Lyman Lubrisizer Questions

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RustyShackleford101, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I'd like to start using a Lyman Lubrisizer. Does anybody have any experience with this unit? Is it a good buy? What pertains to using it? Also, I cast with lee moulds. Could the Lubrisizer be used with the lee bullets, particularly those designed for using Lee Lube Alox with the micro lube grooves? Thanks.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have been using a Lyman 450 for almost 30 years. It has been very good to me. Close to a quarter million bullets through it. I have the Midway heater plate under mine so I can use the high temp lubes. I believe the Lyman 4500 has a built in heater. The only upgrade I did was to ad a rubber O ring under the 450 to keep melted lube from oozing out.

    Lyman and RCBS sizer dies fit.

    I do not care for the Lee Tumble lube bullets. They just look goofy to me. Allegedly they cast a bullet that does not require sizing. I see no reason why you could not use the Lyman to lube them
     

  3. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    Robo I have the same setup you do. The Lyman 450 with a Midway heater through I have never plugged the heater in cause I have never used any hi temp lube. I am interested in details on the O ring you installed. Is it a replacement or addition. My reloading equipment sat unused for several years while I played with motorcycles. Even using regular lube without the heater I get some squeezing out under the die. I try to just put just enough pressure on the lube to fill the grooves and sometimes run the bullet in and out a couple of times. Do I have a maintenance problem or a technique problem?

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  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've used a Lyman 450 for over 40 years now. Added the heater about 20 years ago.

    For years I used Tamarack lube. 50/50 beeswax-Alox, NRA formula. Good lube, but smoky Switched to Rooster labs, "Zambini Red" worked great. They don't make it any more.:(:(

    Lately, I've been using Thompson's "Blue angel." Great stuff, but you need the heater.

    I've sized and lubed bullets from Lyman, Lee, Saeco, Hensley & Gibbs, and Hoch molds. They all work just fine.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I just went to the hardware store and found a decently thick (1/8"?) about the size of the cavity under the plunger (1"?). I put the O-ring under the Lyman and bolted to the heater plate. No ooze

    I have found Jakes bullet lube to be a very cost effective lube. Buy 20 for about $1 a stick. A little smokey in the winter, but not bad in the summer. Their Moly Ceresin is for low velocity bullets. The Purple Ceresin is for mid range stuff. They have another high velicity lube, but I use the Purple as it is a good compromise for most uses
     
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  6. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I wanna cast for my .357. Am I better off with casting .358 diameter bullets with no sizing,or should I cast at .359 and size to .358? Would it make a difference?
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your "as cast" diameter will vary with the alloy.

    I have had my best luck with bullets that drop from the mold at .359-.360, sized to .358. But you don't want the sizing die squeezing it more than .002 at the max.