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Revisiting Case Lube Alternatives

January 23rd, 2015

Over the years, I’ve talked quite a bit about different case lube products and techniques for both rifle and pistol reloading. Depending on your goals, the cartridge being reloaded, and what you have on-hand, your options will typically be honed down to a few “best options”. But the more you talk with seasoned reloaders, the more options you’ll discover.

About 4 years ago, I asked you all what you use for rifle case lube, and here’s the results so far: (you can take the poll HERE)

Rifle Case Lube Poll Snapshot

Rifle Case Lube Poll Snapshot

A couple years ago I blogged about some case lube products that I’ve used. Yes, I’ve sprayed, rolled, and wiped various types of case lube onto cases, and like to mix things up.

Mainstream case lube products I’ve used – Image copyright 2012 Ultimate Reloader

These products all work well for very specific reloading cartridges and scenarios, but sometimes you can do just as well with “less popular” or repurposed products, like Lemon Pledge (if you don’t mind a fresh lemon scent while reloading :) ).

Another great way to lube cases for rifle loading is the RCBS Lube Die. This product has the advantage of lubing as a part of the progressive reloading or progressive case prep process.

The RCBS Lube Die lubes while you reload – Image copyright 2012 Ultimate Reloader

You can read more about the RCBS lube die HERE.

Since publishing these blog posts and polls, I’ve started using another product for rifle case lube: synthetic motor oil. In particular, I’ve been using this oil to “prime” rifle sizing dies when starting a loading session. This priming combined with fresh spray lube (Dillon DCL recently) has been a good combination for .223/5.56 and .308/7.62x51mm loading sessions. I just pour a bit of synthetic motor oil into the quart jug cap, dip my finger into the cap, and apply about one drop to the outside of the case with my fingers. I then dip the end of a Q-Tip into the oil cap (just a drop applied), and roll the end of the Q-Tip between my fingers. The Q-Tip is then “rolled” inside the case mouth to provide lube for the expander ball. I’m wondering how many 1000’s of applications I could get out of one quart of motor oil!

Do you have some “creative” products that you’ve used for case lube? Please leave a comment!

Thanks,
Gavin

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2015 is Here: What Do You Want To See on Ultimate Reloader?

January 14th, 2015

Hard to believe another year is already upon us! I’m really excited to share with you all some content plants for Ultimate Reloader, and also hear about what you want to see on this website and on my YouTube channel.

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Reloading Equipment and Products

I’ve got some great equipment overviews lined up for 2015 including case cleaning and case prep equipment, more bullet feeder videos and highlights, and much more. Some of the products I’ll highlight will include:

  • RCBS Case Prep Center and attachments
  • More Hornady Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder content
  • RCBS Utrasonic Cleaner and consumables

Gunpowder Highlights

This year I’ll feature more new and “classic” gunpowder content including but not limited to:

  • Hodgdon CFE 223
  • Hodgdon CFE Pistol

Handloading Overviews

Have you been wondering what it’s like to load 50 BMG, 500 S&W Magnum, or more mainstream cartridges? I’m planning some great cartridge-specific handloading content that will build on some of the stories I published in 2014. Have a specific cartridge you’d like to know about? Please leave a comment!

Your Ideas

I want to thank everyone that’s been using the “Ultimate Reloader Suggestion Box” (see left-hand column on main page) – I’ve gotten some great ideas from you all! I also want to invite all of you to suggest ideas by leaving comments on this post. I’ll add them to my list!

I also wanted to thank the community for your continued interest and support of Ultimate Reloader, the #1 ranked reloading blog on google, and the most popular handloading-specific YouTube channel (now over 5,000,000 views, and 17,000 subscribers). Let’s together make 2015 the best year ever!

Thanks,
Gavin

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AR-15 Build DVD Sale! Build an AR-15 in 2015

January 7th, 2015

If you’ve been waiting to build your own AR-15 rifle, now is the time. Make a New Year’s resolution to build your own custom rifle! To help you out, I’ve lowered the price of this AR-15 build DVD to $9.90 for a limited time!

Special: $9.90 + $3.80 shipping and handling!




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Hornady Rifle Bullet Feeder Part 4: Loading 30 Caliber Conversion Kit

January 4th, 2015

In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the Hornady Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feed 30 caliber conversion kit (Hornady product # 095345). With this kit, you can convert your .22 caliber Hornady Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder to load 30 caliber bullets for cartridges like 308 Winchester, 30-06, and many others.

Contents of the 30 Caliber Conversion Kit - Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

Contents of the 30 Caliber Conversion Kit – Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

In the above picture you can see the contents of this 30 caliber conversion kit, clockwise from top left:

  1. 30 caliber bullet feed die assembly
  2. Tall pivot block
  3. Bullet guide plate (silver – top) and bullet feed wheel (black, underneath)
  4. Bullet drop tube assembly

Check out this video showing how these components are installed:

It’s quite easy to install the 30 caliber converstion kit, and in my next post in this series, I’ll show you how to fine tune this setup, and later we’ll load 308 Winchester in full progressive mode. Stay tuned because it’s going to be fun!

Thanks,
Gavin

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Merry Christmas 2014 from Ultimate Reloader

December 24th, 2014

Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas this year, and a time that’s filled with family, friends, celebration, and [hopefully] shooting! Hopefully you all will find some great reloading gear under the tree as well! I recently got a shipment from Santa that included both Hodgdon CFE 223, and Hodgdon CFE Pistol, so look for some blog content related to those powders soon.

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If you got something great for Christmas, please leave a comment and tell us what you scored! Thanks, Gavin

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