM when sizing with a carbide die. It makes a world of difference.

    I am currently using Dillon spray lube. Its an a Alcohol-Lanolin mix like described above. I'll mix my own whenever the Dillon runs out.

    To answer the question about separation and storage. I don't believe it ever goes bad, especially if kept sealed up when not in use. It does separate and requires you to shake it before use. 15 to 30 seconds is plenty long enough.

    I'll put a handful of brass in a gallon ziploc bag, give it a squirt or two, roll the cases around some and dump them out to dry. I've been using the same ziploc bag for over a year.
     
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  20. Targa

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    One Shot has worked the way it is suppose to for me, its effective and easy to use. I only load straight walled cases so I have no experience with One Shot and the bottled neck stuff.
     
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  21. Jim Rau

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    I have been using the 'one shot' for many years as a case lube and have had no problems. As a side note, it works GREAT as a dry lube for locks of all types!;)
     
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  22. Jack B.

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    I've used One Shot on 30-06 brass with no problem. I've never tried it with .223 or any other bottle neck cases. I use it on all brass and that is mostly pistol brass. Like lightman says "It make a world of difference".
     
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    If you've gotten a case stuck with One-shot, it means that you didn't put enough on - AKA operator error. My solution has been, when you think that you put enough on, give it another spritz or two.
     
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  24. Skgreen

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    I'm certain Karma will kick me for saying this, but I have never stuck a case.
    I started with 223 + RCBS roll-on. Slow and messy, too much will kink the shoulders, and brushing the inside of each case neck was a bit of a PITA, but it worked.

    I've done thousands upon thousands of 223 w/1 shot aerosol since then.
    Not sure what I'm doing differently when compared to those who have had troubles.

    IMHO, a spray / aerosol makes it a lot easier / faster to lube the insides of the case necks than a wipe on / roll on / dip 'em one at a time lube.

    YMMV
     
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  25. troy fairweather

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    I've been lucky to never stuck a case.
     
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