Sorry, I just now had a chance to get back to you. No you can't pull them out by hand. Once the bolt is closed and you try to open the bolt to eject the shells they are stuck too hard. You can't pull them out by hand or with the extractor on the bolt. Even if you just push the shell in by hand as if you were loading single shot style, and you press the shell in hard, you can't pull them out by hand...