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Hi, guys. I’m new to reloading and have a question. What are some of the ways that you lube your case’s. Right now I put a couple handfuls into a plastic container and just spray case lube in, put a lid on and roll them around. I feel like that when I spray it in a lot goes inside the cases. And I can’t do very many at a time either. 

 Thanks in advance for your ideas. 

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I usually spray Dillon case lube inside a gallon size ziploc bag a couple of times, dump the cases inside and shake it a few times to lube the outside of the cases. Take them out of the ziploc bag, leave them out a few minutes to let the alcohol evaporate and then dump them into my case feeder and start reloading.

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Plastic shoebox.  Dump 100-200 cases in, squirt with Hornady One Shot, shake, squirt a bit more, shake again and load.

 

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I take about 200 rounds (9mm), 2-3 squirts of Hornady One Shot, shake for 30 seconds and then dump into arco bin, reload.

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Spray the lube onto the bottom of your plastic container in a thin eve coating.

Dump cases in.

Install lid.

Shake.

Dump into casefeeder.

 

Keeps it on the OUTSIDE of your cases!

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Hornady one-shot, a couple sprays into a ziplock baggie, then add brass, shake and "massage" the brass in the bag, perfect! Just enough lubrication, and no lube inside the cases

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19 minutes ago, RudyVey said:

Hornady one-shot, a couple sprays into a ziplock baggie, then add brass, shake and "massage" the brass in the bag, perfect! Just enough lubrication, and no lube inside the cases

This but I find lanolin and alcohol to be even better.. 

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Spray the inside of a large Ziplock bag with your favorite lube.  Dump in cases, zip up the bag, and roll the cases around inside the bag.  Dump into the casefeeder and load em up.

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Same, but I add a piece of napkin or paper towel inside plastic bag, spray, roll

and let brass dry before I reload.    :) 

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I make my case lube liquid lanolin and alcohol. Best way to make it use 1 oz of lanolin and 1 12oz bottle of HEET ( red bottle). Mix it in a spray bottle and I put the cases in a cheap $ store plastic container and spray them then I put the lib on and roll and shake them. Take the lid off for a couple minutes so the alcohol can evaporate and you are ready.

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I lube mine while they are tumbling.

 

I squirt  a mix of Nu Finish paste car wax and mineral spirits (25%/75%) into the tumbling media, running for 15 - 20 mins and then add the brass.  Once cleaned, they are ready for loading and size easier.

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24 minutes ago, RePete said:

I lube mine while they are tumbling.

 

Doesn't the tumbling remove the lube ?

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No, because the used Bounce dryer sheets hold the wax as well as the dust.  It just works.

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On 10/13/2019 at 5:22 PM, MemphisMechanic said:

Spray the lube onto the bottom of your plastic container in a thin eve coating.

Dump cases in.

Install lid.

Shake.

Dump into casefeeder.

 

Keeps it on the OUTSIDE of your cases!

Best way, I use a empty 1lbs jug of powder bottle. Cut the top off, Spray in, Dump cases, Shake, then right into the case feeder

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I lay cleaned cases out on a towel. Knock them all on their sides and spray One Shot over them. I then pick up the towel by the ends/corners and roll all the ammo around for a bit. Lay  it out and do the process again. Probably about 1500 rounds at a time. Seems to be working. 

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On 10/13/2019 at 4:22 PM, MemphisMechanic said:

Spray the lube onto the bottom of your plastic container in a thin eve coating.

Dump cases in.

Install lid.

Shake.

Dump into casefeeder.

 

Keeps it on the OUTSIDE of your cases!

This should be a best practice. Don't put lube directly on the case use the container to distribute it and it won't end up inside the case. I found using a plastic coffee can with some flat sides works well as the brass won't just slide down the side as I basically tumble it by holding each end and spinning it. 

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On 10/14/2019 at 4:11 AM, RePete said:

I lube mine while they are tumbling.

 

I squirt  a mix of Nu Finish paste car wax and mineral spirits (25%/75%) into the tumbling media, running for 15 - 20 mins and then add the brass.  Once cleaned, they are ready for loading and size easier.

 

I have done the same thing in my tumbler, but it's not remotely the same effect as applying case lube before loading.

 

I lube cases in a large ziploc bag as mentioned above, for both rifle and pistol. I re-use the same bag over and over so it's always got some lube in it, and when I add a bit I spray it on the side of the bag rather than directly on the cases. No issues with excess lube inside the cases that way. I do prefer to have an aerosol mist floating around in the bag, since a tiny amount of lube in the case necks from that helps prevent expander ball sticking. It does not affect performance of the loaded ammo at all. 

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On 10/24/2019 at 4:26 PM, Yondering said:

 

I have done the same thing in my tumbler, but it's not remotely the same effect as applying case lube before loading.

 

I lube cases in a large ziploc bag as mentioned above, for both rifle and pistol. I re-use the same bag over and over so it's always got some lube in it, and when I add a bit I spray it on the side of the bag rather than directly on the cases. No issues with excess lube inside the cases that way. I do prefer to have an aerosol mist floating around in the bag, since a tiny amount of lube in the case necks from that helps prevent expander ball sticking. It does not affect performance of the loaded ammo at all. 

 

Maybe add a little more to the tumbling media.

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On 10/13/2019 at 2:35 PM, Madmax1980 said:

Hi, guys. I’m new to reloading and have a question. What are some of the ways that you lube your case’s. Right now I put a couple handfuls into a plastic container and just spray case lube in, put a lid on and roll them around. I feel like that when I spray it in a lot goes inside the cases. And I can’t do very many at a time either. 

 Thanks in advance for your ideas. 

I just spray some dillon lube into a 1 gal ziplock back, add the cases i want lubed, shake it a bit and done and done...i use to spray it on, never had any issues with it getting in the cases and causing a problem... I'm sure if you flooded a case it might but a little spray in my experience never hurt my reloads... good luck and enjoy the process of   reloading.  remember, keep it simple.....what kind of cases are you lubing? handgun? i quit using lube as i don't think it is req when using good dies like dillon carbide dies.  it does make it a much smother process but i also had to roll them around in a towel after loading to get the case lube off to case gauge... just another step i suppose

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I use hornaday 1 shot. I take a old 500 round bullet box and spray liberally every other hand full. Once the box is full, I dump them into the and case feeder spray it again for good luck. 

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Throw 100 or so pieces in a quart sized zip lock, hit it with one shot, shake it a little...repeat once or twice if necessary...

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Spray One Shot into the empty case feeder and right down the case drop tube before each loading. A little more One Shot on the inside of my wrists and a dab behind each ear.

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6 hours ago, Absocold said:

 A little more One Shot on the inside of my wrists and a dab behind each ear.

 

You do that with Hoppes #9.

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