Lead bullet lube questions

phatcyclist

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I've never reloaded with lead projectiles but decided to pick some up the other day. I know they must be lubed for many reasons but Cabela's only had one type of lube on hand, it's Lyman Orange. I've read it's good because you can use it indoors and not worry about the Alox found in other lubes (I guess Alox is toxic?). The gentleman there told me to get a pan and melt the orange lube in there and dip the bullets in when the lube starts to cool down. Of course I could buy a fancy bullet lubing device for $125+, but I'm hardly interested at the moment.

Just wanted some opinions on this, I'm also wondering if straight beeswax would be a decent lube since the Alox mixes are 50% or so beeswax.

These rounds are .45 caliber, 250 grain and will be loaded for my Uberti SAA clone, so velocities will be around 800fps.
 

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If you bought lead bullets from a store, they should already be lubed.
What kind of bullets did you buy? Some manufacturers swage their bullets and even though they don't appear to be, they are lubed.
 

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If you bought lead bullets from a store, they should already be lubed.
What kind of bullets did you buy? Some manufacturers swage their bullets and even though they don't appear to be, they are lubed.

I bought Magtech bullets, they don't look lubed but like I said I'm new to lead bullets.

Nolan, we just lay lube in the pan and roll the bullets around in it. Just giving them a light coat.

Yeah, I bought a cheap pot at GoodWill for the task.
 

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I'm not familiar with Magtech bullets, but 99.99999% of the bullet makers out there, sell their product with the lube on them. Unless the box specifically says "not lubed", they should be. Like I said before, if they are swaged instead of cast, they will have a graphite or similar lube rather than the blue, red, or gray colored lube in the rings at the base of the bullet.

Post a photo if you can.
 

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