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    Default Progressive reloaders or single stage......Question?

    What do you folks use to clean your bullets after you run them through the stages to clean the lube off the brass? Or should I say what do you recommend? Or do you do it?

    I have read some post on the Dillon FB page about lube gumming the rifle chamber up. what do you folks think?
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    I use Hornady sizing lube spray, it doesn't leave buildup on the brass.

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    I don't use a progressive loader, …. yet. My dad did though. He used some kind of dry lube spray as RMLamp does. And, he didn't use very much of it. From what I've been told, a little goes a long way.

    But, his progressive loading was hindered in another way. He was forever concerned about dropping a double load. He would weigh each charge. He probably had 70 years of reloading experience and he never had a serious problem from any of his reloads. He had some rules. He weighed each charge and with good reason. With powders like Bullseye and Unique a double charge makes a mess. He never shot other people's reloads, even mine. I have the same rule. The only time we shot each other's reloads was when we were both in the gun room helping each other. If there was EVER, ANY doubt about a round or load, the solution was always the same. Pull the bullet(s) and start over. The time and effort in doing over was always better than wishing for a do-over after pulling the trigger.

    Incidentally, I've never heard of anyone throwing a double load on a progressive press. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

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    I just wipe the cases on a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hartcreek View Post
    I just wipe the cases on a towel.
    Me too I wipe down all completed rounds with a rag. A pain in the arse and time consuming but I use the opportunity to do a final inspection. I have found split cases I should have caught. I like to think I can magically detect double charged or no charge cases. Maybe not but it does give me a last chance opportunity to shake the case and hear the powder charge slosh around.
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    I size, trim and clean all my brass before i run them through my machine. When i load i just use 3 dies(powder/seat/crimp) and when they exit the machine they are ready to be boxed or shoot. It's a little more work my way but i think the results are better.
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    I finally duplicated purchases of all my handgun, straight-wall cartridge dies (RCBS 1970 and 1980 circa) for Lee Carbide Sizing Die sets. I also got a Lyman case vibro-polisher to clean up the brass.

    For rifle (6.5 Swede, .303 BR, and .30-06 Sprg.) I began using Lee case sizing "while paste" lubricant. It is water soluble and only requires a coarse wet cloth or turn in the Lyman vibro-polisher to clean the dried lube off.

    The RCBS Case Lube and Pad I started within the 1970's is retired and in "standby status".

    Insuring thru visual inspection that all handgun cases are loaded to an equally filled, measured level is a reloaders function and responsibility. Hard to do with shouldered rifle cases, but it is possible. Never totally trust the equipment in this matter. And I only have RCBS and Lee Precision single-stage presses.
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    Thanks for all the replies.
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    I have never cleaned the bullet after loading. My cast bullets do not have excess lube, so they never needed to be wiped off.
    Some folks wipe off the cartridge to remove any remaining case lube, but I have never found it to be an issue as I don't shoot rear-locking bolt action rifles at pressures over 65000 psi (back in the '60s, those were the requirements for worrying about residual case lube). They run the cartridge over a towel soaked with solvent (naphtha and mineral spirits usually) or they toss all the cartridges into the soaked towel and close it and shake it up and down for a minute or so or they toss them in a tumbler with corn for 15-30 minutes.

    I will never retire my RCBS lube pad and case lube, as, after more the 40 years, I have never had a case stick in a die and don't plan to take any chances.

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