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Cleaning MEC powder and shot bottles.

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by PatMiles, Mar 5, 2012.

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  1. PatMiles

    PatMiles Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody discovered a way to clean the inside of the MEC bottles? Doesn't take long to stain the inside.

    Thanks,

    Pat
     
  2. surfcitydude

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    They stain very fast and it doesn't really clean up like new. You would think by now someone would come up with a nice acrylic replacement shot and powder tubes, like the ones on Dillon or Spolar that are stronger and don't stain. I'd take 4 of them right now for my 2 presses.
     
  3. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

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    Why??? Just not important.

    GS
     
  4. PatMiles

    PatMiles Well-Known Member

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    Midalake,


    It would be nice to be able to see powder and shot levels at a glance. Important to me.

    Pat
     
  5. PatMiles

    PatMiles Well-Known Member

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    I would like to be able to see powder and shot levels at a glance.

    Pat
     
  6. PatMiles

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    I would like to be able to determine powder and shot levels at a glance.

    Pat
     
  7. Bird30

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    Don't believe that the Dillon's don't stain. I can hardly see my powder level, although all you have to do is ask for one and they will replace it.

    Dave
     
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    A company (basic design or basic machine) makes a shot tube for mec that holds 25 pounds of shot and has an acrylic tube, I bought one and love it. However at the time (2 or 3 years ago) he did not make onr for the powder.
     
  9. PatMiles

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    Dave,
    I put new bottles on me 9000 about six months ago. I don't leave powder (Clays) in the bottle when not loading. Shot yes. I have a Dillon 650 that I bought new fifteen years ago and treat the powder the same. The powder measure on the 650 is clear, not pristine but clear. I load VihtaVouri with the Dillon. I guess the Clays powder might be part of the problem.

    Pat
     
  10. quartering

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    are the threads on a mec bottle the same as the cap threads on a bottle of water? there ya' go
     
  11. DanLee

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    The stain is from the graphite coating on both shot and powder. I prefer "stained" bottles as they don't hold static electricity like brand-new ones do.

    Dan
     
  12. Bird30

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    The only powders that I load is Greendot and PB and yes I empty the powder measure. I think the stain is from graphite like Dan said. The stain is black.

    Dave
     
  13. Unknown1

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    I once tried to polish the inside of a P-W acrylic powder tube with a sewn cotton buffing wheel on a 12" x 1/4" extension chucked in a drill press using several kinds of metal polish. I don't know how deep the stain goes but a couple hours of this convinced me that $14 was a good price for a new tube.

    Keller
     
  14. PatMiles

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    Oh well, I'll just have to get used to it. Thanks for the responses.

    Pat
     
  15. X Trap 2

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    First try ice and about 2/3 water and shake back and forth and swirl. This removes the stain out of coffee makers glass very well.

    I also have used fine sand and water and did the same. Not as new but much better. Ray
     
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    What Dan said. The graphite reduces or eliminates "static cling". I use my most stained bottles for powder.

    A light behind the press helps you see what's going on, as well as the powder and shot level.
     
  17. Allen-MX8

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    I have loaded over 50,000 shells in my MEC 9000G and I have never cleaned the shot or powder bottles and I can still see the contents o.k.

    Allen
     
  18. Unknown1

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    <blockquote><I>"First try ice and about 2/3 water and shake back and forth and swirl. This removes the stain out of coffee makers glass very well."</i></blockquote>If the plastic of the powder bottle has been chemically stained (dyed) by the compounds in the powder, no amount of ice, sand or polish will remove it. The color is IN the plastic not ON it.

    I've cleaned shot tubes with soapy water and a stick with a bit of towel wrapped around the end...alcohol or Windex when there's not soap around.

    Keller
     
  19. Rick in Ohio

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    Your shot bottle you can some what get it clean by using WD-40 on a cleaning rag on a end of your cleaning rod. I wouldn't do that with your powder bottle.
    IF your powder bottle that bad buy a new one.
     
  20. PatMiles

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    Doggai,
    I like your remedy. Gin & tonic... yeppers!

    Pat
     
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