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How do you clean your dies?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by oneofthose, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. oneofthose

    oneofthose

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    How do you clean your dies?

    Do you clean carbide dies differently? More/less frequently?

    Do you clean rifle/bottle neck dies differently? More/less frequently?
     
  2. TH3180

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    I only have 9mm dies right now. I use Break Free CLP, Q-tips and maybe a patch or two. I clean them the same way I clean my guns.
     

  3. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    I don't have any steel sizers. All my pistol sizers are carbide. I've never cleaned them. Some are 25 years old and have nevr been cleaned. I never will clean them either. I rarely tumble my brass. The only die i clean is my seater because it gets gunked up with liquid alox bullet lube and needs to be cleaned every couple of hundred rounds or so. I just take out the seating stem and use a rag and some bore cleaner. Bore cleaner seems to cut right through the liquid alox faster than the break cleaner I was using.

    I only have one set of rifle dies and they have a collet sizer that I don't see a need to clean. If I used steel traditional sizers, I would clean them with bore cleaner and a q-tip.
     
  4. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Not as often as I should. Lead bullets about every 500 rds. I use paper shop towels and lighter fluid.
     
  5. themighty9mm

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    About every 1-2k I give my press a quick once over cleaning sometime during that I will give the dies a quick once over aswell
     
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    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    I usually clean 'em when bullets start to stick in the seating die. Have seen guys load two bullets more than once because of gummed up seater.
     
  7. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Air compresor and a little windex or alcohol. Every few hundred rounds.
     
  8. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    I clean them the same way I clean my glocks.
    Rarely to never.
     
  9. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Alcohol & Q-tips for me.
     
  10. frankmako

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    #9 and q-tips when they get dirty.
     
  11. Glock21sf-miami

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    One shot gun cleaner and dry lube... I just spray them well and let them dry.
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

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    3-4 times a year. Don't think I have ever cleaned the sizer. Never really cared. The seater and the Crimp need cleaned far more often.
     
  13. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

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    When they start to feel dirty I spray them out with the cleaning spray I use for my guns.
     
  14. noylj

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    When I get a new die, I disassemble it and clean it with a good degreaser.
    Only load lead, so I wipe out the seating die. "Best" dies for cleaning are Dillon and Hornady (you can remove the seating stem without taking the die out of the press/bushing/toolhead).
    In general, you clean a die just like a gun. Hoppe's #9 and patches will do the job (along with Q-tips).
    If you get some nickel stuck in your carbide die, you will need some Hoppe's #9 and a brass brush.
     
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    Proper sized bore brush with a patch soaked in brake cleaner. Remove the decapping rod first. The dirt won't harm the carbide; but it will scratch the case. Clean dies work much smoother. Clean dies, and you won't feel the need to lube the brass.
     
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    I just twist a paper towel with some Hoppe's on it & "screw" it into the die & out the other end. Amazing how much crud comes out of the seater & resizer/decapper dies.
     
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    Very true. I've cleaned my Dillon seater and crimp dies in the past with MPro-7. I'm going to try Ballistol in the future to see if they require cleaning less often.
     
  18. MrOldLude

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    I'm supposed to clean them??!!??
     
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    I clean mine every time my daughter cleans her room.
    pretty much never.
     
  20. kshutt

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    You obviously never shoot cast bullets. The lube builds up in the crimp die, and unless you want to live with the inconsistency thereof, the only reasonable thing to do is clean them. :shame: