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Powdered graphite as a case lube?
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 Posted: Tue Dec 18th, 2007 02:32 AM
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I've have recently used powdered graphite as case lube for resizing. Has anyone else tried this? Any reasons to not use it? I neck size only whenever possible.

It's fairly convenient, I keep some graphite in a very small baby food jar, dip the case mouth in and tap off the excess powder. Seems to work well, and very little cleanup needed.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 18th, 2007 03:18 AM
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I use it to lube the inside of my case necks.

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I have one of these Lyman case lube centers with a box one can screw down on the loading bench and two brushes .

It came with mica powder which up to me did not work very well so I replaced the mica with graphite.

Apart drom the dirty fingers I get, the stuff is great.

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I would have to agree that the downside of graphite is the associated mess, but I prefer it to some alternatives.

I was not impressed at all with spray lube - very difficult to get an even coating - thus dented cases.

Regular case lube works fine but applying by hand is a pain and then each case has to be cleaned or tumbled.

It seemed to me that washing my hands needed to be done regardless of what I used.



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dawhip schreef:

It seemed to me that washing my hands needed to be done regardless of what I used.


I agree,

Only, if I work with graphite, everything I touch needs a cleaning, such as the handle of the press etc.

What I especially like is the way the graphite shows clearly how far the neck down you are sizing, a great help when adjusting a FL sizing die for neck sizing only.

If you put some of the graphite on the shoulder it also is quite easy to set up the die in such a way that the shoulder is barely touched, if you like to adjust the die that way.

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To lube inside case necks I use a Q-Tip which keeps the mess down a bit. I roll the Q-Tip in the graphite and tap it on the edge of the container to shake off the excess, then I swab the inside of about 5 case necks and repeat.

For outside case lubrication I use Imperial Sizing Wax. I apply it with my fingers (I run a thumb and forefinger lightly across the inside of the tin and lightly spin about 5 cases between my fingers to lube them). I haven't found any other case lube like it. It takes a little more time than the spray lubes, but I found it works so much better and a tin of it lasts forever. Applying it in this manner I find it very easy to get a light coating of lube, and once you get the hang of it I find it is suprisingly fast. When I'm done I just wipe my fingers on a paper towel which removes most of the wax and wash them with soap and water.


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i have been using moly powder for 25 years.



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Many years ago I tried powdered gaphite, never found a brand or type i liked.  Went back to Imperial Sizing Wax and have never looked back.

 

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wheezengeezer schreef: i have been using moly powder for 25 years.


I also considered tu use this,but the costs of a 100 Euro's for a 1000 gram tin kept me back.

On the other hand, such a tin easily will outlast my lifetime.

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Dawip,    I doubt you are still monitoring this post and have certainly found you solution in the 5 years give-or-take since this post but for anyone who happens on it:  Go to this website (http://www.larrywillis.com/)and look under reloading tips at Lubricating Case Necks.  There is an interesting little technique shared by Larry Willis involving a bottle of #8 shot and a teaspoon of graphite.   I've yet to try it myself but I'm looking for the graphite now and plan to give it a shot.    Seems he believes this approach puts the correct amount on the inside of the neck.   I want to use something dry and this looks like it will avoid the mess and get the job done.   



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I just use the Imperial sizing wax on the outside and use a Q-tip with some of the wax to do the inside of the neck. Works for me. Then I just throw the brass into the tumbler and let it run over night. Purtiest brass you ever saw. :wink::thumbs::lol::lol::lol:
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Boy this is an old thread! I've tried the Mica and the brushes from Lyman. Didn't like it at all. In fact I don't even know where I put it away at. Never tried graphite. Once I started using Hornady one shot, I never looked back. Stand the cases in a case block and spray down at a 45* angle. Prior to that my best inside neck lube was STP on a Q-Tip. STP onto the Q-Tip rolled on a pad.

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"Prior to that my best inside neck lube was STP on a Q-Tip. STP onto the Q-Tip rolled on a pad."

I used to use STP up until about three years ago. Worked OK but sure ruined tumbling media (corn cob) is a hurry. Trying to wipe that stuff of with a slovent didn't work all that well untill i started soaking brass in a bucket with some TCE. That stuff is nasty but it's the only stuff that would remove STP and leave that brass squeaky clean. Due to the hazards attributed to TCE, I quite using it and ment to Imperial Sizing Waz and my tumbler to clean them afterward.
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