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Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by echo tango, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. echo tango

    echo tango New Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I have recently acquired a box of reloading equipment. The contents of the box included a Thumler's Tumbler Ultra Vibe 18, Hornady Pacific press, scale and trimmer, Lyman A-A reloading dies (38 spec - 357 mag), RCBS - FL die set - 223 REM. In addition to those items there was also some powder; Hercules Blue Dot and Winchester Western Ball Powder (231 and 296).

    For the most part all items seem to be in good condition aside from some rust on the trimmer and press. What's the best way to clean these items up using solvents or lubricants, and which ones?

    Also would you consider the partially used canisters of powder to be safe?
  2. Xaiver56

    Xaiver56 New Member

    Oct 28, 2007
    Grand Prairie, TX
    NO! I have just begun my journey into reloading but I would not trust any powder that has not been straight from the factory/retailer to you. You have no way of knowing if the previous owner of the powder did anything to the powder, mixed the powder, or even put it in the wrong container. And even if the previous owner swears it is what it is labeled to be it is better to safe than sorry.

    Welcome to forum echo-tango you will find a whole bunch of very knowledgable people here. Glad to have you here
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2008

  3. ET
    Welcome to the forum, if you have a question and you can't get an answer here, then you won't find it anywhere.

    To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.
  4. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Good answer Xavier. :)

  5. Shellback

    Shellback New Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Broken Arrow Ok
    If you are going to start reloading you need to read, read, read, There are alot of great books like the ABC's of reloading and you have got to familiarize yourself with safety and procedures before you attempt to load anything.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    xavier is dead on. safety first man, just use that leftover to start your next campfire, get a few good manuals and read up. reloading is fun and rewarding, welcome to this addicting hobby and have fun with it.
  7. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    Welcome to the world of reloading...

    I would suggest just reviewing the products online website for FAQ's on cleaning and maintenience of the equipment.

    Do your research and be safe.
  8. echo tango

    echo tango New Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I appreciate your input and suggestions.

    Sadly, there were no manuals inside this box, but I'll take your advise and check a couple of websites to see what I can come up with.

    Thanks guys.
  9. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    FEMA Region II
    Welcome echo,

    As much as I hate to waste stuff everyone is right so far. You just don't know what you have in an opened container of powder.
    I heard you can put it out on the lawn or garden and it'll actually be good fertilizer. Do it just before a rain.(safty first)

    Oh and for clean ups and rust preventers WD-40 is the best stuff ever. I buy it in gallon containers. Little spraying and toothbrushing and that ought to do ya.
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