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Old November 18, 2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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Lubricating bullets?

I've been buying .38 wadcutters that have a couple of grooves around the circumference filled with lubrication. Alas, I'm suddenly having trouble finding bullets in Fairbanks - the store I used closed, and there isn't another good choice. Looking on Midway USA, I see wadcutters with no groove for lubrication. Not sure whether this is necessary or not. Must bullets be lubricated? (Rainier LeadSafe Bullets 38 Caliber (357 Diameter) 148 Grain Plated Double-Ended Wadcutter Box of 1000) Would I somehow lubricate a bullet with no lubrication in the groove or no groove to fill? Also, anyone know a supplier that will ship bullets inexpensively to Alaska?! Shipping is gonna hurt!
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Old November 18, 2007, 04:37 PM   #2
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lead only

Lubrication is only needed for lead bullets as far as I know, if they are jacketed then you don't need it
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Old November 18, 2007, 04:52 PM   #3
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lube is used primarily to size the bullets. I have shot many lead bullets without lube in my 45ACP and 38 SPL
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Old November 18, 2007, 04:57 PM   #4
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Lead bullets need to be lubricated. Knurling is said to hold and distribute lube better than conventional grooves.
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Old November 18, 2007, 05:33 PM   #5
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Different makers use different lubes. Some use a film lube like Speer and RP, and some use a mica type lube like Hornady. Just how many wadcutters do you need? I've got a bunch cast and lubed. How about a nickle a pop. I can ship them in a flat rate box with delivery conf. for $9.60. PM me if interested. CB.
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Old November 18, 2007, 06:42 PM   #6
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The plated bullets do not need to be lubed, only lead bullets need to be lubed to help cut down on the leading in your barrel.
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Old November 18, 2007, 10:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the help! I think I understand better now - the lube keeps bare lead from rubbing off inside the barrel but it's not needed for plated/jacketed bullets. I finally ordered a lubed bullet anyway (sorry CB, sent the order before I found your post).
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Old November 19, 2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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mutski

Next time your buying lead bullets, or want to ask a very knowledgable bullet maker AND shooter a question, check Mike out. Great prices and service!
www.mastercast.com
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Old November 19, 2007, 04:40 PM   #9
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Sorry, forgot something in my link suggestion.
www.mastercastbullets.com
As you know, leave something out, and it "ain't gonna work"!
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Old November 21, 2007, 02:48 AM   #10
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Thanks Shooting Nut! Mastercast looks tempting!
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Old November 21, 2007, 03:02 PM   #11
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I don't trust copper plating to be thick enough to replace lubrication completely. H&N Hi Speed match bullets have a plastic lubricating film over their copper plating. Also notice that some copper plated bullets have the conventional lube grooves in them and that these are filled. If I had unlubricated plated bullets, I would tumble them in some Lee Liquid Alox lube or the Rooster liquid lube and let it dry before loading them.
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