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Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:45 pm

Do any of you who make tumble lubed bullets use liquid alox for your lube. If so is it better to clean the excess from the exposed areas of the finished loads or does the bullet need to be completely covered? Will the extra lube on the tip of the bullets affect accuracy?

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Reloader on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:05 pm

I use Alox on my tumble lube bullets. The only part of the bullet that needs to be lubed is the area that engages the rifling. I have found that you can get by with very little lube. My rounds were smoking so bad it looked like black powder when I first started using the Alox. If you leave it on the entire front of the bullet it will not affect accuracy. I have also cleaned it off the end of the bullets after they were reloaded with a terry cloth towel and a little mineral spirits.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:08 pm

Am getting a lot of smoke as well.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by miker84 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:16 pm

I used to tumble them around then stand them all up so they'd look better and I'd clean the nose like Reloader described.

Now I just tumble them and dump them out on a pan to dry. For me, these are just plinkers so I'm not going to post photos on castboolits.com. I've had some with a big alox booger on them that loaded and shot just fine.

Your dies will get gunked up so you'll need to keep an eye on that so that the OAL doesn't start to change.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Beladran on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:21 pm

Are you using a TL bullet?

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:44 pm

Yes, was using Lee's trunicated cone .401 175 grain but was getting some lead in the barrel, switched to their 175 grain semi-wadcutter with tumble lube grooves. Stopped the lead buildup.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by msredneck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Alox. A real shooters after shave. Women luv it. Seriously. Have never had any smoke issues. And if it does. So what ?

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:54 pm

LOL, the smell does grow on ya.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by captain-03 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:55 pm

Agree with all the above .... I wipe it off the loaded round just because I do not like the little mess ...

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Was looking at some pictures you posted of our bullets, seeing how clean they looked made me start to wonder about cleaning mine like that.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Reloader on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:05 pm

If you get a lot of smoke then you are putting too much lube on the bullet. I shot a state IDPA match with those smokers....shooting into the morning sun so I couldn't even see the targets. A little wlll go a long way.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Beladran on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:06 pm

I would say ditch that tumble lube junk an come to the house an you can use my equipment an molds

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by msredneck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:06 pm

IMHO. Any smoke issues are really due to the brand of powder interacting with Alox. It ain't an issue unless u shoot n stages in uspsa dont want the RO to lose track of ya! or at an indoor range

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Beladran on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:08 pm

You wanna see real smoke... Bee wax an bullseye!!! Like a D9 cat

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by msredneck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:17 pm

For what it's worth. I have shot many a cast load without any lube at all. No problems

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by Beladran on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:21 pm

Neck is strong with the force...


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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by msredneck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:27 pm

My cast loads are loaded pretty light. They are 4 practice mostly

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:33 pm

Beladran wrote:I would say ditch that tumble lube junk an come to the house an you can use my equipment an molds
Thank you for the generous offer will have to schedule a time to meet up with you to do that.

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by tek4260 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:48 am

Are you thinning your Alox with mineral sprirts? I use it in revolvers, so the Alox on the nose doesn't cause me any grief.

FWIW, on my real hot loads I TL my regular lubed bullets. I figure the extra lube can't hurt!

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Re: Liquid alox lube

Post by RDRJR on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:51 am

tek4260 wrote:Are you thinning your Alox with mineral sprirts? I use it in revolvers, so the Alox on the nose doesn't cause me any grief.

FWIW, on my real hot loads I TL my regular lubed bullets. I figure the extra lube can't hurt!

Am new to casting/ reloading but having the part of the bullet that comes in contact with the rifling coated with lube seems a good idea.

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