Case tumbling media seperation


January 10, 2005, 01:16 PM
I was contemplating an upgrade to my current process late last night while grubbing around in my tumbler and pouring walnut media out of many little .223 cases.
What do you use, and how well does it work?
Has anyone used Midway's rotary media seperator.
I've tried using kitchen strainers before. That didn't work so well.

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January 10, 2005, 01:44 PM
I use a rotary media separator from Midway and it works great. I am reloading .45 Colt and .45 ACP so it is pretty easy for the media to get out of the cartridge.

January 10, 2005, 02:01 PM
I use a rotary separator and it's well worth the money. It removes media from .45, 22 hornet and my 22-250 brass in little time.

January 10, 2005, 02:40 PM
I tried everything before getting a rotary seperator. They are well worth the money. I have a dillon but heard the midway was OK also.

January 10, 2005, 02:41 PM
I bought a Rubbermaid container at WalMart for about a buck . . . it holds a couple of quarts. I drilled a LOT of 1/4" holes in the bottom. I set this inside a paper grocery bag, and pour my tumbled brass & media into it. I then reach inside the bag, snap the lid on the conatainer, grasp the sides of the container and shake. Brass stays in the container, media is collected in the bag for re-use.

January 10, 2005, 04:42 PM
I tried something like that once, Hank. I found that all the brass, after a few shakes would just stand upright (with the head being heavier and all) with the media in them.

Now I use a REALLY low-tech method. I just dump the whole thing into a tub and grab handfulls of brass at a time and shake them out.

January 10, 2005, 05:25 PM
I replaced the bowl on my Midway tumbler with a Lymann Turbo Flo bowl. The seperator is built in.

Works Great!!


January 10, 2005, 08:16 PM
Frankford Arsenal makes a media separator that fits into a five gallon bucket. Empty your tumbler into it, holes in the bottom let the media go through. Pretty low tech and works well for me.

January 10, 2005, 08:46 PM
Lingerie (sp?)bags, I think they still have them in supermarkets in the laundry isle. It is a mesh bag used for washing pantyhose and other delicate items along with the other clothes in the washing machine. Dump everything in the bag and simply agitate the bag back and forth over a container to catch the media and the shells remain in the bag. Any similar heavy mesh bag would also work. Nick

January 10, 2005, 08:56 PM
That's genius! It beats the heck out of me keeping that 5-gallon bucket machine in my tiny gunroom for the once a year or so that I clean brass. :)

January 11, 2005, 02:06 PM
The rotary seperator from cabelas is under $20 and it does not use a 5 gallon bucket. They have a clam shell and I only use the bottom of mine. Once you use one, you'll wonder why you ever did it any other way. My 22 hornet brass goes thru the slits in the basket but the rim keeps them from going all the way through. Even after picking them out, it's MUCH better than any other method out there.

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