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 A fellow on another board mounts his sizer on an aluminum plate and puts a clothing iron behind the sizer for a heat source. I tried it and it works! A 5" x 12" plate is about the right size. He used a 3/8" thick plate. I found a 3/16" plate and it's thick enough to move heat from the iron to the sizer. A 3/8" plate probably would be better, but 3/16" works.  Drill two holes for the mounting bolts and trim the front corners if you want to be fancy.

  Setting the iron to 1/4 heat gave me 115°F inside the reservoir, which was hot enough for Lyman Orange Magic lube. Give it half an hour to heat up. Your mileage may vary.

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What about us bachelors who don't own an iron?  I would think getting the heater would be cheaper...:biggrin:
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Jack,

Excellent Idea! As a matter of fact, Ed Wilke of the Wilke Gas Check fame had a heater that looked like a small travel iron mounted to a plate. Had the adjustable T/Stat and worked very well.

Thanks for the info.

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Absolutely awesome idea!! Now tell me where I can get Viral Smith bullet lube (Blue) at a reasonable price and I will call you, "Master Guru".
I have heard that his wife is now selling it (his recipe).
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I would ask over at www.sixgunner.com

I think Marshall is selling his lube also and it is very good.

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 I've found that 115°F is a bit too hot for Orange Magic. It's too stiff at 90°, but flows nicely at 100°-105°. If it's too hot it starts leaking out the bottom of the lube reservoir and around the bottom punch. This is on a Lyman 450.

 For warm-up, I set the iron at 1/2 heat for 10 minutes, then 1/4 heat for 10 minutes, then run at 1/8 heat. I put a thermometer inside the reservoir and cover the top with cotton batting during warm-up. Your milage may vary.  

 Mark, a fellow has to get spiffed up once or twice a year, and I'd hate to try ironing a shirt with a heater. :D

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Hi, Nathan:
  So far as I know, the Lee die doesn't need heat since it doesn't apply the lube. I think you apply the lube by hand or by tumbling before sizing.  Any Lee users out there?

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Correct Jack,

The Lee die is only a swaging type sizer.

You must run only lubed bullets through the Lee die as it will begin to "lead" otherwise.

You can use either the tumblelube liquid or pan/hand lube the bullets first.

I also use mine to resize storebought cast/lubed bullets to smaller diameters if needed.

This die will also seat/crimp gas checks as it sizes the bullet.

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