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PlaneJain
April 12, 2013, 10:31 PM
What is the fastest, easiest, and cleanest way to separate the media from the brass, once you have finished tumbling them?

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mljdeckard
April 12, 2013, 10:38 PM
I use a RCBS two-piece lotto spinner. Ten turns one direction, ten the other. I think it cost me about $30.

I did it by hand for a long time and felt very good about myself. I won't do it anymore.

carbuncle
April 12, 2013, 11:02 PM
I use the Cabela's separator: I tried the sieve method once then went back and got the separator. I think they are all made by the same factory in China and just poured with different colors for the individual brands...well worth 30 bucks for the saved time, IMO.

Posted from my car phone.

soloban
April 12, 2013, 11:03 PM
Mesh lingerie bag. Dump in brass and zip it up. Shake over the bucket.

cfullgraf
April 12, 2013, 11:13 PM
I have the Berry Mfg separator. Works like the others already mentioned.

Also, it works for me. It is the best separator method that I have tried over the years.

GarySTL
April 12, 2013, 11:17 PM
Dillion small separator here. Tried the sifter type at first, but couldn't keep it from going all over the place.

beatledog7
April 12, 2013, 11:19 PM
The aforementioned "lotto spinner" works for me. You will always have a few remnants in the clean brass, even after running it through the spinner, but this device is a tremendous time saver.

MK75
April 12, 2013, 11:33 PM
dillon small media separator is my go to.

bluetopper
April 12, 2013, 11:59 PM
I drilled a bunch of bigger holes in an old aluminum colander. I shake it over a large pan. Works pretty good.

jackdaddycustoms
April 13, 2013, 01:10 AM
i currently use a colander that i stole from my wifes kitchen cabinet. it gets most of the media out, but since i mostly do 223 cases, you still have to make sure each case is empty. this is my way and i am not recommending it as the fastest and cleanest way.

not to hijack the thread, but what i want to know from you guys that use the rotating separators is, do they actually get all of the media out of the cases or do you still end up dumping each case?

carbuncle
April 13, 2013, 01:18 AM
With pistol brass the only time I had media stuck in the cases was the first run when I got zesty with the amount of polish in the media. Otherwise, there's never anything in there (but I look anyway). It should be noted that I deprime after tumbling, so I can't vouch for whether the lottery spinner is good for getting media out of the primer pocket.

RKRCPA
April 13, 2013, 01:32 AM
I use a sifter to separate the brass. First I dump everything into a small bucket

http://i510.photobucket.com/albums/s342/rkrcpa1/DSCN2187Small-1.jpg (http://s510.photobucket.com/user/rkrcpa1/media/DSCN2187Small-1.jpg.html)

Then I place my sifter on top of the cleaner and dump the contents of the bucket into the colander.

http://i510.photobucket.com/albums/s342/rkrcpa1/DSCN2186Small-1.jpg (http://s510.photobucket.com/user/rkrcpa1/media/DSCN2186Small-1.jpg.html)

Then I turn on the cleaner and vibrate the media out of the cases and back into the cleaner tub.

Cranky CJ
April 13, 2013, 01:33 AM
$1.98 plastic tub and $2.49 plastic colander from Wal-Mart. Dump media into colander and it drains into plastic tub. shake and pull cases out. dump media back into tumbler.

ArchAngelCD
April 13, 2013, 01:38 AM
I'm using what Dillon sells.
https://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23663/catid/8/CM_500_Case_Media_Separator

Jesse Heywood
April 13, 2013, 01:41 AM
RCBS bingo tumbler.

Anmut
April 13, 2013, 01:49 AM
The top of my Lyman Turbo Tumbler has a built in sifter - and is the same circumference of a 3 gallon bucket. So after removing power and with the lid on tight, I slowly pour/flip the tumbler into the bucket. When it's completely upside-down on the bucket it fits perfectly - then a rigorous shaking, more so with small rifle brass, and presto - no more media.

ReloaderFred
April 13, 2013, 02:09 AM
I've used the Berry's fully enclosed sifter since they first came out with it quite a few years ago. And it's made in the USA, right there in St. George, Utah.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Flt Simulation
April 13, 2013, 02:42 AM
For anyone that is considering buying a new tumbler, here is a tumbler that makes separating the tumbling media from the brass easy.

