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Post by beeser 10/18/2014, 10:09 am

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Post by CR10X 10/18/2014, 10:25 am

With all due respect to your wife, once you use the Dillon media separator, you will see why its made and sold.

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Post by beeser 10/18/2014, 11:28 am

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Post by DavidR 10/18/2014, 11:31 am

Cheap but ingenious wife. 2935285009 on the Dillon, in and out in 60 seconds!
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Post by beeser 10/18/2014, 11:59 am

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Post by expendable 10/18/2014, 12:21 pm

If a bucket with holes worked as good as a Dillon separator no one would buy the Dillon, but that's not the case.

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Post by beeser 10/18/2014, 1:04 pm

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Post by Steve B 10/18/2014, 2:30 pm

Like your wife's idea.  I stole my wife's kitchen strainer a few years ago.

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Post by LenV 10/18/2014, 2:49 pm

I use the deluxe chicken coop strainer myself. Still working after all these years.

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Post by JayhawkNavy02 10/18/2014, 2:52 pm

Now that is brilliant!
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Post by Otiso 10/18/2014, 5:25 pm

I have the lyman with the rubber plug in the side. If I keep stirring the brass with my hand while it's vibrating and the media has drained, I get all the particles out.
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Post by james r chapman 10/18/2014, 5:57 pm

Steve B wrote:Like your wife's idea.  I stole my wife's kitchen strainer a few years ago.


Yep.... colander..
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Post by KenO 10/19/2014, 3:02 pm

Midway used to have a strainer type that inserted into a five gallon bucket, it was free if you bought a tumbler. You could stir, shake, and stir with your hand, but there was always media left in the brass. Same with the dollar store colander, I'm cheap, and tried that also.

Then I bought the Midway rotary separator, and it is one of those things that you wonder why you didn't buy it much sooner. Never have any media left in the brass, much quicker, only takes a couple rotations, and a little back and forth rocking. Now I have a Lyman one also. The Midway one was only $20 back when I bought it, probably more now, but well worth the money.

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Post by jmdavis 10/20/2014, 10:24 am

I used a collander for years to separate media. It was a tedious process. I bought a rotary separator recently for pistol use and was amazed at how easily it worked.

While I am cheap, I believe the rotary separator was worth every penny. 


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Post by DavidR 10/20/2014, 11:00 am

Dillon is not a bucket, its a bin with a rotating hopper that opens up, dump 200 cases in and spin it and it removes all media, really 60 seconds was 30 to many, but whatever works is good
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Post by GrumpyOldMan 10/25/2014, 12:35 am

60 seconds ain't near enough with .30-06 cases!

I grew up with my Dad's rotary tumbler being put in service a few times a year for several years. The octagonal wood box had an expanded-steel type cover over a wood "door" on one side. Pull the wood door off, clamp the frame back on and run that sucker a few minutes.

Very quickly, as the media fell out into a home-built with tumbler maker's plans capture bin with an empty beer case cardboard in the bottom, it got very, very LOUD!!!

Earplugs loud for a kid.

We still sometimes found a kernel or three of corncob or walnut in a few cases.

When I'm feeling cheap with the vibratory tumbler, I put two colanders together and shake 'em up a bit. Works great for handgun brass. They are dedicated for brass, never for food use ever again.

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