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Thread: Made myself a dipper for my Sharps bullets.

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    Does lube build up on it while in use, or does it get up to temperature after a few rounds and the lube not stick to it too bad? In other words, are you constantly having to clean it off during use?

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    No lube sticks to it at all. Being brass, it heats up straight away, and the lube runs right off of it. No cleaning off was required at all.

    The only modification I had to make is I made the dipper using a case that had been deprimed, so it had a hole in it. The lube is so viscous that bubbles come out from around the bullet and wax leaks in through the primer hole, and was touching the nose of the bullet with wax.

    So I pressed in an old spent primer and now that problem is solved. So, moral of the story is don't deprime it before you use it to make a dipper!

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve. Gonna give it a try.

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    Made one last night. I didn't have the punches you used, but I had a Lyman M Die for 50-70 cartridges. The first attempt resulted in splitting the 45ACP case wide open, but a few seconds with a propane torch annealed the next case and it stretched out nicely. I kept going slowly, checking it against a Sharps bullet and a Starr bullet until I got it like I wanted it. I used it to dip some Sharps ammo and was very pleased with the results. At the very least, it will save lube, and hopefully, will increase accuracy. I don't see how it could hurt it.

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    Made mine out of a 50 Action Express case. Twisted a piece of bare 16 gauge wire into a handle, and dipped my assembled cartridges in a coffee cup of my lube heated in a microwave. I think a 56-50 Spencer case would work too.

    Worked like a charm. Thanks, Steve.
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