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    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    do you wipe the whole die down after spraying? Or does it just dry and leave the dry lube on the die?
    You just leave it be, as long as you sprayed it lightly and there is no pooling.
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    Had some hornady one shot come in today. Sprayed and cleaned the brand new .380 dies and was amazed at how much came off of them even after tumbling and cleaning them with alcohol. Decided to tear apart and clean my 9mm and 38/357 mag dies. Wow I was amazed at how dirty they get. They have only processed around 750-1000 rounds and they were just dripping black. These were processing not cleaned brass. This stuff is great!
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    I have disassembled and cleaned some really dirty dies in an ultrasonic cleaner.
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    Bought what we refer to as "Dead Guy" buys over the years. When you buy everything an old reloader had you get some interesting stuff. Usually it has been sitting in a basement or shop and needs cleaning. For surface rust we soak in Evapo rust a few days and spray off with carburetor cleaner. Then soak in 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid a few days. Blow off with air hose and then check inside of dies with long cotton tipped swabs. The ones that are a little rough get polished with lapping compound just enough to smooth up. Dies that are too rough can be heated to remove temper and rebored for form dies etc. Soaking in acetone and automatic transmission fluid mix penetrated dirt, rust and crud. It also soaks into the metal making it easier to clean. Cast bullet lube builds up in dies, soaking them makes cleaning easier. It also cleans case lube build up in form and full length sizing dies. I'm sure there are other ways to clean and restore dies etc. This has worked for several of us for years. Have used different things to soak them in over the years. Evaporust and 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid has been the best. Evaporust removes all rust even rust scale in pitting. The acetone and automatic transmission fluid mix penetrates down into the metal. After cleaning have never had a problem with rust forming.
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    I tumbled n old set of Lee 38/357 Mag dies someone gave me a couple of years ago and they came out looking perfect inside of the dies looked new also, they worked fine also. They had some slight surface rust on the outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by se3388 View Post
    I tumbled n old set of Lee 38/357 Mag dies someone gave me a couple of years ago and they came out looking perfect inside of the dies looked new also, they worked fine also. They had some slight surface rust on the outside.

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    I just finished up a set of 4 Lee dies for 45 colt in a wet tumbler. Same formula as brass. These dies had surface rust as I left them unattended for a while. I disassembled and only cleaned the steel portions excluding the decapping pin. The dies came out looking beautiful except the threads had a slight discoloration where the pins just couldn't get to. I wiped them down inside and out with G96 Synthetic gun oil, reassembled and boxed them back up. I also now keep desiccant packs in with my die sets. I probably won't touch them for quite a while as I do my 45 colt work on my Dillon SDB now. The only use now is load development.
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