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case tumbling question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by High Altitude, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. High Altitude

    High Altitude

    Nov 19, 2005
    After tumbling your cases, how do you guys seperate the media from the cases?

    Do you prefer to use something like this, the RCBS media seperator


    or is there some other, less costly way that you prefer?
  2. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I opted to spend the money on Shell Sorters and using a clean 5 gallon bucket utilize it to both sort brass and later sift media when tumbling.


    Just place the sorter that will accomodate you brass to be sifted in the bucket, criss cross the other two and place it lip to lip on top. A few shakes and its done.

    The shell sorter set actually will cost a little more than a deidicated media sifter rig, but you get 2 uses for the price of one if you do as I do. Wait till you have a sizeable order from Midway and use the appropriate coupon code to save. One more thing, the optional .380 plate works well. I use it to do a final sort with my clean 9mm brass just before lubing and placing it the case feeder.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I have that RCBS media separator, I like it just fine.

    I also have those shell sorters.

    Media tends to fill the cases, I like the fact that I can easily turn the handle on the RCBS device a lot easier than I can "shake" those shell sorters? Filled with 1000 rounds, I think it might be difficult to sufficiently move the brass in the shell sorter in order to empty all the media.

    YMMV, of course.
  4. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    I have the Dillon media separator. Case sorters never used them for that. And a have a Lyman pan that looks like a gold miners’ pan. The Dillon gets just about all of the media out of the case. The rotary type media separator is the best way to go.
  5. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Outside the perimeter
    I have a media separator like the RCBS, but branded Winchester. I got it from Midway for about 15 bucks along with a bucket. It was discontinued. Works great.
  6. Memnok


    Sep 7, 2009
    I have a media separator at the end of my arm. Takes a bit longer, but never stops working and didn't cost a thing. :whistling:
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I went to the lumber yard and bought a 1x2 and some 1/4 wire mesh.
    I cut the 1x2 into 12 inch pieces and made a rectangle frame. Stretched the wire mesh around it to make a colander. I think I have $3.00 into it. Works fast and has lasted for several years alredy.
  8. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    I also prefer the "bird cage" separators (RCBS, MidwayUSA, etc.). Never cared for the pan sifters.
  9. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    My Dillon 1200 tumbler came with a serrated lid that, when held against the inverted bowl after tumbling, does an excellent job of separating the media. Gently rock it back and forth over a 5 gal bucket or rectangular oil drain pan and you're set.
  10. whenmonkeysfly

    whenmonkeysfly CLM

    Jul 11, 2006
    Tried corncob media and even after three to four hours of tumbling it failed to get cases anywhere near as clean as by using liquid media.

    So now,...

    I use a liquid media tumbler by RCBS. Poor the liquid out and place cases in an eleven by fourteen inch flat colander and blow dry with a hairdryer for a few minutes. Cases are always very clean and SHINNY. Whole process can be done in two hours or less (400 to 500 10mm cases).


    with this:

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011
  11. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I just use the cheapo $6.95 manually-shaken tray. It works but one tip is don't load it up with hundreds of cases.... do 50-100 at a time max. If I start doing more volume I'll probably get a rotary media separator.
  12. argento


    Oct 11, 2010
    My lyman 1200 comes with a lid/sifter... This fits in a standard plastic bucket perfectly and sits about 3" from the top... I empty all the cases and media into it and shake shake shake...

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011
  13. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    I've only used the Dillon. It works great.
  14. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear Protective G'pa CLM

    I use the RCBS separator. I cut the bottom out of it because it fits right into a 5 gal bucket. Spin the separator and the media falls into the bucket. Dump the next load of brass into the bucket and then pour the whole thing into the tumbler.

    I found out long ago that separators are awkward to handle when trying to empty the contents back into the tumbler. This way it is much cleaner and easier.
  15. I have used most of the filter pans an they all work well when you put them on top of the vibrator and let the media sift down into the bowl.

    Also tried the Lyman Turbo Tumbler Brass Baggies and they worked better than expected, keeping the different types of cases separate and preventing the smaller from sliding into the larger. The only flaw was they developed holes after some use so they should be considered as an expendable.