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Removing Bullet Lube from Dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by NVMM, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. NVMM

    NVMM Well-Known Member

    I was loading a bunch of 45 200gr SWC's and got a lot of lube in the seating die and even more in the crimping die.
    What do you (do) use to get it out.
  2. BigSlick

    BigSlick Well-Known Member

    Test tube brush and mineral spirits. Non clorinated brake cleaner can also be used, but mineral spirits in a plastic jar can be reused many times.

    Works like a champ..


  3. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    I light up a small propane torch and a few seconds melts everything right out. No scrubbing, or waiting.

    I'm using Dillon dies which are open on both ends and easily drop out of the 650. Makes it really simple.

  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I clean them just like guns, with an old bore brush and patches. A regular cleaning will keep them running forever.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

  6. rem700nut

    rem700nut Well-Known Member

    I orderd adie from dillon once it came all covered in what I thought was wax which is basicly the same as lube . I just put it in an old pan and put it in slowlyinto all ready boiling water,it melted the wax right out .Leave till die gets hot enuff and water will dry off real quike.
  7. NVMM

    NVMM Well-Known Member

    Thanks Everyone

    I do have some of the Dillon dies. Real easy to clean and keep your adjustment. The dies I'm talking about is an old (early 60s) RCBS 45 acp set that been set up in the Dillon tool head for years. I do scrub them now and then but these bullets I just got have a red wax like lube and it does not want to clean up.
    I will try your tips for cleaning.
  8. Travis Two

    Travis Two member

    Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get a product called GOOF Off. Its the best at disolving these commercial lubes used by commercial bullet casters that I have ever found.
  9. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Slosh-em around in gun solvent and drip dry....:D
  10. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    cleaning pistol dies

    NVMM--Funny you should ask! I had the same problem just yesterday! A .45ACP taper crimp die, which as I was putting it away after a loading session I noticed a buildup of bullet lube 'way up by the bullet seating part, which I hadn't been using. (Seated and crimped as separate operations.)

    Anyhow, I first tried rubbing alcohol and a Q tip, which got most of the bullet lube out, but not all. Picked out some of the bigger chunks with a pointy instrument after the alcohol had softened their grip. Then tried Butch's Bore Shine with a new Q tip to finish up. Wiped the pieces as dry as possible with a rag when clean.

    Had best results when I removed the bullet seater so that the die was an open cylinder--could see much easier what I was doing in there, and clean off the seater separately.

    To remove the cleaning liquids, I placed the die pieces on a hot-air register; left 'em there until they were almost too hot to handle; reassembled; put die back in its box. Problem solved.

    Bottom line: Really this isn't much of a chore. Next time I'll skip the rubbing alcohol and start with the bore cleaner.
  11. NVMM

    NVMM Well-Known Member

    Thanks Again...

    I did the same thing with rubbing alcohol and a Q tip. Then scraped with an Xacto Knife. Then bore cleaner and dried with a paper towel .
    I thought it was a chore because I wanted to get on with the loading.
    I want Quick and Easy! Now that I have new ways to clean I hope one goes that way. Thanks
  12. JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone

    JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone Well-Known Member

    Propane torch works great to get the waxxy lube. Just hold a tin or paper plate under to catch all the drips. No open flames near powder areas. Then I use either "Gun scrubber" or "Breakfree, Gun Blaster" solvent in a spray to wash them out.


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