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Is there a good way to remove the lube from a commercial cast bullet. I have some 38 wadcutters that lead really bad and I thought that if I could remove the lube I might try powder coating them. My first thought was that boiling water might remove it leaving the lube on top. Then let the water cool and skim off the lube.

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Put them on several layers of paper towel and put them in the oven at it's lowest setting, the rest will work itself out. Wax and water will make a mess. You will have to chemically degrease the bullets with acetone before painting them. Again paper towel is your friend.

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I have put already lubed bullets in a wire basket and then sit the basket in a cooking pan that is a little smaller in diameter( this holds the bullets off the bottom of the pan. I put the pan/basket on the stove and turn the burner to a medium range(you will have to play with your stove a bit) where it melts the lube and lets it drip into the pan. Covering the basket with a pan lid will help hold in the heat and speed up the process. I then squirt them off with mineral spirits or acetone in a spray bottle and powder coat them. I do preheat them in my toaster oven before I shake them in the powder coat.

Some of the home made lubes that tend to be soft contain STP and other chemicals that give off a little odor when heat gets applied. I just turn on the vent fan.

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Thanks for the replies. I may have to give both methods a try and see how they work out.

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Before worrying about the lube I would make sure of the fit.


"poor lube MAY lead, but an undersized bullet will ALWAYS lead"


Another option "if" it is lube is to leave it there, add a top coat of 45/45/10 or thinned Lee Alox. (Bens liquid lube)


The third factor that comes into play is load, how hard your pushing them.
But bullet fit is king, be sure it is correct first.


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Before worrying about the lube I would make sure of the fit.


"poor lube MAY lead, but an undersized bullet will ALWAYS lead"


Another option "if" it is lube is to leave it there, add a top coat of 45/45/10 or thinned Lee Alox. (Bens liquid lube)


The third factor that comes into play is load, how hard your pushing them.
But bullet fit is king, be sure it is correct first.


Good luck!
These are commercial cast and I have 500 (minus a few) I can't really do anything about fit. That's why I was thinking about coating. The Hornady wadcutter with a "dry" lube that I used before leaded some but not as much as these. The Hornady measures .3577 (I had a few left that I could measure) and these cast measure .3587-.3589. I havent slugged the throats or barrel. I'm only pushing them as hard as 3.1 grains of Titegroup in 38 special cases will push which is if I remember somewhere between 750-850 fps. Maybe too hard and not pushing them fast enough??? Even if that's the case I need to find something because I'm loading them lite because my wife likes to shoot them.

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Before worrying about the lube I would make sure of the fit.


"poor lube MAY lead, but an undersized bullet will ALWAYS lead"


Another option "if" it is lube is to leave it there, add a top coat of 45/45/10 or thinned Lee Alox. (Bens liquid lube)


The third factor that comes into play is load, how hard your pushing them.
But bullet fit is king, be sure it is correct first.


Good luck!
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So if I find that the bullet is too small how do I size it up?

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So if I find that the bullet is too small how do I size it up?
Powder coating it will add a bit, so depending on how undersized it is that may be enough. If it needs more, someone else will have to give you advice - I've never needed to increase the diameter of a cast bullet.

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Bumping up in size I believe is called swaging and takes special dies and tools to accomplish. Not cheap and not something you can do with only a small batch of bullets you need it done to.



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