Anything better than graphite?

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  1. hicap40

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    tired of the black mess when using graphite for neck expanding.
    What yall using besides graphite?

    John
     
  2. bozo699

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    Imperial sizing wax
    Wayne
     
  3. Bill Norris

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    # 2 on the Imperial Sizing Wax
     
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  4. bored184

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    #3 for imperial. I gave up in graphite over 2 years ago and never looked back.
     
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    #4 for Imperial.
     
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    HOBO Oil
     
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  7. Homerange

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    Nope and use it for FL sizing too but LCD neck size most of the time.

    How are you using graphite in order to make such a mess ?
     
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    #5 for Imperial but I also use STOS Lubricant. Got a 2 oz container years ago and it lasts a long time and works well.
     
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    Any lubricant but graphite.
     
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    How do you remove the wax.
    It doesnt matter?
    Dont use much, just leave it?
    Walnut vibrate?
    Hot dish soap?
    Solvent (alcohol lighter fluid stove fuel) ?
    Signed...
    Also Mr Black Fingers
    Ps HoBo oil is good.
     
  11. argh

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    Are you dipping the case neck in pure graphite powder? Probably too much and that's the mess.

    I have a small container with clip on lid (like a take away sauce container) fill it with #7 lead shot to the depth of your case neck length, and pour a liberal amount of graphite powder in, around 10 parts lead shot to 1 part graphite. Before use, give it a shake and the shot gets coated with graphite. Then dip your cases in and it coats inside and out with a very thin graphite. I haven't stuck a case in bushing dies or expanders using this method. I use a lee lube for FLS though.

    Warning: this method won't work if you live in California apparently..... use steel shot instead
     
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  12. piie

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    Either make a "DIY" applicator like argh suggested, or get the Redding "kit" that comes with an applicator (that contains small ceramic balls) and a spare tub of graphite powder. Then, I would suggest that instead of dipping the case into this applicator (which covers the outside of the case neck - and is probably the cause of your complaint) - take the applicator to the mandrel and only coat the mandrel.
     
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    If I'm putting graphite inside the necks, I use a ladies mascara brush so as to only get inside the neck. When I am expanding up for turning, I prefer mink oil to Imperial.
    I hope this helps,

    Lloyd
     
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  15. hicap40

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    thanks all, i use the ceramic balls and wipe off exterior of case neck with a rag before i expand the necks. still seem to get black hands afterwards

    John
     
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    Carbide mandrel, no lube.
    Steve Bair
     
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    :eek:
     
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    Try using disposable rubber gloves when working with graphite. Easy to change during the day.
    Ben
     
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    Powdered Mica is white....
     
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