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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Grandpa Shooter, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Grandpa Shooter

    Grandpa Shooter Well-Known Member


    Darn that hurt!:cuss:

    Been depriming/ resizing some 223 brass I traded for.

    Using my Lee turret press. Wondered if I could do it faster left handed.

    Changed over the right front support and lever. Put a piece of brass in the shell holder with my right hand.

    Ran the ram all the way up. Forgot to take my right hand out of the way.

    Stuck the decapping pin in my finger to the bone.


  2. RichardInFlorida

    RichardInFlorida Well-Known Member

    Ouch! I hope you are ok.

    If it is any consolation, we all do painful things. For example, I ran my hand in front of the power washer two weeks ago. Still healing...
  3. Encoreman

    Encoreman Well-Known Member

    You will know for sure to move your hand next time won't you? If you had kept quite we wouldn't have laughed,I mean known about it. We learn best by mistakes such as these. You won't be forgetting that anytime soon. Hope you weren't seriously hurt. Mac
  4. cmidkiff

    cmidkiff Well-Known Member

    I've pinched a fingertip between the shell holder and the die, nothing compared to what you managed, and I felt pretty silly about doing that!

    Hope it heals quickly and completely... (and I bet you don't do that again!)

    Ouch is right!
  5. xring44

    xring44 Well-Known Member

    I have "pinched" my fingers several times depriming brass, especially the short case's such as the .45 ACPs but fortunately never ran the deprime pin through a finger. Dang, that hurts to think about!!!
  6. K3

    K3 Well-Known Member

    Since you're out of commission for a while, how about sending that .223 brass to me? Obviously you won't be needing it for a while! :D

    Seriously though, I hope you heal quick.
  7. Halo

    Halo Well-Known Member

    Have you had a tetanus shot in the past few years? If not, you might want to go get one, just to be on the safe side. Puncture wounds in particular are prone to introducing tetanus.
  8. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    Grandpa, take a picture of your finger next to the press and the offending decapping pin.

    Next time someone posts one of those "ever injure yourself in the shooting sports?" threads, you're gonna win.

    You've gotta get something out of this, don't you think?
  9. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    In case you haven't already, dump some peroxide on that and wrap it with some antibiotic ointment and a bandage. My press is kinda gross, who knows what's growing on it. It sure isn't sterile!
  10. rantingredneck

    rantingredneck Well-Known Member

    I'm cringing just picturing that.
  11. GLOCK45GUY

    GLOCK45GUY Well-Known Member

    I've done the same thing loading .45 ACP on my Dillon SDB. Forgot to move thomb out of the way while feeding a case.

    Hurts like a mother!!!!
  12. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    There isn't much you can do, in the way of sterilizing the wound, that will help. Peroxide will do more to damage tissue than anything good. Deep puncture wounds should be seen by competent medical care, though. Get yourself to your physician.
  13. Grandpa Shooter

    Grandpa Shooter Well-Known Member

    See, that's why you young wippersnappers need an old guy around.

    Next time one of you hurts yourself in the shooting sports, you are gonna say, "Dang that hurt, I must be gettin' old like Granpa!"

    If you didn't have me here to do it for you, all of you would have to do for yourselves.:D

    At least now, when my trigger finger is itchin', I won't be thinkin', "There must be somebody needs shootin'", it will just be the wound healing.
  14. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    And how long have you been around that you can't remember to move your right hand out of harms way?:D Or are you so old yer starting the digress...?:D

    Hope your right hand forgives you and heals quickly>
  15. Grandpa Shooter

    Grandpa Shooter Well-Known Member

    I think that's called "a Senior moment", but to tell you the truth I can't remember what I had for breakfast.

    Wait a minute! Did I take my pills this morning? Dang, now I gotta go count all the pills in the bottles again. Where did I put that paper I wrote the numbers on from when I counted them last time?:(
  16. achildofthesky

    achildofthesky Well-Known Member

    Dang, that made me cringe. Hope it feels better soon. I did the shellholderinthethumbintothedie before but not nearly an owie as yours I reckon.

    Be safe

    FLORIDA KEVIN Well-Known Member

    I was told once that pain is good because pain will make you smart ! If it were true I would be a friggin genius by now! I hope you heal quickly !
  18. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    Grandpa Shooter, for your pills, get one of those 7-day pill boxes. My folks swear by them. It's fewer pill bottles on the kitchen table and if they miss one, it's obvious.
  19. bensdad

    bensdad Well-Known Member

    Hope you heal soon. Sorry to hear about the injury.

    +1 on the tetanus shot. You don't wanna get the lockjaw.
  20. sadlsor

    sadlsor Well-Known Member

    Sunday was our local Hi-Power match. Knowing I didn't have time to shoot, due to chores, I decided I'd just watch for a little while and shoot some video. It's hard to shoot in a match and tape it at the same time.

    A new shooter showed up late for the start, so the Match Director and I hustled to get his target board set up. The MD laid the target frame on its side, and we began positioning the target bulls over the circular cutout on the backer board.

    He started stapling with his staple gun from the front while I was behind the backer, guiding the black center over the hole. He sent the first staple into my thumb, right to the bone. :cuss: The tip of my thumb bled bright red for several minutes while I applied pressure, so I'm confident the wound was thoroughly cleansed.

    I remember thinking how I felt sorry for diabetics who had to intentionally do that daily to test their blood sugar.

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