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Old May 31, 2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Pulled .224 bullets

I dismantled a few hundred .223 bad reloads a friend bought off of craigs list. (Idiot)

Case necks cracked when chambering a round. You could physically grab the bullet with thumb and finger and crack the case neck and remove the bullet on about half of them. The ones that didn't crack were dismantled with a RCBS collet puller. One in ten bullets show slight lines from the collet.

The question is "Would you reuse the bullets?"
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Old May 31, 2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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If they all weighed roughly the same? Yes.

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Old May 31, 2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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If they look ok and there are no marks on them from pulling, reuse them, maybe not for competition or hunting but for plinking or training.
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Old May 31, 2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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Old May 31, 2013, 07:50 PM   #5
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Sounds like good practice/training/plinking bullets to me.
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Old May 31, 2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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Pulled .224 bullets

Yes, they are fine for plinking and not that bad especially under 200 yds. I've shot some mangled commercial demil 62 Ss109 bullets that gave 2 mOA for loads that are 1 MOA with new bullets. Bullets I collet pull are only a little less accurate than new because some get a little dented although most come out hardly scratched.
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Old June 4, 2013, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks guys.

No one sems to have any concerns about barrel damage. I plan to only use them in my fun gun any way.
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Old June 4, 2013, 02:58 PM   #8
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Pulled .224 bullets

I don't see why they would cause barrel damage. If they are the right size and of accepted materials they shouldn't damage the barrel.
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Old June 4, 2013, 03:46 PM   #9
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Unless you royally screwed up pulling them with the collet puller, shoot away and don't think twice.

You really have to work hard to screw up a projectile to the point shooting it is not advisable. Even a few marks from a collet puller aren't that big of a deal - especially since the marks are cosmetic the vast majority of the time and don't even happen on a portion of the pill that comes into contact with the lands.

If you really crank down on the collet, you may distort the front end of the bullet slightly and lose some degree of accuracy, but you'd have to work very hard to do that.
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