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Lee Collet Neck Sizing Die Questions

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Unread 11-21-2013, 09:17 PM
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Re: Lee Collet Neck Sizing Die Questions

Originally Posted by boomtube View Post
Gale, decap pins don't "break", they get broken by the user. You'll have to find out how.

With no clue what brand of die your using we can't tell you how to get new pins but you'll likely have to contact the maker.
you are right, i was running the press, but i didn't do anything out of the usual, have done thousands with forster dies and haven't broke a pin yet, seemed to crack in half kinda cross ways

It is a Lee Collet Die in 223
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Unread 11-22-2013, 02:05 AM
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Re: Lee Collet Neck Sizing Die Questions

Gale Johnson

Get a universal decapping die and decap as a first step separate from everything else. I clean my primer pockets and necks as the second step (using a slow speed drill press - very quick!) and wash the cases in dishwasher detergent most of the time, drying them in the oven laid out on a tinfoil covered cookie sheet. I use my own cookie sheets as wives do not approve of that sort of thing.

Use the hottest water out of the faucet for two rinses and roll them back and forth in an old towel. Set the oven no higher than 170F degrees. Check your oven with a good thermometer as any hotter can alter the temper of the brass. Half an hour and I turn the oven off and pull the dried brass out @ 1hr total time.

At this point you have clean, grit - free brass to process through your dies. Zero chance of scratching the sizing die. For the collet neck sizer I dip the neck in dry lube and that's all. The brass is perfectly clean for primer, powder and bullet. Almost zero chance of contamination. The washing takes no more than 5 minutes tops, seriously. If you want the brass really bright get some citric acid at the health food store. The process is; 1) wash w/ detergent. 2) rinse twice. 3) Citric acid @ 2tbsp / pint of really hot water. Swirl in the plastic tub then let the cases sit for about 15 minutes. Swirl again and drain. 4) clear hot water rinse. 5) Just a little dishwasher detergent to neutralize the acid. 6) Two hot water rinses. This is the least destructive way to clean the tarnish off.

I developed this procedure when I lived in Idaho and shot Title II machine guns that toss the brass everywhere. Had to find a quick way to process the brass to get rid of the dirt before running it all through the progressive loader. I can't remember the last time I used the sizing die decapper to remove the primers.

Hope this helps. Don't be intimidated by the wash. I spend 15 minutes at the most at the sink doing this not including wait time. When waiting I set my powder measure to throw the right charge weight or something else productive at the loading bench.
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