The Lyman Turbo 1200 Auto-Flow, or the Lyman Turbo 2200 Auto-Flow.

Once you have finished tumbling the brass, you just pull the rubber plug on the side of the tumbler, and turn it on. As it vibrates, all the media flows into the media drain pan (included), and leaves nothing but the clean brass left in the tumbler.

Very easy!

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Turbo6ta/LymanTumbler.jpg

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Turbo6ta/Lyman2200.jpg

GT1
April 13, 2013, 03:35 AM
The top of my Lyman Turbo Tumbler has a built in sifter - and is the same circumference of a 3 gallon bucket.

Similar deal for me. Plastic bucket that lets the Lyman lid sifter fit down inside and I have a gallon ice cream bucket in the bottom, dump tumbler, shake, and it doesn't take long, and it was $1.98 or something like that.

dmazur
April 13, 2013, 03:49 AM
I use a small Dillon media separator.

(Outside, so the lead-contaminated dust doesn't settle all over my bench...)

Sport45
April 13, 2013, 09:58 AM
I use a litter box with a nested strainer. Picked it up at the dollar store and it works great for this. After lifting the strainer a few inches I swirl the hole thing a few seconds until the cases are empty. Dump the cases out of the strainer and the media back into the tumbler and I'm done.

Blue68f100
April 13, 2013, 10:02 AM
I use my brass sorter over a 3gal bucket to catch the media. Just don't over fill it and it works very good. I have the sifting bowls too but prefer the sorter.

Walkalong
April 13, 2013, 10:22 AM
Shake and separate. Very high tech.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=105230&d=1252783485

Clark
April 13, 2013, 02:32 PM
Berry's bullets media separator has a 1.5 minute video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDG-9cdbcg0

I recognize the keeping my left hand on top of the separator while I turn the crank with my right.

But until I read this thread and watched that video, I did not notice it was meant to fit in a 5 gallon bucket.

Cut the bottom off my separator?
I don't think so.

45lcshooter
April 13, 2013, 03:27 PM
I've done the 2 tumbler method. 1 tumbler has the sifter on it and turn the tumbler on.

Best thing do to on a budget is the spinning sifter, or just a sifter over a bucket.

ljnowell
April 13, 2013, 03:38 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/715559/lyman-rotary-case-and-media-separator

Thats basically the same one I have, only mine is branded frankford arsenal. It came in a kit with the tumbler and corn cob media. Separator and tumbler both work great. I would be afraid to guess how many hours I have on that thing!

mljdeckard
April 13, 2013, 08:38 PM
And yes, to whomever posted above, the spinners get them very clean if you do it thoroughly. the onty problems I have had were from clumped, poorly treated media, and different caliber cases stuck inside each other. I will take a basket half full of brass, set it next to me on the couch while I deprime them with the hand press, and it will leave a few grains of media I can sweep away with one swipe of the hand.

FROGO207
April 13, 2013, 09:23 PM
I use the Dillon CM500 media separator. It works for corn cob, walnut, and when the pan is 1/2 filled with water works great with SS media to separate it all. If you deprime first and use the larger sizes of media some of it will get stuck in some of the flash holes. All the media that is loose in the casings will completely exit when turning around SLOWLY five or six times and then rocking back and forth a few times. If you go fast the media spits out of the catch container (the Dillon has no cover).

Hondo 60
April 13, 2013, 09:34 PM
I use Berry's separator.

http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14629-c47-g8-b0-p0-Double_Action_Rotary_Sifter.aspx#


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDG-9cdbcg0

Domino300
April 13, 2013, 09:45 PM
I use a litter box with a nested strainer. Picked it up at the dollar store and it works great for this. After lifting the strainer a few inches I swirl the hole thing a few seconds until the cases are empty. Dump the cases out of the strainer and the media back into the tumbler and I'm done.
I use the cat litter box with the strainer same as Sport45. Just dump the stuff in and lift, the media falls thru and the brass is separated. Sometines use the air compressor to blow out the brass.

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