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Old September 12th, 2018, 08:45 AM #1
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44 mag carbide dies and lube

I pulled out my 44 mag dies last night to replenish my diminished supply. The expanding die and bullet seating die offered a bit more resistance to accepting the cartridge than I am used to. If I spray case lube on the first few cases to free things up, is there a risk of damage to the carbide coating?
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Old September 12th, 2018, 08:53 AM #2
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No.

Carbide is hard. A little lube won't hurt.
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No . Everything slides in easier with lube .
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Are you spending enough time with your die before inserting the case?
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Are you spending enough time with your die before inserting the case?
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Bunch of ball-breakers in this thread.

OP, make sure the dies are cleaned, then lube a few cases and slide 'em in.

K31 should be along shortly, to discuss the lanolin based lube.





All kidding aside, the expander die and bullet seating die shouldn't have that much resistance. Only the carbide sizer die. (And it's the only one that actually has carbide in it.)
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I don't know what setup you have but sometimes it's nice to be able to seat and crimp in separate steps, e.g. with (some) cast bullets.
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In theory yes. In practice it depends on the details, such as bullet design, powder used, and exact combination of dimensions of dies and bullets . I've loaded bunchs of ammo using medium speed powder and Magma style cast bullets using one step that was capable of sub 1in @ 25yds . Could seperate seating & crimping have shaved another 0.1in of group size ? I dunno, I declared Victory where I was .
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