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Just mixed up my first batch of 45-45-10 tumble lube and I hope I did it right. Also have 200 of the Lee 356-102-R1 lubed up and sitting to dry. Next will be to load some up and send them down range! The Excitement is building!!!
 
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Well...if we're at the range at the same time, I hope that you'll be understanding if I set up a few stalls down...eh? :D
 

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Well...if we're at the range at the same time, I hope that you'll be understanding if I set up a few stalls down...eh? :D
You shoulda been around when the oldtimers were experimenting with graphite, motor oil, and beeswax. I mean, it WAS cheap, and pretty darned common before alox got available and inexpensive.

O second thought, you probably are glad you WEREN'T !
 

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You shoulda been around when the oldtimers were experimenting with graphite, motor oil, and beeswax. I mean, it WAS cheap, and pretty darned common before alox got available and inexpensive.

O second thought, you probably are glad you WEREN'T !
In a prior post you mentioned used motor oil. Nothing like adding other toxic chemicals to one's dose of lead. :rolleyes:
 
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Well...if we're at the range at the same time, I hope that you'll be understanding if I set up a few stalls down...eh? :D
Are you afraid of getting blown up or are you afraid they are going to smoke like those 45acp loads you had?

Actually those 380 loads you shot last time had the same lube on them as these. And yes I will let you shoot some too!
 
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When I was introduced to casting and shooting my own castings, 1956. The old cowboy, long gone now: Mixed up his own loob and he showed me a little of the black magic. His favorite for smokeless was 50/50 wild bees wax and beef tallow. He hunted the bees wax and rendered down his own beef tallow. He said that most anything will work but some things are just a little better or worse than his favorite. But he cautioned to stay away from ham or bacon grease; too much salt!! Bear grease worked but was hard to come by; what with all the damn new game laws, he liked rendered buffalo tallow but it was scarce as well.
 

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Check in on the bunch this morning and all looks extremely good. Will be loading some this afternoon.
 
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In a prior post you mentioned used motor oil. Nothing like adding other toxic chemicals to one's dose of lead. :rolleyes:
Often hardened some steels in used motor oil ( using "new" was considered wasteful, then). O-1 tool steel took on a beautiful, dark almost rust-proof finish and absorbed more surface carbon. In an earlier, more innocent (read: unenlightened) day, we washed auto parts in gasoline, then washed the grease off our hands with it, too. When we finished painting the cars, we would wash out the spray gun with lacquer thinner, and use some of the same to wash up our hands.

Often washed parts in "trichlorethylene" and carbontetrachloride too. Never worried about breathing in a little of the fumes, either. But then, this was 50's, 60's. Somewhere after the Surgeon General made his pronouncement about cigarettes (1953), people started thinking about stuff like that in a more serious, longer-term view.
 

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^^ Been there...done that...still use kerosene. In fact I may use some to remove the tar off the side of the Durango today.

I haven't been tested for lead except for the first time several years ago to determine a baseline...it was elevated. The last time I shot at our poorly ventilated range in the basement of a strip center there were three shooters there already and the air was approaching the "chew it" stage. :rolleyes:
 

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I just use the X-lox white bottle stuff and it works pretty well. I'm kinda old school too in using Carbon tet and Tri-chlor. When I was working in metal finishing we would wash parts in an open 55 gal drum of 1,1,1 Trichlorethylene. Drop a part in and you go fishing for it. Gloves eached to mid forearm, barrel was 2 1/2' deep.
 
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