Author Topic: Have you used Lee bullets with smokeless or some other lube than their Alox.  (Read 490 times)

Offline Black River Smith

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Decided to Delete my original posting.

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Offline Delmonico

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what is wrong with the Lee Lube?  I use it on other bullets and have driven them to 2000 fps in a 375 Winchester Big Bore.  I Luble them twice and dust them with powdered mica lice the Hornaday swaged ones.  If they need to be protected from dust and such I wipe the bullet of the loaded round with acetone or similar solvent.
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Del,

Thanks for the reply.  The reason is the Lee Alox lube I have is 30 years old and I have a lot of ingredients for making most of the common homemade lubes on the wires.  Don't know if you remember, back about 2 years, I was working to creating a lube that would stay on the bullet up to 104 degrees.  Well I want to stay with something I chose.  I just was interested in whether someone already tried putting lube on the shallow Lee grease grooves.

I will just try some and see what happens after we are done with this quiet time.
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OK, makes sense now, many think it's only for low velocity loads. 
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Offline wildman1

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Lubed with a BP lube they will have adequate lube for at least a 20" barrel. Smokiless lube should be no different. I find their design to be one of the best for ease of loading and feeding in the rifle.
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wildman1,

Your comment is what I was looking to hear.  I know it is just a guess but....  Two are 26" and the other is 32".  That was my concerns.

I look at the bullet and think that upon loading I will be scraping most of the lube out of the grooves(that maybe excessive) or it will be left in the cartridge neck.  But you get my points.
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If you are using BP you probably should run a wet patch down the barrel between stages just to keep the fouling softened up at least in a dry climate like here. AZ
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Unfortunately these are strictly for smokeless loads and general shooting, since I no longer shoot CAS.
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Then you should be good to go no matter what lube you use. I currently am using the LEE 125 in my rifle with smokiless powder and lube.
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I soften up my Lee Alox bullet lube in the microwave before use.

Call Lee and ask about your 30 year old lube, or just buy some new Lee Alox.

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Lubed with a BP lube they will have adequate lube for at least a 20" barrel. Smokiless lube should be no different. I find their design to be one of the best for ease of loading and feeding in the rifle.
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We have a LEE 44/40 mold and yes like it the best for feed and loading - have used it for some BP loads but not enough to recommend yay or nay - did not have any real problem with the lube stripping from the grooves - we mostly use 50/50 beeswax and neatsfoot - after a few remelts it gets kinda sticky - we pan lube and use a cookie cutter (hear guys push em out of the lube with their finger - that would not work at my place - there would be half filled lube grooves all over the place) We use the same lube for any smokeyless loads we make - when I started casting 50some years ago I used pure beeswax lube in my 32/20 cut em out of the pan before they cooled right out - all was fine - real nice smell when they shot too. 

 

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