helpful reloading hint


January 6, 2009, 11:19 AM
When depriming/sizing don't stick your finger between the case and die while pulling on the lever.
Doing so can crush your finger and shove the depriming pin deep into your knuckle. When this happens, you will not be able to remove your finger until you lower the ram. That will allow you to pull your finger down and off the depriming pin.
Direct pressure will help control the finger leak.



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January 6, 2009, 11:28 AM
Hint #2
Your thumbnail will not fit inside a Lyman .358" Lubrisizer SWC top punch without modifying it first. (Your thumbnail)

Lesson to be learned:
It takes approximately 6 months to grow a new thumbnail.


January 6, 2009, 11:57 AM
Don't put your finger in between the shell plate and the top of the press while pulling the handle. After letting go of the bullet remove fingers!! The slightest pressure on the handle is multiplied exponentially. Ask me how I know. :o

D*** good thing I was being gentle and did not just jam it down.

Direct pressure will help control the finger leak.
I'm sorry, but that picture in my mind was funny. Reminded me of the SNL skit with Dan Akroyd doing Julia Childs.

I voted Yes.

January 6, 2009, 12:10 PM
Much more common than most of us will admit. Its easier to accomplish with some presses than others. Your press watches for the opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Claude Clay
January 6, 2009, 12:21 PM
compound leverage does the same to pain

The Bushmaster
January 6, 2009, 12:46 PM
Guess I'm the "one" that voted NO here as I have not had the privilege of such an experience. And I will continue to leave such experiences up to you guys...O K?

January 6, 2009, 12:48 PM
Certainly a corollary to Professor Feets keen observation is to remember to hold the bullet towards its base when guiding it up into the seater die. Grasping said bullet by the nose will only increase the chances of the seating die attempting to swallow parts of the thumb and forefinger. Exactly how this is accomplished remains a mystery, since I'm always distracted at the same instant by someone yelling in my reloading room.


These are such important findings gentlemen, that I feel compelled to point out that the first person to summarize them in a PowerPoint presentation, and then make a movie of that presentation, will certainly win a 2009 Nobel Prize. After all, with a name like "Nobel", I'm sure every member of the selection committee are reloaders.


January 6, 2009, 01:22 PM
I've been bit, but not that hard....


January 6, 2009, 03:04 PM
At least feets didn't have a crescent shaped piece of his thumb removed, cookie cutter style, by a .45ACP case. Maybe for an encore?

January 6, 2009, 03:38 PM
I've been bit a few times, so I intentionally run the handle slow as the dies engage the cases, and then finish with a quicker down/up. That bite hurts!

January 6, 2009, 03:49 PM
I could only vote Yes because feets' poll would not let me mark two out of three answers.

January 6, 2009, 05:25 PM
Ants, I understand. I bet you can guess where my vote went.

January 6, 2009, 08:02 PM
Just make sure that the right hand that pulls the press handle does not get faster than the left hand retracting from feeding the case into the shell holder. I like to build up a rhythm when reloading but sometimes that rhythm, just like a surrey race, gets broken.

January 6, 2009, 08:27 PM
That hurt just reading it.
My reloading bench is in the back of the house. No TV, no music, no distractions. No holey far.

Keep it safe.

January 6, 2009, 09:11 PM
Yep been there, done that

January 6, 2009, 09:17 PM
I thought about trying that move, but decided against it:neener:

January 6, 2009, 09:33 PM
...that's not what they mean by 'hand'loading.:)

fireman 9731
January 6, 2009, 11:48 PM
:D hahahaha thats a good one SpamHandler!:D

January 6, 2009, 11:57 PM
I've been bit before too! Hurt like hell, no running blood, just a blood blister. I also accidentally hit my self with a hammer using the Lee Loader on the first knuckle of my thumb while sizing a 30-30 case. That also hurt like hell.

Then there was the time I burnt myself while making home made bullet lube... LOL.


January 7, 2009, 12:21 AM
I hate to hear that reloading presses are just as dangerous as the guns they load for.

January 7, 2009, 08:02 AM
man, sorry about your luck! the closest i have come to something like that is when my 4 year old daughter wants to "help daddy reload". while it is cute, it is not particularly productive. when this happens, i generally let her help me long enough to finish up a tray, and then i call it quits. at least until she goes to school, or bed, or ???? there are just to many things that can go wrong when she is there.

38 Super Auto
January 7, 2009, 09:34 AM
A similar scenario occurs as you're swinging a hammer and look down and think that your thumb is too close to the nail head. Studies show that your initial assessment is typically 90% accurate.


January 7, 2009, 09:39 AM
yeah, where are those that say brass & bullet feeders arn't worth it now?

January 7, 2009, 09:50 AM
At the doctors office of course. :)

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