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Post by Bronko22000 29/03/22, 05:20 pm

OK Lewis this one is directed at you. How much Sthil synthetic 2 cycle oil do you add to a 1 lb block of NASA lube to make it I guess semi-hard? Something about the same hardness/texture of Crisco that I can apply with my fingers or pan lube.
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Post by Harleysboss 29/03/22, 09:28 pm

If it helps at all, I added 1 of the 2.6oz bottles to a pound of the NASA lube. It made it softer but not as soft as Crisco. I use it both ways, hand applied/rubbed into the grooves and pan lubing.

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Post by Admin 30/03/22, 10:19 am

Bronko22000 wrote:OK Lewis this one is directed at you.  How much Sthil synthetic 2 cycle oil do you add to a 1 lb block of NASA lube to make it I guess semi-hard?  Something about the same hardness/texture of Crisco that I can apply with my fingers or pan lube.

Try one of the little Bottles first and test, i use 2 Of the small 2.6 Fluid ounce bottles to 1 pound of NASA, Thinner Lube ALWAYS Wins for me. It’s much messier than the Thicker Lube, and it don’t work worth a Darn for Pan Lubing, But my thinner Lube has always Outshot the Thicker stuff the way it comes. Accuracy is the most important thing to me, i don’t mind the thinner, messier Lube NASA lube question 3355125947
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Post by EdMehlig 30/03/22, 01:09 pm

I would do what Lew recommended by using 1 bottle to see how you like it. You can add half a bottle at a time to get the softness you are looking for. It's kinda like sizing bullets or ordering a new mold. You can size the bullets smaller, you can't make them bigger. Well, I guess you can if you want to roll them between two files? NASA lube question 1986740415
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Post by Bronko22000 06/04/22, 10:05 am

OK but what about if you make it thin and keep the rifle charged for a while - like a week or so during hunting season?  Will the lube contaminate the powder or will a felt wad protect the powder from the lube?
Another question: will any synthetic 2 cycle oil work or is the Stihl a special blend?
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Post by Harleysboss 06/04/22, 01:07 pm

I’m thinking that you should stick to the Stihl brand (tried and true). As far as it contamination of your powder, that’s something I would test well ahead of your hunt. Make up your lube to your desired consistency, treat a bullet then load up your rifle. Take her out a week later and see if she goes BOOM. I’M guessing that you won’t make it so thin that it migrates off your bullet though.

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Post by EdMehlig 06/04/22, 02:31 pm

Being the lube will only be in the interior bands on the bullet, I don't think it would be possible to contaminate the powder?
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Post by Bronko22000 06/04/22, 02:42 pm

You guys are probably right. Especially if its a tight fitting bullet. But possibly shooting a slip fit it could seep down into the powder. A felt wad would soak up any minor seeping I'm sure.
And Ed you know how our early season is. One day you'll be wearing a heavy coat and the next you could be in shirt sleeves.
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Post by EdMehlig 06/04/22, 03:35 pm

Clem, you are right about the felt wad soaking up any lube that might drip down although I think it's highly unlikely it would happen.

You are so right on how the weather can change overnight.
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