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Old November 5, 2001, 12:06 AM   #1
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Homemade case lube?

Earlier today I ran out of Dillon case lube right in the middle of processing a large batch of brass. Out of curiosity (and sheer laziness) I took a look at the container to see exactly what was in the lube to see if I could make something similar without making a trip to the store. To my astonishment and horror, I learned that I had been paying gobs of money for nothing more than common household alcohol and lanolin.

Now, I am not sure if one can still purchase lanolin from the corner drugstore, but I am damn sure going to find out. But wait, even if it is available, what is the proper mix ratio? Anyone ever tried making their own lube? Anyone know if lanolin is still available? Am I stuck paying copious amounts of money for Dillon or RCBS case lube?!
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Old November 5, 2001, 01:16 AM   #2
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I have used Crisco in times past.
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Old November 5, 2001, 02:17 AM   #3
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Need lanolin?

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Old November 5, 2001, 09:37 AM   #4
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I have wondered about this myself, I would guess its about a table spoon of lanolin greese in a quart of alcohol.

Maybe even a tablespoon in a gallon.

you can try it and let us know.
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Old November 5, 2001, 11:57 AM   #5
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I remember reading a story about a fanatical reloader who swore by... chicken fat.
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Old November 5, 2001, 12:21 PM   #6
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Homemade case lube

My answer to Homemade case lube is go buy a $2.50 container of Hornady's UNIQUE GREASE. You have to finger the lube on to each case. I have had a "tub" of it for about 8 years and have not made a dent in it.
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Old November 5, 2001, 02:05 PM   #7
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My favorite case lube is the stuff that the Tru-Kote guy sells - He advertises in Precision Shooting.

If you're gonna tumble the stuff to clean it, just use Pam cooking spray.

The Lee case lube can also go a long way...
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Old November 5, 2001, 04:24 PM   #8
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Case lube?

Case-lube is generally specialised high-pressure oil.

Castor oil, HP grease and all commercial lubes(Lyman, RCBS) are recommended for HD resizing.

I cannot see how those mentioned above can be recommended for resizing with standard steel dies -unless for pistol cases maybe? But lanolin may well also be a HD grease and chicken fat is also organic....interesting topic!

You may be on to something here-

But a stuck case is a bitch to remove from a die without damage.....
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Old November 5, 2001, 04:53 PM   #9
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FYI: I buy lanolin, or maybe lanolin oil at the local health food store. I guess you can use it to make your own make-up!?
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Old November 5, 2001, 05:40 PM   #10
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How about Astro-Glide???
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Old November 5, 2001, 06:01 PM   #11
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Using Astro-Glide make make your press run TOO fast, heating up and ruining the bearings! Besides, how would you explain it to the wife?

However, if it goes dry, you can re-activate it with jsut a little water.
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Old November 5, 2001, 06:27 PM   #12
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i've never tried K-Y jelli but you may have some around the bedroom---Dick
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