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jgunn286 
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jgunn286
09-17-07 12:17 PM - Post#461397    


Recently I cast a bunch of Lee R.E.A.L. bullets for my .50 cal. Usually, I have been lubing them up with TC bore butter as I have a large amount on hand. However, this gets really messy so that I usually do it right before shooting at the range and of coarse the borebutter gets all over everything. Does anyone have a homemade recipe for a bullet lube which more resembles the commercial stuff that comes on prelubed bullets like a TC Maxihunter? Also, what is a good way to get them lubed with out making a huge mess?

 
Swampy 
Cannon
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Swampy
09-17-07 12:38 PM - Post#461402    

    In response to jgunn286

T/C used to sell a luber that screwed onto their tube of lube and you placed a conical into it, not sure how well it worked as I never used one. Not sure if they still carry them or not.

 
jgunn286 
32 Cal.
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jgunn286
09-17-07 01:01 PM - Post#461405    

    In response to Swampy

I have one of those, they don't work very well in my experience. Plus, they still use the wonderlube.

 
Huntin Dawg 
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Huntin Dawg
09-17-07 01:20 PM - Post#461410    

    In response to jgunn286

Lee REAL's are tough to lube with Bore Butter or other paste type lubes. The best way I have found is to mix a lube of beeswax and olive oil so it has a stiff consistency. I put the bullets in a shallow flat pan and pour melted lube in until the grooves are submerged. Let the lube cool and cut the bullets out with a tube of proper dimension. I used a speedloader tube.

I lube mine with Lee Liquid Alox now. You tumble them in the lube to coat them well and let them dry. It leaves a varnish like coating on the bullet which cuts down on leading of the barrel. To keep fouling soft and to act as a gas check I use a well lubed felt wad between the bullet and powder. I get much better accuracy out of alox lubed REAL's than from Bore Butter lubed.

HD

 
Grey Whiskers 
69 Cal.
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Grey Whiskers
09-17-07 03:18 PM - Post#461461    

    In response to jgunn286

You might try a 50/50 mix of castor oil and beeswax. I have limited experience with it but it's not as messy as Stumpy's Moose Snot and you can play with the mixture. The batch I made was probably more like 60/40 with more beeswax. GW

 
hepburn4590 
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hepburn4590
09-17-07 03:25 PM - Post#461466    

    In response to jgunn286

Bullet lube: 1 lb. beeswax 1 lb. Crisco Melt in the microwave and combine the two. Pan lube your bullets.

 
Grey Whiskers 
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Grey Whiskers
09-17-07 04:53 PM - Post#461493    

    In response to hepburn4590

OOPS! When I read hepburn's post I realized I meant Crisco instead of Castor Oil. Sorry for the confusion. GW

 
arquebus 
45 Cal.
Posts: 794
09-17-07 08:00 PM - Post#461558    

    In response to jgunn286

I now use SPG bullet lube on all my conicals & Minies. You can buy the SPG in bricks of various sizes, which is a cheaper way than buying it in sticks. I used to use a homemade mix of 50/50 Beeswax & Petroleum Jelly, worked just fine, just like the convenience of SPG.....one less thing to make!
I too would recommend that you pan lube your bullets. I melt the lube & pour it to the desired height while the bullets are sitting in a pan. I don't bother with a cookie cutter to remove the bullets, the bullets & lube will drop out of the pan (once the lube has cooled) with just a little help & then I just push the bullets out of the lube with my thumb. No mess & very little bother.

 
oscarb 
32 Cal.
Posts: 31
09-18-07 01:18 AM - Post#461679    

    In response to arquebus

Lee Liquid Alox works like a charm. Easy to apply, a couple of seconds in the microwave to soften, pour onto bullets in a plastic bag, move around & drop out on wax paper. Also not messy to carry around.

 
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