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    To clean or not to clean ?

    Just wondering if anyone wipes their cases down after reloading to get the case lube off. Could the case lube cause the chamber and carrier bolt to get gooked up?
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    Yes.

    I don't know how bad it would be for the guns but I ain't taking chances. Never seen the sense of making work for myself. Every round gets wiped down if I use case lube on that batch.
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    After my rifle cases are lubed, re-sized and trimmed if necessary they get tumbled for a short while to clean any lube off the case. Into storage awaiting the next loading.
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    I've used an old t-shirt to wipe the case after I size/deprime it. I've never had an issue doing it this way.
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    For pistol I use One Shot. Never cleaned after loading, never had a problem.

    For rifle, I use case lube on a lube pad. After loading I dump cases on a towel, put another on top, rub it around a bit. Never had a problem.
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    When reloading for my rifles I used to de-prime, lube for sizing, then pass the cases to my 'man' Jeeves, the gun room manager who, with a little assistance from Chrighton, the gun room under-manager, would inspect each case for imperfections and polish each case until it shone. These then, in bulk, would be passed to Roger's, a boot-boy on secondment to the gun room, for careful packing into boxes of 100 cases, ready to be reloaded.

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    I only reload pistol cases and use carbide dies, so no wiping. Before carbide dies, I did do a lot of wiping after reloading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus1965 View Post
    Just wondering if anyone wipes their cases down after reloading to get the case lube off. Could the case lube cause the chamber and carrier bolt to get gooked up?
    NOPE!
    not me!
    I use only carbide for reloading pistols and I resize/deprime and then clean/ store rifle cases to be loaded when needed, so the cases are clean and ready to go when I get them out to load them.
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    I like clean cases. Sometimes bullet lube can get smeared on the cases. I tumble lube some lead bullets and that crap is messy. I wipe down the cases for sure then. Jacketed and plated, usually not. But, If I am sweating...for sure, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    After my rifle cases are lubed, re-sized and trimmed if necessary they get tumbled for a short while to clean any lube off the case. Into storage awaiting the next loading.
    This is what I do, basically all my rifle brass gets cleaned twice.

    Surprising how many flecks of brass comes out after the second cleaning. I suspect these are burs that get stuck inside the case in the case lube during the trimming phase.
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