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totenschadel

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I gave up on the pins a few years ago. Wash em(citric acid & dawn) and go. Blingy brass makes for great pictures, zero affect down range. The real advantage of wet tumbling is the lack of dry media dust gumming up the press.
 
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I’ve never tried tumbling without the pins ...gonna have to try it I know it would be way more convenient not having to deal with separating them .
 

TexasJackKin

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I don't always wet tumble, but when I do, I use pins that are about 50% larger than the ones that came with my Franklin Armory Rotary Tumbler (F.A.R.T.) Makes the pins MUCH easier to separate. I also put a circular magnet around the drain in the garage sink, to catch any strays.

I've got a rotary media separator, that works great on crushed walnut or the larger steal pins.
 

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I always think I've got all the pins out with the rotary separator, but I still find a few floating in the case feeder. I wonder how many have gone downrange? I've done many batches without pins, also, and agree that the brass is clean, enough. But I still throw a half-load of pins in anyway.

This doesn't count the times I come home from the range with brass that looks clean enough to just get thrown right back into the casefeeder as-is.
 

TexasJackKin

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I...Think.... the larger pins help, they weigh enough to fall out and not stick to the brass..... I think.....
 

totenschadel

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I’ve never tried tumbling without the pins ...gonna have to try it I know it would be way more convenient not having to deal with separating them .
I highly recommend it. The brass peens itself on the exterior for a satisfactory shine, case interior and primer pockets are 85-90% cleaned. IMHO the trouble of separating pins does not justify the slight difference in carbon removal.
 
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vortex0178

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I'm thinking of making the change to wet tumbling, and if I don't really need pins I might as well get the smaller FA rotary tumbler. Any of you use that one? Is it worth it to upgrade to the larger one?
 

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Wet tumble, run through pin separator, pat with paper towel and let air dry. Been doing it for 10 years and maybe found 1 or 2 pins ever. My presses stay clean, operate smoothly and I use less case lube. Better than factory loads.
 

oly29

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I run all my brass thru a universal de-primer, then into my tumbler with Dawn soap and a little bit of Lemmi shine for 4 hours. Both inside and outside including the primer pocket come out very clean. Dump out most of the gray water and them pull the brass out and put it in a different bucket of hot water. Then pull the clean brass out and lay it on a large towel to dry. Then put it in plastic bags in batches of 100.
I also never mix my brass caliber wise as they will sometimes be stuck together and not get clean.