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Am moving from loading on a Rockchucker to using a Dillon 650 and I want to load fairly large batches of 5.56 ammo. What's a fast and effective way to lube numerous cases before sizing, etc. I saw a guy on You Tube lube up a bunch of cases by dumping them into what looked like an empty polishing media jug, spraying lube into the loaded jug and then shaking it all up to lube the cases. That didn't seem like a good method--i.e, lube in the premier pockets and inside the case, etc. I'm wanting a faster way than rolling each case across a foam pad with lube on it. Thanks.


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I line them up and spray with one shot.
 
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I drop about 250 cases in a gallon zip lock....2 sprays of Dillon case lube. Shake. Open the bag and let the alcohol evaporate. Dump in the case feeder. Load. Repeat.

Knock on wood.... no stuck cases.

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I dump cases in a Tupperware pan and shake, cases will “stand up” as case heads orient to bottom allowing you to pick up many at a time. Lay the cases on a flat surface on a paper towel and spray lub. Roll cases a half turn and spray. Allow to dry and size. I have yet to have a stuck case.


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I put around 50 in a 1 gal zip lock bag and spray OS on them. I roll them around to make sure there covered then dump them into the collator on the brass feeder. Then repeat, till I have 200+ in the hopper. Make sure you clean the hopper real good before dumping the brass in. Media will stick to the cases. RCBS also makes a Lube die, but to use it prior to sizing requires your sizing die to be in station 2. Most AP are designed to deprime on station 1. But if you deprime for wet cleaning it will work for you. n


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Don't laugh, but I dump 25-35 into a gallon Zip-Loc and spray them with PAM no-stick cooking spray. All my rifle cases get this before full-length resizing. I have had one stuck case in my years.

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I use Dillon case lube. The instruction on the bottle literally say, "...use on a cookie sheet stolen from your spouse..." Big Grin
 
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Don't laugh, but I dump 25-35 into a gallon Zip-Loc and spray them with PAM no-stick cooking spray. All my rifle cases get this before full-length resizing. I have had one stuck case in my years.

How do you get the PAm off after??? I use OneShot because it doesn;t need to be removed or if one wants, a simple roll in a towel removes it.


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I use a shoebox with lid. I toss em in and spray them with either the Dillon or Frankford Arsenal case lube.. I then shake the box and turn it upside down while shaking.

Only complaint is that the case lube can cause powder to stick to and remain in the case. If you go to measure; you get a lower weight due to some powder still in the case. Easy fix--I just use a dry case for measuring. And I do tumble lightly to remove the case lube residue after loading.

I also have Unique around here if I have and larger or troublesome brass that I don't load on the Dillon progressive.
 
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I drop about 250 cases in a gallon zip lock....2 sprays of Dillon case lube. Shake. Open the bag and let the alcohol evaporate. Dump in the case feeder. Load. Repeat.

Knock on wood.... no stuck cases.

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Don't laugh, but I dump 25-35 into a gallon Zip-Loc and spray them with PAM no-stick cooking spray. All my rifle cases get this before full-length resizing. I have had one stuck case in my years.

How do you get the PAm off after??? I use OneShot because it doesn;t need to be removed or if one wants, a simple roll in a towel removes it.


I remove my homemade lanolin lube by dumping the cases in a small bucket and pouring in alcohol. Slosh the bucket around for a few minutes, pour the alcohol back into its container and pour the cases out on a old blanket to dry.


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Dump as many as will fit onto a cookie sheet with enough room to roll them around a bit. Spray the whole thing with your favorite spray lube, roll the cases around a bit, and start cranking.
 
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Don't laugh, but I dump 25-35 into a gallon Zip-Loc and spray them with PAM no-stick cooking spray. All my rifle cases get this before full-length resizing. I have had one stuck case in my years.

How do you get the PAm off after??? I use OneShot because it doesn;t need to be removed or if one wants, a simple roll in a towel removes it.


I tumble them in crushed walnut shells.

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Lay out a large towel on the floor, dump as many cases as it will hold in the middle, say 500 or so. Roll em all flat, with none of the case mouths sticking up to prevent lube collecting in the neck. Spray with Dillon lube or Hornady One Shot and let sit for 10 minutes or so.

Fold up the towel and use it to dump the cases in a container than can be covered or closed(5 gal bucket works). I can lube several K in 30 minutes or so and store them pre-lubed for my convenience. One shot will allow you to spend less time removing lube, the Lanolin based stuff requires tumbling in clean corn media to remove.
 
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I will add that I have never rolled the cases around. After the lube is applied, some migrates around the case. Our last bulk lube session was 10K, done on a couple big bath towels and poured from the towel into plastic storage containers. I loaded them as I needed over the next couple weeks Smile Lubed with One Shot in this manner, I loaded several hundred 300 BLK today for use in a upcoming match.
 
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Lay out a large towel on the floor, dump as many cases as it will hold in the middle, say 500 or so. Roll em all flat, with none of the case mouths sticking up to prevent lube collecting in the neck. Spray with Dillon lube or Hornady One Shot and let sit for 10 minutes or so.

Fold up the towel and use it to dump the cases in a container than can be covered or closed(5 gal bucket works). I can lube several K in 30 minutes or so and store them pre-lubed for my convenience. One shot will allow you to spend less time removing lube, the Lanolin based stuff requires tumbling in clean corn media to remove.


How long have you stored brass ready to lube? Curios as to how long it lasts?


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The Dillon type lube is Lanolin based, I have left some PMC .223 brass lubed in a gallon ziplock bag for over a year. The lube was lightly applied and brass dumped in and forgotten. The One Shot lubed stuff has also been stored for at least that long without issue. Lanolin will feel a bit more 'sticky', after storing but works fine.

I use the 'towel' as mentioned because it worked. A friend uses some plastic sheeting cut to a size he likes. I guess the point is that you can pe-lube brass and store just as you would with processed brass. Clean in bulk, lube and store and use as needed. Once fired LC and other .mil crimped brass of course adds the primer pocket reaming step.
 
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The Dillon type lube is Lanolin based, I have left some PMC .223 brass lubed in a gallon ziplock bag for over a year. The lube was lightly applied and brass dumped in and forgotten. The One Shot lubed stuff has also been stored for at least that long without issue. Lanolin will feel a bit more 'sticky', after storing but works fine.

I use the 'towel' as mentioned because it worked. A friend uses some plastic sheeting cut to a size he likes. I guess the point is that you can pe-lube brass and store just as you would with processed brass. Clean in bulk, lube and store and use as needed. Once fired LC and other .mil crimped brass of course adds the primer pocket reaming step.


Perfect. I tend to do things in bulk and this is good info to know.


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