bullet lube

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tCan, May 13, 2012.

  1. tCan

    tCan Active Member

    1,174
    0
    36
    It seems to me that bullet lube is really just some wax with oil/lube mixed in. The wax is used to suspend the oil. So really just a crude mix of paraffin and some oil or lube would work. I mean... it's all the same crap right? C12-C25 carbon chains. Slick texture, high boiling point....

    Hell, veggie oil+paraffin might even work.
     

  2. rickyp8888

    rickyp8888 New Member

    116
    0
    0
    bore butter for cap and ball revolvers it also helps keep the bore cleaner Ive been told
     
  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    11,488
    0
    0
    Natural oils like veggie or even crisco are about as good as it gets for bp. You have to figure back in the day they didn't have bore butter or anything like that. If it came down to it they would use pork fat.
     
  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    16,622
    806
    113
    I have very good results with Rooster Laboratories
    Zambini Red." Thompson's "Blue Angel" is also superb.

    If you want to make your own, buy some liquid alox from Lee and mix it 50/50 with beeswax.
     
  5. tCan

    tCan Active Member

    1,174
    0
    36
    Well my bullet lube doesn't require any of those properties. I intend only to use it for my slug mold. Because of the wad I don't need to lube the slug. Paraffin and oil it is. I may decide to spring for beeswax. Or I might just salvage some from a nearly empty chap stick tube I have. I only need a little bit for now.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    16,622
    806
    113
    Midway USA sells a spray lube for molds. Very handy, and effective. I've used it on numerous molds.
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    4,993
    52
    48
    I made some one time. It was 1/3 lb of parafin wax, 1/3 lb of beeswax and 1 tbl spoon of petrolium jelly. It works great. I have shot it in 44 mag without a gas check. Full power magnum loads that did not lead the barrel. I was very happy.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    11,380
    2
    0
    You DO NOT want to lube the mold. The Lee molds like a bit of bulet lube on the locator pins. Lubricating the actual cavity will give you really crappy results.
     
  9. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    11,488
    0
    0
    I assumed he was talking about the bullets themselves.
     
  10. tCan

    tCan Active Member

    1,174
    0
    36
    I read the instructions.... I'm going to touch the mating surfaces....
     
  11. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    11,488
    0
    0
    So you're not talking about bullet lube. You're talking about fluxing the mold.
     
  12. tCan

    tCan Active Member

    1,174
    0
    36
    With bullet lube. As per the suggestions in the manual.
     
  13. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    11,488
    0
    0
    Ok. Now I got you. When I mold round ball I'll usually sparingly flux the mold before I start. I use straight beeswax. It all basically melts out of the mold when you preheat it anyway.
     
  14. res45

    res45 New Member

    195
    0
    0
    I use Amsoil Saber two cycle motor oil for sprue plate lube and to lube the Hollow point pins. Just a drop on the tip of a Q-Tip pretty much cover my whole casting secession. It also works great in my chainsaw,weed eater and leaf blower.
     

    Attached Files:

  15. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    21,454
    590
    113
    For those of you that missed it, there are two parallel conversations going on here- lube for ball and cap style bullets, and for smokeless modern.

    They serve different purposes, and have different criteria and composition. BP has used beef tallow, lard, beeswax, mutton fat, and vegetable oils. You might do some reading on the spark that ignited the Sepoy Rebellion in India.
     
  16. 454fan

    454fan New Member

    58
    0
    0
    my lube is as follows

    paraffin
    stp
    Vaseline
    bees wax
    johnson paste wax
    supports cast bullets up to
    2100-2300 fps




     
  17. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    8,409
    1
    0
    IDK, I do well with the Hornady wax for smokeless.