Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe

Posted by: The Famous Grouse

Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/01/14 11:30 PM

I believe it was on this forum, but somewhere I saw a recipe for a homemade spray case lube. Can anyone direct me to this or post a link to somewhere else where there are ingrediants and instructions?

From what I recall, several members said it worked very well, and I just shelled out $9.99 again for another can of One Shot and that got me thinking, I should bite the bullet and round up the ingrediantes to make my own.

Many thanks.

Grouse
Posted by: JOKER

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/01/14 11:34 PM

Originally Posted By Venatic


Check this as it is what I went by and it worked just as described in the video. I can' t believe I waited this long to give it a try. I have always used a loading block to hold the brass upright and spray but the pan method works even better if you are doing a bunch.
I found the Lanolin at a Whole Foods market and the Heet at Wal Mart.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0117UuXiSS4
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Posted by: JOKER

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/01/14 11:47 PM

I bought the lanolin on Ebay
Red -Heet at WalMart
Spray bottles at dollar general ----
Good Luck ---- seems to work good for regular reloading
Probably continue Imperial Sizing Wax for necking down ---
Thanks
Posted by: Widow maker 223

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/02/14 09:13 AM

You can use the 90% alcohol it just takes longer to evaporate.
Posted by: bigtommy

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/02/14 05:00 PM

Could we put this up as a stickie
Posted by: garey

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/02/14 09:16 PM

great DIY advice! I gotta try this
Posted by: Cast

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/03/14 04:40 PM

I have been using home made case lube for years. Never stuck a case. If y'all want my recipe PM me and I'll look it up and post. 99% iso and liquid lanolin might be the ingredients. It's cheap and lasts a long time. I made up one gallon and still working on it.
Posted by: SVB

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/07/14 03:31 PM

Thanks to Vanatic for sharing this recipe and vid---I've tryed it and it works real well--Will use Outlaw case lube from now on----Thanks Again for sharing this-SVB
Posted by: rg

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/14/14 01:06 AM

Good info on making homemade lanolin lube here:
http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm#Sizing
EDITED: The mixture is best at 8 parts alcohol to one part liquid lanolin. Any ratio that uses more lanolin to alcohol is too greasy. 16 oz of alcohol to 2 oz. of liquid lanolin works well. Some report good results with less lanolin. Definitely use 99% alcohol if possible.
Posted by: Squeeze

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/18/14 11:59 AM


OK, so I need clarification. The first video says the
mix is 12 parts Iso, and 1 part lanolin, and the link to
the text says the mix is 4 to 5 parts Iso, and 1 part
lanolin. Big difference in mixing ratios! So what
are people actually using for mixing ratios? I have
also read internet forums where the suggested ratio is
8:1. So which one works for the bootleg case lube mixers
here?

Thanks
Squeeze
Posted by: venatic

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 07/05/14 08:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Squeeze

OK, so I need clarification. The first video says the
mix is 12 parts Iso, and 1 part lanolin, and the link to
the text says the mix is 4 to 5 parts Iso, and 1 part
lanolin. Big difference in mixing ratios! So what
are people actually using for mixing ratios? I have
also read internet forums where the suggested ratio is
8:1. So which one works for the bootleg case lube mixers
here?

Thanks
Squeeze


I used a 12 oz. bottle to 1 oz. liquid lanolin.
Posted by: BOWLSEYE

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 07/22/14 09:39 PM

This stuff is awesume. 12oz red bottle of Heet with 1oz of liquid lanolin. I will never by case lube again after using this mix.
Posted by: Widow maker 223

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 07/25/14 04:41 PM

Good stuff huh!!
Posted by: DGW

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 08/07/14 06:41 PM

FWIW, maybe 8 months ago came home from a Lowes store with can of ULTRA LUBE, an aerosol can of lubricant and penetrant that is supposed to be a soy bean based product minus any petroleum oils. Bought it just to replace the can of penetrant I'd used up. The Ultra Lub can said it had 4 times the lubrication of oil based products. Also labeled eco safe, non-toxic, odor free.

Happen to have the Ultra Lub near me one day when I was going to resize some brass...so, being a curious guy, sprayed some on a lub pad and tried it on my brass. Stuff worked quite well for resizing brass. Been using it ever since. It replaced the Imperial Sizing wax I'd been using.

