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Thinning Lee Case Lube

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 2 Horse, Feb 15, 2014.

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  1. 2 Horse

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    I was using the home made lanolin stuff, works great but a royal pain to remove. I've heard someplace that you can thin the Lee lube with alcohol instead of water, so you don't take a chance of rust on the sizing die.
    Any one know if it 4 to 1 or 8 to 1

    By the way I'm reloading 223

    Thanks
     
  2. Rule3

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    There are many many threads on this.

    I dilute 10:1 (alcohol to lube) It will separate so needs to be shaken (not stirred) You will not rust your dies, give it 10 minutes to dry. I have used it wet and dry, 70% 60% rubbing alcohol it doesn't matter.

    If you do not have a little spray bottle they carry them at beauty supply stores. (I send my Wife but I don't care I would go in if I have to):D
     
  3. Duckdog

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    G B Wire Aide is the same basic stuff and I never thin it. You can get a really big container for about $7. I cleans off like a dream as well.
     
  4. leefan

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    May I ask why you want to thin it? Seems like heresy to me. If Lee wanted it thinned they'd thin it.
     
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    not sure why you would want to thin it ? I got sick of cleaning my dies after using the lee lube , it works great but I found the Redding lube works better and dose not dry on my dies , , I'd use it as is or look for another lube , just my 2cents
     
  6. leefan

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    Thanks, I haven't had that experience yet. And not looking forward to it. Lots of folks here swear by Imperial wax. You used that, and does it gum up your dies?
     
  7. Swampman

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    Just get a tin of Imperial Sizing Wax.
    It works great and is very inexpensive to use.
    It will actually PROTECT your dies from rust.

    I really like a lot of Lee's stuff, but this is WAY better.
    Trust me on this one.
     
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    Imperial wax is made by or for Redding , and you use your fingers to apply it , the Redding lube can be applied with your fingers or on there lube pad , 6 of one half a dozen of another . clean up with just a damp rag .
     
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    I use my Lee sizing dies right as I am casting. I cast and dunk a few hundred and then size the bullets right away when they are damp using the water as a lube......no rust in my sizeing dies.
     
  11. 2 Horse

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    Right now I'm using lanolin thinned with alcohol for use in a quart spray bottle. Works great no suck cases but, you need to clean it off after sizing or risk contaminating your charge.

    Lee says no need to clean after, will not harm you powder or primer. One trip to the wash saved.

    The way I do it is put about 300 cases in a zip lock, spray 8 or 9 times into the bag and then seal it up. Roll the cases around to spread the lube evenly, open the bag and let dry. Ready to size

    The alcohol speeds the drying process
     
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    delete - I'm the one who is confused about whether we are talking case lube or bullet lube. No wonder it didn't make sense.
     
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    Are we talking about case lube, or bullet lube? I'm getting confused.
     
  14. 2 Horse

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    Not talking about removing Lee lube, was talking about needing to remove the lanolin lube.

    That's why I'm switching to eliminate the need to wash before loading



    Case lube
     
  15. Elkins45

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    You thin it so you can use it as a spray lube instead of a "rub it on one case at a time" lube. That way you can lube a whole batch of cases in just a few seconds. Very useful if you're doing a large volume of cases, such as loading .223 on a progressive press.
     
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    I put a bunch of cases in a bowl or plastic container.
    Squeeze a 1/2" or so of Lee lube on one hand & rub hands together.
    Run hands thru cases---this places a very thin coating on each casing.
    After sizing I run them in walnut media to take off lube.
    Works for me.
     
  17. Rule3

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    Because John Lee (in his manual) says to do so as it is a waste to use it full strength;)

    When it is diluted there is no need to bother wiping it off or re tumbling your brass.
     
  18. leefan

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    Thanks. I only read the label on the tube, which doesn't mention dilution.
     
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    It MUST be good because I can't find it in stock anywhere!
     
  20. A Pause for the Coz

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    Mixed with Alcohol it has become my #1 way to lube.

    I spray with the brass being held or laid flat, what ever way you feel like doing it.
    I left a big batch sit a week as I nibbled away at sizing. Still worked just fine.

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    Done like this, you do not need to spray both side. One is enough.

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  21. Rule3

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    This^^^^:)

    Only I spray in a clear Rubbermaid shoe box size container and shake them around.

    Imperial sizing wax, one tin will last a lifetime but it is harder to remove as it is not water based. It is made by Redding now.
     
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