The Most Tedious...


February 17, 2011, 04:36 PM
Since I've been reloading I thought the most tedious step was hand priming 500 rounds in a row. In reality, that's the second most tedious thing. The first is pulling and entire 50-round box of ammo with a Lyman hammer-type puller...

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February 17, 2011, 04:38 PM
know what worse than that? using a hammer bullet puller to pull apart milsurp crimped and laquered rifle ammo...

Lothar Allen
February 17, 2011, 04:40 PM
motivates you to not screw up huh? I have about ~200 rounds of 40 that wouldn't cycle (too light) in the glock i used to have. i dont think i'll bother to pull them lol

February 17, 2011, 04:42 PM
Trimming is the most tedious.

February 17, 2011, 06:23 PM
"...with a Lyman hammer-type puller..." Lyman or not, I found that a rock with one flatish side is the best thing to whack it on.

February 17, 2011, 06:39 PM
I use a weight from a dumbell set, perfect size. Just lay it on the floor and whack away...

February 17, 2011, 07:08 PM
know what worse than that? using a hammer bullet puller to pull apart milsurp crimped and laquered rifle ammo... Ummm . . . you DID seat the bullets 1/16" deeper first, to break the seal, didn't you?

February 17, 2011, 07:20 PM
Just make a simple single stage press bullet puller out of a piece of pipe that slips over the ram. Then grab the bullet with a pair of regular or side cutter pliers and on the upstroke the bullet will be easily and safely pulled. Slight deformation may occur on the bullet but in most instances not enough to cause a problem.

Maj Dad
February 17, 2011, 09:10 PM
Haven't had a spate of rounds needing it of late, but I used to use a pair of diagonal pliers and raise the ram with a round in it, through the top of the press with die removed, grasp the bullet gently but firmly and pull it on the down stroke. Most of them are reusable, especially after you get the hang of it. A collet type puller works very well, but I never could justify spending the $... :scrutiny:
Ummm . . . you DID seat the bullets 1/16" deeper first, to break the seal, didn't you?

This is definitely something to remember. I used to pull corrosive berdan ammo down and reload the powder and bullets in non-corrosive boxer primed cases and it was a necessity. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of checking powder capacity/load weights/etc etc, it can work very well and your 1000 or so rounds of cheap ammo becomes that many better rounds for the cost of a primer. But that's another thread... :cool:

February 17, 2011, 09:19 PM
you know what' even worse than pulling 50? pulling 250 tumbled lubed lead bullets. powder sticks to the bullet, ugh.

February 17, 2011, 10:45 PM
I would say;

1. Trimming
2. Single stage de-capping
3. Sorting Brass

February 17, 2011, 11:50 PM

I'll have to second that with 100 rounds of .44 mag I have to pull. I loaded these cartridges with 300 gr bullets, however, I found out a week after loading that my 629-1 isn't stout enough for the 300 grainers, no endurance pkg on it. I don't want to send to S&W to have it looked at, or fixed to shoot them, so..........

HankB, what? and go thru another reloading process before pulling them? NAH, not here, thanks anyway!

February 18, 2011, 04:54 AM
"isn't stout enough for the 300 grainers, no endurance pkg"

788Ham - what's an endurance package? I recently got a new 44 Taurus Tracker and have plans for loading 300's at some point. Is it possible the gun wouldn't shoot these?

Border Hopper
February 18, 2011, 09:58 AM
Sunray & Big N....

I've never had it happen to me (yet), but smacking an inertia puller on something really solid, like a rock or piece of metal can turn your puller into a dozen pieces.

Normally I use an old scrap 2 x 4 or a chunk of a rubberized conveyor belt as my target when I am inertia pulling a round or two, but the RCBS/Forster collet type puller comes out of the closet if I have any larger number of bullets to pull. Safer, and cheaper than what the Ophthalmologist charges.

And +1 to HankB's contribution. Much easier that way.

February 18, 2011, 10:01 AM
trimming brass

February 18, 2011, 10:32 AM
Most tedious is definitely neck turning. It takes me around 7 minutes to turn the neck of one piece of brass. Double that time for 50bmg. Talking about sore and tired fingers!

February 18, 2011, 11:37 AM
Definitely trimming.:eek:


February 18, 2011, 11:39 AM
Neck Turning is tedious, combined with trimming it makes for a really boring job.

February 18, 2011, 11:45 AM
If I use a Whack'm bullet puller ...I use a chunk of lead .... solid enough to work but not hard enough to damage the hammer.

If I have a lot to pull ...I use one pf these..

Jimmy K

February 18, 2011, 11:51 AM
Doing all the prep work on the brass after polishing it - inspecting, trimming, primer pocket cleaning/crimp removal, chamfering. I reprime using a hand primer while doing other stuff. Charging the cases and seating the bullets is the easy part.

February 18, 2011, 12:04 PM

You should be alright { I'd call or email the manf. and inquire before loading} with a newer make of rev. My understanding, from web sites, is that the original 629's were made to shoot "up to" 240 grain bullets, nothing heavier was made at that time by Hornady, bullets I use. I also wrote by email to S&W and ask at their custom. serv. web site, about using the heavier bullets, 300 grainers. The response I received said to ship revolver back and they would install the endurance pkg., my understanding here, beefier springs, possibly heavier cylinder crane and shims to help with cylinder from slamming back of frame. I got my 629 about 24 years ago, I don't use it for pin shoots or any competition, just normal range shooting, when the Hornady 300 gr. bullets came out, I thought about getting some and I did, now I need to remove. No big deal, just the time consumption for my eager errors! I'm just not into shipping my firearms all over the US just to get something done that I can correct in the bsmnt! Hope this answered your question.

February 18, 2011, 04:13 PM
The inertia puller can be tedious. I have one of the RCBS collet pullers that I will use if I have very many rounds to pull. I also have the Davidson pliers type that can be used to pull LIGHTLY seated bullets.

Most tedious thing was trimming with a Forster trimer before I made up a deal to put a power drill/screw driver on it!! I finally picked up a Gracey and the Dillon rig for large numbers of brass. :)


February 18, 2011, 09:19 PM
Wiping lube off loaded cartridges.

February 19, 2011, 08:16 PM
788Ham - I just assumed that a new handgun would fire anything made in that size, which still may be the case. As soon as I get it, I'll call Taurus and find out for sure but if it won't, I'd be happy with loading the 240's. I just want to shoot it, no matter bullet size :-) Thanks for the response...

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