Posted by: 12savage

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 09/09/14 09:58 PM

I use lanolin and 80% alcohol. Had to find the alcohol at a medical supply store as the pharmacy was only carrying 50% and 70%
Posted by: rg

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 10/20/14 12:11 AM

Another good post about making your own lube. Says 8 to 1 mimics the Dillon case lube which is the best lanolin lube I've used.
http://nyshooters.net/forum/showthread.php?1087-Homemade-Case-Lube
Posted by: Sam55

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 10/20/14 12:59 AM

Hello I'm new to the forum, also not in the US, know lanolin very well, as we have plenty of sheep, but can anyone enlighten me on what Heet is. From putting two and two together it appears to be a brand name for isopropynol, but I am not 100% sure. Any help will be much appreciated.
Posted by: leper65

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 10/25/14 11:11 AM

Heet is used to remove water from gasoline in cars. We used it a lot in the winter in NY State, you just add to the gas tank. It's 98 or 99% Isopropyl alocohol if I remember correctly...
Posted by: msinc

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/29/14 03:00 PM

You can get 100% alcohol at a paint store...denatured or wood alcohol. They usually have it by the gallon. It's funny, reloaders have been trying to come up with the ultimate {for whatever reason, usually money} case lube for a very long time. I remember one of my brother-in-laws talking about using STP oil treatment {ala Mario Andretti} 40 years ago. I tried it once when I ran out and it did work, but it was nasty to clean up and it stunk. For days.
I always hate it when some idiot replies to a thread and starts out with "simple, all ya gotta do..." Several years ago that idiot posted to take a ziploc bag, add a few squirts of Dawn Ultra dish soap, dump in the brass and close the zip on the bag. Then roll it around to coat the brass good. Dump out the brass cases on a clean surface and let them dry. Then size. I tried it and been doing it ever since. One thing to buy, zero mixing and effortless resizing. I have formed many 243 and 260 cases from military 7.62X51 {308} cases in one pass.
In regards to Heet...that same BIL with the STP refused to buy any kind of "Dry Gas" type product to get water out of a gas tank and I remember tagging along as a kid while he went to several stores looking for 100% alcohol to substitute...for the gas he ran out looking he could have just bought the "Dry Gas." I used to think is was a Navy thing...spending $50.00 to save .50 cents. I have known many fellows that did this {drive two hours to save $4.00} and every one of them were prior Navy.

Posted by: fw707

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/29/14 04:00 PM

I'm just glad I started using Imperial Sizing Wax before I heard about any of these DIY recipes!
lol
Posted by: Diamondback

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/30/14 04:26 AM

Originally Posted By: BOWLSEYE
This stuff is awesume. 12oz red bottle of Heet with 1oz of liquid lanolin. I will never by case lube again after using this mix.


You can say that again. It is clean and sizes up just fine in the dies. Thank you for sharing this info!
Posted by: Trez

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/05/14 10:40 AM

This stuff works!
Thanks, it's much easier for bulk reloading.
Posted by: Bear

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/18/14 04:26 AM

just ask you local pharmacy they can get you 99% alcohol very easy.
Posted by: johnnyjr

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/08/15 10:02 PM

nothing is better than imperial sizing wax or Lees case lube...easy to use..
Posted by: Ghostman

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/12/15 08:59 AM

You'll spend vast amounts of money on rifles, scopes and reloading equipment and you're trying to save a few bucks on case lube? Seriously? only on PM Lol
Posted by: Cast

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/12/15 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Ghostman
You'll spend vast amounts of money on rifles, scopes and reloading equipment and you're trying to save a few bucks on case lube? Seriously? only on PM Lol


Actually, the stuff I make is better than anything store-bought that I have tried. Plus, the convenience factor pushes it right over the top. I lube a full ammo block at a time, or two blocks if I'm loading a bunch of ammo. The alcohol evaporates but the lanolin is still there, and the case neck is perfectly lubed too.
Posted by: venatic

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/12/15 11:53 AM

Originally Posted By: fw707
I'm just glad I started using Imperial Sizing Wax before I heard about any of these DIY recipes!
lol


I also used Imperial until I started having to lube 1000 cases at a time.... I still have Imperial somewhere in a drawer if I ever need it again.

