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  1. I have two Vibra Primes, they work very well with CCI, Federal, Remington and S&B. Winchester worked but were a tiny bit fussier (but don't use Winchester anymore so it doesn't really matter to me). I never get flipped primers.
  2. Large Akro bins (30240), stackable, available in colors, inexpensive, easy to access.
  3. You can't do all of that in station #1. Priming occurs on station #2.
  4. Shoot the Hornady 75gr HPBT MATCH ammo before you get too critical. I'd also recommend you buy a box of Federal Premium Gold Medal Ammunition 223 Remington 77 Grain and shoot four groups with it.
  5. Because they are probably assuming you are averting the laws of Massachusetts and they don't want to be a party to it (and/or your shipping address doesn't match your billing address which is also a red flag).
  6. I do the same as Steve, I haven't felt the need to use water to increase the separation of the pins. I spin for about 30 seconds, reversing direction a few times and rarely do I find any pins with my brass.
  7. Good advice (on pre-cleaning the pins before first use...they also benefit from a cleaning run on occasion) and another convert.
  8. Spin them in a media separator (to separate the pins and spin off as much water as possible), put them in a bath towel and do what Steve noted above, then lay them out on the towel single layer and use another towel to pat them down. Works for me.
  9. Great results but what Steve said, use Dawn and Lemishine (I use 1 tablespoon Dawn and 1/2 teaspoon of Lemishine) and you'll be happy. I nearly bought a second one on that Amazon deal even though I really don't need two, that was a great deal.
  10. From Dillon, just the pistol dies (Dillon refers to them as "Dynamic" in reference to the snap spring decap assembly. The rifle dies are of a more traditional design, I don't see how you could do a spring loaded version with the neck sizing/expanding ball. http://www.dillonhelp.com/Dillon%20Manual%20PDFs/dillon_die_instructions_may_2007.pdf
  11. Sure they will, multiple threads in these forums complaining of that very issue.
  12. If you had ever used a Dillon pistol die, you'd know the first time you used it.
  13. I am guessing the acronym is Franford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler.
  14. What typically happens with the small pins is that two of them get stuck in the flash hole. Like this (pic found courtesy of Google):
  15. I was thinking the same thing, using Dawn and Lemishine, my softened well water and air dried, I have cases down months ago that still look like the day after they were wet tumbled.
  16. Not sure what else to tell you, I get amazing results with the methods I noted. Maybe your water is making the difference. These were done with no pins? Interesting point about water, ours is on hard side. I might try distilled one just for grins. Those were done with pins. But, I get the same results on the outside of the cases with or without pins.
  17. Not sure what else to tell you, I get amazing results with the methods I noted. Maybe your water is making the difference.
  18. Ok. Use 1 tbsp of laundry detergent and 1/2 tsp of Lemishine and the rest as I already noted and let us know how it works. I agree with Steve that it does better with the pins (I typically use pins), but they are best suited for getting the inside of the cases and the primer pockets clean. If you are only concerned with the outside of the cases, you don't need to use pins.
  19. I've used hot water for at least 100 drums of brass and it works better than cold for me. YMMV.
  20. Dish washing soap of nearly any type would be good (Dawn, Ivory, etc.). What Arm and Hammer? Baking soda, laundry detergent, do they make a dish detergent? My recommendation, fill the drum 75% with brass then fill with hot water and your ingredients (I'd try 1 tbsp of Dawn, 1/2 tsp of the FA detergent or 1/2 tsp of Lemishine) and run it for 90 minutes.
  21. How much detergent did you use? How much Lemishine? The FA solution and Lemishine are basically the same thing, I'd use a true detergent (like Dawn) with one of those two. Did you have lube on your brass? It shouldn't take longer, your brass can be pretty shiny after 60-90 minutes in my experience if you get the solution correct. I typically will fill the drum 80%-90% with brass and pins (although admittedly it does a little better if filled a little less) before adding water up to 95% (and the detergent and Lemishine). My recommendation, fill the drum 75% with brass then fill with hot wat
  22. I am thinking of going with straight soap and eliminating water since I found this: (/sarcasm) The more soap I use, the harder it is to rinse. The more Lemishine I use, I find it discolors the brass. I find 1 TBSP of Dawn and 1/2 TSP of Lemishine works well for my purposes (FA tumbler and my well water) resulting in perfectly clean and shiny brass. YMMV.
  23. Wow, that is a lot of Lemishine. I use 1/2 tsp for a full load in my FA drum (which could easily be 8-12 lbs of brass) which works with the gnarliest range brass (for my well water).
  24. Did you truly compare the inside of the cases and the primer pockets for both methods? With or without pins, the outsides of the cases look perfect. Without pins, the insides of the cases and the primer pockets don't get as clean. I'd still consider them acceptable for most all loading purposes, but they are not as clean compared to using pins. Before I bought a vibratory tumbler using walnut shell media, I washed (let soak for several hours) my brass with hot water, dawn dish soap and a little white vinegar. The basic washing method did enough to clean so I could reload the brass with ou
  25. Did you truly compare the inside of the cases and the primer pockets for both methods? With or without pins, the outsides of the cases look perfect. Without pins, the insides of the cases and the primer pockets don't get as clean. I'd still consider them acceptable for most all loading purposes, but they are not as clean compared to using pins.
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