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Old 06-17-2018, 7:09 PM
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Default What is your rate of loss for steel media?

2 years on wet tumbling, about 10,000 rounds a year.

I think I need to top up my steel media, but don’t wanna buy too much. The danged uncovered Dilion separator media throws media.

What do you think is your rate of loss for steel media?
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Old 06-17-2018, 7:42 PM
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about 10k per year also on walnut dry about a 5lb box.
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Old 06-17-2018, 9:06 PM
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I think I've lost 5 or so of the large pins in doing several thousand cases. I use an RCBS covered separator. I rinse first to break the tendency for the soap to make the pins stick to the cases. Everything goes in the separator. A half dozen turns of the inner drum in either direction throws all but a few pins into the bottom of the separator. I do a separate soak in Lemishine and some can turn up there. The rest I find either after rolling the wet brass in a bath towel prior to baking or on the baking trays after the brass is dry. I lost one down the garbage disposal and couldn't get it back. It made one hell of a racket for about ten seconds before it finally went through and down the drain.
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Old 06-17-2018, 9:08 PM
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5.2 pins per tumble (on average, of course).
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I'd lose a few small pins per tumble (Not actually lose them, but find them in odd places, later) After switching to the larger (Stilly) pins, I don't think I've lost any. This is 95% straight walled pistol cases, which separate easily in the RCBS rotary separator.
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Thread jack: i got tired of separating pins from brass, amid being limited to batch size, so i bought a cement mixer from harbor freight. Yesterday i processed a 5 gallon bucket's worth of mostly 9mm and 223. Took me all of an hour from switching the mixer on to dumping it out on the drying table
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Thread jack: i got tired of separating pins from brass, amid being limited to batch size, so i bought a cement mixer from harbor freight. Yesterday i processed a 5 gallon bucket's worth of mostly 9mm and 223. Took me all of an hour from switching the mixer on to dumping it out on the drying table
I've considered that, as the cement mixer, is about the same price as the common tumblers, and can do huge batches!
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I've considered that, as the cement mixer, is about the same price as the common tumblers, and can do huge batches!
Works great! Doesn't get the insides or primer pockets like steel pins do, but tumbling 5 gallons of brass at a time is a fair trade imo. The outsides of the brass were shiny as ever; water, car wash w/ wax, lemishine.
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Old 06-20-2018, 7:41 AM
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Works great! Doesn't get the insides or primer pockets like steel pins do, but tumbling 5 gallons of brass at a time is a fair trade imo. The outsides of the brass were shiny as ever; water, car wash w/ wax, lemishine.
I'd still toss in a load of SS pins, if I was doing it that way. But my FART, keeps me in clean brass, at my current rate of use.
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Sounds about right . I do dump pins on a shifter [ bigger than flour ]
to get the slivers out .
A lot of the loss is / was pins stuck in primer pockets and either jumping
on floor or breaking . I know I lost some changing water / washing
I think I have bought 5 or 6 of the 5 pound bags in the last 10 years .
Probably sounds like a lot , but there are 7 of us that reload here
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Sounds about right . I do dump pins on a shifter [ bigger than flour ]
to get the slivers out .
A lot of the loss is / was pins stuck in primer pockets and either jumping
on floor or breaking . I know I lost some changing water / washing
I think I have bought 5 or 6 of the 5 pound bags in the last 10 years .
Probably sounds like a lot , but there are 7 of us that reload here
Have you tried the larger pins? Now that I've switched, I'll never go back. I keep my older small pins around, but I'm not sure why, maybe in case I want to tumble some jewelry or something....Mostly because, I'm just not good at getting rid of stuff.....
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Moving up to the large pins from the standard small pins is something I regret not doing earlier.
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I use larger pins and a covered separator. I still find pins here and there. I am very grateful for a magnet though.
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I bought mine when Silly was around . This was when he old small pins .
Then I bought the large ones from him .
The mall ones are put in a harbor freight tumbler - I use it for things like
rusty hard to find nuts , bolts and sometimes for pistol parts [ fyi - I use
penetrating oil with them and strain thru coffee filters . ]
One trick I learned was to put velcro on sides of drum . Then put other
1/2 on magnets - then run a few minutes - dump cases into wash bucket
take off magnet and dump pins .
I generally wash 2 or 3 times on rifle cases - once or twice on pistol .
depending on color of water
Then into spinner
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Old 06-23-2018, 5:27 AM
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2 years on wet tumbling, about 10,000 rounds a year.

I think I need to top up my steel media, but donít wanna buy too much. The danged uncovered Dilion separator media throws media.

What do you think is your rate of loss for steel media?

I was one of the first people to give the pins a try.
The brass looks great!!!!
The hassle with using the pins and all the extra steps were not worth it so I went back to walnut.
I posted about the extra steps here and was told it has never happened to anybody but myself.
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I use pins along with the RCBS separator, never had a problem losing pins.
Sounds like operator error or using incorrect equipment if losing pins are a problem.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:23 AM
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For me , losing pins is not a problem . The few I / WE
loose are not enough to worry about .
Walnut and corn media goes away also - just easier to replace .
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I wet tumble with pins and separate media with a RCBS separator just like 67 Cuda. No problem over here losing pins. I clean brass twice during case prep so over the past 4 years, I've probably cleaned 13,000+... so many pins remaining. I think in about 10 years, I'll need more pins... maybe more time. I shudder to think how much walnut media I would have had to go through for the equivalent. I have no interest in going to walnut.
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