- 29-07-2012, 10:00 #1
To Lube or Not To Lube?
After 2 years of asking Iíve now got back my multi stage press (lent it out over 12 years ago after the handgun ban) and Iím now starting to reload rifle ammo.
Every manual I read recommends something different to using case lube:
1. Lube all cases.
2. Only lube if not using carbide dies.
3. No need to lube for pistol cases.
4. Only need to lube for bottle neck cases.
5. Fully lube rifle cases even when using carbide dies.
6. No need to lube rifle cases when using carbide dies.
7. Only need to lube the neck of bottle necked rifle cases.
8. No need to lube the neck of bottle necked rifle cases when using carbide dies.
Are Lyman, Dillon, Lee and RCBS just trying to sell more kit, or is there an actual realistic answer.
By the way I always use carbide dies.
And another thingÖ..if a single dice is called a die why is the plural of die dies?
Confused from LancsBorn to make big holes in small counties!
- 29-07-2012, 10:11 #2
If you don't lube rifle cases they will get jammed - which will mean an inconvenient trip to a gunsmith who will relieve you of a tenner.....
It does not matter how good your die is, the failure point will be at the case rim in the shell holder...
- 29-07-2012, 10:14 #3
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Here are my simple rules (after about thirty years of relodding) : no need to lube carbide dies.
Always lube non carbide dies and lube inside the neck of bottle-neck rifle cases. (In order to assist the expander on the up stroke.)
Carbide dies for bottle-necks,that must be new because I haven't come across them and I'm not sure how they would work. Carbide pistol dies have a carbide tin that does the sizing.
BTW although some cartridges look straight-sided (and therefore one can get carbide dies for them) they are not for example 9mm Parabellum. In that case I use non-carbide dies.
BTW2, because dice and die are different words from different roots.
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