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Old June 29th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #1
 
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Question Homemade Case Lube

Anyone make their own case lube? I just ordered this stuff, seemed like a pretty good deal, came out to be $8 and change after shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Lano...ywords=lanolin

I already have 91% alcohol around, so this is the only thing I need to make some. I did some researching yesterday and many people said that this is basically Dillons formula. Just need a spray bottle and Ill be set, seems like it will be far cheaper than Hornady One Shot over time and I can put some lanolin on the dogs paws too, maybe some dry skin.

I'm wondering 2 things here:
What alternatives have any of you used? I've heard about everything from Crisco to motor oil but I'd like to hear from you guys.
For any of you who have used the lanolin/alcohol solution, what proportions should I use?



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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:12 AM   #2
 
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Save the time and mess.
Just buy Imperial Case Lube... a can will last a VERY long time
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Old June 30th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #3
 
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Netural Kiwi shoe polish ,(wax) looks, smells,feels and works the same as Imperial sizing wax. No need to mix or dilute and it's cheaper.

Guess you could use black, brown if you wanted, might give extra BLING to your brass!
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Don't laugh I have used Vaseline Petrolem Jelly !!! and it works great.
I had some Frankford Arsenel that I bought and did not like the way it performed.
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Well its too late, I already got the lanolin, but I have heard good things on the wax
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Let us know how it works for you.
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I've read on a couple forums about that formula. Don't remember the amounts/% of lanolin used, but all liked the results...
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I just did 100 .223 and the mix worked great. I saw some people online saying ratios of 1-8, 1-10, and 1-12. I did a ration of about 1-11 to try to meet in the middle of these but I think 1-12 would have worked fine too. I forget what I paid for the alcohol but I probably made a 12oz bottle for about $3 or so plus the 99cent for the spray bottle which I think will last at least twice as long as the $8 spray can of Hornady One Shot I bought originally. I think this stuff was a pretty good deal. The stuff had the same feel as One Shot too, it wasnt sticky, and after handling the cases about 4 times, (size, move, measure, chamfer) I still hardly felt it on my fingers. I had a tiny bit on my index and thumb but its good for the skin anyway and the mix is not nearly as messy I thought, I do recommend making some if youre trying to save some money.

If anyone is wondering what I used, the mix is 1 part (I just used 1 oz) of that lanolin off of the link I originally posted, and 12 parts of 91% rubbing alcohol. Now it is best to get 99% but I couldnt find it last night and 91% works fine too. I had to melt the lanolin to pour it into the spray bottle but that was no problem in a classic double boiler situation. Now it solidified when it hit the alcohol already in the bottle, but I just put the bottle in a pot and poured hot faucet water to get it to blend together. The mix seems to separate after a little while, so I plan on running it under hot water every time but for the price, that is not a big deal to me.

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I read somewhere that 99% alcohol will not separate also
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I use rice with a cap full of car wax in my tumbler, let it run for 7 - 8 hours. When I do this with pistol brass I never need to use lube the wax works well. I have only tried this on .243 cases but seamed to work ok on those also. Also makes the Brass looks new.
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