Commo
Commo
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New 45ACP brass/should I lube before first loading?

Hey, I'm about to receive my first Dillon press (RL550B) and will soon start loading for 45ACP with Dillon dies -- here's my query:

I'll be loading with new Starline brass..with this (or any) new brass, would it be prudent to use some Dillon or Hornady spray lube at least for the first time?

(I suspect that after loading it one time the small amount of carbon left in the cartridge will be enough lube to prevent sticking..especially since I'll clean in a vibratory cleaner with corn cob or walnut media.)

I see various questions going back to 2012 in the Dillon forum that complain of sticking brass and I'm wondering if new brass, like super-cleaned brass, is susceptible to sticking? One poster said Starline modified a die to fit the brass a bit better -- is that still going on?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Commo
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RE: New 45ACP brass/should I lube before first loading?

spray some case lube on a finger or a cotton swab, and wipe a bit on the parallel sides of the bottom of the powder funnel periodically to prevent the sticking.
Carbon soot on the inside of the fired cases acts as a lubricant on this portion of the powder funnel.
Commo
Commo
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RE: New 45ACP brass/should I lube before first loading?

Thanks, I'll do that..

Commo
Commo
Commo
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Joined December 2016

RE: New 45ACP brass/should I lube before first loading?

Update: I've loaded about 400 45ACP rounds now on my Dillon -- what an amazing machine! Because I'm cleaning my cases with an ultrasonic cleaner I have been mindful of stickiness, especially in the powder die stage..

As suggested I've been using a spritz of lube (I'm using Hornady One Shot) on a patch to wipe the business end of the powder die tip. About every 50 rounds or so it starts to get a little sticky and I re-do the spritz.

Also, I've used a patch with a bit of the Hornady One Shot to wipe out the interior of the other dies. It all runs very smoothly..

Commo