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Old July 14, 2001, 07:15 AM   #1
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Lubing Bullets

I am using the Lee load all (one at a time) kit.Since i am trying to achieve the best accuracy available using this "primitive" method, should i slightly lube the inside of the case neck or bullet???If so,will Rem. oil or CLP do?? Or am i completly confused and lubing the case is done while resizing to relieve stress on the brass. I read somewhere that lubing the bullet slightly reduces the friction of the bullet as it leaves the case,resulting in better accuracy.Thanks for any replies..
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Old July 14, 2001, 08:52 AM   #2
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Hey there PB...

I think there is a bit of confusion here. I'll try and relieve it.

Cast bullets are lubed to prevent leading, and cases are lubed prior to resizing to prevent cases being stuck in the resize die. The only other instance of lubing I can think of is molybdenum sulfide coating for jacketed bullets. Oh, and if your loading bottle-necked cartridges, lubing the inside of the case neck (there are special lubes for this purpose) helps the expander button pass through the neck a little easier, which minimizes any stretching of the case neck due to unnecessary friction. It's NOT a good idea to lube bullets with any kind of oil or grease because you may contaminate your primers, rendering them inert.

I think I covered all the bases. If I didn't I am sure someone will let us both know.
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Old July 14, 2001, 10:16 AM   #3
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Yes,you explained that well,thanks!!
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Old July 15, 2001, 09:46 PM   #4
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PB, you can maybe use a little collodial graphite or special resizing HP lube on the neck re-sizing die interior of your Lee Loader, but otherwise I'd leave the lubing well alone as it can contaminate pimers and powder.

I used a 30/30W LeeLoader for years without lube - with no noticable wear on the neck of the die. If anything it polished it!

Good ammo can be made with the LEE - don't let anyone ever make you feel apologetic !
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Old July 15, 2001, 10:42 PM   #5
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Thanks...i whacked out two boxes today while i watched t.v. I really enjoy the kit.I am glad i bought the scale,i keep mine within 1/10- 1/20 of what i am reloading.The "big boys" with them fancy set ups would die laughing watching me methodically making percision bullets.Think a tumbler is next on my list so my "stuff" will have a shine to it.
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Old July 16, 2001, 07:54 PM   #6
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Hey there PB...don't go thinking that a fancy reloading setup makes someone one of "the big boys". While it may be true that certain equipment makes production of high-quality ammo easier, it's really all the attention to detail that the handloader puts into this endeavor that makes the difference. A guy who takes his time, even with the most minimal equipment, can turn out the finest ammo if he's willing to take his time!
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Old July 17, 2001, 09:47 PM   #7
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PB,

I'll just add that to be sure that you are not distracted by the TV when doing some of the critical steps in the loading process.



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