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Diver43Diver43 Senior MemberPosts: 12,186 Senior Member
I grabbed Hornady  223 custom grade dies for 20 bucks 
Everything I see says to clean them well before using to remove packing preservative.  Google shows everything from disassemble and soak over night in mineral spirits to clean the inside with a q-tip and alcohol. 
What do you guys do for new dies?
Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,886 Senior Member
    I blast mine with spray nonchlorinated brake cleaner and wipe with qtips and rags.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I've used alcohol and/or Hoppes. Q-tips for sure. A pistol cleaning rod with slot head and patches works too.
  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 339 Member
    I clean them like a firearm when new and after every use.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,554 Senior Member
    I blast mine with spray nonchlorinated brake cleaner and wipe with qtips and rags.
    This or just use a solvent to clean and then lubricate the outside again. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,566 Senior Member
    I must have never read the directions because I’ve never clean new dies in my life before use :p
    older sets, particularly those used with lubed bullets get cleaned with solvent and an old bore brush.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,186 Senior Member
    Thanks Guys
    Figured the right thing to do would be something right in the middle. 
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,554 Senior Member
    As is true with RCBS Dies, you really only need to clean the thick grease out of the interior of the die. I’ve done it with just a q-tip and solvent. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,068 Senior Member
    I’ve used an alcohol wipe for electronics before, but usually solvent, rags and q-tip 
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,746 Senior Member
    I've never cleaned out pistol dies before use, instead I just have a look inside to see if they're clean, if so, I use use right out of the box.
    Rifle dies, I do check for packing grease around the shoulder area or dust debris that might be in their then blast away with a non chlorinated brake cleaner like bream said, nothing fancy. Q-tips to finish it off.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,585 Senior Member
    Brake cleaner with Q tips in nooks and crannies.  Wipe down with Ballistol to keep the corrosion down.

    Indeed, I store the dies in my closet to take advantage of Central AC rather than hot, humid garage where I reload.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    Acetone with Q-tip followed by brake cleaner and Q-Tip. Fast, easy, done.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,186 Senior Member
    Well I used solvent I had on hand then alcohol on a q-tip.   I was surprised at the amount of grease inside the FL sizing die  
    Thanks to all for the info.


    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • BamaakIIBamaakII Posts: 429 Member
    Isn't that their stainless series, not carbide?  You'll need to lube your brass well before sizing if so.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,186 Senior Member
    BamaakII said:
    Isn't that their stainless series, not carbide?  You'll need to lube your brass well before sizing if so.
    You are correct, Imperial Sizing Wax worked great this morning.
    Then I learned that some of my brass had crimped primers.  But thats a different story.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    I remember buying a new set of dies and they were specific about using a paper clip to push the polishing compound out of the vent hole then cleaning.
    Not sure if that as applies to all dies.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
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