Wanted: Media Sifter-Case Separator


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orygunmike
January 4, 2008, 02:21 PM
I am looking to purchase something like the units made by

RCBS ( http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=176956&t=110820
05)
or
Dillon ( http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23662/catid/8/CM_200_Case_Media_Seperator)

thanks!


Shoot me an email if you have something

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fecmech
January 4, 2008, 03:01 PM
Go to your local grocery store and get a lingerie laundry bag (open nylon mesh bag). Dump your cases and media into the bag over a 5 gal bucket or other suitable container, agitate it back and forth and "voila", cases in the bag, media in the bucket. Less than $5. at your local grocery store!

ReloaderFred
January 4, 2008, 03:03 PM
I use this one and really like it: http://www.berrysmfg.com/237.php

The price listed is the delivered price.

Hope this helps.

Fred

rcmodel
January 4, 2008, 03:35 PM
Homemade stuff:
Gallon coffee can with 1/4" hail screen soldered in the bottom.
PVC pipe handle.
Work's great for small quantities, pistol brass, etc.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/SIfter1.jpg

Large sifter made from oak & hail screen.
It hinges open all the way in the middle.
Held closed with two screen-door hooks.
Spins on the dowel through the middle over a Tupperware Tub.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/Sifter2.jpg

Total cost? Probably a dollar!

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/1224.gif
rcmodel

Steel Talon
January 4, 2008, 04:07 PM
I'm a bit more archaic

* 1 gal plastic pail (Dollar store.) Drill a bunch of holes into bottom of pail.

* About a 5 minute time investment of drill time. (your choice of bit)

* Scrounged 5 gal bucket

PROCEDURE

1. Slide pail into bucket.
2. Pour in brass and media
3. Shake for about 30 seconds (depends on your conga style:))
4. Remove pail
5. Pour media back into tumbler

All together, about a 3 minute time investment. The gallon pail is deep enough to keep the media inside the bucket very little if any escapes.

** NOW go buy a brick of primers, and a pound powder with the money you just saved.

Peace
Steel Talon:cool:

Clark
January 4, 2008, 04:12 PM
My Lyman moly kit works great for bigger bullets.


But .224" and .243" bullets fall through the .280 ~ .320" slots in the separator.

The ceramic media is .180" in diameter.

I am still searching for a screen to separate them.

Bailey Boat
January 4, 2008, 05:03 PM
Well I guess I'm even cheaper that some of you guys here. I bought a plastic colander (like you would use to drain pasta) and a 2.5 gallon plastic bucket. A little wrist flip and in about a minute it's all separated.

Okay, Okay, I admit it, I didn't actually BUY the colander, I "found" it in one of the lower cabinets in the kitchen..... She looked for it for about 10 minutes and then put it on the grocery list to get a new one.... She never did ask me about it....... Thank God.......

Johnny Guest
January 4, 2008, 08:54 PM
Normally, something like this should be posted in the Buy, Sell, and Trade: Accessories forum. And, usually, a moderator would move it to the proper forum.

I'll let this one remain, though.
---One, handloaders usually find more assistance of this type in H&R than in the Trading Post area.
---Two, the rather inventive tips already posted are interesting and would probably be lost in the shuffle in the BST area.

But thanks to those who mentioned the forum error. :p

Best,
Johnny

nedg67
January 4, 2008, 09:28 PM
I just use a Plastic colander, the thing the wife uses to wash and drain the vegtables, or strain the pasta..

you get them in packs of 3 with difrent hole sizes from the cheapy shops..

also use em to seperate projectiles from ceramic media after moly coating..

WNTFW
January 4, 2008, 09:34 PM
Re post #6
Clark,
Contact me via PM - I might be able to solve the problem - need more info.
Later,
WNTFW

evan price
January 4, 2008, 11:44 PM
1. Go to the dollar store (if you are cheap) or Wal*Mart (for convenience)
2. Buy the largest, cheapest spaghetti strainer/cooking colander you can find.

Mark it clearly that it is your reloading gear or else SWMBO might appropriate it.


I have a Midway separator and bucket that came with my tumbler. Nice item but if it hadn't been included in my used tumbler I would not pay the $$$ for it. .22's will fall through it. (Why am I tumbling .22s? Somtimes they get mixed in my brass!)

I have a cheap plastic colander with nice large holes (It was free for the scrounging in the trunk of a junk car I bought & I parted out) that works nearly as well in terms of capacity and holes are large enough to separate and small enough I don't lose anything.

Roccobro
January 5, 2008, 11:45 PM
I went to the dollar store and bought a small mesh waste basket, and a plastic pale. Wastebasket should fit inside the plastic bin easily.

