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    Cleaning Dies

    What should you clean dies with, and particularly when storing them what you spray them with to keep them from rusting. I have to hand some spray on dry lubricant that would give a protective film but not be sticky.

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    Keep them in a warm and non humid place.


    Clean then whenever they get dirty with a brake solvent cleaner (I use an aerosol spray) and dissassemble the die internals, re lube with a spray of WD40 and wipe excess off.

    They dont rust if you stick to this reigime.


    Always use cleaned (tumbled brass)

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    Sweet Mother of Pearl!! You're supposed to clean your reloading dies after you use them??? Good Lord Almighty!

    Hmmm...

    Sounds like a lot of bother. I'll just use clean brass and leave the residual resizing lube in the die as a rust preventative.~Muir

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    Lmao! Just found out why mine rust !

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    I clean mine maybe once or twice yearly to get the "crud" out that accumulates in the upper section, I dont clean after every reloading session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Sweet Mother of Pearl!! You're supposed to clean your reloading dies after you use them??? Good Lord Almighty!

    Hmmm...

    Sounds like a lot of bother. I'll just use clean brass and leave the residual resizing lube in the die as a rust preventative.~Muir
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    Hmmm well I clean my dies when they need doing ( leavign dents in shoulders due to lub build up) and not before. Seems to work for me.

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    What lube do you use? I have switched to Hornady's "One Shot" lube except for heavy resizing and then I use Imperial Sizing Wax.~Muir

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    Lyman quick case spray lube for me, although I keep a tube of rcbs case lube 2 at the back of the shelving, just in case I forget to re order,the Lyman spray is very good I find, it has a very light thin nature,& can be let dry if you wish to go that route, also has an agreeable odour to boot.
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    Dear oh dear I must promise to buck up, I use rcbs lube been reloading for over twenty years and have never had to clean my dies.

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