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Pulling bullets just got easier for me.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jethro75, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. jethro75

    jethro75 Well-Known Member

    I loaded a couple hundred 357 sigs on my LNL AP and went to the range to the range to shoot. Well almost every round would not allow slide to close all the wat shut and I had to tap it to close it. After a thorough investigation I found out that I didnt set my die down far enough and the shoulder needs bumped backed a few thousandths. So I got my kenetic puller out and and started and realized how much I hated pulling bullets how slow it is.

    Well I bought an RCBS Bullet Puller with a 35 cal collet got it yesterday and tried it . The hing works great, its fast, simple and didnt make any marks once I got it set. I was pulling Rainier 124gr plated Flat nose and it was actually kind of fun.
  2. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    I'll have to get one of those - I hate the "hammer".
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member


    What you experienced with the shoulder is a common problem with bottleneck pistol cartridges. I had to machine off a few thousandths from a shellholder to get my die to set the shoulder back to the right dimension when I first started loading 357 Sig. All the loading information tells you it headspaces off the case mouth, which is true, but there are actually two datum points on this particular round. That would be the case mouth and the shoulder, and they have to work in tandum.

    I try to keep at least 10,000 rounds of this caliber loaded, but sometimes I get behind, because I enjoy shooting it so much. It's an inherently accurate round and a real joy to put downrange.

    Hope this helps.

  4. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Sheesh, Fred, I can't keep 1000 total loaded...:)
  5. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    Fred,I havn't loaded TEN THOUSAND ROUNDS in my whole life,much less have that much on hand!!

    YOU WIN!! :)
  6. jethro75

    jethro75 Well-Known Member

    I already made the adjustments on my press before. I took the barrel out of my Glock, adjusted the die in a little at a time untill the rounds fit and then made sure they would feed good. Ive had these rounds on my bench for a couple of weeks and have been pullung around twenty or so at a time because I just didnt like the hammer puller and I got bored of it fast.

    I pulled around 150 of them last night in what seemed like no time at all and I would have done more if I didnt have to get ready for bed.

    I just thought I would let anyone who hates the kenetic pullers as much as I do know about how well this tool works. I wasnt sure how well it would do with the 357 sig flat nose bullets because there is not much to grab on to on those, but I was very impressed. Another Plus is all of the powder is still in the case when the bullet is pulled.
  7. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    You would have been even more impressed if you had bought the Hornady cam-activated puller instead. Way easier to use, and it don't need to be screwed into the press tight.
  8. jethro75

    jethro75 Well-Known Member

    I looked at the hornady but they didnt have the collet I needed where I bought mine from.
  9. nitesite

    nitesite Well-Known Member

    Only once have I had to pull some bullets, and that was 55-gr .223 FMS.

    Would have been darn difficult with the hammer and such light bullets, so I bought a Hornady and collet and was amazed at the ease and speed. The BIG plus, however, was not having loose powder to deal with.
  10. gandog56

    gandog56 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I had to screw in my Lee die about a full turn more than the instructions said before they would feed. Then I put a Hornady locking ring on so I wouldn't have that problem again.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2007
  11. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Armoredman and SASS#23149,

    That's why my alias is RELOADER FRED. That's what I do, instead of watching that one-eyed monster in the living room my wife is so fond of.

    I just finished loading up another 10,000 rounds of .38 for my wife's and my pistols, and another 10,000 rounds for our rifles for SASS shooting. I hate doing it the night before a match, so I try to stay a little bit ahead on the loading. We won't talk about 9mm, 10mm and .45 acp, but suffice it to say, I'm ok for awhile with those calibers, too. I am a little short on .41 magnum, since I only have about 1,500 rounds of brass in that caliber.


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