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Old June 21, 2011, 07:52 AM   #1
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newbie question...removing brass from tumbler

ok i have another newbi question that is probably a little stupid....but is there a better, quicker way to remove brass from a tumbler other than picking them out one by one?....i tried to use a kitchen stainer/spoon but the it and the holes were not really large enough and i got media everywhere...thanks for your help
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Old June 21, 2011, 07:57 AM   #2
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Look around the kitchen section of a Dollar Store, or such, and find a collander or sieve that has the right size holes. Or you could punch a bunch of 1/4" holes in a coffee can lid, dump media/brass in can and shake (upside down, of course) out the media, or spend $$ on a "Media Separator" from Midway, Natchez, Dillon, etc.
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Old June 21, 2011, 08:10 AM   #3
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I have a media separator (look on Midwayusa.com if you do not know what that is.). If you do not want to spring for a media separator, place your cases in a mesh sack (like bagged onions come in), tie it closed, then drop it into your tumbler. When done tumbling, pick up the bag and roll it over the bowl to get the tumbling media out of the cases.
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Old June 21, 2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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I took some wire screen and formed it into a funnel shape and put it over a bucket then dump tumbler in and shake it around . it worked.

now i have a media separator its allot better.
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Old June 21, 2011, 09:12 AM   #5
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I use a slightly modified cat litter scoop.
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Old June 21, 2011, 09:27 AM   #6
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Been using this for a long time.

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Old June 21, 2011, 10:12 AM   #7
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Armoredman, how about the dust factor on that nice looking green carpet?
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Old June 21, 2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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You can either look around for a colander/bowl that actually works well, or modify one with big slits or holes to clear the media out. A cover over the colander is handy as it lessens dust somewhat.
The Midway one costs about $25 or so w/o the 5 gal bucket.

The above pic of the improvised colander media seperator would be much funnier with it was surrounded by spilled media, and there was an angry wife in the background.
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Old June 21, 2011, 02:55 PM   #9
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WOW, another indoor loader and on carpet too. I wish I could come indoors to do my reloading. YOur the luckiest man I know, and nice media separator too. Did you get that from the kitchen?
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Old June 21, 2011, 05:48 PM   #10
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I stumbled on a cheap, effective method to separate brass and media.

Go to Lowes, get two buckets, one larger than the other. Punch a LOT of 3/8" holes in the bottom of the smaller one.

Dump media and brass into the bucket, shake and twist vigorously for a minute or so and voila....the brass will be in the perforated bucket and media in the larger.
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Old June 21, 2011, 06:28 PM   #11
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I dump all the media and brass into a shoebox or similar.
Then I take a dollar-store kitty litter poop scoop, scoop up some brass/media and shake. Repeat as required. The media goes back in the shoebox (well, most of it anyway*), the clean brass goes into a zip-lock bag.

* I do this out in the driveway, so whatever doesn't end up in the box, no worries.
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Old June 21, 2011, 09:08 PM   #12
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I use a plastic kitchen collinder that i have drilled holes in. I just empty the contents of the tumbler into the collinder and shake it over a bucket and it seperates the vast majority of the media from the brass. Then simply pour the media back into the tumbler.
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Old June 21, 2011, 09:52 PM   #13
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Years ago I purchased a tumbler with a bucket and a separator from MidwayUSA, the tumbler lasted 10-12 years and finally died, I still have the bucket and separator, I still use them every time I clean brass! William
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Old June 21, 2011, 10:53 PM   #14
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That green carpet was in the mobile home I was living in at the time, which was...6 or 7 years ago. Loooong gone. Carpet is now tan. No issues with dust, I don't dump it over all at once. Wife has no issues with me reloading - the room the gear is in is pretty much all mine, coomputer, reloaidng bench, junk, bookshelves, etc. Now I CAST in the garage, I don't tempt fate like that.
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Old June 22, 2011, 04:09 AM   #15
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wow, a room all to yourself. That must be what heaven is like.
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Old June 22, 2011, 04:56 AM   #16
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I bought a 2 X 2 foot pan
and after my stroke it still looks like a rat on drugs tore through it. Even my big Dillon tumbler I have trouble with.:barf:
Damn stroke everything that was easy, is now hard for me to do. I can sympathize, my wife says I wasn't much better before!
Media just makes a mess for me.
I should have been a organic chemist they make messes, That will be my excuse.

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Old June 22, 2011, 11:55 AM   #17
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Yep, like all the above suggestions, you jes need something to hold the amount of media-brass you are tumbling, with holes in it smaller than the brass and larger than the media, and something to catch the media as you shake it out of your "separator"...
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Old June 22, 2011, 12:09 PM   #18
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I bought a pan at Cabelas, cost about $10 and works just fine. Looks like one of those pans you would use for panning gold, but has slots in the bottom.
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Old June 22, 2011, 06:34 PM   #19
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I bought the Lyman Auto-Flo conversion bowl and use 20/40 fine media. All I do is "pull the plug" and a few minutes later I have a bowl of tumbled brass without the media. Couldn't be any easier.
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Old June 22, 2011, 07:26 PM   #20
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The hands God made for me work great!!! When done, just go wash up in the sink. Simple no cost, no mess .
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Old June 22, 2011, 09:33 PM   #21
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I use a collander made with a green enameled wire. The spacing is large enough to allow the media to pass but stop my smallest cases, which is .380 right now. I was never concerned about the dust until reading some posts this year, now I try to minimize the dust as much as possible.
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