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helpful reloading hint

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by feets, Jan 6, 2009.


how about you?

  1. Yes, I have experience in this department

    27 vote(s)
  2. No, only a fool would try something like this

    12 vote(s)
  3. Feets should stick to reloading Nerf guns

    23 vote(s)
  1. feets

    feets Well-Known Member

    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.


  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    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. :eek:

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

    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.

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    Much more common than most of us will admit. Its easier to accomplish with some presses than others. Your press watches for the opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    compound leverage does the same to pain
  6. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    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?
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  7. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    A corollary

    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.

  8. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    I've been bit, but not that hard....

  9. amlevin

    amlevin Well-Known Member

    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?
  10. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    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!
  11. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    I could only vote Yes because feets' poll would not let me mark two out of three answers.
  12. feets

    feets Well-Known Member

    Ants, I understand. I bet you can guess where my vote went.
  13. Bozo

    Bozo Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. tjj

    tjj Well-Known Member

    That hurt just reading it.
    My reloading bench is in the back of the house. No TV, no music, no distractions. No holey fingers....so far.

    Keep it safe.
  15. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Yep been there, done that
  16. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I thought about trying that move, but decided against it:neener:
  17. SpamHandler

    SpamHandler Well-Known Member

    ...that's not what they mean by 'hand'loading.:)
  18. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Well-Known Member

    :D hahahaha thats a good one SpamHandler!:D
  19. lgbloader

    lgbloader Well-Known Member

    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.

  20. wyocarp

    wyocarp Well-Known Member

    I hate to hear that reloading presses are just as dangerous as the guns they load for.

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