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Lee ToothPaste Tube Lube 10 21.28%
Imperial Sizing Wax 37 78.72%
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Old August 7, 2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Which do you like better Lee Toothpaste Tube lube or Imperial Sizing Wax?

Which do you like better and why?
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Old August 7, 2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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RCBS case lube blows them both away...
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Old August 7, 2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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The Lee stuff mixes well with water, so you can really get creative with it.
I dribble some in a freezer bag like shake and bake cases, then dump the brass in a tray to dry. If for a few cases, I just smear some on. Dies clean up well with Ballistol. Post sizing tumble polishing with walnut cleans everything up, and Bob's your uncle.
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Old August 7, 2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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It takes less Imperial lube so dents are never an issue. Lee is water based and can rust your dies.

But neither are my choice for volume loading. Much too slow to apply and size.
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Old August 7, 2013, 08:34 PM   #5
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I use and love the Dillon lanolin spray lube. I can't imagine a lube easier or more effective. For tough stuff like case forming I would use Imperial. The Lee stuff seems a little messy to me for using for every day sizing.
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Old August 7, 2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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Lee Lube in a spray bottle (about 1/4 oz) and 4 oz of alcohol (medicine cabinet type) shake well, spray cases and let sit for 10 min the alcohol will evaporate and leave the cases well lubed.

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Old August 8, 2013, 12:51 AM   #7
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Imperial sizing wax or Hornady Unique for my single stage and Dillon spray lube for bulk reloading. Dillon spray lube is liquid Lanolin and alcohol.
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Old August 8, 2013, 05:31 AM   #8
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Ive always used Hornady quick shot spray on the outside and applied the Lee lube to the inside of necks and shoulders with a q tip.
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Old August 8, 2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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I like them both, but mostly I like the Lee for sizing because it disappears quickly and one doesn't have to remove it before firing his rifle, at least per instructions.

I have a tin of the Imperial, most of it is gone. I bought it in maybe 1994 or something. I use it to lube the insides of case necks prior to neck turning. It works really well in that application.

I've used lanolin type lubes, and they work really well, just that I get shoulder dents with that stuff. I have not received dents with the Lee or Imperial, neither have I stuck a case with either of them either.
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Old August 8, 2013, 07:47 AM   #10
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Imperial sizing wax
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Old August 8, 2013, 08:17 AM   #11
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Old August 8, 2013, 08:53 AM   #12
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Since I shoot mostly bolt action rifles, with one rifle for a caliber, I do not full-length size and only neck size, using graphite on the neck. When I do need to full-length size, I like Imperial and have used it for many years. I like that it is not sticky, will not dent cases if applied lightly (like you should), and wipes off easily.

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Old August 8, 2013, 10:46 AM   #13
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Imperial is a wax, all water soluable lubes are soaps. Both types work quite well so it's a matter of taste largely based on how we choose to apply either type - and some folk's application methods are lousy; that's probably why spray lubes became so popular.

The tiny amount of water in any soap lube will dry quickly and it's gone, not much of a rust hazard there.
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Old August 8, 2013, 11:05 AM   #14
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Imperial. Works better and less of a mess to use.
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Old August 8, 2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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I like mixing it with water and putting in spray bottle.
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Old August 9, 2013, 08:25 AM   #16
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Oh. I nearly forgot... With the Lee if you get some in the case necks so that expander ball isn't a "drag," the powder doesn't stick to it.
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Old August 10, 2013, 12:38 AM   #17
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I use White Lithium Grease and tumble after sizing. It is only carried in special stores like HD, near the garage door openers and WD40.
It greatly reduce the effort needed to resize cartridges.
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Old August 13, 2013, 01:13 PM   #18
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Does anyone know if Imperial Sizing Wax and petroleum jelly , like Vaselline are the same thing?

I happened to have a jar of Vaseline on my bench and got to looking at it and it feels just like Imperial Sizing Wax. Its an old jar and may have dried out a bit over the years.
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Old August 13, 2013, 02:15 PM   #20
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Guess what guys? I just resized 25 cases and not a single issue. It was even smoother than Imperial sizing wax. Boy, am surprised. I've been a big advocate of Imperial sizing wax until now.

A couple of ounce can cost $10 + s&h at Sinclair's a 4 oz. jar of generic petroleum jelly cost $1.48 at Walmart.

Learned something new today. Enjoy.
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Old August 13, 2013, 05:41 PM   #21
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Vaseline, eh? I always knew there was another use for it...
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Old August 13, 2013, 06:13 PM   #22
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Neutral Kiwi shoe polish will work well also.
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Old August 13, 2013, 08:27 PM   #23
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So which lubes are ok to get inside the case neck? Are there some more advisable than others? Maybe that's why my .223 decapping/resizing die has a BIG catch at times on the down stroke.
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Old August 13, 2013, 08:29 PM   #24
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Re: Which do you like better Lee Toothpaste Tube lube or Imperial Sizing Wax?

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Originally Posted by Dan Newberry View Post
RCBS case lube blows them both away...
Agreed it's all I use.
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Old August 13, 2013, 08:31 PM   #25
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Boy there sure is not a whole lot of us that like LEE.
Tell you why I like the LEE goop.
Just a couple days ago I needed to size about 250 .223 cases.

I put them all into a ice cream bucket. Put a dab of lube in both palms.
I then just rub my hand in the brass and roll them between my palms.
Takes all of two minutes to lube 250 cases.

Unlike the spray lubes. If it drys out it works better. Heck you could leave them in the bucket a week and come back and size them.

After sizing I just throw them back into the ice cream bucket and wash them off. This lube is water soluble so they come out squeaky clean with zero lube residue.


When I am not volume sizing I may use another lube. But I have found a dab of LEE lube on a small piece of wax paper is just as convenient to use as any other hand applied lube.


One thing I can say for 100% sure. I have never had a stuck case or a crushed shoulder using LEE lube.

I keep trying to replace it. But like a fat girl who can cook. I keep coming back.
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