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Dirty Dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dubious, Dec 1, 2007.

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  1. dubious

    dubious Member

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    I've been noticing a lot of dark grey gooey gunk on my ammo that comes out of my Lee Turret press in 44 mag... any suggestions?
     
  2. esheato

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    What type of bullets are you using?

    Umm, yeah...clean the dies.

    For example, I load a lot of LSWC on a Dillon. Occasionally, I notice lube squeezing out the top of the seat die. I break down the seat and crimp dies and clean them out.

    Ed
     
  3. JDGray

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    Dirty Dies, done dirt cheap, Dirty dies, done dirt cheap

    Sorry, must be all the Meds:D
     
  4. Clark

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    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.

    http://www.varmintal.com/arelo.htm
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    I have an ultrasonic cleaner now, I should try that too.
     
  5. BigJakeJ1s

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    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.

    Andy
     
  6. kestak

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    Greetings,

    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.

    Thank you
     
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    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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