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The following is a detailed list of instructions describing how Berger Bullets moly coats their bullets. This process should not be done in your living room. Moly is washable with soap and water but the amount of moly that can distribute itself around the area where you moly can make a bit of a mess.
RCBS Sidewinder Tumblers (2 drums for each drive motor platform)
Molybdenum Disulfide (finest micron size available and from hereon referred to as moly)
Carnuba Wax (powder form)
Scale That Weighs in Grains (2 trays needed, one for moly and one for wax)
Terrycloth Bath Towel (consider using one will not be needed in your bathroom again)
½ Gallon Bucket
Timer capable of 2 Hours
RCBS – www.rcbs.com.
The Sidewinders are available through many dealers who specialize in reloading products. Grain weighing scales are also available through many dealers. The accuracy of the weight of materials used is not ultra critical so less expensive scales can be used.
NECO – www.neconos.com.
NECO sells the moly and carnuba wax regularly. These items are available through others sources but can be difficult to locate consistently.
The ½ gallon bucket can be replaced by anything with similar capacity like a tumbler drinking cup or butter dish. The goal is to have something that will allow you to gently pour the bullets into the tumbler drums.
Moly Coating Procedure:
Note: Bullets must be completely clean for the process to work properly. Our bullets will arrive clean but some brands are not completely clean. To insure cleanliness wash your bullets in lacquer thinner containing minimal petroleum products or use acetone. Make sure the bullets are completely dry either by laying them in the sun or heating them up with a blow dryer. Fluid can stay in the hollow point area of the bullets and should be quickly evaporated away rather than allowed to dry slowly indoors.
Also, steel balls are not needed to moly coating your bullets. It is very important that two drums are used and that one is always used for moly only and the other is always used for wax only. Mixing this process in both drums will ruin your ability to coat properly and a thorough cleaning (which doesn’t always work) or replacement drums will be required to correct this particular result. To avoid mixing these drums use a sharpie marker to clearly label one drum for MOLY and the other for WAX.
Using this process you can coat from 1 pound of bullets up to 15 pounds. Bullets of different sizes can be mixed and tumbled together if you want to coat many small quantities in fewer cycles.
There are other ways moly can be applied, but the above is how we used to do it at Berger Bullets.