Bullet Puller Recommendations [Needed]


April 20, 2007, 11:45 AM
Hello everyone I have been following a recent thread where a fellow reloader had question as to whether he needed to pull a bullet because it was deformed slightly. Well the OP along with some of the others didn't have a bullet puller and I have an old RCBS Kinetic bullet puller but I am not overly fond of it especially for 22 cal bullets that I would like to replace. So for those that don't have a bullet puller and for those of us don't like the one we have who had a bullet puller that is easy to operate, fast, and doesn't damage the bullet?

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April 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
Sorry, don't have one, never used one. Could have used one a time or two though.:rolleyes:

April 20, 2007, 12:03 PM
Well Walkalong it was your post on the other thread that prompted me to post this thread. It got me thinking that when you have a lot rounds you have to pull a kinetic pull is almost like not having one either so I figure I need to buy a good bullet puller. I know there are folks out there that have some experience using good bullet pullers so I am going to draw off of them for this purchase.

April 20, 2007, 12:11 PM
I use a kinetic bullet puller for pistol rounds and a Forster bullet puller for rifle. The Forster is easy to use and since it uses a collet, it does not damage the bullets so they can be re-used.

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April 20, 2007, 12:17 PM
I have a rcbs type you screw into a press and has a collet to grip the bullet you have to buy different cal. collets

April 20, 2007, 12:42 PM
I have the standard RCBS kinetic puller (Hammer style). It does what it's supposed to do just fine.
But it's very time consuming if you have a large number of rounds to disassemble.
Only one real problem, if the cap is on too tight or not tight enough the cap can break. Only noticed this once when I let a friend use it.:mad:

April 20, 2007, 12:44 PM
I guess I'm the exception. I have two kinetic bullet pullers, two RCBS collet and one Forster collet pullers. I bought the kinetic pullers and got the others in trades (I do a lot of trading). I think if I was going to buy a new collet type bullet puller, I'd spring for the Hornady collet puller. It uses a lever to provide the tension on the bullet, which appears to be superior to the screw type in terms of ease of use and speed of use.

Hope this helps.


April 20, 2007, 12:49 PM
If you have a single stage press handy I would recommend the Hornady. It has two different collets so you can pull anything from 9mm to .45s They work very well and there is no whacking with a hammer.

You can get them from Midway, Cabela's, Graf, etc.

April 20, 2007, 01:57 PM
The Hornady model that benedict1 mentions sounds nice.

I have the RCBS collet model and it works just fine however.


April 20, 2007, 03:19 PM
When it comes to bullet pullers, there are two types that are very nice, depending on the task.

The first is the kinetic bullet puller that looks somewhat like a hammer. It works pretty well, but is a pain to do very many bullets with. I recommend a new reloader buy one of these when he first buys his press.

The second is the collet type bullet puller. The look and work somewhat like a die and are best used in a single stage press as mentioned above. Of these, the best of the bunch is the Hornady verion, because of the quick and easy lever handle action for tightening down on the bullet. This design makes it the quickest of these types of pullers to pull larger quantities of bullets with.



April 20, 2007, 03:56 PM
I have one of the Hornaday ones, and I like it. The cam-lock on is is nice, but if you crank it all the way down, it'll kill the bullet. I use just enough tension on the bullet so the collet will hold, and then lower the ram to pull. It's a bit pricy, but the extra collets are cheap and it does a quick job of it. I'd recommend a second press for it, though. I've used it in my Lee Handpress a few times well enough. It's a bit inconvenient to use if you only have one press and you're in the middle of a run.

April 20, 2007, 10:35 PM
The new Hornady cam-lock puller has a lock nut on the collet adjustment, something I wish my older model had. May just buy the new one for that reason alone. If you have lock-n-load inserts on press and dies (and puller), switching to the puller and back is quick and easy.

Unfortunately, it does not work too well with the Forster Co-Ax press, but the only ones that will are Forster's "superfast" pullers, and they are available only for limited calibers.


April 20, 2007, 11:08 PM
+1 on the hornady cam-lock puller especially for rifle ammo.

April 21, 2007, 01:13 AM
I have and have used:

1) RCBS: Good, but a bit if a pain sometimes. You need different collets. No good for the odd mistake, is press mounted and you either have to have it set up in a different press or remove your dies or wait until the end of the loading cycle. It does leave a mark most times, even when you are careful, but all still re-shootable.

2) Bonanza: OK, quick but crude. Can leave a mark on the bullet. Puller can get damaged if you are not careful (ask me how I know this :( , don't lend it).

3) Kinetics or Quinetics or whatever hammer:

Excellent tool to have beside the bench, Get the green original one with the one 3 piece shellholder. It is a bit fiddly until you get used to it, but works well. It is important that you do not use it like a normal hammer (you are after velocity, not impact under the hammer head like normal hammers). Read the instructions carefully. You have to hold the end of the handle between thumb and forefinger and position the hardwood (I mean real hard hardwood) so that you strike at the most advantagous position, lift it high for a good stroke and whammo! Most things take a couple of strikes. Despite the warnings, somethings need a concrete block or floor. Be careful or you will break the tool here. Make sure the angle of the blow is 90degrees, etc. I've had mine since 1981 or 2 and it looks a bit wonky on the end, but still works a treat.

The quickest bullet puller is your trigger finger. Unless the ammo is suspect, I'd just shoot it off.

If you are going to do a lot of reloading over the coming years, I'd recommend you get a hammer first, then get the RCBS kit later. Both are handy in their own way. Mucked up the seating depth on two rounds? Get the hammer out. Got 200 mils sup that you want to pull the bullets on (you are a masochist aren't you? Don't worry, we all go through the same stages :) ) Set up the RCBS puller and get on it.

Some guys recommend using a normal shellholder in the kinetic hammer, I haven't tried this, but it would not be so fiddly and a lot quicker.

Good luck, Mick.

April 21, 2007, 02:36 AM
I've gotten into the habit of letting the primer and powder push the bullet out.

But in those rare occasions where that just aint gonna happen, I use my green RCBS Kinetic.

April 21, 2007, 09:15 AM
I have the RCBS collet type puller that screws into the press. It works great and doesn't dump the powder. I remove the bullet then pour the powder out mess free.

April 29, 2007, 02:46 PM
Idano, you have a PM.

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