Die finish



  • If you haven't polished your dies, you don't know what you are missing. You can't buy your way to this finish. I don't care how much money you spend on dies, they could be improved by doing this. A little flitz polish and some paper towels, and you'll feel the difference in sizing force. Don't forget to polish the expander ball/mandrel. Also, polished seating stems in your seating dies will keep the stems from damaging your bullets and will help seating depth consistency.

    Flitz will take it to a mirror finish. Really bad dies can be brought along by using some fine sandpaper such as 600 grit or higher, and then flitz.

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  • I've always done mine with some 2000 grit sandpaper. Never the inside of the die though, I'll havve to try the fritz.

    How do you polish the seating stem? The 1-2 thou difference in seating depth drives me crazy and that sounds like it'll help

    RLTW
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  • @ragnarnar said:

    How do you polish the seating stem?

    Pull the stem out, chuck it up, go at it with sandpaper and flitz. Same way. :)



  • @orkan

    I suppose that was obvious. I thought there would be a special technique to get the inside where the bearing surface touches the stem.

    Ask a stupid question I guess...

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  • @ragnarnar said:

    @orkan

    I suppose that was obvious. I thought there would be a special technique to get the inside where the bearing surface touches the stem.

    Ask a stupid question I guess...

    Not a stupid question, but wasn't asked in a way that I initially understood. ;)

    Answer: Q-tips! Q-tips are probably one of the most under-rated tools in existence.


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