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Cleaning Dies

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by DMF38, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. DMF38

    DMF38 Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. flutedchamber

    flutedchamber Well-Known Member

    Just clean the dies in some type of bore solvent that does not eat orings. Even Hoppes will work.
  3. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    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...
  4. TooTaxed

    TooTaxed Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. IDriveB5

    IDriveB5 Well-Known Member

    I looked at Birchwood's website:


    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.

    ** Trichloroethylene - http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/sport/msdspdfs/33246-GSA26.pdf

    Edit to add:
  6. Alvin in AZ

    Alvin in AZ Well-Known Member

    I use a felt bob and red rouge on a dremel for my 9mm die.

    Stops the die from scratching and the die seems "slicker" feeling for a while. :)

    Alvin in AZ
  7. enfield

    enfield Well-Known Member

    Try spraying silicone into the die and swabbing it out. Silicone won't hurt the o-rings.
  8. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    I would advise against using a dremel as it's always easy to go too far. You can easily change the dimensions in a die using a dremel and an abrasive.

    I use lighter fluid, nylon bore brush, and cloth. WD40 alos works well in lieu of the lighter fluid.
  9. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    I just use brake cleaner or acetone. I just make sure to remove any rubber seals or o-rings.

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