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Old May 2, 2000, 07:19 PM   #1
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Now that I've got a good start in reloading I've got another question.

With carbide dies do I need to lube the 45 Long Colt cases??? Was reading where some cases should be lubed and some don't need any lube.
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Old May 2, 2000, 07:34 PM   #2
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You really don't have to lube straight walled cases. Make sure that they are clean and free of any grit and go for it if you wish. I am assuming that when you refer to the 45 Long Colt you mean the 45 Colt. I think that the LC thing came up when folks forgot that the other Colt 45 was the 45 Automatic Colt Pistol.
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Old May 2, 2000, 09:50 PM   #3
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No you dont need to lube the carbide die set pistol cases, but ordinary steel ones do... as the effort comes a chore withoutit well as being bad practice and leading to wear or even a stuck case.(a real chore)

Good point about clean cases for especially carbide dies as they are tough but can scratch/wear with quartz grit which can actually embed into the soft brass!

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Old May 3, 2000, 06:36 PM   #4
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In general, you shouldn't have to lube straight walled cases, but you do have to lubricate bottleneck cases. I've never loaded any really large straight walled rifle stuff, like 45/70, you may have to lube those.
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Old May 4, 2000, 10:41 PM   #5
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A "carbide" die uses a short ring of carbide at the mouth of the die so even long straight walled cases require no more effort than short ones.
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