View Full Version : Does Anyone Use Ivory Soap In Their Bullet Lube?

July 23, 2010, 11:14 AM
I was wondering if any of you use Ivory Soap in your bullet lube. The reason I ask is that it consists mainly of Palm Kernel Oil, Vegetable Oils, Tallow, and Coconut oil. It's the most natural soap on the market that is mass produced under a product name.

How does it do in Bullet Lube?

July 23, 2010, 11:38 AM
Ivory soap is an ingrediant in FWFL. I use it, it works good.

July 23, 2010, 11:54 AM
No, but I am sure a small amount would be advantageous. The sodium stearate in the soap helps bond the lube to the bullet, IIRC. As far as using the soap for the oils for lubrication, I would think that there would be better ingredients for this (beeswax, alox, stp oil treatement, lanolin, vasaline, parrafin, etc). Just my 2 cents!

July 23, 2010, 01:18 PM
I was just going to use a small amount, ie: 1 ounce of Ivory to 2 pounds of beeswax.

I was thinking that maybe it was a good bonding agent, but wanted to verify it with more 'seasoned' members before trying it.


July 23, 2010, 01:34 PM
I've not tried this. It should be a good hardening agent to mix with toilet seal wax for a really cheap and sticky bullet lube.

The trick will be getting soap to mix with the wax -- any wax, not just toilet wax. It's too bad they don't make Ivory Snow soap flakes anymore.

July 23, 2010, 01:51 PM
Soap flakes are easy, dissolve soap in distilled water, pour on cookie sheet, let dry, scrape off. But for the small quantities you need here, a cheese or spice grater will do.

July 23, 2010, 05:26 PM
The only use I've heard of for casting concerning ivory soap is for using it for a flux when smelting and casting. The sodium stearate in it acts as a great flux. In fact, you can get pure sodium stearate lots of places on the net.
Like here;

July 24, 2010, 11:41 AM
I've done a little research, and I read somewhere that it is used in bullet lube to help with adhesion.

Thanks for all of the input.

July 25, 2010, 10:47 PM
Never heard of using ivory soap.

August 3, 2010, 10:50 AM
It helps adhesion & raises melt temp, too much is not good though.

August 4, 2010, 08:38 AM
As Edward said, its one of the ingredients of Felix Lube.
I've never tried it, but it seems to be a popular lube.

August 6, 2010, 09:01 AM

Select Lube References on the menu.

I use Felix Lube almost exclusively. It's that good. Besides, Felix is a great guy. We get together a time or two a year and shoot.