Cleaning reloading dies ???

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by oldbrass, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

    I got a stuck case in my .223 sizing die today, I got it out but am wondering if I should clean them...If so what to use ?
  2. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

    YES...bottleneck resizing dies have builtup case lube. Did my .308 Lee prior to starting last week. Use brake cleaner, blow out with air, let dry. The straight walled pistol brass not as often but the polishing compound from the tumbler does build up but not as bad as sizing lube on the bottle neck rifle brass dies.

    All the dies can get surface rust inside so should be cleaned, even seating and collet neck dies. A good swabbing with CLP is good.

  3. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

    What more can I say?
    SW01 beat me to it, thats exactly the same process.

    This cleaning I do about every 2000 rnds, just good housekeeping.

  4. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

    I remove anything that locks down, and use one of SWMBO's Hair curling brushes (that she never used), to clean out the inside of the die.
    Followed by either some Diesel, on a cloth, or Lanox (a lanolin based lubricant), to polish the inside if I am reloading, and reassemble.

    When finished I repeat the process, but use a little more Lanox, to prevent rusting, in storage.

  5. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

    thanx fellers, giving all my dies a good scrubbing with clp