Looks like it is time to get a bullet puller

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jebsca, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    I was just about done loading for the night before it happened. As I grabbed the last bullet, I noticed that it was different from the others that I had been loading, 230gr in with 200gr. I checked the ammo that I had loaded, and found that the last round that I had completed looked to be the same 230gr. I set it aside and plan to pull it apart, but first I have to pick up a bullet puller. My question is what would you recommend?
     
  2. sdiver35

    sdiver35 New Member

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    I've got a Franklin Arsenal. It's inexpensive and works well on several calibers.

    Good find - glad you caught them prior to getting to the range.
     

  3. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Kinetic bullet pullers are popular and work well, place an ear plug at the bottom to cushion the bullet drop.
     
  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Are the loads over max with the 230 compared to the 200. The difference of 30 grs. may allow you to fire these rounds.:)
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Like nitestalker said there is a good chance that the heavier bullet will still be OK to shoot(unless you were loading those 200 grain loads HOT). Like tri70 said Kinetic bullet pullers are fairly cheap, work on most any ammo, and every reloader should have one.
     
  6. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    I was loading the 200gr a bit hot. Before I set the bad load aside to be taken apart, I checked it against all of the load sheets that I have. This load was over the max in every list. I don’t think I will risk it. I knew that I would need the puller sooner or later, but I was hoping to put it off a little longer. I will keep in mind the bit about the ear plug.
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Better safe than sorry man. I would go buy a puller. I have the plastic hammer type. Cheap and does the job.
     
  8. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The impact hammer pullers are OK. That said make sure you lock the collett real tight and wear protective glasses. I had a .45 ACP go off in an impact puller. I was wearing glasses and they were badly damaged. The expended case struck my forehead and left a nice wound. Yes Virginia, impacting can set off a primer regardless of your years of use.:(
     
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Accountants have erasers.

    Reloaders have bullet pullers.:D
     
  10. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    If pullers are like erasers, I will be getting a few pullers. I know I use up the eraser alot faster than the pencil.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    pull em. dont beat it do death like your nailing something in oak. just gentle taps on a hard surface. seating in 230 grain bullets using 200grain load depth can vastly increase pressure. best to pull em
     
  12. dwmiller

    dwmiller Well-Known Member

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    Personally i use the Hornady collet puller. A little more money but it works well without damaging anything. Pull the heavy bullet reload with the correct one.

    I keep an extra single stage press bolted to the bench to use for this and bullet sizing.
     
  13. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    I ordered an RCBS collet puller. I looked at a few different types, but I went with this one cause it will do 50 cal (with the right collet), and I am reloading 500 S&W.
     
  14. SteveK

    SteveK New Member

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    I would say buy a bullet puller. That is the safest and easiest way, those hammer type take a lot of hammering to get the bullett out. If you decide to get the kenitic typetry putting your bullets back in the press and if you crimped them, reseat them a little deeper to break the crimp and then use the puller or hammer type and the bullets will come out a lot easier.
     
  15. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    Got my puller in this weekend. The RCBS puller worked very well. Only problem I had was the first time I tried, I got the case and gave it a very hard crimp. When I reset on the bullet, it came out very easy. Tried it on another round that was left over from a starting load, and it was fast and easy.