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Old April 3, 2019, 04:47 PM   #1
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Cleaning dies

I have been shooting lead swc in my 45 and my dies are all gummed up with lube. I am switching to high tek and would like to clean my seating and crimp dies. Is there a simple way to remove the lube?
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Old April 3, 2019, 04:54 PM   #2
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I use Hornady OneShot gun cleaner to clean my dies.
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Old April 3, 2019, 05:12 PM   #3
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Ed's Red Bore Cleaner
Mineral spirits
K-1 kerosene
Any spray gun cleaner, carburetor cleaner or brake cleaner
Acetone
Paint thinner

Anything with a solvent will cut the bullet lube and lead shavings . Even good old WD40 will work . A bore brush and patch or pull a bore snake through . Not hard to clean them and they work better when kept clean.

It is easiest to clean them after taking them apart but with a brush that can get into the seating stem they could be cleaned assembled....I've never done it that way though.
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Old April 3, 2019, 06:31 PM   #4
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Anything that will cut the lube, various types so one works for one maybe not for the other.

Also remember, you need to re-lube the die. Hard bare metal in a die is really sticky.
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Old April 3, 2019, 06:49 PM   #5
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look in the electrical section of your hardware store and look for contact cleaner in a spray can. I find it cuts Imperial and lanolin based lubes as well as Kiwi shoe wax that I experimented with. Leaves no residue. Plain old isopropyl alcohol should work also along with Q Tips and a lint free cloth

edit after reading this thread I might try the WD 40 method, that stuff is good for damn near everything else
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Old April 3, 2019, 08:18 PM   #6
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Walmart automotive section - find some carb cleaner. Smaller cans start at about $2. Then look at the kitchen supply area and get a pipe cleaner style brush - sometimes comes bundled with a turkey baster which would also be useful to have to douse the cleaner fluid back over the dies.

Mind the soak time recommendations on the cleaner instructions. Don't let stuff soak too long. And hour or two should do it.
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Old April 4, 2019, 08:34 AM   #7
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I use a towel on a dowel.

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Old April 4, 2019, 09:00 AM   #8
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I live in Florida on a salt water marsh, where rust and corrosion are a constant problem. So I always soak my dies in Barricade after each use.

Then I flush the heck out of them with 99% iso alcohol in a general purpose spray bottle. The 99% has much less water than the usual 91% stuff. The alcohol does not do anything for cutting carbon but is a great degreaser and will melt away bullet lube.

note to self: 99% alcohol will melt some plastics.
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Old April 4, 2019, 07:43 PM   #9
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I don't load lead, but I use a foam tip swab and Hoppe's #9 to clean my dies. Just dip the swab in the Hoppe's and clean the inside of the die.

I buy the swabs from Amazon. They work much better than Q tips, as they don't leave any cotton lint behind.
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Old April 4, 2019, 07:54 PM   #10
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"gummed up with lube"

This is why Hornady ONEshot spray case lube is so good. Zero residue and keeps your dies clean. you will like it
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Old April 4, 2019, 08:31 PM   #11
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pretty sure the op is speaking of bullet lube, not case lube.
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Old April 5, 2019, 05:31 AM   #12
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Non chlorinated carb/brake cleaner works good, leaves no residue.
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Old April 5, 2019, 06:53 AM   #13
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Old April 5, 2019, 07:00 AM   #14
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good excuse to buy more Popsicles
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Old April 5, 2019, 12:30 PM   #15
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Regular cleaning solvent will do it. Gentle application of a wee jeweller's screwdriver or the like will get the lube gunk out. Gotta agree with more Popsicles though.
"...contact cleaner in a spray can..." Is called WD-40.
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Old April 5, 2019, 03:53 PM   #16
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T'OHeir did you know that WD 40 leaves a film which attracts dirt and grime over time. that would not be good for electrical contacts. increased resistance = increased heat generation. Probably not good for reloading dies now that I consider it.

WD40 does make a specialist contact cleaner that does not leave a film but regular WD 40 should never be used on locks, hinges etc because of the dirt attraction
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Old April 6, 2019, 12:30 PM   #17
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Hounddawg, I completely agree with your post above. As much as I like WD40, I can think of far too many other products to use to clean dies effectively before I would use WD4 for die cleaning.
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Old April 6, 2019, 05:02 PM   #18
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Disclaimer: I've always used some of the above solutions...like Hoppes #9
BUT
They actually do make a product dedicated for the use you've mentioned (I'm just too cheap to buy it.)
RCBS Die Maintenance Kit (contains #1 Die Cleaner-cleaner degreaser with lubrication and #2 Die Storage-rust preventative.)
http://rcbs.com/Products/Accessories...nance-Kit.aspx
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Old April 7, 2019, 10:35 AM   #19
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Kerosene. Can get a whole gallon for around $4.00. Just soak the dies overnight, clean as a whistle come morning.
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Old April 8, 2019, 11:21 PM   #20
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Easiest and fastest way I've seen is to hold a match or lighter under the opening for 2 or 3 seconds to soften it and then about 2 or 3 swipes with a patch cleans it fine. I've done this many times
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Old April 11, 2019, 02:59 PM   #21
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I've used the swab and mineral spirits approach when I didn't want to change the die adjustment. For leaving lube behind, Ed's Red will do the job just fine.
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Old April 12, 2019, 01:31 PM   #22
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Q Tips and mineral spirits. hdbiker
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