tips for finding powder less round

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jjfuller1, May 8, 2012.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    okay, at least im ahead of the game here. i have 40 .40 s&W rounds loaded. one of which lacks almost all the powder. i had my son helping me and he spilled one of the casings, didnt inform me, and loaded the bullet. i saw the pile of powder near the end of the 50 rounds. so the last 10 i did and set aside. so that leaves me with 40 rounds. i measured the powder and it was almost exactly my charge weight. so like i said at least i know i have a dud. but now how to find it. i really dont want to lose all 40 bullets. the casings powder an primers are cheap enough but my hornady bullets are not. lol

    i dont have a bullet puller, as of yet

    i tried to weigh a couple other rounds i knew were loaded correctly. i assume due to brass sizing, the difference in weight between 2 100 percent good rounds was well over my charge weight. leaving me to think weighing them all still might not be correct.

    thought about shooting 1 at a time and if the bullet got stuck in the barrel get it out that way. but im not fond of that idea.

    any thoughts? do i need to suck it up and buy a bullet puller? if so, which one?
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    JJ, you might want to go ahead and pull the bullets and visually check to find the one missing it's powder charge. that way you would know for sure. i thought about weghing the loaded ammo, but if there is a difference in case weight, it could give a false reading. you might try one of the inertia bullet pullers. i just got one the other day because in a moment of haste, i charged and seated bullets in some rifle cases, but somehow forgot to seat primers in them!
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Sorry, bro- you need a bullet puller. You were going to get one anyway, right? You will save all components, including the bullets.

    http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/pid=34107/Product/Quinetics-Bullet-Puller

    Powder weight is SO small, it will be hidden by variations in the brass. And you look like a goof with the cartridge in your ear, shaking your head to see if you can hear the powder in the case. :D

    Just do not ask how I know that, OK?
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Dumb question from non-reloader, but can't you just shake them and listen for powder shaking around in there like a mini-moroco (or whatever they call those things).
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Pullers are much cheaper than a damaged pistol.

    In some cases yes, if you're really lucky. Others, not so much. There just isn't much room in there for powder to move around. Even if it does, light flakey powders (Unique, HS-6) won't make much noise. Heck, dense powders aren't much better, I can't hear Accurate #5 in my .40 loads, and it's like dense sand.. I suppose if you have spectacular bat-like hearing give it a try. I know I couldn't hear squat when I've tried it. 21 years around jet noise pretty much ensured that.
    Always err on the side of safety with stuff like this.
     
  6. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Everybody who has been reloading for awhile has a bullet puller. There's no shame. :)
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Maybe those new "backscatter" scanners at the airport could detect the difference?
    ;)
     
  8. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    That would be fun to watch.
    "Excuse me Mr. TSA guy, can you please scan this box of ammo for me?"
     
  9. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Get one of the press mounted collet pullers.. you should be able to pull the bullet without dumping out the rounds that are full of powder... They cost twice as much, but I like them better.... (about $20 for a RCBS one + you have to buy the collet for what ever caliber bullet your pulling)
    I just have the "hammer" type puller, but like my friends press one better, for the reason I said above..

    You should be able to see what round is low on powder, and just reseat the rest.. But then it might be a good idea to reweigh all the rounds... Better safe than sorry!!!
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    no sir Mr TSA agent, i'm not boarding a plane today, i just need this ammo scanned to make sure that i put powder in them!:eek::D

    but only after a full body cavity search, sir, please bend over, while i put this glove on!:eek::eek::D
     
  11. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    Okay thanks. I put a big note with them and set them aside for when I have funds to get a puller