RCBS Powder Measure

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    RCBS Powder Measure

    Just purchased a RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure. It states in the instruction be be sure to clean the unit to get rid of the rust prevention or the powder will stick. What do you safely clean it with?

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    get a pound of Varget and set the measure at around 30 grains and run the pound through

    you may do it 2 or 3 times. purpose is to remove the oils and to lube with the graphite in the powder. i say Varget cause its shape allows that it is cut when being measured where as flake or round powder, not so much.

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    after you are done running the powder for the cleaning and coating,
    use it to make plinking rounds with or to warm a bbl.
    never had a 'contaminated' round fail.
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    I just took the round part that the handle attaches to and sprayed it off with gun scrubber.
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    I took mine apart and cleaned it with running alcohol

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    A bottle of alcohol is much cheaper than a pound of Varget that is now contaminated if you use it to clean the preservative/oil from a new measure. Take the measure apart and clean it well with the alcohol. Reassemble and run a pound of any gunpowder through it several times to coat it with the dust from the powder.
    You can also try several powder settings against your scale while doing this to get some ballpark settings for your load data.
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    Hornady "One Shot" dry film lube is also useful for cleaning off rust inhibitors on powder measures and dies.
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    Thanks everyone for the input. I ended up cleaning all of it with rubbing alcohol. Seems to have worked good.

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    I have a new Uniflow arriving Monday. Thanks for starting this thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevew View Post
    I just took the round part that the handle attaches to and sprayed it off with gun scrubber.
    That is the technique I have used, with excellent results.

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    Got my RCBS Uniflow yesterday, and I cleaned it thoroughly with alcohol. After it dried, I wiped it down with a laundry anti-static thingy, and then sprinkled a tiny amount of powdered graphite in the measure and shook it up giving the inside a light coat of graphite. I ordered the stand from a different vender (last minute decision), and that comes tomorrow, so, I should be up and running by Thursday.
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