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Old 05-16-2018, 10:37 AM
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I have been using Hornady one shot. It smells just like Silicone.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:54 PM
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I bought a can of it years ago. It seemed to work fine as a case lube but the spray can plugged up when tried to use it the 3rd or 4th time. I contacted Hornady and was told that I had an old can and they had since changed the design of the can; (They declined to replace the defective can because it was too old). I don't know if they still used the same formula and I don't remember anything about the smell or the ingredients.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:11 PM
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Silicone may work as a cast bullet lube, who knows? ha
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:24 PM
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I have been using Hornady one shot. It smells just like Silicone.
You can download the MSDS for One Shot from the Hornady website:
Material Safety Data Sheets - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc

What you're smelling is probably the n-Hexane which makes up the bulk of the product.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:47 AM
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Reminds me more of a parrafin chain lube I used to use.
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The MSDS lists the main ingredient as Vegetable Oils -- which makes a certain amount of sense, since it has always smelled sort of like rancid Canola oil to me...
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:34 PM
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If you choose to try silicone as a case lube, be certain that you have a stuck case extractor on hand.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:48 PM
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Vegetable oils such as Canola (factoid- Canola means "Canadian Oil". It's actually Rapeseed oil and comes mainly from Canada) would probably work fairly well as case lubes, but I have not tried it. Some lubricants used for deep metal forming and drawing contain various vegetable oils. Personally, I use STP.
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I have been using STP engine oil additive for rifle cases for years - smeared on a case lube pad; cases rolled on that. One can should be sufficient for a lifetime.

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Old 05-17-2018, 01:40 PM
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I have been using Hornady one shot. It smells just like Silicone.
Hornady One Shot is a "dry" film lube for lazy people who hate wiping lube off their cases. I would think twice about using Silicone on any cartridge case.

One Shot® Case Lube
https://www.hornady.com/reloading/ca...ers/case-lubes

One Shot® Case Lube with DynaGlide Plus® technology is a micro-penetrating high pressure dry film. It contains no petroleum, teflon or other synthetic silicone so it will not contaminate powder or primers.


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Old 05-17-2018, 04:47 PM
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I just noticed that my wife has a spray can of Canola oil on the shelf - used for cake and Pizza pans, etc. I may see how well it works as a case lubricant later.
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I use One Shot. I learned from another forum to put the casings in a ziplock, spray some One Shot into the bag, close the bag and tumble it (by hand). The bag even swells up a little as the solvent evaporates. Works well for me.
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The MSDS lists the main ingredient as Vegetable Oils -- which makes a certain amount of sense, since it has always smelled sort of like rancid Canola oil to me...
Sounds as if , in a pinch , that old can of Pam that's in the pantry could be used as case lube ...it's Canola Oil !
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:54 AM
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I have a habit of using case lube for cases, motor oil for motors, and gun oil for guns. Simple, and it makes sense to me.
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:15 AM
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I'd just stick with the known brands of case lube. I've been using the Lyman spray case lube for years. I spray it on an old t-shirt. Pour the cases onto the t-shirt, pick up the corners to make a big ball and massage it for a few seconds. Works for me.
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:44 AM
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I use One Shot aerosol. Very effective and easy to use. Only downside is cost.
Expensive but worth it.
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:47 AM
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I found a formula for case lube on the CMP Forum that works great. You need 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and Liquid Lanolin in a ten to one mixture. The alcohol had to be ordered through the pharmacy and the lanolin on Amozon. The solution is very smooth on brass and costs less than factory lube.
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For a long time, lanolin (often called Wool Fat) was in wide use by reloaders as a case lube. Pure denatured alcohol would work just as well as 99% isopropyl. Acetone or MEK would also work, but those would evaporate somewhat more quickly than alcohol. I still haven't tried Canola oil, will post here when I do.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:02 PM
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I found a formula for case lube on the CMP Forum that works great. You need 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and Liquid Lanolin in a ten to one mixture. The alcohol had to be ordered through the pharmacy and the lanolin on Amozon. The solution is very smooth on brass and costs less than factory lube.
Most pharmacies carry some form of hydrous lanolin. It is recommended for breast feeding women for use on chapped and cracked nipples. If not, they certainly can order it.
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For sizing cases I use either Imperial sizing die wax or Lee resizing lubricant. Both work very well. The Lee lubricant washes off with water (a little dish washing detergent helps).
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Once upon a collision of hobbies, caster oil migrated from model airplanes to the reloading bench.
The stuff had some serious merit.
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I like to use Imperial Sizing Wax as my case lube because it wipes off so easily with a micro fibe cloth or paper towel. Easy to apply by transfering a thin coat of wax from finger tips to case. A super thin coat goes the job. One tin of the product will last me years. I have also wiped the wax onto my lube pad so I can roll the wax on faster.

I am experimenting using the sizing wax as an inside the case mouth lube to cut down on the amount of brass that gets adhered to my case mouth expander plug. It seems to be working I’m getting much less brass sticking to the plug. I use zippo lighter fluid to dilute the wax at a 10:1 ratio. It’s an emulsion but will stay mixed for more than 5 minutes plenty of time to dip a Q-Tip every 10 cases.
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Old 05-27-2018, 03:31 PM
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I guess if I had some sort of reloading emergency (don’t know what that might be) I might try some homemade substitute but why not buy something, like One Shot, that is developed, tested and proven by someone in the fire arms industry. It’s not that expensive and lasts a long time.
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I guess if I had some sort of reloading emergency (don’t know what that might be) I might try some homemade substitute but why not buy something, like One Shot, that is developed, tested and proven by someone in the fire arms industry. It’s not that expensive and lasts a long time.
You havent heard of the Fireclean debacle?

Anyhow I use cheap old mink oil for everything. If I spray, i spray my hands first and run them through my brass. Not directly to the brass
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I only use carbide dies. So no lube needed.
I do use a capfull of NuFinish car wax in my walnut media about every third or fourth batch I tumble.
I figure whatever traces of wax are left on the cases ought to add a tiny bit of lubrication.
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