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Lube for bullets?

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    Greg_E
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    Putting this in here because it is more of a big bore issue than a small pellet issue… Lubing bullets to help prevent lead fouling?

    I've been doing powder coat and that works exceptionally well, but I want to explore other options as I have one round that may be hard to PC.

    I bought some of this stuff https://lsstuff.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11 and tried it on 20 of my cast 50 cal rounds. After sitting out for a couple days to let the solvent evaporate, they are dry to the touch, you can feel a wax layer on the surface. Not sure how it shoots, if it is going to gum up my barrel, melt in the heat and get messy, nothing yet. Has anyone used this stuff as a tumble lube?

     I don't mind powder coat, but it can be a bit of a process, the tumble lube can be done quickly with a ziplock bag and just leave it to finish on a tray and no sizing afterwards if your ammo was correct before.

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    Chickenthief
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    Do you actually size your bullets?

    Then a powderburner lubrisizer is the way. Size and lube in one stroke.

    If not then look up panlube on the interweb and go for LPG black powder lube.

    For my Texan .50 i lube the bottom groove and that works a treat.

     

    If you lube to much you will experience (uncalled for) flyers because the bullets get to slippery and V0 sometimes jump for no reason.

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    M63Ural
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    I used the lee brand Alox, this looks like a generic product used the same way. If it works for you i know it worked at lower velocity for powderburners. Which I view as under 1000fps. 

    I did find it sticky.

    Jim

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    Greg_E
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    Yeah, this stuff is to try and prevent the sticky part of Alox, they mix about 50/50 Alox with floor wax (I assume carnuba) which reduces the sticky part. I just rolled them around in a ziplock with a very small amount of "stuff" in the bag. it liquified fast and spread over twenty 50 cal bullets. Pretty simple operation and way faster than PC.

    And to Chickenthief, these rounds dropped right at the diameter I needed so I wanted to try lube vs powdercoat, with the PC I would want to resize and this might skip a step. Hoping it works and hoping I can use the same shake process with the lube, then just pull them out to let the solvent evaporate. I may get a lubrisizer for the 50-70 ammo since the .515 is way too big, need to get to .511 to .510

    Supposed to get the rifle tomorrow, might get to test this weekend, but I want to examine the rifle really well first to compare to the other 2 I had. Hoping this third one is a little bit better in the machine work department.

     

    Got a link to the black powder lube? I'm getting a lot of hits for SPG or for liquified petroleum gas stuff. The reason being that big bore airguns are similar velocity to black powder, so some BP things may work with air almost as well. We just don't have the fouling from the powder. And any product that can do double duty as I get back into BP would be nice and cut down the cost of supplies.

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    Greg_E
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    I linked the wrong product, I bought the Deluxe tumble lube.

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    Chickenthief
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    Greg_E

    Yeah, this stuff is to try and prevent the sticky part of Alox, they mix about 50/50 Alox with floor wax (I assume carnuba) which reduces the sticky part. I just rolled them around in a ziplock with a very small amount of "stuff" in the bag. it liquified fast and spread over twenty 50 cal bullets. Pretty simple operation and way faster than PC.

    And to Chickenthief, these rounds dropped right at the diameter I needed so I wanted to try lube vs powdercoat, with the PC I would want to resize and this might skip a step. Hoping it works and hoping I can use the same shake process with the lube, then just pull them out to let the solvent evaporate. I may get a lubrisizer for the 50-70 ammo since the .515 is way too big, need to get to .511 to .510

    Supposed to get the rifle tomorrow, might get to test this weekend, but I want to examine the rifle really well first to compare to the other 2 I had. Hoping this third one is a little bit better in the machine work department.

     

    Got a link to the black powder lube? I'm getting a lot of hits for SPG or for liquified petroleum gas stuff. The reason being that big bore airguns are similar velocity to black powder, so some BP things may work with air almost as well. We just don't have the fouling from the powder. And any product that can do double duty as I get back into BP would be nice and cut down the cost of supplies.

    https://www.blackpowderspg.com/spglube.html

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    steveoh
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    I use 10weight RC silicone shock oil for sizing and lubing any and all slugs for my big bores. Alox is a bloody mess. Silicone oil lubed pure lead bullets do not foul a barrel like unlubed bullets do. There to Four patches after a day of shooting dies the job. Used to take me an hour of scrubbing to get my barrels clean. Now, a couple minutes. 

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    Greg_E
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    I've gone hours trying to get a barrel clean, it can really waste your time. So I'm kind of obsessed with making sure it does not happen again.

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    Borntoshoot119
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    I use Ballistol, First i wash them in Dawn, Then rinse well( i use a strainer} let them dry on a clean rag. i take another clean rag and lightly spray it with Ballistol, fold it in half  and make like a small pouch and roll them around just enough to get a light coat. This was on Youtube and it has worked for me.

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