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Old July 24, 2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Found an old batch of cast bullets with brittle lube in the grooves

I was rooting around my garage and found a box of .45 200 gr SWC I must've casted years ago. The lube in the grooves has gone dry and brittle (cracked mostly, missing small chunks is some).
I'm assuming I have to relube the bunch. Is there an easy way to clean out the old lube? I'm hoping I don't have to melt and recast the box.
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Old July 25, 2010, 12:14 AM   #2
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I don't know what kind of lube you have, but you might be able to rig a double boiler and melt it out of the grooves. If it's wax it should float to the top where you could skim it off.

(I'd probably just shoot them if they're still clean.)
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Old July 25, 2010, 01:13 AM   #3
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I do not cast bullets myself but you may try scraping the old lube off and using Lee Alox Lube. I am sure others may have more details they can share. Good luck.... Lemmon
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Old July 25, 2010, 01:31 AM   #4
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If the lube is really dry and flaky, you might try a case tumbler with some old media.
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Old July 25, 2010, 03:56 AM   #5
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"...easy way to clean out the old lube..." Apply your index finger to 'em. Mind you, cracked and missing wee bits isn't a big deal. I've used cast bullets just like that with no fuss.
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Old July 25, 2010, 10:15 AM   #6
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Sport 45 has the right method. But no need for a double boiler, just put the bullets in a pan that you're NEVER going to use for food again. Put in plenty of water to completely submerge them, then bring the water to a boil. The lube will melt and float to the surface. Let the whole shebang cool, the lube can then be removed as a cake.

Now, you have bare bullets. Get a bottle of Lee Liquid Alox,(LLA). Just tumble them in a plastic bowl, then lay them on some wax paper or cardboard. Let dry for 24 hours, then they're ready to load.

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