Best way to clean dies?


PDA






blitztech
May 10, 2013, 04:57 PM
I'm new to reloading and after depriming roughly 400 casings I noticed the build up on my hornady depriming/sizing die. I wanted to know what's the easiest way to get this thing nice and shiny again. Hopefully something around the house that I can use.

I took it apart and used some q-tips to wipe off the gunk, but its not perfect and after years spent in restaurants I like things clean and shiny. Am I asking for too much?

If you enjoyed reading about "Best way to clean dies?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
rcmodel
May 10, 2013, 05:17 PM
Probably.

I use a 3/4" nylon bottle brush I keep hanging over the bench to knock the badies out of the insides occasionally.

WD-40 and a bore brush to get bullet lube out.

Some folks suggest throwing them in your case tumbler for a like new look.

rc

bds
May 10, 2013, 05:29 PM
+1. In addition to what rcmodel posted, I also use Hoppes #9 solvent and it works well to remove lead lube grime from the dies.

If you have light surface rust or want to keep your dies from rusting, after cleaning the inside of the dies, I tumble the die bodies and parts in walnut media treated with NuFinish car polish.

The hard walnut media removes surface rust and residual NuFinish polish on the die surface prevents dies from rusting/keeps them shiny for 6 months - 1 year+.

jwrowland77
May 10, 2013, 05:46 PM
Pipe cleaner. Take it and fold it in half. Insert into die and clean. Use some hoppes on one and a little oil on another. That's how I clean mine. Works great too.

45lcshooter
May 10, 2013, 06:12 PM
I use Flitz and PB Blaster. Using and old rag.

KansasSasquatch
May 10, 2013, 06:55 PM
Hornady "Gun Cleaner and Dry Lube." Spray it down and wipe with a q-tip or clean rag.

Some people on the net will recommend using brake cleaner. Brake cleaner does a heck of a job cleaning metal but it can also etch it (not good at all), especially if combined with other chemicals.

bobinoregon
May 10, 2013, 07:08 PM
When I buy used ones it's disassemble and throw them in the tumbler to clean them. For the ones I am using it's brake cleaner and Q-tips

blarby
May 10, 2013, 07:19 PM
I use BobinOregons method.

Must be an Oregon thing :D

Using a tumbling additive like NuFinish not only cleans the dies, but protects them against corrosion and other buildups.

My hardest to remove buildup is cast bullet hard lube after about 1000 rounds of final assembly. I use a brass 20ga smoothbore brush and a torch :D Works like a charm.

blitztech
May 10, 2013, 08:20 PM
Great, thanks for the ideas. I think I will try the gun solvent and old clothes then Polish with nufinish. Maybe try a little pb blaster. Down here in bayou country everything rusts so the protection will be optimal.

JSmith
May 10, 2013, 08:23 PM
I take my depriming/sizing dies apart after every ~500 rds. or so and clean it with Shooter's Choice and a stiff brush, then wipe out with a couple of patches just as if it was a gun barrel.

BYJO4
May 10, 2013, 08:38 PM
I use Hoppes and a Qtip to clean all my dies. Are you cleaning your brass before sizing?

blitztech
May 10, 2013, 10:24 PM
Yes I'm cleaning before depriming.

1SOW
May 10, 2013, 10:42 PM
Some people on the net will recommend using brake cleaner. Brake cleaner does a heck of a job cleaning metal but it can also etch it (not good at all), especially if combined with other chemicals.

Doesn't if you use "dechlorinated" brake cleaner. It's just an effective 100% evaporative degreaser. It can damage some plastics and is death to F.O. rods. :-)

FROGO207
May 12, 2013, 07:51 AM
Every so often I will clean my dies using Macs carb cleaner (NAPA product) and a Q-tip. Then chuck the parts into the tumbler with corn cob and NU-Finish. For a quick clean/lube I use PB Blaster and Q-tip. YMMV

If you enjoyed reading about "Best way to clean dies?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!