Bag Balm for reloading

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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby daboone » 16 Mar 2019 07

I think bag balm is anhydrous lanolin. That is very good stuff for many reloading applications, lubes, bullet lubes, Eds Red, and chapped skin. I'm sure there are more.
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby AlaskanGuy » 17 Mar 2019 09

Jeff H wrote:Neat idea.

Thought I replied yesterday but must not have hit "submit."

What do you have to use to get it back off the cases?

I just bought a fresh tube of LEE case lube last fall, so I'm set for another twenty years, but I like having back-up options.


Sorry Jeff, I never saw this.. I just wipe it off with a rag, but just a tiny tiny dampening of the fingers is all that is required... so not much to wipe..
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Et2ss » 26 Mar 2019 14

Ha! I just had a 5.56 case get stuck in an RCBS sizing die the other day. Actually It had a case head separation leaving a partial case in the die. I removed the decapping/expanding pin, and used a broken shell extractor on it...... it ripped the rim off of the extractor! :shock:

So as I tend to take a ham fisted approach to everything, put the die in my trusty rock chucker from the bottom, and get a crowbar from my garage. I figured I'd sure a heck get that sucker out.


NOPE! I broke the shell extractor off in the die !

:lol:

My luck sometimes

My new die set should be arriving in today's mail, I guess I'm sending this one off to RCBS to see if they can save it.

I'll be looking into that bag balm to try out
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby GasGuzzler » 27 Mar 2019 05

Et2ss wrote:Ha! I just had a 5.56 case get stuck in an RCBS sizing die the other day.

Fiocchi brass?
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Ranch Dog » 27 Mar 2019 05

Crazy! Yes, what brass?
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Et2ss » 27 Mar 2019 09

I'll check tonight, but it think it was either Malaysian Surplus or Izzy.

It was well lubed with Frankford Arsenal spray..... Never had a case stick on me before
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby horseman » 27 Mar 2019 10

Et2ss wrote:Ha! I just had a 5.56 case get stuck in an RCBS sizing die the other day. Actually It had a case head separation leaving a partial case in the die. I removed the decapping/expanding pin, and used a broken shell extractor on it...... it ripped the rim off of the extractor! :shock:

So as I tend to take a ham fisted approach to everything, put the die in my trusty rock chucker from the bottom, and get a crowbar from my garage. I figured I'd sure a heck get that sucker out.


NOPE! I broke the shell extractor off in the die !

:lol:

My luck sometimes

My new die set should be arriving in today's mail, I guess I'm sending this one off to RCBS to see if they can save it.

I'll be looking into that bag balm to try out



Yup, sounds like me. I would very much like to have been there to see this. I would have sat in the corner (out of range) being veeeery quiet. I would also like to be there when RCBS gets the die and see their faces and hear THAT discussion... :lol: Sometimes it's just best to quit when you're "behind"...we never do of course... ;) I'm kinda of the school of a bigger cheater bar or hit it harder method. Sometimes it even works. :? Hey, let us know what RCBS says.. :mrgreen:
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Et2ss » 27 Mar 2019 12

Got an e-mail back from them today;


"You can send that to the address below with a note with your contact info and we will fix or replace that for you"
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Et2ss » 27 Mar 2019 20

OK, sorry for the late post but I just got in from Lodge. The case in question is a Western Cartridge Company
Marked 'WCC 81' (Olin)

Not sure where I got that one from, perhaps range brass from Ft. Dix?

I used to shoot there before I moved to Ohio, back in '05
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Re: Bag Balm for reloading

Postby Billinthedesert » 21 May 2019 15

When I run out of Imperial I may just try the Bag Balm, although I have another product at hand that is used religiously by my Victorian Riflemen chums who shoot a lot of .577 Snider and .577-450 Martini --Udderly Smooth, a lanolin-based skin cream. But they dip their bullet noses in it just before loading and firing for outstanding BP fouling control. I bet it would work just fine as a case lube as well. Will try it.
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