Dillon CV-2001 Tumbler

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  1. oneofthose

    oneofthose

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    I've been wanting one for a while, seems like now's the time. Looks like the best price is at Creedmoor or Graf's. Any other vendor I'm overlooking?
     
  2. xdmikey

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    Does it do anything special or are you trying to keep your bench blue?
     
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  3. SBray

    SBray NRA & Second Amendment Life Member

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    Dillon sure is proud of that tumbler!

    Steve
     
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  4. Lagamor

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    It’s gigantic. I want one too, but can’t justify it.
     
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  5. F106 Fan

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    The web page says it's not a hobby machine. It's pretty big!
    I have had one for several years and it works very well. It will tumble a LOT of brass and sometimes that is exactly what I need.

    The next size up is a full size cement mixer.
     
  6. sciolist

    sciolist On the Border

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    Ya, it's a freakin' monster, as is the separator that goes with it. Way too big for me. I'd need to be shooting like 100k/year for that.
     
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    You're right about that separator, it's ginormous. But it works real well for getting the media out of the cases. Prior to buying it, I used a colander and tumbled in a Thumler's Tumbler

    http://www.thumlerstumbler.com/

    Suboptimal...

    If 3 of us go to the Action Pistol range, we might very well blast up 1,000 rounds of ammo. Not always but we will blow up at least 500. I used to just dump everything in the Dillon but lately I have been separating the brass by caliber. The 9's getting stuck in the '40s getting stuck in the .45s is a PITA. When I used to shoot by myself or with just my grandson, all the brass was .45 - much easier to deal with. Alas, my wife has migrated from .40 to 9 and I will sometimes play with .40 so there you go. Separate the brass!
     
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  8. oneofthose

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    I actually have very little blue in the room. I like the Dillon CV-2001 for it's capacity. I just finished two 1k batches of 30-06 Garand ammo, tumbling 10 separate batches of that brass for 1 1/2-2 hours each is a drag.
     
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    https://www.shellsorter.com/

    Got some of these. Speed up the sorting process a lot. I have a lot of processed, so I usually let a five gallon bucket fill up before I process any.
     
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    There is also a metal plate for that setup. It separates .380 from 9mm. Midway has it.
     
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  11. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 12 Air Medals.

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    I have the shell sorters, but not overly impressed with the metal .380 separator.
    I have the large Dillon separator yes way too big. I also have an RCBS rotary separator and a lyman that looks like a minors gold pan. But I like using the shell sorters separating brass and for the dry media or even when wet tumbling. They store a lot easier also.
     
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    I have these and the plastic pans work fine, but the 380 metal plate is iffy.
     
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    Sounds like that Dillon is a really good tumbler.

    FWIW. I had a Frankord Arsenal Quick-N-Ez that lasted 10 years before motor would not turn (fixed it for grins, and works now). It is noisy, but cleaned ok and capacity was ok for my limited shooting.

    I have had a Cabela's dry tumbler (green bowl) for 5 years. It's quiet: more like a hum than the Frankford's rattling. It cleans cases well, but smaller bowl than Frankford.

    I just got a Hornady dry tumbler (red bowl, of course) that hums, seems to clean fine and capacity is about same as Cabela's.

    I like trying new tools, so when Frankford froze up, I got the Hornady. Then when I got around to it I took the Frankford apart, cleaned off what looked like graphite all over the inside of the base housing and fan, shot a little 3-in-1 around the inside rotating part of the motor, and got it to start working. Simplistic design is kind of ingenious.

    I keep 2 tumblers and fill with different media. Sometimes I shoot enough to want to have 2 going.
     
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