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Old 07-08-2018, 03:55 PM   #1
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Cleaning reloading dies

How often do you guys who reload lead bullets clean your reloading dies?

ARRRGH this should have gone on the reloading bench thread.

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Old 07-08-2018, 05:03 PM   #3
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I mixed tin and linotype into lead from tire shops. I never really got my dies dirty.

I have a ton of F.W. Means red rags, I used to be a Harley mechanic. I would stuff the rag into the dies and pull it in and out like cleaning the barrel of a rifle.

I kept everything dry. No CLP, no WD-40, no Rem Oil. I'd hold them up to the light looking for thread or lino, and finding none, just put them away.
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Considering I load many lubed lead pistol bullets in four different calibers, I clean out the lead and grease residue about every 3 or 4 reloading sessions. I find a lot of residue in my expanding and seating dies particularly. I use almost all Dillon dies in my two Dillon machines and they disassemble very easily.
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Im having a 9 mm loading issue. Have only loaded about 250 rounds, single stage, RCBS.

I noticed the seating die was HARD to adjust and saw a bunch of dried blue lub in it. What is the best solvent to remove the dry lube??
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Just take a plastic bore brush that fits a bit snug, spray it with WD-40 and clea it like a gun barrel. Then take a rag, twist it tight, insert it, and run it back and forth inside the die.

It takes longer to explain than actually do.
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Im having a 9 mm loading issue. Have only loaded about 250 rounds, single stage, RCBS.

I noticed the seating die was HARD to adjust and saw a bunch of dried blue lub in it. What is the best solvent to remove the dry lube??

FUNNY I found this in my 9mm....wad of lead...left over from my lead days 25 years ago ..been pushing copper against it the whole time i guess
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