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Old May 26, 2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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lubeing brass.....

do you lube your brass when using carbide dies? i was always told that if i had carbide inserts in my sizing dies i wouldn't need to lube the brass... opinions?????
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Old May 26, 2006, 09:53 PM   #2
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I posted a poll about this a while back. IIRC, the responses were pretty evenly split. Some said you don't need to lube when using a carbide die. Others said they did anyway. I used to lube. Now I don't.

Of course, I always lube rifle brass. 2nd time I got a stuck case from inadequate lube, I decided lube was cheaper and faster than removing stuck brass.
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Old May 26, 2006, 10:09 PM   #3
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If it is straight walled pistol cases using carbide dies, I do not lube the cases. When belling the case mouth, I dip every third case mouth into powdered graphite so the cases slide easier on the expander.
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Old May 26, 2006, 10:14 PM   #4
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brass and lube

The answer is:

That depends on what your doing. for a straight walled pistol case lube is not needed. To full length resize a bottlenecked cartridge lube is always needed. You didn't state what your loading. for .38spl, .357, .45ACP I don't lube when using carbide dies. I don't own any pistol dies that are not carbide. I presume the same goes for .44, .41 etc. for .357sig I have no clue. If your only neck sizing a bottle neck case, lube is not required but I do it. I use mica.
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Old May 27, 2006, 07:04 AM   #5
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volume-loader trick

Just a spritz of Hornady One Shot spray lube lightly on the intended cases; just a spritz....
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Old May 27, 2006, 09:22 AM   #6
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What he said ^^^^^.
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Old May 27, 2006, 09:32 AM   #7
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I gave up the grease too and went to the sprays..
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Old May 27, 2006, 03:31 PM   #8
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I allways thought carbon dies are only available for straight wall cases. I use them for my .357 mag. No LUBE whatsoever.
My 6,5 x55 however, I reload using standard dies, requiring lubing.
I really did not care much for the RCBS case lube. So the last 20 years I have been using Ballistol gun oil as lubricant. After sizing with ease, it is easily removed with a dry cloth, which I can not say for the sizing lube.
I use the same oil to lubricate my self cast SWC,s before sizing and lubing, makes life ten times as easy. Before sizing put them in a clean glass jar, add some oil (25 droplets on 200 bullets, close the lid, and tumble by hand to distribute the oil. Works like greased lightning.
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Old May 27, 2006, 03:38 PM   #9
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the only calibers i load is .357 mag,.38spl, and sometimes 9mm. all straight wall cases.... that's probably why i was taught to not lube with carbide sizers... thanks for the replies..................


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