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Old 10-20-2013, 09:20 PM
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Hey guys,

I know there is a place on this forum to ask about lubes etc, and I've read a lot of it, but I want to be a bit more specific.

I have a Rossi .357 which I enjoy shooting with a B/P LOAD.
Untill recently I've enjoyed great success with a locally made cast projectile, which is already lubed. However, I am having difficulty getting those at the moment and am casting my own, but the old 60/40 Beeswax / Lard that works fine in the Muzzle loader doesn't cut it in the Lever action. Can some of the the more experienced B/P lever action guys please tell me what lube they are useing. I think the issue with the 60/40 is that the bullets sit in the warm magazine for a short time, then the lube starts to loosen up. I tried it a little stiffer, by changing the recipe a bit but it didn't really work.

Thanks all.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:46 AM
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All my lever action cast bullets are lubed with Lee Alox and tumble lubed. I add a dab of black graphite so the lube is gray instead of brown. My rounds stay in a warm magazine all day without becoming soft.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:19 PM
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Thanks for that jodum, but I really need a Black Powder lube, I haven't tried Lee Alox as a B/P lube.
Wasn't aware it would work to keep the fouling soft.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:42 PM
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BP Cartidge Lube

In my 1873 Uberti/chester in 44WCF I use and really like DGL. It is supposed to be an inexpensive alternative to SPG. You can find it at Midway USA and Buffalo Arms.
I have a Rossi in 357 magnum and have thought about trying black powder in it. Do you have trouble with black powder fouling getting into the action from the heavy straight walled cases not sealing ?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:21 PM
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G'day David,

Don't think we have DGL over here, (OZ) but I'll have a look at Midway, I have dealt with them before.
I know we have T/C Bore Butter, might give that a go.

No probs with .357 and black powder, although I do cheat, I use 2grns of Trail Boss under the B/P to help keep it clean.

135 grn round nose cast,.......2 grns T/B. 14.0 grns of Curtis and Harvey FFF.
156 grn round nose cast........2 grns T/B. 13.0 grns of Curtis and Harvey FFF.

Both work well for me.
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