The Sorter simply sits on top of a common 5 gallon bucket, with a few shakes your brass is sorted by caliber. The Shell Sorter™ is comprised of three pans designed to sort several common calibers.
The three main calibers that most reloaders sort are 45 ACP, 40 S&W, and 9mm. We have labeled the sorters according to those three main calibers. The sorters do sort many more calibers! The following chart shows some of those calibers and the sorter pan that they end up in.
The fastest way to sort is to stack all
three of the pans together with the yellow pan on top, and
the black on the bottom, in that way all your brass is
sorted at the same time.
If you sort before tumbling as is recommended, most shells that are inside of each other will come apart with the shaking and are sorted correctly. However, if you tumble first, those are likely to jam together with small bits of media, and sometimes those require a pliers.
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The sorters can also take the place of your media sifter. Just tumble, pour your brass into the appropriate sorter(s), shake a bit, your media is in the bucket, and your brass is ready for the next step.
You can use this on the range so that you only bring home brass in the calibers that you reload.
We sell quite a few Shell Sorters to members of IDPA and USPSA. If you reload quite a bit like they do, you NEED a Shell Sorter™!
The Shell Sorter™ is made of ABS, a very strong plastic which will give a lifetime of service. We placed a sorter underneath a car tire, and it didn't break or distort! In fact, it still worked!
Always wear gloves and a dust mask when working with used brass because of the levels of lead dust present.
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We know you want to see the sorters work, so here are a few pictures of them in action.
The three sorters sit together on top of a common 5 gallon bucket. Yellow on top, blue in the middle, black on the bottom.
Mixed brass is poured in.
The sorters are shaken to allow smaller calibers to quickly fall below, the brass is in the proper sorter, and then the sorters are unstacked. 45 in the yellow, 40 in the blue, and 9mm in the black.
This picture shows .22's, some .17's, as well as dirt, tumbling media, and other debris that falls into the bucket.
The sorters nest together nicely for storage.
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