I now actually use both One Shot for little batches here and there but use the homemade stuff for bigger batches.
Posted by: DANNY-L

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/26/15 09:18 AM

I mixed a 4oz bottle of oil to 12oz bottle of 91% alcohol. The brass seems way to slippery to where I have to wipe some off so I don't get dimples when I resize. It also clogs up in spray bottle if it sits for a few days. I don't think this is the normal. The label on the oil says 100% liquid lanolin.
When I have alot of brass to do I put it in a gallon ziplock and a couple spays of solution. When the empty bag sits for a few hours the inside of the bag is stuck to itself.

Got it corrected thanks to Furhunter,I was mixing in way to much oil.
Posted by: Foggy scope

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/15/15 07:31 PM

ok guys
I have 2 questions for ya.
1. On YouTube there are two videos for the bootleg case lube
In the link above the guy is using the home health liquid lanolin pure emollient oil.
In the other the guy is using the now foods 100% pure liquid lanolin. Are these two products the same?
I can get the home health at wall mart.
By my research lanolin is a solid at room temp and the oil is not so this leads me to believe that there the same. What do you guys say or use?
2. Would this case lube also make a good water puffer for your guns when hunting in the wet
thanks in advance
Ace
P.S. oh I guess that's 3 questions sorry lol
Posted by: BuckeyeSpecial

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 03/01/15 12:18 AM

Grouse:

Buy a tin of Imperial Sizing Die Wax and forget about any homemade stuff. A can lasts a lifetime, and anything else hardly merits 28 responses here. Course' if one has to spray lube on cases...invent away!
Posted by: pahntr760

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 03/01/15 05:00 PM

Funny...I went to Amazon and checked out Liquid Lanolin. The most common item bought WITH the lanolin is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. I will be making some of this for large batch resizing.
Posted by: WVGuns

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 05/05/15 01:36 PM

Ive been using Marvel mystery oil for a few years now. I ran out of case lube and decided what the heck been using it ever since.
Posted by: GrubbyBoy

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 06/16/15 10:01 PM

I use the lanolin spray with alcohol. I set out hundreds at a time on a towel, three squeezes, roll them around and let dry for 5 mins. Resize and done. Must easier than doing one at a time.

Best regards,

Grub
Posted by: hydehunter

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 09/15/15 08:07 PM

I mixed up some and it worked great on my 223 brass then tried to size my 6.5-284 would not work wanted to stick the brass in the die so went back to imperial sizing wax,do not know why it would not work on the bigger brass?
Posted by: tred1956

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 10/08/15 06:48 PM

I am going to give this a try.
Thanks
Doug
Posted by: gwtx

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/13/15 04:32 PM

Then there is this post from another site:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=293530

"Called RCBS again yesterday, and sent them an e-mail regarding the stuck .223. Explained that out of the thousands of rifle rounds I've loaded, the ONLY stuck cases I've had have been as of very recent--when I decided to give Imperial a try."

Here is the response from RCBS--


Quote:
Hi Jeff:
Return the die to us and we will remove the stuck case and replace any
damaged components. You want to avoid lube that is wax based or has any
wax products in the ingredients. 95% of the stuck cases we get back
here are due to wax based lube.

What happens is that the wax builds up inside the die and is like rubber
cement in there and the cases will get stuck every time. Your die is
under warranty and there is no problem sending it back to us. Have a
great day!


I think the biggest problem with any lube is using too much, and not keeping the dies clean. The Lee dies I have will sometimes "plug off" the vent hole with lube. I use the lanolin/alcohol diy stuff. Just my .02
Posted by: Bernie P.

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/14/15 09:08 AM

I watched the vid but I just dont get how the mix get's on all those cases and inside the case mouth.Is this good for full length or just neck sizing?
Posted by: john pruitt

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/19/15 12:15 PM

I use the alchol lanoiin spray it works for me and i full length size
Posted by: Rimrock1

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/21/16 06:30 PM

I don't know how many cases I have resized over the last 50 plus years using the wife's Crisco.
Posted by: cb4017

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/30/16 03:12 AM

I finally tried the home made lube. I used a bottle of Heet and one ounce of liquid lanolin. Today I FL sized some 7.62 cases and ran some 5.56 cases through a 6x45 SB die. It all worked great. I can not imagine buying commercial case lube again.
Posted by: Stob

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/19/16 09:01 AM

Lanolin is used when making your own bullets, usually a mixture of lanolin and caster oil. Berger I think uses only lanolin. Only about 2 grains of lube is used to core seat 1000 jackets. But, it is not easily removed completely, solvent is used to clean the bullets.

