Alox and Mica

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by steve4102, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    I am lubing my cast bullets with Alox/Mineral spirits, sizing them and lubing again. They stay a little sticky and tacky after several days.

    I have read that coating them with a very light dusting of Motor mica will take care of the sticky problems.

    My question, How will this combo of Alox and Mica affect my neck tension. Will these bullets coated in mica be more prone to set-back, or no?
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Are you roll crimping or taper crimping? If a roll crimp, I don't see any problem. If taper crimping, I would test and check after each round for 20 or so rounds just to make sure. I don't forsee a problem though.

  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    10MM Auto and 45 ACP, taper crimp.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Cast lead sets back easy anyway. just lube and taper crimp as much as you can without causing a headspace issue.
  5. noylj

    noylj Active Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    It will have no effect. Several companies, see Hornady for one, treat all their swaged lead bullets with find powdered mica.
    Then again, unless you roll your ammo in the dirt, the tackiness will have no effect either. I never had any problems when I started to use LLA, and never even considered that tackiness was a problem. Bullets shot great and barrels were free of lead. Never had any build-up on the seating stem. I just knew that, at the indoor range, I would occasionally breath in some fume and didn't like it, so I started to cut back on the LLA.
    Now, I don't size any of my cast bullets (did a whole bunch of testing in the mid to late '70s and found sizing NEVER improved accuracy, so I stopped) and you might want to try some as-cast and lightly tumbled in LLA/Xlox.
    All you need is a coat on the bullets such that, when tumble lubed, they appear no more than shiny and wet. They do NOT need to be amber/brown. It takes VERY little LLA/Xlox to do the job.
    You can go to the cast Boolit forum and look up Recluse's formula for 45% LLA, 45% Johnson Paste Wax, and 10% Mineral spirits for a formulation that will eliminate the tackiness that bothers you.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Just cutting the LLA with mineral spirits will do that also and it dries faster.
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