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Posted: April 21 2017 at 3:29pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Been doing this for some years but no one else ever heard of it. So, figured I'd pass it along.

Ya get lube and stuff built up inside your .38 seating die. Full wadcutters, waxed commercial bullets, and soft lube eventually gets around inside your die depositing lube on the cases and such. What do ya do? Pull the die and then pull it apart and run a bore mop, a patch, or other stuff from your cleaning kit in there? Then reassemble the die and have to reset the seating depth? Time consuming isn't it?

Try this. A common popsicle stick. Made from Soft Beechwood. Poke it in the die. It fits perfectly. Twist it a bit and pull out tons of junk. Bits of lead, lube, and carbon. Want an even better cleaning? Place a piece of an old T-shirt on the stick and ram it into the die and twist. Ta-da! A super clean seating die and no need to disassemble it and your seating depth remains fixed.

With my old 310 system it's cleaned in 30 seconds and I don't even have to remove the die as the handle swings open for direct access. With my Spar-T press I use a popsicle stick that I cut off 3/4" to fit up into the die with the ram lowered.

It's fast and easy. Give it a try....


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Posted: April 21 2017 at 3:36pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Great idea.
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Posted: April 22 2017 at 7:28am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Cool, nice trick.

Thanks, Ranger.

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Posted: April 22 2017 at 9:49am | IP Logged Quote Pat Cannon

I bet I need to do this!
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Posted: April 22 2017 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

This came to me while back in the early 80's as a class 6 loading thousands of rounds for mine, and several other police departments. And .38Spl full wadcutters were the main loads. I soon settled into buying bulk waxed bullets from a local bullet maker. Accurate and we'll made, but after about 150 to 200 rounds I'd have to stop and clean the seating die as the build up of wax was causing rounds to go too deep.

As I was taking a break and eating a fudgecicle, I had the seating die on the bench. On a whim I poked the stick into the die and when it bottomed against the seating stem, I twisted the stick in the die. When lead shavings, wax, and carbon came out stuck on the edge of the stick I got a light and looked into the die. Clean! I said to myself "Man, that's easy!" So I've been running a popsicle stick into my seating die ever since. Every 100 or so nowadays as I use assorted lube and bullets. It was just a whim with a flat stick in my hand.

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Dillon die comes apart on press easy.
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Posted: April 22 2017 at 4:09pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

I'm sure hoping you finished with the fudgecicle before you did that...

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Lol
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Posted: April 22 2017 at 10:26pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

KinleyWater wrote:
I'm sure hoping you finished with the fudgecicle before you did that...


Good one!
And yup, I finished my fudgecicle first! And stuck the dry end into the die too. I'm a real fanatic about rust!


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Posted: April 25 2017 at 11:32am | IP Logged Quote LAH

Been cleaning the seat dies for many years like you but
never thought of the stick. Thanks Ranger.

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