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Old January 17, 2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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Bullet Pullers

I'm new at reloading handgun ammo, but have done pretty good with the advice from a gunstore owner. However, I have produced some "duds". I have the hammer looking bullet puller and can't seem to get it to work. A friend of mine said the crimps may be too tight for the puller to work. Any other ways to get the bullet out? Also, if I can't get the bullet out, how do you dispose of duds?
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Old January 17, 2007, 10:04 PM   #2
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RCBS makes a great bullet puller
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Old January 17, 2007, 10:21 PM   #3
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Are you using the correct size collet?
Are you hitting in the correct direction?
Got pictures?.......................ck
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Old January 18, 2007, 12:12 AM   #4
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Make sure you use the correct collet and give it some really good whacks on something solid like brick or concrete with the cartridge pointing down.
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Old January 18, 2007, 12:28 AM   #5
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It may take a bunch of whacks to get the bullet out....don't be timid with it.
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Old January 18, 2007, 07:39 AM   #6
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Just noticed I should have put this in the reloading section. Thanks for all the replies!! I'll give it another try.
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Old January 18, 2007, 08:03 AM   #7
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You have to really smack it hard. A light tap won't get the job done. A bit of advice when reloading be by yourself, no tv, kids etc... no distractions, it will pay off in the long run.
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Old January 18, 2007, 06:45 PM   #8
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The kinetic pullers work, but the press mounted RCBS is a state of the art better and easier.
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Old January 18, 2007, 07:10 PM   #9
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RCBS hands down. I've remnants from a half dozen kinetic pullers downstairs. Save the time & frustration, buy RCBS press mount puller right off the bat.
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Old January 18, 2007, 10:20 PM   #10
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Collet type, on-press pullers are best, IMHO, and the best of them is the Hornady Cam-Lock. Uses a lever and a cam to close the collet, instead of screwed-down closer as on the RCBS and Forster, so it is faster to use. Some reviews on midway say the cam-lock does not work well on lead bullets, but I beg to differ; it works great on roll-crimped, 200 gr RNFPs in 45 colt.

Don't ask me how I know how well it works!

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Old January 18, 2007, 10:46 PM   #11
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Warning!

DO NOT USE INERTIA BULLET PULLERS WITH BERDAN-PRIMED CARTRIDGES.

I had a CA friend taking apart Chinese 7.62x39 rounds, and one went SUPERBANG!
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Old January 19, 2007, 02:01 AM   #12
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every reloader needs a bullet puller some times..... i've had a kinetic puller from midway for years... you do have to whack em pretty hard on something solid to get the bullet to come out though... i've gotten so i can whack it and look enough so that if i've seated a bullet wrong i can usually stop whacking before the the bullet comes clear out of the case..... i've never broken a bullet puller of this style but i have heard of it....

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Old January 19, 2007, 11:50 AM   #13
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2 x 6 scrap lumber cut to your belt line, held vertically on floor, strike it like you are pounding in a post. 1 hard strike for pistol cartridges, 1 or 2 for heavily crimped revolver. Home centers have scrap lumber for really cheap.

A shorter piece, placed on a stool or short table also works, but will come apart after only a few uses. A long piece absorbs the impact w/out splitting.
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Old January 19, 2007, 07:18 PM   #14
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I use a Forster bullet puller. Yes, you have to buy collets, but I like it because it mounts in the press and the way the collet grips, the harder the bullet pulls, the tighter the collet holds. I don't have to whack it on anything and it doesn't leave a mess. It was expensive but worth it.
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Old January 22, 2007, 06:22 PM   #15
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I ended up getting the RCBS Standard Peller and it worked great. Can the bullets be reused?
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Old January 22, 2007, 06:43 PM   #16
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The only problem with collet pullers is they don't work for snot on full wadcutters.
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Old January 22, 2007, 06:46 PM   #17
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I use a RCBS kinetic puller. Works fine for me. I reuse the powder and the bullet.
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Old January 22, 2007, 08:00 PM   #18
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Lead bullets can be pulled with some dykes and a shellholder. Run it up in the press with no dies or puller in it and bite the bullet with the dykes and lower the ram. No reusing those bullets but if you cast they can be remelted.
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Old January 22, 2007, 08:51 PM   #19
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I use the shell holder from my press in the hammer type puller. It works better than the shell holder that came with the puller.
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Old January 23, 2007, 06:22 AM   #20
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bought mine at caellas, 14.99 works great, give it a good wack or 2 and it comes right out.
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Old January 23, 2007, 05:35 PM   #21
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CrustFN,
I used your shell holder method. It holds the shell nice and can be put in real quick. I was discouraged with the hammer type at first till I got torqued off and started hitting it on the Bench like I was trying to break it. Hmm,Imagine that, in just 2-3 hits the Bullet came out.

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Old January 23, 2007, 08:38 PM   #22
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A lesson well learned!

A serious but funny little story about kinetic bullet pullers. When my kids were young and I wasn't too bright (still working on it) I had used a hammer puller in front of my little boys.

A couple days later I and the wife could hear a pop every once in a while, like a cap gun pops. Soon after we could smell something. I knew what that "something" smell was and ran down stairs to the basement. Somehow the number two boy had pocketed a few thirty-eight rounds and was on the basement floor with a small hammer making like daddy. He was hammering on the 38s deforming the primer pocket and if a primer fell out he'd hit it with a hammer, POP. I honestly think the number two boy has a true gaurdian angel because it's not the only time he should have gotten hurt.

He didn't get in trouble for his misdeeds, but I did started doing a police pat down on the kids every time they "Helped" me reload. They got a kick out of hearing, "Up Against The Wall You Little Varmints"

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