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Old January 3, 2006, 09:46 PM   #1
bikenjam
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scratch in die

Is there any way to buff out a scratch in a reloading die? Its a redding type S die.
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Old January 3, 2006, 11:07 PM   #2
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Buffing Scratches

I've had reasonably good success clearing up minor scratches with a simple, home-made lap. Use a piece of wooden dowel, maybe 3/8" diameter, chucked up in avariable speed drill. Using a strip of duct tape, attach a piece of 320 to 600 grit 3M "Wet or Dry" sand paper and wrap it around the dowel to build it up to the appropriate diameter for the inside of the die. You can use some cotton bore cleaning pads (or similar material) between the wrapped layers to provide some spring effect to help hold the paper out against the bore. Proceed with spinning the drill and moving it back and forth inside the die body, experimenting with the speed as you go. You may need to use some honing oil on the paper for lubricant and to keep the paper from loading up. It's a slow process, but it can get the job done if the scratch is not too severe. If you get the diameter of the lap just right, you can gradually cut away some of the worn sand paper surface to expose fresh paper to the bore. Just take your time and don't overdo it!
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Old January 3, 2006, 11:35 PM   #3
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I used a wooden dowel, cut a slot across the face and slid some 00 steel wool in the slot. I used a small drill press for turning the dowel but a hand drill will work fine, just slower. Follow it with a small piece of rag in the slot covered with automotive rubbing compound. Your die will be like brand new inside.
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Old January 4, 2006, 02:03 AM   #4
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If it was an RCBS die, they would replace it free, no questions asked.
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Old January 4, 2006, 04:11 AM   #5
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the first dies i had to reload with would scratch my cases terribly.... i just got some lee speed dies with carbibe sizer rings... that put a stop to screwed up cases....... i bet they will replace your dies free tho.... most companies are really good about that......
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