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Posted: October 15 2016 at 7:38am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well you know me, always looking for something that'll work better than what I got. Now it's bullet lube. Mainly in revolver stuff. Wondering what is your "super whiz-bang #1" bullet lube is.I've got a few but I'm staying quiet this time and want to see what ya'll use in your shooters.

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Posted: October 15 2016 at 7:54am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I'm using Vaseline and bees wax that I mix. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 60% wax. I've tried the tumble lube but am not convinced that it works yet.
The 358156GC bullets have such small lube rings that I may try some tumble lube and my regular lube in combination and see what happens. I do get some lead streaks out near the end of the barrel with just that small dab of regular lube.

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Posted: October 15 2016 at 8:46am | IP Logged Quote Ronnieboy

I use the 45 45 10 stuff. not messy either.   I like to make mine.


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Posted: October 15 2016 at 9:10am | IP Logged Quote Paul5388

I have found White Label BAC (Beeswax, Alox, Carnuba) (http://www.lsstuff.com/lsstuff-stuff)to work well. I also use their X-lox for a tumble lube.

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Posted: October 15 2016 at 11:08am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Thank you gentlemen, keep those cards and letters coming (There's a phrase not heard in years) I thrive on data!

And this may be quite helpful for those new to casting or seeking a new lube. Keep em comin in guys!

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Posted: October 15 2016 at 4:10pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Lyman Magic Orange for rifle and LBT blue (soft) for handguns. NRA
formula 50/50 beeswax/alox works good too but I find it too messy for
my liking.
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Posted: October 15 2016 at 5:15pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

I like Bullshop Nasa green lube. Works well with blackpowder and smokeless.

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Posted: October 15 2016 at 8:04pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I use a lube that I make up myself. It starts out as 50/50 alox/beeswax but then I mix in a few crayons (I like the color green) and some carnuba wax that I salvage from cheese wrappings. Comes out OD green. Not quite as messy as normal NRA 50/50, but still a bit sticky.

I get the beeswax from my FIL who has a few bees and I ordered the alox. Made my own forms for the tubes of lube out of pvc pipe with a dowel running down the middle. Drops right into my two Lyman 45 sizers.

I use this lube for handgun and rifle use with no problems whatsoever. But it is somewhat messy.

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Posted: October 16 2016 at 5:54am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I've pretty much gone to the standard NRA formula stuff, I get it from White Label lube. I still use LLA for some things and it is good lube too.

I'm interested in the Bullshop stuff Ranch mentioned now. I've been kind of interested in loading Pyrodex loads in .45 Colt and .45-70. There are times of the year here I can get the stuff real cheap and it's available pretty regularly.

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Posted: October 16 2016 at 6:29am | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

You get started with that bull shop nasa, you won't mess with much else.
Just be sure and clean those guns and use a good gun cleaner that will take
the carbon fouling out , of the barrel, and a super good oil when thru cleaning.
Pyrodex leaves a lot of residue that can wreck a barrel without proper cleaning
and oiling.

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Posted: October 17 2016 at 4:32pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

White Label 45-45-10 might just work after all. I've had no faith in this stuff for a while but got in a hurry and coated a dozen Keith 173 grain bullets, let them dry and put them over 14 grains 2400 the other day and darned if there was no lead in the barrel. I know a dozen ain't a test but it encouraged me enough to try some more, accuracy was about as good as an old man with shaking hands can hope for.
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Posted: October 17 2016 at 5:44pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Don't matter with me. I can get lead in my bore firing off blanks!

(Sure wish my cats would leave me alone. Hadda correct stuff as one jumped on me with claws out and made me mess up!)

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Posted: October 17 2016 at 7:23pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

I use LBT Blue Soft & Carnabua Red. Like both.

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Posted: November 15 2016 at 1:43pm | IP Logged Quote Mowgli Terry

Right now trying out White Lube 160. This lube needs to be warm. It works as well, for me, as 50/50 but is less messy. Just got some White 50/50 that I will also use mainly of lower velocity bullets. Not scientific but very happy on the learning curve.   
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Posted: November 23 2016 at 7:03pm | IP Logged Quote taurusshooter59

I go with tumble lube, Lee's alox. I also use a shake
and bake powder coat. Both work well for me, haven't
seen any fouling yet. I gas check all of my high
pressure loads, but recently checked all of my lower
pressure calibers and got the same results. No leading.

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Posted: November 24 2016 at 2:25pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Keep pouring in the data guys. I realize this is a super subjective subject with nearly everyone having a different lube. With a few years spent analyzing criminal activity in my latter years of police work, I'm constantly analyzing everything ever since. With bullet lube being so diverse now, and many home concoctions added in there's no way I can be definitive but I'll attempt later to at least narrow down the top choices. And this will be defining pistol lube. So do add your prime lube to this post. The more data I accumulate the more accurate the summary. Thanks guys!

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I always used Magma lube for my bullets.   Worked real nice in my applications
and I never felt the need to change.

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Posted: December 20 2016 at 8:10pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Something I find strange here. A vast majority of those that responded state they are satisfied with the action of NRA 50/50 but almost all instantly complained of it being "messy". Now I've used the 50/50 mixture of beeswax & Alox and have never found it to be messy as so many said. It works perfectly well for years and from a multiple number of manufacturers. Perhaps my definition of "messy" differs from everyone else's? Now I am really curious. Anyone care to explain?

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Posted: December 20 2016 at 8:51pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I have no problem with the "mess" of my version of the NRA lube as I always pack my bullets in such a way that they do not end up with the lube of one bullet sticking to another. But I do describe it as messy so that others can know that it is a bit sticky.

I have used it for all these years and really have no desire to look very hard for something better. It works and works well for me so I use it. I even like the stink of it when I shoot it. Others have said that they don't like the smell.

I guess some are more easily bothered by somethings. I am bothered by hard lubes that seem to stay in the grease grooves no matter how the bullets are handled, but then does not really work well and seal the bore for all pressure levels.

My lube is just on the verge of needing a lube heater especially in cool weather, but I have no problems getting enough lube to flow. Might have to pause a second or two to allow the lube to flow enough before I remove the bullet, but I am happy.   

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