Question about Alox. I have a bottle that came with some dies… However, I never used it. I powder coat for everything, other than BP, which gets pan-lubed.
Regarding Alox, I wonder if it’s worth using. Excluding the messy/sticky aspect to it, is it worth using over powder coating and is it any good… Specifically, this is for low velocity cartridges that I cast (I usually buy stuff I shoot the most), so it would be stuff like 44MAG, 45-70, Nagant (x38R, not 54R), etc.
Feedback and experiences appreciated
Yeah, you’re right about the liquid alox, sticky shit that builds up in your dies, is messy to use, etc, etc…
I use it on cast 9mm bullets out of a Lee mold that is designed for it, multiple shallow grooves. I’ve shot a lot of cast bullets lubed with it over the years, .44, .45, .30-30, .32-20, 7mm, 9mm,… it does do it’s job, but like I said above, pain in the arse. ( maybe I’m not using enough??, pun folks, pun. )
With regards lubing coated bullets, I’ve found that I get slightly better accuracy in my competition lever guns by lubing them, although not with the liquid alox. If the bullet has lube grooves, fill them with lube.
Civilisation has advanced since the days of alox, do yourself a favour and leave it in the past.
Why not water it down with some mineral spirits? Makes it less sticky. Or simply buy 45 45 10 lube from Cast Bullet Engineering. It’s a mix of Alox, Carnuba wax, and mineral spirits. I just bought it from CBE works great, no sticky mess!