Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by Al Lu, Jul 18, 2019.
I hate to say it, but I do not think you can equal Imperial’s effectiveness with ANY spray lube.
I wonder if Redding is following this thread....
Hint-hint - Liquid Imperial spray lube??!
What's wrong with the old style lube pads, I still use them. Very occasionally I use Imperial Wax, I suppose that could be applied to a pad also and then just roll the cases.
Hornady one shot aerosol spray user here. I say aerosol not the pump bottle. Don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but only time I have ever stuck a case in at the time 30+ years of hand loading was when I used it.
I place my cases neck up in the plastic trays that come with most pistol ammo for all but belted cases and then I use an old loading block. I skip every other slot. Then I hold the spray can about 8 inches above and spray the cases making sure that some gets inside the neck. Then LET IT DRY for a few minutes. I have sprayed down cases like this and then a week or more latter sized them with no trouble. Like has been said READ THE DIRECTIONS AND FOLLOW THEM and all will be well.
My goodness, men! Don’t you know what those aerosols are doing to the ozone layer?!?
Every body finds a method that works for them. That’s great. When I was younger, I searched and tried different things. Maybe I got too old? Maybe I got tired of being yelled at by my wife for stealing her cookie sheet. Either way, I stopped looking when I found the Imperial method.
What's a ozone layer?
So, the answer to the original question is yes. You can do batches in several different ways as stated above.
Go ahead and use the aerosol, I have a ozone machine in the truck and deer blind, generating enough ozone for a village of reloaders.
Alcohol/lanolin here. I run about a 10:1 ratio of alcohol to lanolin using pure 99% alcohol. I'll fill up a tupperware tub with as many cases as I want, usually 200-300 at a time. Spray a couple sprays, stir around, spray again, stir. Takes maybe 5-6 sprays from a large spray bottle to do 200 Dasher cases or maybe 300 cases of 223. Let the alcohol evaporate off and then got to town.
Out of everything I've tried this gives the least amount of resistance to sizing and very consistent headspace. It is also the fastest approach, no handling of cases individually, no need to stack them or line them up.
Have run maybe 15k rifle cases through this method and have never had an issue.
I used to use Hornady Unique case lube. Just load up my thumb and first two fingers of my left hand and as I picked up a case I rubbed it over the body. Never stuck a case, I’d generally load up my fingers to do three cases before my hand had to go back to the tub. Removal used to be by dry tumbling, but now a wet wash in a rotary tumbler using hot soapy water would do as well.
I just resized 50 Creedmoor cases, using the Imperial “one at a time” method. I timed it, just to see, at a good but not hurried pace. They took 7 minutes, including a few measuring checks.
Balistol works the best for me. Especially a long case like a 300 Ultra or a 338 Allen. I learned my lesson when I got a 300 Ultra case hung up in a die and took quite a while to jack it out with a stuck case remover..
Next time you talk to any of the die mfrs ask them what lube was used on probably 99% of the stuck cases that have to be shipped in. Youll stick with the wax method after that eye opener!
I've used One Shot and Ballistol for mass production case forming........Lake City to Vartarg. 250 at a time on a baking pan. Spray it on and roll 'em around. Done 1000's....both work well.
And use "heat" that you can purchase at any auto parts store or wally world for the alcohol, does a great job!
Another One Shot user. It's better with smaller cases but works ok on anything I've tried it on. Lots of variables but I see no problems with one shot, for my purposes...I save some boxes that are similar to a tall sided cookie pan. I do 150-200 at a time. Spray them down, shake around, spray again and give them a minute or so. Works for me and it sure is easy.
same stuff I use, liquid lanolin and Heet gas line anti freeze
Throw them in a freezer bag with a squirt of Hobo oil and stir don’t shake
I use a plastic Halloween candy bowl. I typically use a spray bottle of liquid lanolin and rubbing alcohol. For pistol brass, no need to get lube inside of the case, I spray the bowl first then drop in a few handfuls of cases and roll them around to spread the lubricant. For rifle brass that I want to lube the neck, I drop in the cases, spray and stir them around.
I've also used RCBS liquid lube and Lee's lube in a tube by just putting some in the bowl then dropping in the cases and rolling them around to spread the lube.
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