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    New way for separating SS pins from Brass

    I know we all have our own ways of doing this I use to use a webbed fruit bag that would keep the brass in but let the pins fall through My grandaughter was over and thought it was trash and threw it away. So I got to thinking how could I do it so here's what I done, I took two one gallon ice cream buckets one bucket I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom. I used a drill bit that is just shy of a 9mm shell because that is the smallest round I clean, all under water I put the bucket with the holes in it in the other bucket pour the brass in the bucket and put your hand in there and agitate the brass and the pins fall through the holes into the good bucket so far I've had good results
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    Neat idea!
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    I use a pasta strainer and large bucket. You know being Italian and all.

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    Good idea! I still have the FA media separator that came with my vibratory unit that bit the dust a long time ago. It works well if the water level is to the rim of the bucket...spin...spin...change direction...dump the water decanting to keep the pins in...rinse and repeat to get rid of excess suds.

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    First, I rinse the tumbler tub until the water is clear, pour my cases into my RCBS rotary media separator, fill the tub of the media separator with water, and spin the media separator back-and-forth for about 30 seconds and, so far, all pins have come out. Have not tried bottleneck cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noylj View Post
    First, I rinse the tumbler tub until the water is clear, pour my cases into my RCBS rotary media separator, fill the tub of the media separator with water, and spin the media separator back-and-forth for about 30 seconds and, so far, all pins have come out. Have not tried bottleneck cases.
    I like this...get rid of the suds while the cases and pins are still in the drum. Probably save me a step and time. Not sure if I thought that the pins might release from a soapy solution better, but it's has to be the agitation of the water on the clean brass that flushes them out. I have done 223 cases as well as 30-30 and 45-70.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddcatt54 View Post
    I know we all have our own ways of doing this I use to use a webbed fruit bag that would keep the brass in but let the pins fall through My grandaughter was over and thought it was trash and threw it away. So I got to thinking how could I do it so here's what I done, I took two one gallon ice cream buckets one bucket I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom. I used a drill bit that is just shy of a 9mm shell because that is the smallest round I clean, all under water I put the bucket with the holes in it in the other bucket pour the brass in the bucket and put your hand in there and agitate the brass and the pins fall through the holes into the good bucket so far I've had good results
    Currently, I have not developed a way of separating pins. Thanks for the idea! However, I do rifle rounds and they're a bit of a pain. Wondering if I could get all the pins out of a rifle round this way. I've also thought of trying a magnet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus1965 View Post
    I use a pasta strainer and large bucket. You know being Italian and all.
    I do the same thing I went to Dollar Tree and got a round bucket and a colander for a grand total of $2.17, I just pour the brass in and twist the whole thing from side to side and the pins fall into the bucket I then use My Harbor Freight magnetic retrieval tool to get the pins out of the water.
    I also use this setup with My dry tumbling media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jspdrcrmach5 View Post
    I do the same thing I went to Dollar Tree and got a round bucket and a colander for a grand total of $2.17, I just pour the brass in and twist the whole thing from side to side and the pins fall into the bucket I then use My Harbor Freight magnetic retrieval tool to get the pins out of the water.
    I also use this setup with My dry tumbling media.
    Try a smaller wire strainer and dump pins and dirty water from bucket into small strainer. No magnet required.
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    A couple years ago I decided that I was farting around too much with separating chips and brass. I bit the bullet and bought an RCBS separator. It's worth every penny. About 8 months ago I got tired of getting the pins out of the separator so I found a magnetic cleanup tool and that thing saves me skads of time. Both of those items were more money than I wanted to spend, but they were money well spent because of the aggrevation they save me, plus I built my tumbler out of an old treadmill for about $15, so the money saved on mytumbler got spent on those other two things.
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