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Old May 10, 2012, 05:38 AM   #1
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bullet puller ?

what is your prefered brand and type of bullet puller ? I have about 250 223's to take apart.
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Old May 10, 2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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Old May 10, 2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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250 ---- Yep, the cam lock. about $20.

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Old May 10, 2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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I have never seen the Hornady puller but I have a Wilson collet type puller. If it works like the Wilson you have to have a significant amount of the full bullet diameter out of the case in order for the collet to hold it. If you have mostly ogivy it will not grab hold.
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Old May 10, 2012, 10:51 PM   #5
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if thats the case, a pair of wire cutter type pliers will get the job done... raise ram so bullet protrudes through (empty) die hole, grip bullet lightly with wire cutters, lower ram, done right the bullet will be fine.....
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Old May 10, 2012, 11:02 PM   #6
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RCBS collet type puller
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Old May 11, 2012, 01:00 AM   #7
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Lee FCD body and a multitool or needlenose pliers. Remove the collet from the FCD body. Place the round in the shellholder and raise it. Lightly squeeze the pliers on the bullet being careful to avoid the neck. Lower the ram. The pliers will self-tighten and pull the bullet. This only works if there is sufficient bearing area for the pliers to grip. If the bullets have a heavy crimp you should loosen them first with a seating die. Just bump it enough to break the crimp. The smaller the contact area the fewer the marks on the bullet.


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Old May 11, 2012, 01:01 AM   #8
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+1 for the camlock. Have not found one that it won't pull and not a lot more than noisy PITA hammer pullers.
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Old May 11, 2012, 09:27 AM   #9
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I agree with tom234, I've had mine 20-25 years, I add collets as needed.. William
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Old May 11, 2012, 09:52 AM   #10
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Jimkim, Doesn't that ruin or mar your bullet?

I use a kinetic puller and can salvage the bullet w/o any marring.
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Old May 11, 2012, 11:21 AM   #11
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Hornaday Cam Lock bullet puller user here.
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Old May 11, 2012, 12:18 PM   #12
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I have a cam lock puller, but mostly reach for the RCBS inertial hammer-type puller. I put a wad of paper towel in the end of the thing and the bullets and tips aren't the slight bit damaged, and neither is the powder. It would be faster to use some pliers and your single stage press, but I suppose that would mess up the bullets to some degree. So do ya want speed or do ya want the bullets back in their brand new state? Your call on that.
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Old May 11, 2012, 03:36 PM   #13
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I use a kinetic puller and can salvage the bullet w/o any marring.
I use a kinetic puller too, but I have heard that they can cause the core to separate from the jacket on occasion.... the damage from pliers is simply cosmetic, but a jacket separated from a lead core wont do anything for your accuracy...

I dont know how true it is, but just the same I wouldn't use a pulled bullet for hunting.... of course, I wouldn't use one pulled with a cam type or pliers ether, not just kinetic so.....
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Old May 11, 2012, 08:02 PM   #14
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I've never had any problem with bullet damage with my hammer-type kinetic puller. I've used it a lot, and like I said earlier, if you put some wadded paper towel in the 'collecting' end, there's no obvious bullet damage at all. I've reloaded and shot pulled bullets time and again and I can't see any accuracy loss. Admittedly, if I was shooting 4 inch groups, I'd never see any accuracy loss, but I do shoot a bit better than that.

If I was going to pull 250 bullets and I was in a hurry and had no plans to reuse the bullets, I'd go with pliers and my press. Much faster.
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Old May 11, 2012, 08:07 PM   #15
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I use an RCBS collet puller for 223. Works so well I'm never going back to a kinetic puller if I have the choice.

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Old May 11, 2012, 10:24 PM   #16
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Jimkim, Doesn't that ruin or mar your bullet?

I use a kinetic puller and can salvage the bullet w/o any marring.
I also use the hammer type puller, but only if it's just a few rounds. Once it gets into the hundreds I break out the pliers. If the bullets are hard to pull. Break the tension with your seater. Any amount of excessive force(whether it's with pliers or collets) will ruin bullets. You have to use common sense.
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Old June 8, 2012, 08:25 PM   #17
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Another vote for the RCBS collet puller. I've reused the bullets with no noticeable effect on accuracy. The inertia type will work but doing 250 would stretch your arm out
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Old June 9, 2012, 05:03 AM   #18
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I just ordered the CH bullet puller, collet type. I post how it works when I get it and use it.
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Old June 9, 2012, 07:07 AM   #19
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This:



Hornady collet puller and a Lee classic.
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Old June 14, 2012, 11:29 PM   #20
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I have seen the clamping portion of a tubing flaring tool used seems to work great on pretty much anything from .22-.50, just use your single hole press with no die and clamp on and pull down
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Old June 15, 2012, 05:16 PM   #21
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I have the Hornady bullet puller, Handle? it is referred to a cam operated, problem, I spent more time waiting for parts than than I spent using it. I quit using it and like a miracle it quit needing parts.

I acquired a RCBS puller that uses collets with a ‘T’ handle screw, like magic, all of my bullet pulling problems went away.

The Hornady cam lock puller parts will not fit the RCBS type bullet puller.

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