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Big ChiefBig Chief Senior MemberPosts: 32,995 Senior Member
Trying to get my brass sorted after running it through the media tumbler. Some I already had clean and I'm running a new batch now. I keep telling myself I'm gonna separate it by caliber, but usually just dump it all together, but when 9mm gets stuck inside larger brass I have needle-nose pliers to pull it out. Sometimes I get 3 calibers of brass stuck together inside each other. Usually and only a few each run, though.

A few spins in the colander like basket dumps the media almost completely outta the clean brass in a bucket with a collar to fit the 2 piece basket.

Plus I had a couple coffee cans with mixed .38 spl and .357 I sorted. A little extra effor5t now pays many dividends for later when I start reloading it.

Just another phase of necessary chores in the reloading game, but I usually have to be in the right mood to do it. All part of the "Fun"! :guns::guns:

I don't shoot much 9mm, but I do shoot 9mm MAK or 9X18 and it's a pain to separate by head-stamp when it all gets mixed together.
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    I noticed at the shoot you throwing all your brass in the same bag. I do the same thing. It's no big deal to me. If I shot like Jerry Miculeck or something that would be a horse of a different color. They sell those range bags with dividers for the purpose of sorting your brass as soon as you dump it. Perhaps I'll get me one some day but I doubt it.
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  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,654 Senior Member
    Have to ask. Having 2-3 sizes getting stuck inside each other, how well is each getting cleaned? Not to mention the extra work.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    With my two pdog .223's I shoot Rem brass in the Rem and Win brass in the Win. I used to toss the empties in the same can, but soon discovered that if you blow through 600+ rounds in a day, sorting by headstamp is a real pain. It's much easier to just toss them into different cans and run them thru the tumbler separately.

    Mike
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Michakav wrote: »
    Have to ask. Having 2-3 sizes getting stuck inside each other, how well is each getting cleaned? Not to mention the extra work.

    Actually pretty clean and maybe a few cases that were stuck inside like 9mm not so good and a .357 inside a .45/.44 will have some of it darker and it looks two-tone. Not many do this from a whole basket full, though.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    With my two pdog .223's I shoot Rem brass in the Rem and Win brass in the Win. I used to toss the empties in the same can, but soon discovered that if you blow through 600+ rounds in a day, sorting by headstamp is a real pain. It's much easier to just toss them into different cans and run them thru the tumbler separately.

    Mike

    Yep, a lesson we all learn the hard way, it's best to do it right the first time........doesn't always end up that way for me, though.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I noticed at the shoot you throwing all your brass in the same bag. I do the same thing. It's no big deal to me. If I shot like Jerry Miculeck or something that would be a horse of a different color. They sell those range bags with dividers for the purpose of sorting your brass as soon as you dump it. Perhaps I'll get me one some day but I doubt it.

    I know, my bag has several zipper pockets, one on each end and side, but I have them full of of other crap.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    I know, my bag has several zipper pockets, one on each end and side, but I have them full of of other crap.

    My bag has 3 compartments. One on each end and a larger central one. It's not always this organized but usually I'll have My eyes and ears on one end and my wife's on the other. The larger, middle compartment holds a gun specific tool, kit a rag and some spray lube for wiping things down til I can get home to clean things. And various odds and ends. I just dump my brass in there.
    Now, rifles are a different story. Except for my .22LR all mine are bolt guns so I just put the spent ones nose down in the box I brought them in.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    [QUOTE=Razorbacker
    Now, rifles are a different story. Except for my .22LR all mine are bolt guns so I just put the spent ones nose down in the box I brought them in.[/QUOTE]

    It must be a matter of preference on whether to put reloads tip down or up in those plastic ammo boxes. I think there was a thread on here before about it.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
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