From reading Varmint Al's website, I learned to put the sizer die in the mini lathe, spin it, and poke in a Q-tip with Flitz on it.
Obviously, this is done with the expander ball/decapping pin stem removed.
It really gets 'em clean.
POLISH THE DIES.... I polish the inside of my rifle reloading dies. Most die manufacturers leave the die bores smooth but not polished. A polished die will resize with much less axial force than one in the as-received condition. I disassemble them and put a little Flitz on a cotton bore mop held in a drill motor and polish each one for 30 seconds or more at a 300 to 600 rpm speed. Sometimes I have to wrap a paper towel around the swab to get a good fit. Then I clean all the polish out with hot water and dry with a paper towel wrapped around a clean cotton swab. The polishing process does not remove a measurable amount of material, but results in smoother operation, minimizes the scratching or scoring of the brass, and minimizes crumpling problems when I use them while forming wildcat brass.
I have an ultrasonic cleaner now, I should try that too.
December 2, 2007, 11:41 PM
Are you shooting lead bullets (as opposed to jacketed, etc.)? The reason I ask is that their lubricant eventually gums up the works in the seating die. I really like the Hornady seating dies for that. They disassemble for cleaning without affecting settings, like the Dillon seaters do, except the Hornady has the floating alignment sleeve, optional micrometer adjustment, and can crimp while seating. Just pull the spring clip on the bottom of the die, and the innards come out for cleaning.
December 3, 2007, 07:16 AM
With my Hard cast lead bullets, the blue lube gunk the dies in my Dillon 550B stations 3 and four. I just dissasemble the dies and clean them gently with a brass brush.
December 3, 2007, 09:35 AM
I use Lyman dies to load cast for my 30-30s. They are quick and easy to clean. And I clean and oil them after I'm done loading because we're near the salt water and they'd be ruined real quick if I didn't.
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