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Question for those that wet tumble

For those that wet tumble, do you use stainless pins or just liquid?
If you use stainless pins what is the best way to seperate the pins from brass?
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I use pins. I’ve got a manual rotary case separator that I use to separate the pins.
https://www.rcbs.com/case-processing.../16-87076.html
I also use a #30 mesh screen for panning gold to get the majority of the liquid out as I try to run clean water into the tumbler drum. There’s not to many pins that end up in the screen but enough that when I drain/clean the water the loss of pins can add up over time.
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I stopped using SS pins. 4 capfuls of armorall wax and shine and 3 9mm scoops of lemishine tumbling wet for 40 mins gets them really shiny and clean.

I use this frankford arsenal media separator if I do use SS pins. Its works great in separating the pins from the brass and containing them within the enclosure. I still use it to tumble out any water left in the cases before I towel dry them.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1016958652
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I'm curious.
What, if any, benefits does wet tumbling have over using dry media method?

The drying process seems like an extra step?
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I'm curious.
What, if any, benefits does wet tumbling have over using dry media method?

The drying process seems like an extra step?
Ive found that wet tumbling cleans the inside of the cases as well as the primer pockets far better than dry tumbling.
As far as separating the pins, the best method I have found is what was already mentioned...a media separator. I also utilize a transfer magnet by running it across the top of cases that I set upright...it gets pins that may not have fell out during the separator operation. Wet tumbling is more time consuming, but itís cleaner(no dust) and I like how clean and shiny the cases are. I use a Lee universal decapping die to decap all brass, wet tumble, dry, then size.
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I use pins. Iíve got a manual rotary case separator that I use to separate the pins.
https://www.rcbs.com/case-processing.../16-87076.html
I also use a #30 mesh screen for panning gold to get the majority of the liquid out as I try to run clean water into the tumbler drum. Thereís not to many pins that end up in the screen but enough that when I drain/clean the water the loss of pins can add up over time.
This is what I do as well. My Lyman tumbler (https://www.amazon.com/Lyman-7631550.../dp/B01A3PNX1E) came with the screen.
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I use 1/8" SS diagonals like these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0187PJ59G You can find them cheaper on eBay or other sources though.

I use these because pins can get stuck in cases and bust decapping die pins if you tumble before decapping. The diagonals are also easier to remove from cases (never had one stuck in a case neck like the thin pins do) and are small and pointy enough to clean primer pockets thoroughly.

I use about 1/2 tsp of Lemi Shine and a squirt (pump dispenser) of 3D wash and wax. The small amount of wax will keep the brass from immediately tarnishing.

I use a lanolin-based lubricant for resizing and find that Woolite removes it very well if necessary (after doing lots of tumbling it tends to build-up).
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I'm curious.
What, if any, benefits does wet tumbling have over using dry media method?

The drying process seems like an extra step?
It makes the cases bright and shiny.

I don't see a use for it.

Primer pockets don't get dirtier and dirtier. Each firing blows out most of the old crude, so once fired, they stay the same. I have pistol cases I have reloaded well over 10 times without any primer pocket cleaning. NO issues.

There are even some evidence that overcleaning the inside of rifle case necks can lead to inconsistent bullet pull force.
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Whats involved in the drying process?

I'm considering the wet method to keep the entire reloading process indoors. With my current dry method, I tumble outdoors to lower the lead dust inside the house.
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This is what I do as well. My Lyman tumbler (https://www.amazon.com/Lyman-7631550.../dp/B01A3PNX1E) came with the screen.
I wish the tumbler you run would have been on my radar when I bought my thumblers tumbler model B, definitely like the incorporated screen. I might look into selling my tumbler and getting one like yours or a little different model like one of these.

https://www.frankfordarsenal.com/cas...4.html#start=1
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