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So I am reloading my 223 brass for the 3-4 time and noticed many more dimples on the neck. My quick google search revealed the conventional wisdom "to much lube". This is all federal brass from a case I bought & then reloaded. I use the same amount of imperial Sizing Wax each time, never seen this many dimples. I full length resize with a RCBS small base die, and run them through the Geraud each time.

I am thinking that it is more the age of the brass than excess lube?

Any safety or function concerns?

Reloading rifle is a pain in the rear compared to pistol calibers.
 

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I switched to Hornaday one shot and don't have dimpling problems.
LOL, after several stuck case "incidents" I switched to Imperial. I will cut own on the lube next time and see if it helps. I love Hornady on my pistol cases, makes the press run smoooooooooth.
 

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It can be too much love and trapped trapped air. Use as little lube as you can. The sprays keep them to a minimum.
For your reference for 10 or so 308 winchester I use One drop of canola oil. rub it on my fingers first
and just with what is left on my fingers I do the rest about 10 cases. I also use redding with carbide button.
Initially a couple of dimples no safety concerns. It will iron out as you fire.
 

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It can be too much love and trapped trapped air. Use as little lube as you can. The sprays keep them to a minimum.
For your reference for 10 or so 308 winchester I use One drop of canola oil. rub it on my fingers first
and just with what is left on my fingers I do the rest about 10 cases. I also use redding with carbide button.
Initially a couple of dimples no safety concerns. It will iron out as you fire.
Ummmmm, nom nom nom, delicious cases.
 

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Ummmmm, nom nom nom, delicious cases.
Yeah. I found that oil to be nice on my fingers. If you reload long hours other oils might crack the skin. Plus besides close visual inspection rubbing and inspecting with your fingers all around is a way to feel any imperfections or issues. I through them in the ultrasonic cleaner after preparation so they are cleaned in and out anyway.

Also I use some oregano and garlic mixed with Varget... ummmmm ....it gives that great smell of grandma's Sicilian cooking as you shoot. LOL

*** I am joking (of course) in case someone actually tries to do it ****
 

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I clean the dies everytime I use them. Lube of any type will build up eventually, Imperial is excellent however it will build up in the die and cause problems.
 

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I use hornady OneShot to clean dies inside and out, but not for lubing cases. I tried it and kept getting stuck cases...eventually getting one really stuck and having to send my die into hornady. I would highly recommend a mixture that Ive found online. It consists of 91% Isopropyl alcohol and pure lanolin oil. The mixture should be between 1:8 - 1:12 ratio respectively. Spray onto cases (as many as you want at once) and then just shuffle the cases around with your hands to lube the cases. After a few minutes, the Iso evaporates and leaves a thin coat of lanolin oil which works spectacular for lubing cases.

Pure lanolin oil can be hard to find, but it can be found. Check your local health food stores or natural food stores. Ive pin pointed one in my area (syracuse) that stocks it for about $6.

Finding 91% Isopropyl alcohol can also be challenging, but the local Rite Aid usually has it in stock. You can also use IsoHeet found at home depot or lowes. That stuff is like 99% or something close.

I currently use a spray bottle with a 1:8 ratio of lanolin : Iso mixture and it works great for me.

 

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Thanks for all the thoughts folks. I will clean the die & cut down on the imperial for the next batch and see what happens.

So I have several cases with "many" dimples on the neck. They are evenly spaced around the neck very symmetrical! I am trying to get these loaded before the weather breaks...I would rather be outside.
 

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Yeah. I found that oil to be nice on my fingers. rubbing and inspecting with your fingers all around is a way to feel.
I started to hear porn music when I was reading this.....It was creepy.
 
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I clean the dies everytime I use them. Lube of any type will build up eventually, Imperial is excellent however it will build up in the die and cause problems.
Give this man a cigar.........

Clean your sizing die and use a minimum of wax and you won't see any more dimples.
 
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