Another self reference, so I know where to find it, since I am running low.
If you cast bullets, you need to lubricate them. Why? Here’s a good explanation
Notes from the video link (above): [a] ignore the double boiler - microwave is better and faster; [b] ignore pliers - it will damage your bullets, push them out with your fingers; [c] video talks about black powder, but it’s same-same for nitrate propellent too, i.e. type of powder is a moot point.
Point is, you shouldn’t be shooting pure cast projectiles without some sort of lubrication, if you like your bore shootable in the future. This is applied to each bullet you are going to shoot.
There are a few options and I will cover the most used one, to get started.
- Lee Liquid Alox Lube - messy, sticky, ugly and disgusting. Also not very economical in a long run with questionable results. Did I mention messy, sticky, ugly and disgusting?
- Powder coating – requires somewhat of a larger setup and not a good starting point, however a very good option nevertheless.
- Pan lubing - this is what’s covered here.
What I use on my cast bullets:
This is crazy flammable, I use a microwave, NOT stove.
2 part: paraffin wax (best to get it from eBay, because you don’t know what else has been added to candles and such, if you chose to melt them).
2 part: pure lard (_pretty much any grocery store).
1 part: beeswax (again, eBay is your friend).
For fun and to be hip and cool and really piss your kids off, you can colour this mixture, by adding desired colour crayons to it. Essentially, it’s just wax and colouring. Red, blue, green, pink, whatever.
- Setup storage container: a box or whatever you are going to use to keep this in, however, line it with backing paper. It will be a lot easier to remove it in the future. Otherwise, you’ll be chiselling this lube out of the box away like a stone age monkey.
- Put lined storage container aside.
- Put everything into a microwave safe dish.
- Microwave it until it melts and blends together (4 minutes to start with, but maybe longer. It gets extremely hot, so gloves are a must).
- Remove from microwave.
- Mix well to make sure paraffin and wax have dissolved and everything has been mixed together.
- Pour into storage container
- Let cool and solidify
- You are done.
At this stage, your lube is ready and you can re-melt it in the microwave for use.
Here’s a sequence of me using it:
using backing paper in the pan, to make it a lot easier to remove after everything is solid.
you can re-melt the lube in a Microwave and re-use
let everything cool and solidify
Remove entire block from pan after it has cooled and solidify; and push bullets out with your fingers.