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    Cleaning new dies in a wet tumbler?

    Im getting a new set of dies in the mail in the next few days. I usually just use some long gun qtips and some alcohol to rub them down. Has anyone just tossed them in a wet tumbler and dryed them and been good to go?

    If I attempt this should I re lube them?

    Thanks in advance

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    I have never tumbled, dry or wet, loading dies. I have never heard of it either. I would say probably not a good plan. Disassemble and cleaning with alcohol should work fine. Plus, per Hornady's instructions I use their One Shot Cleaner and Lube when done with cleaning.

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    I've seen where users have dry tumbled their dies in a vibratory tumbler to help remove rust from older dies. It makes a major difference so I'd be curious to see what wet tumbling would do.
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    Cleaning loading dies should only be done with wet and/or dry cloth patches ever!

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    I spray mine with a gun cleaner, then re lube with a dri lubricant myself.
    I mean it takes exactly 49 cases to make them dirty again!
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    New dies I would degrease and use them. I have taken rusty dies and tumbled them. Pretty sure I did wet SS pin tumbling with them disassembled and they came out looking like new. Dried and lubed them and good to go.
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    Note to self I cleaned my new set of dies in the wet tumbler with stainless steel chips. The came out spotless lots of grime. Set them in the dehydrator to dry. All the steel parts started to oxidies had to grab them all and reclean them lol next time im just using alcohol again never had a issue lol any dry lube anyone recommends thag safe for reloading. Going to be picking up some hornady one shot gun cleaner soon

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    I have a vibratory cleaner that I have broken dies down and put into, and cleaned very thoroughly before I use them for the first time, and after they are in need of cleaning. After I do that, I spray each piece down lightly with Hornady lube - not the case lube but the one for everything else. Seems to do the trick nicely, I haven't had an issue at all doing it this way.

    By the way, I've changed out every lock ring I have with a Hornady lock ring. The tightening screw doesn't drive itself into the die threads, it comes together and the pieces are tightened without the screw messing with anything. I really love these lock rings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    I have a vibratory cleaner that I have broken dies down and put into, and cleaned very thoroughly before I use them for the first time, and after they are in need of cleaning. After I do that, I spray each piece down lightly with Hornady lube - not the case lube but the one for everything else. Seems to do the trick nicely, I haven't had an issue at all doing it this way.

    By the way, I've changed out every lock ring I have with a Hornady lock ring. The tightening screw doesn't drive itself into the die threads, it comes together and the pieces are tightened without the screw messing with anything. I really love these lock rings.


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    do you wipe the whole die down after spraying? Or does it just dry and leave the dry lube on the die?

 

 
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