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Posted: 2/2/2011 8:12:02 AM EDT
I think it's time to clean my dies. The seating and crimp dies are leaving my rounds with a dark almost greasy film. It comes off easily with a rag. Guess my question is how do I clean them. What do you do?

Thanks in advance
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 8:20:59 AM EDT
I use Bore Scrubber and a bottle brush, or nylon chamber brush (depending upon the caliber).

Imperial Sizing wax tends to leave wuite a bit of crud in sizing dies.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 8:21:07 AM EDT
Take them apart.
Pull a old rag though to get the loose stuff.
Then scrubb them with a nylon bore brush of proper size with a patch wrapped around it, and favorite gun cleaner on it.

I clean them after each large batch.

Works good so far.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 8:22:50 AM EDT
Disassemble, spray with brake cleaner, scrub with old nylon brushes, Q-Tips, pipe cleaners, as required, reassemble.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 8:24:25 AM EDT
I also NuFinish the presses, powder measures, and other metallic items where oil is a no-no, at the same time I clean the dies.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 9:04:14 AM EDT
Hornady one shot gun cleaner and dry lube.

Spray em out and let dry. Everytime I use them.

If they need serous cleaning then I take apart and follow above procedures.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 9:12:07 AM EDT
I take them apart and run the correct size BoreSnake thru them about 3 times. The smaller parts I just spray down and use a rag. I rarely have to do this since I use a universal decapping die...then clean my brass before it even looks at a sizing die.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 9:15:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2011 9:16:24 AM EDT by sumkrnboy]
Disassemble, degrease and scrub with brake cleaner, dry, apply dry lubricant such as Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant and reassemble.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 9:31:38 AM EDT
Not an expert, but I've used a brush and acetone with good success.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 9:38:38 AM EDT
Wait whut? There not dishwasher safe?
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 11:22:33 AM EDT
ultrasonic cleaner, blowdry
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 12:21:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By skyfire1:
I think it's time to clean my dies. The seating and crimp dies are leaving my rounds with a dark almost greasy film. It comes off easily with a rag. Guess my question is how do I clean them. What do you do?

Thanks in advance


I use brake cleaner to clean them, then I use CorrosionX on the dies, inside and out to add a slight lube and prevent rust.

-Masta
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 1:40:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Slitzer:
ultrasonic cleaner, blowdry


+1 and before I had that it was brake cleaner.

Link Posted: 2/2/2011 2:41:23 PM EDT
Do not put them in your tumbler! Never underestimate the ability of tumbling media to pack itself into even the smallest grooves and pockets. That's one mistake I won't be repeating.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 3:50:56 PM EDT
My gun cleaning solvent is Ballistol, which is oil based so it's corrosion protection too. I just use that to clean/protect. Makes it easy.
Link Posted: 2/2/2011 3:55:52 PM EDT
Blow my dies out with starting fluid.
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