How often do yu guys clean out your dies?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 243yote, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. 243yote

    243yote Well-Known Member

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    I have read alot of articles on cleaning this and that but have never read anything on cleaning dies and seaters. So are there any special precautions? :rolleyes:
     
  2. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Depends...... maybe once a month or month and a half for my decapping/resizing dyes, unless Im not loading alot. If I see a dimple on 1 brass I clean it out immediately. And I clean it out every time I swich bullets on the seating dye,(Hornady SST's to Nosler Accubonds) shapes/weights etc. They could go quite a bit longer, and will now that I have them ''tuned'' exactly where I want them, but Im a clean freak with my loading bench and components.
    I guess I may start to wait till I see a problemb now, instead of routinely every x amount of rounds. It would sure save alot of hassle getting them right back where I had them:D.
     

  3. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Cleanilng dies, shellholders and bushings is often overlooked. I peek inside my dies with each use. If I see any dirt, I spray them with brake cleaner and wipe with a Q tip. Take the sizer die apart, spray the expander and its stem, wipe with paper towel. Seater die, very important - remove the seater stem and thoroughly clean the meplat cup (where the bullet tip goes). Wipe it dry with a Q tip. Die threads also need to be cleaned.
     
  4. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    for my first round, using a brass that is even in thickness all the way around, when I put it together I check the out-of-round on the bullet, if I get two or three rounds that are more than 0.002" then I clean both dies. Usually that solves the problem. I'm normally happy with 0.002 and will keep the 0.003. Any thing higher than that I use for practicing, zeroing in, etc. :)
     
  5. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "...have never read anything on cleaning dies and seaters."

    Well, seaters are dies too. We don't read much about that because it's not very complex. I think of them sorta like my car and clean 'em when they're "dirty", not on a schedule. :rolleyes:
     
  6. 243yote

    243yote Well-Known Member

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    Well thanks for replies.
     
  7. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    I use a water based lube when FL sizing so I tend to clean my dies after every use with very hot water and dry them using compressed air. I also wipe out my seating dies after every use because they often get bullet jacket material in them. It's a simple matter of just unscrewing the seating stem and wiping out the die with a soft cloth.

    I also spray inside and out with WD40 or similar before I put them away into their boxes. Rust is your enemy when it comes to rifle dies!

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