Redding Dies Grease

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Big10hunter, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Big10hunter

    Big10hunter Member

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    Just got my redding dies out for the first time. I noticed when inspecting them that the grease is kind of sticky on my hands after touching them. Is this normal? Is the grease tacky..almost sticky?
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    It's like the cosmolene we used to pack guns in as a preservative.

    Remove it completely and use something like Hornady spray lube and do not overdo it.

    Anything much heavier and you run the risk of dimpling and otherwise damaging brass when resizing.

    Usually I just throw my brass in a ziploc bag, spray it pretty thoroughly and let it air dry completely before starting.

    You have to let it dry thoroughly though or it has zero lubricity and cases can easily get stuck as a result while wet.

    RCBS liquid is "slicker" but it's also messy and it is pretty thick so if you get any excess particularly in the neck/shoulder area it can easily damage them.

    Other guys like to use the various wax prep's this is my preferred way to go.
     
  3. Big10hunter

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    So does it actually feel sticky? Im confused...
     
  4. Deputy819

    Deputy819 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's sticky. Like WildRose said just clean the die real well with some solvent and hit the inside lightly with Hornady One Shot and you're good to go.
     
  5. shphtr

    shphtr Well-Known Member

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    The enclosed info that has always come with any new Redding dies I have taken possession of has addressed this preservative and the need to remove completely BEFORE using. After removal it is important to lightly lub die contact surfaces as per their enclosed directions for use.