If I were working on hundreds of cases at one time, I would use this spray, the small amount of lanolin shouldn't pose a problem.

I load at the range when attending matches. I use RCBS Case Lube II, water based, and a pad. I clean the case with 0000 steel wool, and lay 10 to 15 cases on the pad and roll with the palm of my hand, then resize. Wipes right off with a paper towel.
Posted by: Cast

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/19/16 10:40 AM

When I first started loading I tried almost everything and for case lube, finally settled on One Shot. It works great with my wooden loading blocks. The logical next step was to figure out what that stuff is made from. The lanolin & 99% ISO is a great replacement for it. I'll never need to buy more case lube and I have enough stuff in stock to make more.
Posted by: rsbenden

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 03/20/16 04:37 PM

I will use any oil but recently tried canola cooking oil in the spray bottle and am sold on it,works great!!
Posted by: Plant.One

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 03/20/16 06:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Cast
When I first started loading I tried almost everything and for case lube, finally settled on One Shot. It works great with my wooden loading blocks. The logical next step was to figure out what that stuff is made from. The lanolin & 99% ISO is a great replacement for it. I'll never need to buy more case lube and I have enough stuff in stock to make more.


one shot is not lanolin based. its Dynaglide based.

it doesnt build up like lanolin mixes do, and its nigh on impossible to over-lube with the stuff like it is with lanolin.


the ONLY time i've ever managed to dimple case shoulders was when i was testing out lanolin based stuff. plus it left a sticky mess in my dies. Yick!

i still have a bottle of lanolin based mix i keep around, but i hold onto it for resizing the .310 zmax into .308 bullets for my blackout thumbup1
Posted by: Ryfulman

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 05/08/16 12:36 AM

I was making my own from lanolin and alcohol however my kid stole my lanolin for her skin,so I've been using spray vegetable oil from the grocery store. Cheap as heck and works great
Posted by: dennyd

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 08/04/16 09:45 AM

The best case lube i have ever used and i have tried a hundred different store bought and homemade lubes, is plain old chapstick, hanging in every checkout counter in every store. i even made a little holder so it stands up right next to my press, take the cap off, rub 2 fingers across the top of the chapstick and run arond the case a second, i have a q-tip with some on it that i roll around in the neck of the case and in the die it goes, works everytime, no dents ever, no stuck cases ever, slides up in the die like greased lighting. Then hot water and dawn dish soap rinse and slosh and dry. My search is over, for a hundred cases you don't even use a 1/8 of an inch of chapstick, it syays on your fingers for several cases, a little on the neck, non on the shoulder and some on the case, awesome stuff, .39 cents will maybe do a thousand cases.
Posted by: pyscodog

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 09/02/16 06:15 PM

I started using this mixture and it works very well. I had one thing happen that was a little unusual. I had a batch of brass fresh out of the tumbler and sprayed it down with the mix. I had stuff to do so I let it set over night. The next day, I had dark stains all over my freshly tumbled brass. I ended up running it through the tumbler again to shine it back up. Other than that, it works very well.
Posted by: texken

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/26/16 03:14 PM

been using the home made recipe for a while, when I expand necks I stand the case's upright and do a light spay down into the necks.
Posted by: hawkeye58

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/02/17 12:31 PM

I have found nothing better for high volume reloading.

Time saved alone regardless of money saved is worth making your own.

Chris
Posted by: jimmy917

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 04/08/17 09:59 AM

I recently tried the lee paste in alcohol. It does separate, but a quick shake is all it takes. I put one tube in 16 oz. of 91% isopropyl alcohol, mix and spray onto cases. Dries kind of powdery, works well, easy to wipe off. I've processed close to 1000 cases with it, used about 3 oz. of the mixture.
Posted by: Cast

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 04/08/17 11:44 AM

The lanolin I use is liquid. There is a very small rato of liquid lanolin to 99% isopropyl. I spray the cases and seat the bullets, the spray evaporates and leaves dry little lanolin. It's good for your skin. I don't even wipe them after loading, they go in the ammo box. I never notice anything remaining on them at the range, and I go from bench to range.
Posted by: bigdog1

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 07/25/17 03:46 PM

coconut oil is the best use very sparingly I just lubed a thousand cases and set them aside. For sizing later. Just a drop or two on your hand. Rub hands together, roll cases between hands, Viola never a stuck case. Try it you will like it. It is about 4 bucks a quart at grocery store. it is solid to 76 degrees and then it melts. Can be used liquid or solid.


