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OUCH! Reloaded my thumb today!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Big Boomer, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Big Boomer

    Big Boomer Well-Known Member

    While running a batch of 500 45 acp, listening to the radio and reloading I was in my groove belling them and somehow got my thumb caught on top of the shell casing and you guessed it down went the lever...

    The casing rim does not require much pressure to slice into the meat of your thumb. Luckily it only went in about 1/3 of an inch. I was pressing very lightly on the lever but that's all it took.

    Blood gush :eek:, spurt :what: , scream :eek: , curse :cuss: , curse :fire: , more curse :banghead: , damn carpet :fire: ...blood :mad: grumble, curse, curse some more...

    wash, neosporin, bandaid, curse, :cool: grumble...ouch :( , that was stupid :uhoh: how the hell did I do that again??? :confused:

    Oh well, :rolleyes: back to reloading...:D ...damn, ouch...:cool:...continues reloading...:)
  2. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member

    Oh man, that has to really hurt!!!
  3. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    I've "sized" my thumb twice on my star lubri-sizer when I got going a little too fast . .. left a really nasty blood blister each time so I can identify!
  4. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    Has anyone on this sub-forum NOT pinched a digit on the press? Not all the time, of course, and not with the hydraulic leakage of the OP (usually just a blood blister), but every few years.
  5. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    I'll make this gun related by saying I had about 50 lbs of powder, a couple hundred lbs of ammo, a couple hundred more lbs of brass and bullets and about 12 guns in the trailer. I don't know how much weight I had on the tongue of the Uhaul trailer when I moved, but I could just barely squat-lift it off the hitch. When I sat it down, I had my thumb under that metal piece uhaul uses instead of a trailer jack. Just as I felt the trailer starting to come down on it I pulled it away so the trailer tongue just took the pad of my thumb almost off. Delayed applying for my CPL for a couple weeks while it healed up due to the fingerprinting.

    Yes, I have pressed my thumb in the single stage press a few times as well. :cuss:
  6. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    No...I learned to keep my various body parts out of moving machinery by experimenting with my various body parts on heavy machinery. I DO have the scares to attest to that though...
  7. JRadice45

    JRadice45 Well-Known Member

    "that was stupid how the hell did I do that again??? "
    Big boomer.... again???? sounds like you need the radio off my friend.
    The way my press is mounted I have to hold the back of the press (Dillon SDB on portable stand) in order for it to function properly, this practice has translated to my lee single stage. Sounds like you should adopt it... keep yer fingers out of "harms" way...
  8. NavajoNPaleFace

    NavajoNPaleFace Well-Known Member

    Nope...of the many thousands of rounds I have prepared and loaded I have never had a degit boo boo.

    And only two primer setting kabooms.
  9. texfed

    texfed Well-Known Member

    Never lost blood on the press.....now I had a primmer go off years ago...and it was my fault! Live and learn!
  10. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Well-Known Member

    HAHAHAHA, I thought I was the only one. :neener: I took a core sample of my index finger seating a bullet. The bullet fell off on the way up and my finger tip chased it right across the case mouth while the other hand was distracted thinking pull the lever. :what::cuss::cuss::cuss::fire:

    But it has made me more careful, so it was worth it. :banghead:
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I got my right thumb in my RCBS Lubrisizer while changing dies last Feburary. The handle fell down while I had my hand in there un-screwing the die nut.

    I now know it takes 7 months to grow a new thumbnail.

  12. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    Don't let the lawyers hear of this. Next thing you know there will be required warning labels and locks on all presses, driving the price of pre-lock presses out of reach for most of us.

    .....just sayin'.
  13. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    i bet you thumb is pulsating now with pain

  14. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I love my bullet feeders.
  15. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    I put a decapping pin through a fingernail once. Ouch!!
  16. benzuncle

    benzuncle Well-Known Member


    Having just now caught up on the reloading "war stories" :eek: , I wonder if the various reloading manufacturers award the equivalent of the Purple Heart to the war torn reloaders among us. :confused:
  17. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Yep. Hate it when that happens.
  18. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Happened once not too long ago. No blood but hurt like hell.
  19. ziggy222

    ziggy222 Well-Known Member

    hornady has fixed this problem on their rifle seaters using a drop down collor that guides the bullet into the case withing having to hold the bullet in place with your fingers.
  20. Big Boomer

    Big Boomer Well-Known Member

    I've also had the lever fall down before too on its own with my finger in the press, made for a black and blue thumb. I was amazed at how much pressure those presses generate.

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