Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Smokepole14, Jun 18, 2022.
Currently using pins as their size makes 'em easier to see/corral.
Wet chips seem to 'pour' from the separator back into the drum easier.
I never have had a pin stick in a flash hole, but I used to occasionally have one lodge itself sideways in my 223 cases. (I've since refined my tumbling/separating technique and that issue has disappeared)
Chips don't get stuck, but some of mine are so small they resemble tiny slivers.
Never have used any other type of media,
These are the pins I use.
When I first built my tumbler I was curious about what happened if they were left going for an extended period of time. So I tumbled one batch for more than a day and they turned OD green, everywhere the pins could touch.
They still ran fine but are permanently altered by way too much time.
I must say it’s nice during the summer to be able to clean 3000/cases in an hour.
of course drying them is another chore if you don’t have hot sunny days.
I use 5 pounds of pins and about 800 9mm cases no problem in the FA Rotary Tumbler. 800 cases? Because that’s about how many fit in Costco cashew containers.
I wet tumble with no media, 30min and my cases look shiny as if new on the outside, and the bulk of my pocket and internal scums are clean. I’ve played a bit with wet tumbling with primers in place even, and by and large, they come out as clean as I’d ever functionally need them to be, even for PRS competition.
Buy a brass dryer. They’re expensive for what they are, but they are cheap, and they make life SO much easier. Hour and a half to two hours, I can tumble and dry, half hour wet, hour dry, and be ready to load again.
The SS pins never wear out. They do not need to be replaced owing to wearing out.
However, they can be lost if not careful with your handling techniques. I’ve been SS wet tumbling since 2012. My techniques in handling pins are refined and well honed.
As a result, I have very few escapee pins on most batches.
This coming from a guy that would just take fired brass, wipe it with a rag, and then reload it as is for many years.
My personal brass gets deprimed then tumbled. The cases are 100% clean inside & out. The primer pockets are always 100% clean.
Does the brass need to be that clean?
No, but if you are going to tumble your brass why not make it cllok the best it can. Like new or better then new.
Every one adventually has their way of doing it. What works for some people doesn't work for others.
I have two of the larger Frankford wet tumblers and use the pins that came with them. I did buy an extra five pound box of pins which just sit on a shelf.
No matter how careful you are you are going to find pins in places that you never would of imagined they could of got there.
I made & use case drying racks to dry my brass.
Never tried useing a electric dehydrator, the way I look at it Ship runs down hill, payday is on Friday and never chew your finger nails.
Gravity is your best friend. Damp cases will always misfire. Hanging upside down everything drains out.
Generations from now may see the pins wearing out........
Use care out there!
My experience as well.
I have the small Frankford and use two batches (ten pounds) of pins. So I’m running more pins than brass most of the time. 200 45ACP is a max load.
(The full length/size pins seem to simply wear down to shorter lengths and smaller diameters over time which is normal I suppose.)
I think I do see them wearing smaller (wouldn’t call it “out” cause they’re still banging around doing their job.)
Edit: I’m not sure I even agree with my own comment above. “Strike that” as they say in the court room.
Not sure I agree that they never wear smaller. Each use I’ll find some smaller, some stainless “glitter” and other evidence they’re taking a beating.
Now I’ll grant you there is a possibility I’m finding the same ones each time but seems hard to believe these pins banging against other pins don’t get worn down.
Mine look brand new too but then I tumble then clean often
The more I think about this the more I doubt I see much if any obvious wearing out. It would just take too long and changes wouldn’t be obvious.
At the same time I can’t believe wear isn’t occurring.
Oh well, I’m just going to enjoy the hobby and not over think it.
So that’s where my brass went!
Check out your case mouths after about two hours of tumbling with pins. It ain’t all sunshine and roses.
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