brass lubrication

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brass lubrication

Post by id29ohmj@gmail.com » 31 Jul 2020, 8:53 am

HI Guys just starting to reload with simplex press and would like to know the best way to lube brass cases. Are home made lubes any good or should I stick with commercial brands. Could you make a lube pad and only use lanolin or a wax? or what about motor oil.? Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks
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Post by TassieTiger » 31 Jul 2020, 8:57 am

I’d stick to commercial - until you become familiar with reloading / cleaning dies as too much lube(Build up) is not good...
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Post by Oldbloke » 31 Jul 2020, 8:59 am

A dash (few drops) of diff oil in a zip lock bag with brass. Shake it about for a minute, done.

Lanolin spray is also popular.
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Post by JimTom » 31 Jul 2020, 11:01 am

Mate there are a few threads on this forum referencing your exact question.
There are a thousand different ideas on what is better.
Mate I just use the aerosol one shot. Easy to use, not overly expensive, and it’s worked a treat for me.
Plenty of different products on the market and a few home made hacks as well which are no doubt suitable and considerably cheaper than commercial alternatives.
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Post by Blr243 » 31 Jul 2020, 12:20 pm

Beware of home made lube that may contaminate and interfere with primers and powder When I used to load for handgun I used carbide dies and forget th lube
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Post by TassieTiger » 31 Jul 2020, 12:36 pm

Blr243 wrote:Beware of home made lube that may contaminate and interfere with primers and powder When I used to load for handgun I used carbide dies and forget th lube


This is one of reasons I thought it might be best to stay commercial - at least until knowledge base increases. I myself, wouldn’t have even thought about this.
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Post by bladeracer » 31 Jul 2020, 12:38 pm

You shouldn't need lube with carbide pistol dies.
But I like the Lee lube when full length sizing rifle brass, even pushing .30-06 shoulders back 6.5mm is no problem.
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Post by Oldbloke » 31 Jul 2020, 1:08 pm

Blr243 wrote:Beware of home made lube that may contaminate and interfere with primers and powder When I used to load for handgun I used carbide dies and forget th lube


I know a bloke who soaked about 4 brands of primers in a fair few solvents/oils. 100% fired when tested.

So, I'd suggest that info was from the "good old days"

They are sealed these days.
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Post by TassieTiger » 31 Jul 2020, 1:26 pm

Here OB - try some of this and see if it breaks the seal :sarcasm:
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Post by id29ohmj@gmail.com » 31 Jul 2020, 3:01 pm

I think commercial lube is the way I'll go. And thanks to all who replied
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Post by Oldbloke » 31 Jul 2020, 4:26 pm

I'll just ignore that.
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Post by bigrich » 31 Jul 2020, 5:45 pm

hornady "one shot " works a treat and doesn't leave any residue to effect primers or powder :thumbsup:
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Post by grumpy308 » 31 Jul 2020, 9:51 pm

I've been using lanolin for 50 years and have never had a problem with any sizing operation. It costs very little, is available from your local chemist and a small jar lasts for years. It was originally called anhydrous lanolin and then changed to wool fat and I'm not sure of the current name but it does an excellent job lubing cases while also being human friendly. Regards Malcolm.
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Post by Peter988 » 01 Aug 2020, 8:31 am

Nobody has mentioned powdered graphite. Been using it for 40 years. But I am a dinosaur.
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Post by bladeracer » 01 Aug 2020, 10:33 am

Peter988 wrote:Nobody has mentioned powdered graphite. Been using it for 40 years. But I am a dinosaur.


When I was a young dinosaur I used graphite, and it worked well, but it can be messy.
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Post by id29ohmj@gmail.com » 01 Aug 2020, 10:43 am

Hey oldbloke ignore what?
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Post by Rwd22 » 01 Aug 2020, 7:56 pm

Using hornady oneshot aerosol on all my rifle cases, have carbide dies for pistol so I avoid the lube on those.

Have tried the hornady case lube in a tub (Came with my press kit) works well, but manually applying it to every case can get a little irritating depending on how many your loading. On some rounds that are a little 'tight' into the sizing die, I dip the neck in graphite powder every 4th or 5th case to help the expander slide in and out a little easier.

Haven't got to the point of mixing my own concoction yet, but looks very straight forward, Isopropyl alcohol and liquid lanolin in a spray bottle, quite a few youtube channels have put the steps up for mix ratios.
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Post by boingk » 01 Aug 2020, 8:55 pm

I use a microfibre pad from Supercheap Auto. They're a few bucks, think it was marketed as a glass cleaning pad or similar.

Put some Lee lube on it, thin with a spurt of WD40 and roll 3 or 4 cases back and forth along it. Works a treat.

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