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It's Applesmasher's confession time:

I don't wash cases.

I don't tumble them, I don't vibrate them, I don't anything them.

If they're caked in crud because they were shoved into mud, I let them dry, and then I use a little high pressure air to blast the crud out. That's all.

If they're whole and generally healthy, I then size them and carry on.

Your general approach of scrubbing them seems to me to be overkill. I'd wipe the exterior on a towel perhaps, blast out the interior with canned air, put them in a ziplock bag and go to do something else with my time. Your biggest risk would be leaving water in them. My method doesn't risk that.

But hey, at least if they're shiny it's easier to spot any problems. So I wouldn't call it a complete WOMBAT (Waste Of Money, Brains And Time).
 

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rowlock said:
Interesting. Most of the books seem to caution against getting deposits and other crud caked on the inside of your sizing dies, if you don't clean the spent cases adequately. Sounds like you've found that's largely a non-issue.
Complete non-issue. If you really deeply want to be insured against anything, then sure, clean them in a vibrator or something, but you should also clean your tools, including your dies.

You do take care of your tools, right? After paying hundreds of dollars for them? If not, I want the name of your financial manager because you have way more money than I do.

rowlock said:
Do you run carbide dies mostly? Or use plenty of sizing lube? Maybe they're just covering their butts against something unlikely.
Lots of lube. And carbide dies. As long as there's no actual grit sticking around, there's probably no problem.

rowlock said:
You might be on to something with the towel comment. Looks like quite a lot of people just wipe them down thoroughly with a solvent-soaked towel or clean rag. Could be a reasonable middle ground, and wouldn't result in water contamination. Looks like I have some more research to do. :)
If you're feeling incredibly lazy, you can get one of those electric boot scrubbers which start spinning their bristly surfaces the moment that one presses against them. Should be a good tool for brushing away bits of dirt. I use a bartender's cloth.

rowlock said:
Well, the paper manuals and most of the supplies arrived today. Sure enough, Lyman concurs... Wiping off any grit and residue with a clean absorbent cloth appears to be sufficient in their eyes too. Good enough for me I reckon, at least while I get my feet wet.
Another trick is to get a rubber tip which you can jam a cartridge case onto, and grip it in an electric screwdriver. This lets you spin the case against something to scrub it.
 

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Die cleaning: if it's just dust and minor crud, compressed/canned air does fine.

Every now and then I take the dies apart and give them a thorough wipe with a cleaning cloth and a spray of sizing lube.

Nothing special.
 
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