Pour in tumbled brass and media, jiggle one side and the brass tumbles from one side to the other like in the tumbler. Pull wastebasket all the way out and media stays in pale.

I spent the extra $3.96 and replaced the pale with a tupperware baby trashcan looking thing with a latchable shut lid. after sifting, I leave the media in the seal-able container for later use. Makes it easy to switch medias too.

Justin

jenrob
January 6, 2008, 01:09 PM
If you are stuck with the thought of the RCBS or Dillon. Take a look at the one at Cabelas. It is the same one as the RCBS exact. and is also cheaper. I used the 2 bucket method for a long time. A 2gallon with holes drilled in the bottom set inside a five gallon. I geuss my wife got tierd of the noise of shaking brass around in that bucket cause she bought me the one from Cabelas. what a difference. A lot quieter and once you get rid of the static cling a little less mess.

Walkalong
January 6, 2008, 02:22 PM
Here is my homegrown solution, alongside a MUCH used Lyman 1200 with a Frankford Arsenal bowl added a few years ago for more capacity.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=63951&d=1189810618

rcmodel
January 6, 2008, 04:01 PM
A lot quieter and once you get rid of the static cling a little less mess.
I keep a can of this on the loading bench for that annoying Tumbler Media Cling!!
http://www.mystaticguard.com/

I think I got mine at the grocery store a few years ago.

Works real well on plastic reloading scale pans too.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/1224.gif
rcmodel

mallc
January 6, 2008, 05:20 PM
I scoop the brass from the tumbler into a spagetti strainer nested in a bowl using the litter box scoop on the wall. Give a bowl a couple of shakes and serve cold.

Scott

hotwheelz
January 6, 2008, 06:03 PM
I have treid alot of similar stuff that has been posted here but scored one of the dillon smaller version at the gun show for $30 if you want to spend the $$$ nothing wrong with works well.

armoredman
January 6, 2008, 06:06 PM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/a45fcb35.jpg

lordgroom
January 6, 2008, 09:02 PM
I had the Frankford Arsenal KIt with the Tumbler and the media separator. I hated the separator. I bought the RCBS and love it. There i no dust and it is much quieter. Now I look back and wish I knew about the Berry's listed above. It looks like the same product only cheaper.

jhansman
January 6, 2008, 09:41 PM
Well, I've been using one of these:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=Search_Results_NYR&id=0012554212868a&navCount=4&podId=0012554&parentId=&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=IJ&rid=&parentType=&indexId=cat20853&hasJS=true

over a 5 gal. bucket from Home Depot for over a year now, and it works just fine. Not fancy, but efficient.

jenrob
January 7, 2008, 02:30 AM
This is the one that I have from Cabelas
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?type=product&cmCat=Related_IPL_212868&id=0012554214213a
Look at it and look at the RCBS and Berry's it's the same one but a few dollars cheaper. That's what we are looking for save as much as we can to spend more on supplies.

Steve C
January 7, 2008, 03:45 AM
This colander type separator works great. I've used it for over 20 years on 2 case cleaners, (an RCBS and now a Frankfort Arsenal from Midway). Just pour out the brass and media into a bucket, set the separator on top of the vibratory tumbler, pour in the case and media mix, turn on the tumbler and the media falls through the sieve in the bottom right back into the tumbler. Rake the cases up the side with your fingers to shake out any media that may be remaining, Turn off the tumbler and you have your cases free of media and a full tumbler ready for the next load.
http://members.cox.net/scollins15/Pictures/brassep.JPG

Here's a Lyman that can be found on Midway's website for a little over $13.
http://www.midwayusa.com/mediasvr.dll/image?saleitemid=878190

Roccobro
January 7, 2008, 04:45 AM
This colander type separator works great. I've used it for over 20 years on 2 case cleaners, (an RCBS and now a Frankfort Arsenal from Midway). Just pour out the brass and media into a bucket, set the separator on top of the vibratory tumbler, pour in the case and media mix, turn on the tumbler and the media falls through the sieve in the bottom right back into the tumbler. Rake the cases up the side with your fingers to shake out any media that may be remaining, Turn off the tumbler and you have your cases free of media and a full tumbler ready for the next load.

So that's how it works.... I just might have to try mine out finally . :o

Justin

jmorris
January 7, 2008, 10:51 AM
I built the one in the photo trying to save a few bucks; I still had to do rifle cases by hand. Later I got the large Dillon separator, I couldn’t envision it working as well as it does, should have bought one years ago.
http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=63076&d=1188397709

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