How do you clean your dies? I use Lee dies and I've cleaned them with Gun Scrubber but I'm worried about it ruining the rubber o-rings.
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November 20, 2006, 01:02 AM
Just clean the dies in some type of bore solvent that does not eat orings. Even Hoppes will work.
November 20, 2006, 10:26 AM
All I ever do is disassemble the dies and wipe them with a clean dry or slightly gun oiled (Hoppes) rag and reassemble. I'm not sure if you really need to use solvent, but it shouldn't hurt...
November 20, 2006, 11:25 AM
Considering you want to reduce friction (and prevent rust in older steel dies) a finish wipe with a fine oil is advisable. The dirtiest die will be the seating/crimping die for lead bullets...bullet lube buildup will occur there. Dies used for jacketed bullet cartridges stay clean, as long as old cases are tumbled before reloading.
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Doesnt say anything about the regular solvent/degreaser** and I dont know enough about chemistry to say either way.
I emailed one of my chemistry buddies, and will let you know what she says.