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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CrazyLarry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 1:36am
Just a quick update...

the Lee case lube is the white "paste", it needs to dry a bit after you smear it on as it will get really messy really quickly.

Imperial sizing wax is really the best, but, just as slow.

Hornady OneShot is simple and effective, but, you almost need to stick your cases on a holder and come at them from multiple sides (depending on how out of shape they are). I use these on high-brass shotgun shells for duck loads and it works nice on my MEC before I switched to a SizeMaster.

I've not had much luck with RCBS lube on the rolling pad.
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Originally posted by CrazyLarry CrazyLarry wrote:

I've not had much luck with RCBS lube on the rolling pad.


I've had good luck with STP Oil Treatment on the rolling pad. A thin bead down each side, squeegee the bead with a business card, and roll the case in it. 44AMP and 357AMP both (and everything else, actually). My RCBS dies are the old style, steel, not carbide. Never had a problem unless I forgot to lube the case first - then it would stick.  Dead

I tracked that Carbide 44AMP set until yesterday, when it went over my 'ceiling'. I don't really need it but if I could pick it up cheap then it would be worth re-selling in the future. Like in 2020, when the first of the Classic Edition New AMP's start to ship.  Disapprove

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Gads I'm an old guy now! I've not actively reloaded now for some years but I have dies for some 34 different cartridges I've reloaded and I still use case lube every time no matter die set I use or cartridge I'm loading. I've been doing that since I started in the late 1960s. Lube, size/decap and clean the cases including primer pocket. Every time. This old fashioned way has served me well. Bottleneck for reloading is QC on powder charges. I bought a new fangled  electronic powder weight charge thrower contraption but have yet to use it.

44AMP just doesn't seem to be a high volume reloading sort of thing. But if one likes carbide dies I won't rain on that parade. I probably have one of two sets (How could I NOT know? some may have been purchased by my late dad but I still lube the cases)

And if you ask I still lube the cases as I always have -I  use a lube 'pad' my dad made out of brass with a hinged cover- I soak it with light oil roll the case size it and done. I can just hear the cringing from here...
but it works. no wrinkles, creases or stuck cases. Ever.

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I use an RCBS case lube die and it works remarkably well on my Dillon press. It has a decapping pin so I remove the pin from my sizer die, which is installed where the expander and powder measure normally go. On a progressive press it makes short work of the job—with each pull of the handle one case is lubed and decapped and the next one is resized. Then the case goes into the bag to be washed.  Once that’s done, the sizer and lube dies are removed, the expander and powder measure go in the second station, with seater and taper crimp dies in stations 3 and 4. Then the cleaned and dried cases are run through for the remainder of the process. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richie_b Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 2018 at 2:20am
That carbide 44AMP 3-die RCBS set went for $96. Not a bad price - I think I paid that much for my 8mm Nambu die set [not carbide].

IMO, lubing bottleneck cases is a must, carbide or not.   Thumbs Up

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FWIW before RCBS discontinued the .44 AMP carbide set completely, they cost $271 and there was a 4-5 month wait!  But now you will wait forever. 

They sell a non-carbide set for $170 and you still get the long wait.
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Keep an eye out at gun shows too. I found a NEW-old RCBS set in box for $40!! Of course I bought it and now have it for back up.
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