Dave
Posted by: Jason50cal

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 07/31/17 08:23 PM

I use the liquid lanolin and alcohol but will have to try the coconut oil as I have to order the lanolin
Posted by: Navigator

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 10/13/17 10:07 AM

Ill be making some myself this weekend. Will use Lanolin paste and melt it via hot water, then will add 99% alcohol.
JM
Posted by: shepherm

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/10/17 06:27 PM

I used the lanolin mix for the first time yesterday. It worked pretty good but it was a pita to remove it in the SS media tumbler.. If anyone is using a SS media tumbler and having a tough time getting the lanolin off, try Woolite laundry detergent. My normal dawn and lemishine didn't do anything to the lanolin except coat everything in a nasty mess. I tried everything I had in the house (simple green, All detergent, dawn, and lemishine) and some helped but NOTHING worked like a little Woolite in the tumbler.
Posted by: Plant.One

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/10/17 11:49 PM

if you still have your vibratory tumbler, crushed walnut takes lanolin off brass in 20 mins, give or take.
Posted by: Hellgate

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 12/25/17 07:32 PM

I find the corn cob media is a bit more absorbent than walnut shell.
Posted by: sll

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 04/15/18 11:52 AM

Thanks for the tip on this recipe. I mixed some up and it works great.
Posted by: Predzys

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/27/18 11:19 PM

Will take note of those tips
Posted by: Don Fischer

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 01/28/19 08:46 PM

I don't understand the reason for making your own formula for sizing lube. Even the most expensive stuff, is it really that expensive? Is it really a better lube? How do you know?
Posted by: outdoorbum

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/15/19 05:52 AM

Don Fischer ask a good point. I am a big DIY person. I make my own (alcohol and lanolin) because I use a lot of it. If I am using my Dillon's volume is king. Is it better? No idea, I know it works and does keep me from crushing cases in the progressive presses. Mentally I know if I make it I will use more and not skimp on it

I also use a film cannister with BBs in it and filled to the top of the BBs with case lube to do dip the cases in
Posted by: bigdog1

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 08/12/19 11:06 PM

Coconut oil is the best there is. PERIOD. Use very small amounts. Three drops on hands, rub together, Size 50 cases, no sticking no dents.

About 4 bucks a quart at local grocery store.

Dave
Posted by: JMette

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 08/29/19 11:54 PM

Lanolin oil and heet (red bottle) 12:1 ratio. Some do 10:1 ratio.

And why make it. Just like anything else because you can I suppose and a bottle of heet mix will last you for a long time...
Posted by: JMette

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 08/29/19 11:55 PM

You can buy the lanolin off of amazon and heet from your Walmart or Autozone local store too.
Posted by: D_Bell

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/07/19 10:51 PM

Great stuff...Thanks! Only issue I ran into was small dents on the shoulders, so to remedy the dents I start wiping off the shoulders. No issues after that.
Posted by: Rock Knocker

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 11/08/19 09:18 AM

I haven't used it for case lube but I know most stores with a livestock section sell gallon jugs of 99% isopropyl alcohol for $20. I forget the type of alcohol in HEET but I've used the 99% isopropyl for disolving then evaporating the alcohol back off and it works great.
Posted by: 22 Chuck

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 09/13/20 09:24 PM

If that mixture is too THIN one can always add a little lanolin and try that till the deskred product is reached.

Mh daughter sent me some lanolin from an on lion e seller and I got the Heet from WM. Just have to make and see. I bet 9 oz of mixture goes a LONG ways--thousands of cases. We will see...
Posted by: Al Hansen

Re: Homemade Case Spray Lube Recipe - 02/04/21 11:00 PM

Great stuff. How did I miss this one. Works great.