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Thought of this today.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CarJunkieLS1, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. CarJunkieLS1

    CarJunkieLS1 Well-Known Member

    I don't know about you guys but I've had to pull bullets for one reason or another. I use an Lyman inertia bullet puller. Looks like a hammer and I've had problems with the polymer tip of the bullets getting deformed when it comes slamming into the bottom of the puller. I know the deformed tips don't really hurt anything but you know how it is we all want our reloads to be as "pretty" as possible.

    I took some of the foam that comes in Nosler bullet boxes and shoved it down into the puller it kinda makes a cup and it catches the bullet to keep it from crashing into the bottom of the puller.

    I just dump the bullet out and its as nice as it was before I pulled it. Most of the powder comes out but I use a little claw grabber thing to pull the foam out and the rest of the powder comes out with it. Rinse,Lather, and Repeat. Hope this makes sense and helps you guys out keeping the polymer and soft point bullets "pointy"
  2. Hungry1

    Hungry1 Well-Known Member

  3. CZ9shooter

    CZ9shooter Well-Known Member

    I have heard of guys using a foam earplug.

    I used to have some cheapo no name puller that had a pad of some sort glued inside. Worked excellent. Then one day the cap shattered. Weird, must not have been able to handle the g force. Now I have the same puller you describe. I agree, the end of it that catches the bullet could have been designed better.
  4. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    I second the use of a collet type puller but the Hornady Cam Lock gets my vote http://www.midwayusa.com/product/851547/hornady-cam-lock-bullet-puller It's very easy to use mounted in a single stage press. No powder spillage, perfect for jacketed bullets. It does not work well for most cast boolits or truncated cone nose pistol bullets (not even jacketed). But it can save you a good bit of time especially on pointy rifle bullets.
  5. CarJunkieLS1

    CarJunkieLS1 Well-Known Member

    I agree with the collet puller types but I doubt I could swing it past the misses because she views the inertia puller as it works so why replace it. The powder spilling isn't a problem because it just goes to the bottom of the puller. I pulled probably 20 rifle rounds today and when I weighed the poured out powder it was the same as it was when I originally loaded it.
  6. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

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  7. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    I've had the same RCBS hammer-type puller for the past 25 years. I've pulled apart a couple of thousand rounds over the years without a part breakage. RCBS makes a good puller.
  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I use both the kinetic puller and the collet type. The collet works great on jacketed rifle bullets, but the kinetic is best for pistol bullets.

    I have one of those RCBS plastic hammer pullers and it came with a cushion insert to prevent deforming the bullets, works great. But I'm sure if you stuff an ear plug or something made of a similar material in there it will solve your problem.

  9. guncheese

    guncheese Well-Known Member

  10. david bachelder

    david bachelder Well-Known Member

    I use a piece of Kleenex in mine. Works fine and lasts a very long time.
  11. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    RCBS kinetic puller works for me. For > $20 it's hard to beat if you don't have a lot of bullets to pull. Otherwise, just put some felt, packing foam, ear plugs or tissue in yours. No worries. Your packing foam idea is spot on!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  12. slowr1der

    slowr1der Well-Known Member

    I too had this problem and I put a cotton ball down in it which is what I had on hand. It works perfectly.
  13. horseman1

    horseman1 Well-Known Member

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