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Old May 9, 2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Wire Mesh Sizes for sorting Range Brass

I am thinking about ordering some wire mesh in several sizes to sort brass. Different wire sizes and hole sizes are available, for instance, from McMasterCarr.com These could be nailed to a 2x4 frame to make a sorting screen, the same way gravel is separated into grades.

Question: Does anyone have a reference table of calibers and the mesh size they will not pass through, for this purpose?

Based on logic and guesses here are my thoughts:

0.44" would catch .45 ACP
0.39" would catch .40 S&W
0.36 would catch 9mm/357/38

Below that I don't care.

Thoughts? Better ideas?
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Old May 9, 2011, 10:33 PM   #2
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I think it'd be easier to buy a set of these: www.shellsorter.com
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Old May 9, 2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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Same idea

Same idea, but $40 plus shipping? For plastic?

Actually, screens would probably cost that much too.
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Old May 10, 2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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I have put hundreds of thousands of pcs through my shellsorters and they are great! I urge you to wear a lead respirator however as you shake the buckets. I had some very serious health issues from lead ingestion before getting one and I wear it religiously now!
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Old May 11, 2011, 06:31 AM   #5
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The problem with square mesh is that the shell has to "stand-up" to go through it. Take a hand full of brass and throw it on a table. How many are vertical?
Most will be on their side. You can shake the heck out of them and a few will fall through the screen, but most will not.
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Old May 12, 2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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Yeah square mesh won't do it. The brass needs to pass thru the mesh straight down. I sort by hand into a set of boxes, never found anything better.
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Old May 13, 2011, 07:45 AM   #7
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I have built every different style brass sorter I could come up with including the shell sorter style, that is easy to make (if you have a mill). They were all too slow or didn't sort enough (like 380 from 9mm from 38 super) until I built the one in this video.




It now looks like this.

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Old July 8, 2011, 09:36 AM   #8
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there on sale here

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=847836
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Old July 8, 2011, 11:37 AM   #9
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I have put hundreds of thousands of pcs through my shellsorters and they are great! I urge you to wear a lead respirator however as you shake the buckets. I had some very serious health issues from lead ingestion before getting one and I wear it religiously now!
And don't forget ear plugs. Especially sorting the .380 from the 9mm with the steal plate.

jmorris < now if you can just sort the .357 sig from the .40 and have a way to remove the 9.mm nested in the .45
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Old September 19, 2011, 11:19 AM   #10
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jmorris < now if you can just sort the .357 sig from the .40 and have a way to remove the 9.mm nested in the .45
I don't have anything except my hands for nested cases and don't see many 357sig at the range I scrounge at (USPSA/IDPA bays) but I do have this device I built that can sort by length or OD of the case mouth. A trap door is opened when the switch is triggered

Click on this photo for a video.

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Old September 20, 2011, 05:53 AM   #11
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I sort by hand. That's my first step in the inspection process and I can cull out any with crimped in primers for later treatment. With any shell sorter there's always the problem of 9mm nesting inside .40 cases.
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